Upcoming Webinar: Developing Markets for Sanitation

There is widespread acknowledgement that sanitation markets must be built and harnessed if we are to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation for all and end open defecation by 2030. However, traditionally, the WASH sector is not experienced in engaging with market sector players. How to understand the market, how to facilitate markets for

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Are You in the Market for Condoms?

By Sandy Garçon, External Relations and Communications Manager, PSI Valentine’s Day is not the only reason to celebrate February 14ththis year – it is also International Condom Day! Since its inception in 2009, International Condom Day is celebrated in conjunction with Valentine’s Day as an ideal opportunity to promote healthy relationships and to remind people

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It’s Time to Change the Conversation

By Marshall Stowell, PSI Rhetoric drives funding. For decades, the development community has focused on developing effective health solutions like anti-retroviral therapy, better treatment for malaria, improved long-acting contraception, mobile technology and other life-improving goods and services. We’ve made the arguments for an AIDS-free generation, the elimination of malaria and meeting the unmet need for

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Expanding Access to HIV Self-Testing

By Shannon Rosenberg & Patrick Aylward PSI just launched the report “Expanding Access to HIV Self-Testing: A Market Development Approach.” This report is the result of the exciting work PSI is doing to understand and develop the HIV self-testing (HIVST) market. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PSI analyzed the size of

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7 Questions for UNITAID Director Lelio Marmora

By Sandy Garcon, Communications Manager, PSI  UNITAID’s executive director discusses the importance of developing and unlocking markets to accelerate innovations in growth.  1. Impact: Why are markets systems important to the poor? LM: The poorest people are typically the most vulnerable in society, and often the most directly affected by changing or underdeveloped market conditions

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Why Aren’t Markets Working?

By Yasmin Madan, Global Marketing Director, PSI  What do Amazon, Uber and Airbnb have in common with a non-profit? They do more than deliver products and services. They harness the power of market players and use consumer insights in innovative ways to deliver better products and services to their customers. Not-for-profit organizations working in the developing world

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Changing Policy Unblocks an Obstacle

India and 68 other developing countries pledged to make contraceptives available to an additional 120 million women and girls by 2020. To reach this goal, the most populous state in the country, Uttar Pradesh (UP), must make a large contribution. The UP government turned to PSI-India to help implement the Hausala Sajheedari program, incentivizing private-sector

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Moving Beyond Yesterday’s Markets

By Cate O’Kane, Director Corporate Partnerships, PSI  What does a functioning market actually look like for those at the bottom of the pyramid? Is it a utopia where everyone has their needs met at a price that doesn’t unduly lighten their wallets? Are products available in a convenient location just up the street? Is there

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Six Reasons to Make Health Markets Work Now

By Nicolas Gloeckl, Manager of Survey & Advisory Services at Devex  SINCE ITS INCEPTION, international development assistance has always been intended to aid, not replace, the private and public sector by addressing acute market failures. As President Barack Obama puts it: “Foreign assistance is not an end in itself. The purpose of aid must be

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Is (Social) Enterprise the Future?

By Abigail Winskell, PSI What is a social enterprise? Profit for purpose or the double bottom line of impact and money? Applying commercial practices to deliver positive social impact? A for-profit entity with a strong focus on delivering social impact? Or simply an opportunity for non-profit organizations to diversify their funding for increased health impact? All

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A Model Enterprise

Global health and development are evolving, which requires PSI’s business model to evolve as well. To offer sustainable health solutions for our beneficiaries in India, PSI created a partnership between two entities in that country: PSI’s newly established social enterprise, the PSI-India Private Limited (LLC), and PSI-India, which remains a non-profit entity. The LLC and

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Sanitation Impact

3 Ways Development NGOs can Increase Their Impact in 2016

By John Sauer, Senior Technical Advisor for PSI’s WASH program First the good news: the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age was more than cut in half between 1990 and 2015. As the global development community transitions from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), impressive stats

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