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“Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism”, by Muhammad Yunus 4 Replies 

Muhammad Yunus is a man with…Continue

Tags: Yunus, Muhammad, Social Business, Poverty, World

Started by Zahid Torres-Rahman. Last reply by chris macrae Jan 6, 2014.

Have we created a socio-cultural climate that breeds violence?

Wealth and power are distributed very unevenly in the less developed societies that the great majority of people, preoccupied with daily struggles to eek out a living have hardly any material…Continue

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Started by James O. Akpeninor Nov 17, 2011.

"Business and Poverty. Innovative Strategies for Global CSR" 2 Replies 

To what extent should companies engage in socio-economic problems in developing countries where they have businesses? How can companies create wealth for the poor? How can the private sector thereby…Continue

Tags: inclusive, inclusion, business, bottom, pyramid

Started by Silvia Loro | CODESPA. Last reply by Silvia Loro | CODESPA Jan 12, 2011.

Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen, recently published “Mismeasuring our lives: why gdp doen’s add up?" May 2010. New Press

I re-post a summary I got: "In Februaryof 2008, amid the looming global financial crisis, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France asked Nobel Prize winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen,…Continue

Tags: stiglitz, GDP, index

Started by Jaime Moreno Mateos Jan 12, 2011.

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Comment by Craig Wilson on June 25, 2008 at 1:29
Hi, Zahid invited me to put a few words on my book, Make Poverty Business. See below.
Poor people in developing countries could make excellent suppliers, employees and customers but are often ignored by major businesses. This omission leads to increased risk, higher costs and lower sales. Meanwhile, businesses are asked by governments and poverty activists to do more for economic development, but their exhortations are rarely based on a proper business case. ‘Make Poverty Business’ bridges the gap by constructing a rigorous profit-making argument for multinational corporations to do more business with the poor. It takes economic development out of the corporate social responsibility ghetto and places it firmly in the core business interests of the corporation, and argues that to see the poor only as potential consumers misses half of the story. The book should be read by international business managers seeking to increase profits and decrease risk in developing countries, and by development advocates who seek to harness the profit motive to reduce poverty.

Comment by Mike Tyler on February 12, 2010 at 18:00
Do you think Western companies be interested to support (Financially and with staff mentoring) the start up of model microenterprises -max say $6,000 in developing countries - based on their companies field of expertise?

Comment by Imran Mateen on November 24, 2011 at 12:05

I have written a book, "aspiring minds" sharing values, experience, knowledge and strong character to help our new generation be on their feet, be self employed - its a Father's inspiration to see other children be in the same situation and live in peace and happiness - it would also serve as a strong counseling tool for parents and teachers - im looking for ngos, charities, youth organizations to sponsor my book

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