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Phil replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can business harness the SDGs for greater impact in smallholder agricultural value chains?
"It is important that expectations from the private sector in relation to SDGs are not subject to more scrutiny than the responsibilities, commitments and performance of the role of the public sector. As has been mentioned in earlier posts there is a…"
Sep 8, 2016

Phil replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"Manfred - I have been around this situation for a long time. I am quite frankly sick of hearing about extension service strengthening and farmer field schools. Just look at our industry in terms of what has "embedded" in agricultural…"
Dec 17, 2013

Phil commented on Eric M. Acha's blog post Panel Discussion on Democratisation in Africa:”Challenges & Opportunities”
"In terms of the scope of this Panel Discussion I would be interested to attend if there is to be consideration of the levels of empowerment of local authorities (as we know them in UK) in developing countries, for example District Assemblies in…"
Nov 9, 2010

Phil is attending Business Action for Africa's event

2010 Event Series: Unlocking Africa’s Trading Potential through Partnership at Central Hall Westminster

November 4, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm
Unlocking Africa’s trading potential, especially intra-African trade, is now recognised by both governments and the private sector as being critical to accelerating the scope and pace of regional integration and economic growth in Africa. Removing trading constraints will improve regional competitiveness, increase access to international markets, and reduce poverty.This is the focus of the next event in the 2010 Event Series from…See More
Oct 19, 2010

Phil commented on Tim Bishop's blog post CARE UK's City Hall event: The changing face of development - the role of the private sector
"I attended this meeting arranged by CARE which was an excellent initiative if a little too simplistic as to the important players necessary to make a difference and the manner in which the objectives could be achieved. It is difficut to blame anyone…"
Oct 19, 2010

Phil commented on 2010 Event Series's blog post Launch Event: Background Briefing
"The event opened with advice from DFID that parts of Africa will not meet ANY of the millennium develoment goals by 2015 but swiftly moved on to the usual non solutions such as organic and fair trade cotton etc. This was followed by how to scale up…"
Mar 24, 2010

Phil is attending Business Fights Poverty's event

Launch of 2010 Event Series at Shell Centre

March 23, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm
Sorry this event is fullTo join the waiting list, please email us.To stay in touch about future events, please become a member of Business Fights Poverty. This is free and comes with a number of…See More
Mar 12, 2010

Phil commented on Kathrin Frauscher's blog post Problems Solved: Corruption, Lack of Transparency and Leadership
"Link to report"
Nov 21, 2009

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A New Paradigm in Effective Public Private Partnerships

I am in the process of designing a system whereby mainstream markets can play an important role in a pre competitive way in the provision of social infrastructure to poor agricutural communities. This role must be in partnership with governments and donors and not instead of since the responsibility for provision of these services must be govenment led.

A major challenge for the development of the system is whether the donor community will begin to embrace mainstream markets as the… Continue

Posted on January 17, 2009 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

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At 11:43 on January 18, 2009, Do most businesspeople care about the poor? said…
The poor people are not very far from your place. They are not just asking for a penny or some food. They are not beggars. They just want to work for pay. You can't even imagine that how little they need to survive. Thousands of young girls work at apparel factories just for $23 a month? They live on that amount and support their families. Farm labourers work for $265 a year. They live in villages on that small income and send their children to schools. Can't businesses support them? Can't businesses arrange some additional jobs and help them sell whatever they produces? Many poor people have skills and craftsmanship, which can be patronised? Charity does not end with giving some relief. Businesses can revisit their CSR schemes.. Just come to a Bangladesh's village and see how people are living and managing their lives...
At 22:41 on March 18, 2010,
BFP Team
Natasha Ncube
Dear Phil,

Thank you for expressing an interest in attending the Launch of 2010 Event Series, on the 23rd March.

To complete your registration, please send me your full name by replying to this comment or emailing me on by 5pm on Friday 19th March

To avoid this stage in future, I would suggest you update your profile page with your full name.

Kind regards,

Natasha Ncube
Business Action for Africa

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