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Breaking Silos: How can social entrepreneurs and corporate intrapreneurs build great partnerships?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by David D. Laurel Apr 14, 2014.

Dhaka factory collapse: Can the clothes industry change?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ayesha Mustafa Apr 27, 2013.


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Samantha Taylor commented on Zahid Torres-Rahman's blog post Zahid Torres-Rahman: The Year Ahead and the Need to Rethink Collaboration
"Thanks for sharing these challenges and look forward to convening greater alliances and knowledge sharing in 2017."
Jan 8

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Linda Reddington commented on Zahid Torres-Rahman's blog post Zahid Torres-Rahman: The Year Ahead and the Need to Rethink Collaboration
"Bravo! - we cannot Remind others Enough of the URGENCY for More Profound COLLABORATION & the Need for Real, Lasting IMPACT that Facilitates Continued Unity among ALLIANCES crossing Sectors! Cheers and Thank you, Zahid!  ¡Feliz…"
Jan 3

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Zahid Torres-Rahman replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How might one empirically assess the contribution of business actions to peace?
"That brings us to the end of the live segment of this discussion.  We'll leave the discussion open, so please do continue to post your comments.  Thank you so much to all of you who joined us!"
Oct 26, 2016

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Zahid Torres-Rahman replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How might one empirically assess the contribution of business actions to peace?
"Let's move to our final set of questions: Q3: Some argue that we should rank companies on their contribution to peace, or alternatively certify them against some standard.  Which might be better and should they be made public or used to…"
Oct 26, 2016

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I am an entrepreneur, I am a social entrepreneur, I work for a company
About my work:
I am a specialist in developing platforms and partnerships that bring together the worlds of business and international development.

I am the Founding Director of Business Action for Africa, an international network of over 150 businesses and development partners, led by a board of multinational corporations, DFID, CDC and the International Business Leaders Forum. Members work collectively to advocate for policies to drive growth and poverty reduction in Africa, to develop on-the-ground programmes, and to share best practice.

I also founded Business Fights Poverty, the leading online community for business and development, connecting over 10,000 professionals.

Through the strategy and communications agency that I co-founded, Inspiris, I also regularly act as an adviser to a range of organisations. In my capacity as lead adviser to the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) on business engagement, I helped develop the Business Call to Action (BCTA) (a UN-based platform to catalyze corporate commitments) and the Business Innovation Facility (for which I also developed the online practitioner hub).

Working at the interface of business and development, Inspiris helps its clients identify and build meaningful connections and partnerships with their key stakeholders. Recently, we helped SABMiller set up a major partnership with DFID (through a successful bid to the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund) and the NGO FARM-Africa, to build smallholder farmer capacity in support of the company’s local sourcing objectives in South Sudan.

I am an expert in private sector development and was a member of the Steering Group for DFID’s Private Sector Development Strategy. I was also a Special Adviser to the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee Inquiry on Private Sector Development. I was the lead author of the Commission for Africa’s chapter on Growth and Poverty Reduction. I am a member of the Advisory Panel of the Vodafone Social-Economic Impact of Mobiles Programme and a Board Member of the volunteering charity, Project Trust.

Previously, I led the private sector and poverty reduction branch at HM Treasury in the UK, and have also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting Services, the Guyanese Ministry of Finance, and as a teacher in Zimbabwe.

I have a BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of Bath and an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge.

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Topics on my radar:
Agriculture, Base of the Pyramid, Education, Enterprise Development, Environment, Finance and Investment, Governance and Transparency, Health, Inclusive Business Models, Measuring Impact, Nutrition, Partnerships, Peace and Commerce, Technology, Trade, Water, Women and Business, Youth Enterprise
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Zahid Torres-Rahman's Blog

Zahid Torres-Rahman: Watch the videos of Business Fights Poverty NYC 2017 - Rethinking Collaboration for the SDGs

By Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights…


Posted on September 25, 2017 at 12:30

Rethinking Collaboration: Collaboration in Action

On July 10 and 11, over 300 people came together for our annual flagship event, Business Fights Poverty Oxford 2017 at Saïd Business School, University of…


Posted on August 28, 2017 at 19:30

Rethinking Collaboration: Research Perspectives

On July 10 and 11, over 300 people came together for our annual flagship event, Business Fights Poverty Oxford 2017 at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.  The headline sponsor for the…


Posted on August 7, 2017 at 16:30

Business Fights Poverty Oxford 2017: Watch the Livestream, 10 July

By Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and Director, Business Fights Poverty

We are very excited about our flagship event taking place this coming Monday and Tuesday (10 and 11 July) at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, in partnership with Mars and the…


Posted on July 7, 2017 at 6:30

Comment Wall (13 comments)

At 22:12 on April 28, 2008, Karsten Weitzenegger said…
Hello Zahid, Thanks for the evening in Hamburg and the personal intro to Business Fights Poverty. I look forward to promote it.
Cheers, Karsten
At 4:23 on May 20, 2008, A.M.Sall said…
Thanks a lot for connecting with me here, Zahid (I think we've already "met" on LinkedIn). Muchísimas gracias!

Let's make sure we keep in touch


At 19:33 on May 21, 2008, Conectafrica said…
Hello Zahid,

I read your interesting interview on the Cheetah Index (great blog too)
So, now I know exactly what you're doing & I must say: well done!
I specially agree with your views on business, education, formation, cooperation & cultural change, they are the only way to fight against poverty & to protect the environment.

Here we are, we all want a change, let's make it BIG, saying to our kids "SHARE", instead of "BE A STAR", I really hope this is the wind of change that is coming on the web 2.0, instead of a BIG Big Brother...

Well, now know you have one more soldier in Las Palmas, wich is quite a strategic place too...

Really pleased to meet you,

Kind regards,

Stephane Bajulaz
At 15:03 on July 7, 2008, Conectafrica said…

How are you?
I thought you may be interested by this banner:
Mobile Technology for Social Change
And the UN full report "Mobile Technology for Social Change"
At 14:48 on July 29, 2008, Conectafrica said…
Hello Zahid, how are you?
I just wanted to invite you personally to join my new community, virtually & strategically located between Canary Islands, Africa & the world wide web :

Visitar Conectafrica

Following yours steps ;)
Please feel free to join & promote your work with us, Africanarians, or Canariafricans, as you like.
Have nice day.
At 8:36 on August 5, 2008, Paul M said…
Great stuff
At 14:15 on January 13, 2009, Valerie Amato said…
Dear Zahid,

Many thanks indeed for leading this initiative. I am planning to join the event on 20 January, but may not be able to see you there in view of the number of attendees...

Following a 15 year career in the private sector (international banking), I have just completed an MSc in Development Management. I have a keen interest in cross-sector collaboration effectiveness (having done my MSc Research project on this theme) and am looking to marry my business expertise and passion for international development. Among several avenues being explored, I am considering joining the Inspiris Network, as I feel could add value to the team by using my client-facing skills.

Your kind advice on this and/or other opportunities matching my profile will be greatly appreciated.

I remain available for any further information you may require.

Kind regards,

Valerie Amato.
At 13:55 on May 29, 2009, Remy Kasindi said…
My trip in China was a very good experiences in small hydro power development for fight poverty
I thing it's good for african counties to see how to do something and change the experiencies of chinese people
At 14:10 on May 29, 2009, Remy Kasindi said…
Dear zahid, please help us to promote business fight poverty trought energy in DR Congo
we will be with you.
At 22:33 on March 31, 2010, Diego Lombardi said…
Hello Zahid,
I "meet" you in Global Pulse 2010. I just have registered here BFP, and I would like to continue share ideas with you. Specially I am very interested in know more about your experience in inclusive business and find way to apply similar project in Latin America.

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