April 2010 Blog Posts (35)

Is doing good REALLY good for business?

On 28th April I was interviewed by Gihan Perera of First Step Communications on the subject Is doing good Really good for business.

Gihan asked me some tough questions:

Do you have real evidence that this helps the bottom line?

Can we afford to do this in tough economic times?

Is it really the organisation's responsibility, or should they maximise shareholder return and leave it to the… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on April 30, 2010 at 22:47 — No Comments

The "Hand-Me-Down" Concept

The "Hand-Me-Down" Concept

How many of us have given/received hand-me-downs as children and how many of us have given/received hand-me-downs for or from our children as adults? That is just the way of things, we don't want to waste and there is always someone else who could benefit from what we can no longer use. We take our time and pack these items which are no longer usable to us and we give them away, to family, to friends, to charity, to whomever we feel will benefit from them. Do we… Continue

Added by Matter Of Change on April 29, 2010 at 18:02 — No Comments

Involved in ICT innovations for the Base of Pyramid market? Join the Lime Europe network!

Dear BFP members, if you are involved in developing/deploying ICT solutions for the Base of Pyramid market - join the Lime Europe network - see www.limeeurope.ning.com

Added by Chris Adlard on April 26, 2010 at 19:57 — No Comments

Stars of Sustainability - Adam Werbach

Adam Werbach the CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi S is one of my sustainability stars.

I would highly recommend a visit to his website and download his The Birth of Blue speech or watch the video introduced by non other than Paul Hawken.

Also on Adam’s website there are many great tools and a PSP (Personal Sustainability Practices) White Paper that has some great insights. As all politics is local so to is… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on April 26, 2010 at 3:34 — No Comments

PPSZ The people's portal for social zest


I want to invite you to join my network here on PPSZ.com www.ppsz.com

As you know, Ning is going to be a paid service soon. PPSZ is my own network and it is for free. You can open blogs, groups, post all kinds of things etc. for free.

I ave originally thought of the portal as a way for people to come together and help people either at a professional level and also at a humanitarian level. With a strong e community I hope we can… Continue

Added by Amit Mahajan on April 23, 2010 at 14:34 — No Comments

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WBCSD launches "Inclusive Business Challenge"

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched The Inclusive Business Challenge, an easy-to-use presentation and simulation tool to help companies and stakeholders identify and implement models that profitably engage low-income populations across companies' value chains and develop affordable products and services that meet the needs of… Continue

Added by Filippo Veglio on April 23, 2010 at 13:36 — No Comments

Walking the Walk: 4 people talk enterprise creation for African development

Support for private enterprise and entrepreneurship is beginning to transform the lives of some of the poorest people across Africa.

NGOs and development organisations are recognising the power business has to break the cycle of poverty, not only for individuals but also for whole communities.

In Katine, the sub-county in north-east Uganda that the Guardian is supporting, the creation of village savings and loans associations and farmers' groups, instigated by the NGO… Continue

Added by Eliza Anyangwe on April 23, 2010 at 13:04 — 1 Comment

Call for help to self help

In any economy, a vibrant SME sector is essential for sustainable job creation, poverty reduction and private sector development. It plays a catalytic role in the development of any country. All accept that poverty-elimination in Africa can only come about through investment-driven economic growth. The key to sustainable economic development is the strength, health and competitiveness of small businesses. Africa needs more entrepreneurs which mean more enterprises, and more enterprises will… Continue

Added by Lars Stork on April 22, 2010 at 1:19 — No Comments

The Competitive Advantage Of Collaboration

The following blog entry is a cross-post from my blog Realizing Your Worth.

The Boston College International Corporate Citizenship Conference offers companies an opportunity to discover the competitive advantage of collaboration.

Texas Hold 'em: A… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on April 21, 2010 at 20:57 — No Comments

Haitian micro-loan website launches

The opportunity to provide secure and reliable funding to micro-, small- and medium-sized businesses in Haiti has made its successful debut at http://www.zafen.org.

Since April 1, Zafèn has attracted thousands of dollars in loans and donations and has fully funded several projects, including:

- 690 scholarships for students in the Central Plateau (!)

- 2 non-wood charcoal presses and a horse, which created 6 new green jobs

- 1… Continue

Added by Laura Hartman on April 21, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

Balancing the Social and the Financial in Microfinance - social performance management resources

The primary goal of microfinance has always been to help people out of poverty through the provision of financial services to people who were previously thought to be unbankable. After a period of growth and going from strength to strength, there has been a tendency though to focus too much on the financial stability of microfinance organisations rather than on the social impact they are creating There has been the assumption that a financial viable orgaisation is automatically creating…


Added by Veronika Thiel on April 19, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments

Prof Don Nutbeam is the first to join ColaLife's Virtual Advisory Board

There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes at ColaLife to put together a 'virtual advisory board' of well known names to add further to our credibility and help us move from an incredibly successful campaign to an organisation that can help put together the unlikely alliances that are going to be required for us to achieve our vision. Getting the first person to commit was always going to be the big challenge. So our sincere thanks go to Don… Continue

Added by Simon Berry on April 18, 2010 at 17:17 — No Comments

Seven special steps to successful collaboration

A few times in my life I have felt let down by what I perceived was betrayal by others of perceived agreements to do certain things.

The last time this happened I allowed myself to feel hurt for many months. The positive consequence was that I developed a process for reaching agreement with others. I trust you will find it valuable in making your collaborations successful.

There are three worlds. The one in here - that’s my world; the one out there - that’s your… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on April 17, 2010 at 5:44 — No Comments

Making History In The UK thanks to a Live Election Debate on ITV supported by Facebook Links

Dear Caring, Ethical, Life Transformers,

Re: Making History by Stopping GFC - Greedy Fat Cats

who play the Blame Games exploiting Millions of Lives Everyday...

Today will be remembered for not just how nature can keep our airports shut with all flights cancelled due to volcanic ash but also for how TV debates, thanks to Obama's Campaign can harnessing our social media networks and other links posted below.

People are sick and tired of short term leaders…

Added by Robert WoW De Souza on April 16, 2010 at 2:00 — No Comments

Job Opportunity: CLOSING DATE EXTENDED- Africa Programme Manager, The Gatsby Foundation


The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, an independent private foundation, is seeking an Africa Programme Manager to join its small London-based team to strengthen existing programmes and initiate new ones. With a historical focus on agriculture and SME development, Gatsby is transitioning towards a more strategic focus supporting the growth of key economic sectors across East Africa that impact the poor.

We are looking for innovative thinkers on the… Continue

Added by Oxford HR on April 16, 2010 at 0:00 — 1 Comment

When The Brewing Business Turns Deadly

Last Friday, once again Kenyans were shocked as they watched the death toll rise of consumers of the illicit brew – changaa in Shauri Moyo Estate in Nairobi’s sprawling Eastlands area; which as of today has reached 9 according to the Daily Nation.

Changaa is a local brew that resembles vodka, Tanzania’s Konyagi and Uganda’s Waragi. However unlike it’s East… Continue

Added by Fiona Mati on April 14, 2010 at 20:43 — 4 Comments

Job Opportunity: International Programme Funding Adviser, Practical Action

International Programme Funding Adviser, Practical Action

Salary: £31,928 (fixed term contract until March 2011)

Based near Rugby

For over 40 years Practical Action has been working closely with some of the world’s poorest people - using simple technology to fight poverty and transform their lives for the better.

To support this work we need to raise a considerable amount of restricted funding: Practical Action's international team of fundraisers raise over £10m per year… Continue

Added by Oxford HR on April 14, 2010 at 0:25 — No Comments

Job Opportunity: Vice President, Sustainable Agriculture Division for The Rainforest Alliance (based in New York)

Title: Vice President, Sustainable Agriculture Division for The Rainforest Alliance

Location: New York

Reports to: Vice President for Programs

The Rainforest Alliance (RA) is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Based in New York City, with offices throughout the United States and worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works… Continue

Added by Oxford HR on April 14, 2010 at 0:00 — No Comments

David Shaman: The World Bank and Transparency: A Perspective

By David Shaman, Writer

Dear Friend:

When he left the World Bank in 2005, former President James Wolfensohn said transparency reduced corruption, reduced corruption led to better…


Added by David Shaman on April 13, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Ethiopia To Introduce New Agricultural Land Lease Price

Ethiopia To Introduce New Agricultural Land Lease Price, New Business Ethiopia reported from Addis Ababa.

Added by Andualem Sisay on April 13, 2010 at 15:56 — No Comments

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