May 2009 Blog Posts (38)

Vacancies: Case Writer Positions with UNDP's Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative



Post Title: Case Writer

Bureau: Private Sector Division, Partnerships Bureau

Post Level: SSA

Time Period: July 1, 2009 – November 30, 2009

Apply By: June 10, 2009


The global Growing Inclusive Markets initiative (GIM), led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is a multi-stakeholder research and advocacy platform that facilitates the engagement of all actors… Continue

Added by Virginia Fuller on May 29, 2009 at 16:05 — 1 Comment

Can 'Critical Mass' change the world?

Stand on any street corner and just look up, wait to see how many people join you. You will be supprised! Similarly I found something interesting this week, I was working with a group of redundant people and they asked me what I do with my time, because part of what we were discussing was putting positive things on CV's.

So I started pointing at my object in the sky and found that many in the room felt the same they just didn't know how they and their family could change the world… Continue

Added by Mark Trotter on May 28, 2009 at 20:05 — No Comments



It is my great desire to inform you about an interesting business propossal from which i know profit making is going tobe massive as we fight poverty..

I really know this is going to hit you by surprise but I also think is the best of business transaction to strike so far..

From the family of business fights poverty I know you have the knowledge of who is possing out this propossal. However this propossal is by kind curtessy of Mr. Thomas Amartey, a… Continue

Added by AMARTEY ALBERT on May 28, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments

Vacancies: Consultants for UNDP's Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM) report for Eastern Europe and the CIS.

The Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM) Initiative for Eastern Europe and the CIS aims to promote more inclusive markets in a region where market exclusion of poor and vulnerable people is being exacerbated by the current financial and economic crisis.

Doing business with the poor brings them into the marketplace- a critical step on the path out of poverty- and for entrepreneurs and firms it drives innovation, builds markets and creates new spaces for growth. Inclusive markets… Continue

Added by Brigitte Duerr on May 26, 2009 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Africa and the Financial Crisis: An Agenda for Action

In the latest issue of Standard Chartered's Global Focus, Razia Khan, the bank's Regional Head of Research for Africa, explores the region’s vulnerability to the global crisis. She notes that:

• Previous global economic downturns have impacted Africa with a lag

• While green shoots of recovery… Continue

Added by Business Action for Africa on May 23, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

An English Cow in Africa

No folks, I am not being rude but you may remember my blog on how an english cow changed an African woman's life.

Well you would not believe it if I told you that on 14 May 09 I actually found myself in Helen's home town. I was disappointed with myself for not having planned ahead, because I missed the opportunity to meet Helen and the superstar cow:(

The one thing I… Continue

Added by Ida Horner on May 23, 2009 at 10:30 — No Comments

Euan Wilmshurst: "Developing Inclusive Business Models: A Review of Coca-Cola's Manual Distribution Centers in Ethiopia and Tanzania"


By Euan Wilmshurst, Manager, International Government Relations, The Coca-Cola Company

Coca-Cola’s Manual Distribution Centers – or MDCs – are a major factor in our…


Added by Business Fights Poverty on May 22, 2009 at 21:30 — No Comments

Obama Administration Nominates Microfinance Leader as U.S. Under Secretary of Global Affairs

Dear Fellows and Friends:

Just last week Accion's Communicatons Officer invited a Business Plan from my group. It was asked by the

Director General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria (government) so they could look it over and as they are

part of our team it was sent. We are looking to uplift the Poor with Sustainable Forestry and Agriculture for the

Biomass and Biofuels. Qualified for Clean Development Mechanizm action and Carbon Credit generation this

is worthy… Continue

Added by Sidney Clouston on May 22, 2009 at 0:30 — No Comments

Development of ICF Hamlet Project at Atwima Wioso in Ghana

The Elizka Relief Foundation has decided to use insulated concrete forms (ICFs) as the primary building material for its new Hamlet Project in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. ICFs are stay in place concrete form blocks that promises maximum energy efficiency, strength, sound resistance, and speedy construction.

The Elizka Relief Foundation has the “objective of community development through sustainable appropriate technology, taking into consideration environmental effectives.” ICFs… Continue

Added by Kofi Kankam on May 21, 2009 at 11:16 — No Comments

David L Ferguson: Measuring Business Value and Sustainability Performance

I would…


Added by member on May 21, 2009 at 9:30 — No Comments

What's the True Impact of Your Employee Volunteer Program? Glad You Asked

Almost every conversation we have regarding employee volunteer programs involves a vigorous discussion of metrics. Business managers want to determine the value of… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on May 20, 2009 at 2:11 — No Comments

Make that South Africans profit from FIFA World Cup 2010 and buy African Leadership Shirts

After preparation of almost two years the African Leadership Shirts where ready for a presentation to the audience at Let's Meet Africa and Do Business in Eindhoven in November 2008. It was a long and winding road for OAVM and its business partners in South Africa, to create a design that would represent the long term embrace for sustainable business while empowering women in business and aid in creating self-sufficient entities.

However the shirts could be used for many purposes the… Continue

Added by Marc Habets on May 19, 2009 at 23:11 — No Comments

Six ways companies can reduce poverty

You and your company can reduce poverty, here are six approaches.

- Drink a beer at a luxury hotel in Sierra Leone;

- Throw bales of money out of a helicopter over farmland;

- Sell water in Kibera slum, Nairobi at twice the price of that in the city centre;

- Use your weight;

- Invest in a budding new competitor, supplier or buyer;

- if all else fails, then donate.

Yes, there are six ways your company can do its bit to reduce poverty in a developing… Continue

Added by Thierry Sanders on May 19, 2009 at 22:43 — 1 Comment

Discussion on Inclusive Business Models for Congo Conflict Minerals.

I am putting forth a dialogue on how to develop inclusive business models around Congo's conflict minerals like coltan. I have written a few ideas and set up a blog post.

Turning a Problem Business Model Positive: Coltan, Congo and the Continent of Africa (article)

A Bottom-Up Business Model for Coltan in the… Continue

Added by Lauri Elliott on May 18, 2009 at 4:30 — No Comments

Muhammad Yunus Feature Film Press

The Yunus Movie Project Press:

Added by Vivian Norris de Montaigu on May 15, 2009 at 12:27 — 1 Comment

Mirakle Couriers: Delivering Possibilities

The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good. --Brian Tracy

Mirakle Couriers: Delivering Possibilities:

Mirakles do happen!

By Indira Gartenberg

A courier service entirely run and staffed by the hearing-impaired? Is it a workable idea? Here's the remarkable story of just such a service surviving against all… Continue

Added by Mike Shraga on May 15, 2009 at 5:34 — No Comments

Magical Moments

Every now and then something magical happens around you and you stop and stare in amasement. This happened for me today.

The start of the day was interesting a discussion on what is real corruption based on what happened in the UK Parliament that delved into the very suspect dealings of those working for the people. My comment was that if an employee had claimed expenses from my company, shareholders, community that they were not entitled to then it would be a matter for the police… Continue

Added by Mark Trotter on May 14, 2009 at 17:21 — No Comments

2009 Series: Assessing impacts of business on development: what do alternative frameworks offer?



By Zahid Torres-Rahman, Business Fights Poverty


On 12 May 2009, Business Action for Africa convened an event with the Overseas Development Institute and the UK Department for…


Added by member on May 13, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments


We are committed to achieving our motive of fighting poverty throughout Africa in a sustainable way. I would really like to chat to anyone who is interested in talking, working with us, partnering or investing. Please get in touch, Ian

Added by Ian Froggatt on May 13, 2009 at 10:00 — No Comments

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