September 2008 Blog Posts (24)

The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund makes its first grants

 

FROM AECF: The first six grants have been awarded by the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), totalling about $6.5m and covering over five countries, including Uganda, Cameroon,…

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Added by Business Fights Poverty on September 30, 2008 at 23:30 — 1 Comment

Why Volunteer? (Part 2) ...for no good reason. (Or maybe just not good enough.)

In the last entry I listed the fairly rehearsed reasons for volunteering. It’s a good list. Well thought out. Comprehensive. Accurate. And its not that they aren’t good reasons, its just that they aren’t good enough.



I then suggested that there was a reason that you won’t find on any of the classic volunteer management lists. Its a motivation that is more compelling and reflective of… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on September 30, 2008 at 20:30 — No Comments

New podcasts from Business Fights Poverty, including Bill Clinton, Queen Rania of Jordan and Former Canadian PM Paul Martin

Listen to 8 new podcasts recorded by Business Fights Poverty live in New York and Ottawa!



Download from our iTunes site or by clicking on the links below, or listen on-line in the podcast player on the left hand side of our homepage.



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Added by Business Fights Poverty on September 28, 2008 at 23:41 — No Comments

Business and governments review investment climate progress at UN meeting

To coincide with this week’s UN High Level Meeting on Africa’s Development Needs, the UN Office for Partnerships and Business Action for Africa joined forces to organise a meeting to gauge progress on improving Africa’s investment climate.



A favourable investment climate is vital for economic development and African policy-makers recognise that obstacles to both domestic… Continue

Added by Business Action for Africa on September 26, 2008 at 23:00 — No Comments

Ten companies recognized for their work in improving the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged people; 3 more make annoucements as part of Business Call to Action.



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FROM UNDP / INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:



Ten companies were recognized yesterday evening for their work in improving the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged people. From a family-owned soybean business in Ghana, to one of the leading telecommunications companies in the Philippines, these firms prove… Continue

Added by Business Fights Poverty on September 25, 2008 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Happy Employees; Happy Guests

Researching various company’s Employee Volunteer Programs (EVPs), I’ve noticed a distinct rise in the use of EVPs as an element of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Dozens of news feeds pop up on my screen each day on the topic. Every once in awhile, the content of an article really stands out. Today was just such a day, so I thought I’d share...



Perry Garfinkel (… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on September 25, 2008 at 14:22 — 2 Comments

Why Volunteer? ...for no good reason. (Or maybe just not good enough.) PART 1

If you ask the experts, “Why should I volunteer?” you’ll usually get a list of relatively compelling reasons. It usually reads something like this:



1. CAREERS. Volunteering provides you with a glimpse into career alternatives and your abilities.…



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Added by Chris Jarvis on September 25, 2008 at 14:06 — No Comments

Beating Global Poverty

When my forebears were starting out on their personal crusade to remedy the problems of life in the North east of Englands coal mines they created a local culture of social responsibility. Those communities grew to develop a keen nterest in the human spirit and its ability to triumph over adversity. However I think today they would be horrified to see what had been created.



By 1913 they had created a society that was beginning to accept true social reform and develop a classless… Continue

Added by Mark Trotter on September 25, 2008 at 12:46 — No Comments

Why People Hate Volunteering!



One of the greatest mistakes non-profit organizations (NPO’s) make with volunteers (and the public in general) is offering too much and asking too little. Now, that may come across counter-intuitive, or maybe just a dumb thing to say...But I’m suggesting that the major reason why many NPO’s find it almost impossible to… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on September 24, 2008 at 14:30 — No Comments

Guy Sebban, Secretary General International Chamber of Commerce: Business plays a key role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals

 

This year marks the midpoint in one of the most ambitious poverty-elimination efforts ever undertaken – the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG). In this pivotal year, when the…

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Added by Business Fights Poverty on September 22, 2008 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Global financial crisis could hurt UN program to Fight Poverty

What does the business community need to do??? It looks like world leaders are yet to meet there obligations collectively for the world's poor...



By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer



UNITED NATIONS - World leaders meeting at the U.N. General Assembly this week face a global financial crisis that threatens the United Nation's efforts to generate billions of dollars to fight poverty, especially in Africa.

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban… Continue

Added by Christopher Andoh on September 22, 2008 at 12:39 — No Comments

Final Call for applications for the GAIN Business Award for Innovation in Nutrition

GAIN Business Award

Geneva, London (GAIN/IBLF) – As world leaders gather in New York this week to discuss the rising concern about food security and nutrition, we have extended the deadline for the GAIN Business Award for Innovation in Nutrition to give as many companies as possible the opportunity to participate. The new deadline for application has now been extended to 31 October 2008.



The GAIN Business Award for Innovation in Nutrition, launched… Continue

Added by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition on September 22, 2008 at 12:22 — No Comments

Barbara Stocking: "Addressing the Injustice of Extreme Poverty and Inequality is Urgent, and Business Has an Instrumental Role to Play"

By Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive, Oxfam GB



Next week a series of events, taking place alongside the UN General Assembly in New York, will explore business' contribution to achieving…

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Added by Business Fights Poverty on September 20, 2008 at 19:30 — No Comments

Chris Marsden: Embedding Corporate Responsibility in the MBA Curriculum

By Chris Marsden, OBE

Businesses around the world are struggling to embed Corporate Responsibility…

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Added by member on September 20, 2008 at 17:00 — No Comments

Zahid Torres-Rahman: MDGs at the Mid-Point: Accelerating Business-Led Growth and Collective Action

 

By Zahid Torres-Rahman, Director, Business Action for Africa

Back in the heady days…

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Added by Business Action for Africa on September 20, 2008 at 10:30 — No Comments

World Business and Development Awards 2008

FROM INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:



Established by the International Chamber of Commerce in 2000 and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), the biennial World Business and Development Awards (WBDA) are the first worldwide business awards to… Continue

Added by Business Fights Poverty on September 18, 2008 at 16:30 — No Comments

[weitzenegger.de] September 2008

This Newsletter is a summary and analysis of trends in economic development in international co-operation policy. This is a public version of the file sent to professionals of the German cooperative AGEG Consultants eG by its Economic Development Department. Feel free to post it on your website or to circulate it to your constituency. Join by sending an email to: AGEG-WiRAM-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Best regards, Karsten Weitzenegger, Editor



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Added by Karsten Weitzenegger on September 12, 2008 at 10:51 — No Comments

World Bank Updates Poverty Estimates for the Developing World

New poverty estimates published by the World Bank reveal that 1.4 billion people in the developing world (one in four) were living on less than US$1.25 a day in 2005, down from 1.9 billion (one in two) in 1981.



The new numbers show that poverty has been more widespread across the developing world over the past 25 years than previously estimated, but also that there has been strong—if regionally uneven—progress toward reducing overall poverty.



Looking at the new estimates… Continue

Added by Karsten Weitzenegger on September 12, 2008 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Record breaking year for regulatory reforms in Africa

The World Bank’s Doing Business 09 Report, released today makes encouraging reading for policy makers, businesses and investors looking for signs of an improving business climate in the Africa.



These countries should be congratulated and encouraged to renew their efforts in making their… Continue

Added by Business Action for Africa on September 10, 2008 at 23:00 — No Comments

Business and the Millennium Development Goals: A Framework for Action 2nd Edition

 

Sep 08 - This framework for action discusses how businesses can work with the UN system, governments, and civil society organisations to help achieve the Millennium Development…

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Added by member on September 10, 2008 at 12:30 — No Comments

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