Over the past few months I have had an interesting change in my approach to working with projects in Africa.
I recognise the need for money and the public benefit that is achieved by underpinning new social infrastructure, but I was asked by a project leader to justify the fundraising and the application of the funds using my own cost benefit analysis tool.
Well the results were surprising and I wanted to guage what this forum felt was the real benefit of this. I am not… Continue
Added by Mark Trotter on October 29, 2008 at 17:08 —
Corporate Social Responsibility walks hand in hand with the New Social Media Continue
Almost everyone I know has seen the now famous Sarah Palin impersonation by Tina Fey. SNL racked up 10.2 million viewers
Added by Chris Jarvis on October 28, 2008 at 17:07 —
It is a truth that giving has failed Africa. Focusing on Malawi, official development assistance and official aid have steadily been on the increase since the 1980s reaching a peak in 2006 of US$650 Million. Despite this inflow of aid, Malawi’s Gross National Income (GNI) per capita has remained fairly static being US$190 in 1980 falling to US$140 in 2001 and currently at a record high of US$250.
Whilst aid has continued to pour into Malawi seeing little success, the inflow of… Continue
Added by Peter Lander on October 27, 2008 at 18:13 —
Muhammad Yunus is a man with a mission: consigning world poverty to history. In his book, Creating a World Without Poverty
, Yunus sets out his strategy for making his ambitious dream a reality. As the founder of the Grameen Bank, Yunus has been a pioneer in thinking about how to harness business thinking to fight poverty. As he puts it, "It will require all our creativity and imagination to come up with excellent business ideas that… Continue
Added by Zahid Torres-Rahman on October 27, 2008 at 1:30 —
We have added a new feature to the site: an interactive map
of case studies of business fighting poverty around the world. The map includes text, photos and video.
We originally developed the map for Business Action for… Continue
Added by Business Fights Poverty on October 27, 2008 at 1:00 —
I posted a blog entry on NextBillion.net as well as my own blog on my thoughts of the Social Capital Markets conference that occurred a few weeks ago in San Francisco. I met a fellow BFP member there, Alexis Sampson.
You can find the discussion here: Pathological Collaboration
. Comments appreciated.
Added by Mark Beckford on October 27, 2008 at 0:48 —
The credit markets are tightening their belts (or bottlenecks) and chances are many business leaders are looking to trim the fat off the edges. Next year’s budgets will reflect the fiscal judiciousness of the obsessive profiteer. Nothing wrong with that, really. It’s why business is in business - to make money for the owners/shareholders. And that is exactly why CSR should be… Continue
Added by Chris Jarvis on October 26, 2008 at 23:30 —
In a BBC article
it was estimated that the new African free trade zone of 26 countries has a combined GDP of $624bn (£382.9bn).
The coming together of these countries should also help them cope better with the adverse effects of the international economic climate.
This agreement between the leaders of the existing African trading blocks, namely the Southern African… Continue
Added by Yvette Torres-Rahman on October 25, 2008 at 12:35 —
Added by Business Action for Africa on October 23, 2008 at 23:00 —
I want to put this into UK context but it does indicate just how little thought has been put into the whole Voluntary Sector developmen tprogramme nationally and internationally.
Because of the Lisbon Treaty the UK is committed to creating a more tailored skills market this basically means that any options chosen to throw some funds at an idea that appears sound by a national body will recieve funding.
The only way to make this work is to create an international skills… Continue
Added by Mark Trotter on October 23, 2008 at 11:28 —
Whatever was said or happened on a Yacht off the coast of a greek island has so little to do with the real world it only goes to show just how anal the leaders of countries are.
Just a couple of weeks ago they plight of developing nations was a high priority around the developed world. Conversations on establishing methods of restoring a balance through alternative trade discussions etc. Concern over the bread basket of Africa lost for another generation and yet a conversation on a… Continue
Added by Mark Trotter on October 22, 2008 at 16:32 —
PRESS RELEASE: MO IBRAHIM FOUNDATION
Kofi Annan announces today the former President of Botswana as the winner of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.
Festus Gontebanye Mogae, the former President of Botswana, has been announced today as the winner of the 2008 Ibrahim Prize… Continue
Added by Business Action for Africa on October 20, 2008 at 23:00 —
The following article by Jiayan Huang from The Ticker is an excellent example of the current trends in Corporate Social Responsibility. It highlights the importance of volunteerism through the employer as a benefit that displaces 'salary as king'.… Continue
Added by Chris Jarvis on October 20, 2008 at 21:27 —
The Nobel award2006 to Muhammad Yunus has had extraordinary impacts on all of: 1) Yunus
2) 7 million poor women who shared half of the nobel prize
3) the nobel brand
4) the world of people who want microeconomics up not wall street down to spin our global generation
Not in living memory has an award gone to an entrepreneur at the top of his game -in this case freeing the market of end poverty so everyone can joyously unite.… Continue
Added by chris macrae on October 18, 2008 at 20:30 —
Today, the world is marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
. 3 billion people still live on less that US$2 a day.
Here are some useful sites:
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Press Release
The rights of people living in poverty will be… Continue
Added by Business Fights Poverty on October 17, 2008 at 12:00 —
Three team members from WorldofGood.com have just joined Business Fights Poverty, taking the network to over 1,000 members! Continue
WorldofGood.com by eBay is a brand new marketplace that enables small-scale entrepreneurs from across the developing world to sell their products online. You can read more…
Added by Business Fights Poverty on October 16, 2008 at 22:00 —
: World Food Day, 16 October, is a worldwide event that aims at raising awareness and understanding around actions alleviating hunger and malnutrition.
This year high food prices have put this event in the spotlight as 900 million people face starvation because of soaring prices, and more people are going to be pushed into food insecurity.
Here is a link
to the e-card GAIN - the… Continue
Added by Business Fights Poverty on October 16, 2008 at 14:00 —
Amid chaos in the financial sectors, the trillion dollar bailouts, and the cannibalizing of historic financial institutions around the world, there is a small stage being set. It is being meticulously prepared by the stage hands of fear, loss, anxiety and turmoil. Upon this stage, a troupe of thespians will play out for us, an audience of nations, their rendition of our true… Continue
Added by Chris Jarvis on October 16, 2008 at 0:42 —
When I first started working with Inspiris
in the field of business fighting poverty, I did some pro-bono marketing work for a great consumer brand called Heart of Africa
. All profits made from the brand are re-invested in business development projects in Africa. The organisation behind it is Traidlinks
whose vision is to "diminish poverty in developing countries by… Continue
Added by Yvette Torres-Rahman on October 15, 2008 at 23:30 —
It is widely recognised in the development community that it is women who suffer most the burden of poverty, and that it is women who offer the best route… Continue
Added by Business Fights Poverty on October 15, 2008 at 22:00 —