October 2008 Blog Posts (46)

Time for research - Money to Africa Yes/No?

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 — 1 Comment

Marketing Community Investment like Tina Fey

Corporate Social Responsibility walks hand in hand with the New Social Media

Almost everyone I know has seen the now famous Sarah Palin impersonation by Tina Fey. SNL racked up 10.2 million viewers for their…

Added by Chris Jarvis on October 28, 2008 at 17:07 — No Comments

Ethical Investment is the Key

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 — No Comments

BFP Team
Ending World Poverty Through Social Business

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 — 4 Comments

New! Map of Business Fighting Poverty

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 — 2 Comments

Pathological Collaboration at SoCAP '08

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.

Mark… Continue

Added by Mark Beckford on October 27, 2008 at 0:48 — No Comments

Corporate Social Responsibility May be the Solution in Failing Economy

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 — No Comments

BFP Team
Let's welcome the new African free trade zone!

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 — No Comments

Africa and the credit crisis


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

Wasting Public money

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 — No Comments

An uncomfortable time

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 — No Comments

Former President of Botswana wins the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership


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…

Added by Business Action for Africa on October 20, 2008 at 23:00 — No Comments

The practice of giving back - Business

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'.…


Added by Chris Jarvis on October 20, 2008 at 21:27 — No Comments

2nd anniversary of greatest end poverty collaboration branding

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 — No Comments

World Poverty Day, 17 October

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 — No Comments

Business Fights Poverty reaches 1,000 members!

Three team members from WorldofGood.com have just joined Business Fights Poverty, taking the network to over 1,000 members!

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 — No Comments

World Food Day, 16 October

FROM GAIN: 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 — No Comments

Financial Chaos on Wall Street May Make Corporations Socially Irresponsible

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 — 1 Comment

BFP Team
Scaling-up Action to Fight Poverty

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 — No Comments

Fighting poverty by empowering women


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…


Added by Business Fights Poverty on October 15, 2008 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

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