November 2008 Blog Posts (28)

Summary of reactions to the ColaLife Pods from selected MDCs

On 27/11/08 I was lucky enough to be able to accompany Benito Xaverly, one of Coca-Cola Kwanza's Area Sales Managers as he visited 7 of the 17 MDCs he looks after. The main purpose of the visits was to agree the month's sales targets and discuss any issues the MDCs may have.

However, I took along the ‘ColaLife Pods', the tube and the wedge, to test reactions to the overall concept of… Continue

Added by Simon Berry on November 30, 2008 at 14:53 — No Comments

Start a Corporate Volunteering Program Where You Work (part 2)


Corporate Volunteer programs, also known as Employee Volunteer Programs are a key component to Corporate Social Responsibility strategies. In this second part of our…


Added by Chris Jarvis on November 29, 2008 at 3:00 — No Comments

A bit of market research following the Coca-Cola stakeholders meeting

Following the meeting on 26/11/08, I had the good fortune to spend some time in the field and went out with Benito Xaverly, one of the Area Sales Manager for Dar Es Salaam. He's a Business Administration graduate and until recently he worked for Pepsi. He had not heard of ColaLife before we got in the vehicle and started on our journey. We visited 7 of the 17 MDCs that he manages and I took the mock-up ColaLife Pods I made… Continue

Added by Simon Berry on November 27, 2008 at 23:00 — No Comments

International Volunteering in Ireland

I was recently asked to review the experience of a number of signatories to a "Volunteer Code of Practice" (VCoP)that the main Irish volunteering organisations have signed up to. The purpose of the VCoP is to bring a shared standard to the international volunteering sector in Ireland.

The purpose of the review was to see what lessons could be learnt and opportunities idenified - both for the code and for the signatory organisations now that it has been in place for almost two years.… Continue

Added by Martin (entanddev) on November 26, 2008 at 22:30 — No Comments

Uruguay & it's national development plans

Last December I facilitated a trip by a group of diplomats from the Uruguayan government to Ireland. During this trip the group met with several of the Irish agencies that are responsible for implementing the irish economic, enterprise and development programmes. These included:

- Irish Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation (including political and civil service responsibilities; multilateral & bilateral relationships; civil society support; etc.)

- Irish Civil… Continue

Added by Martin (entanddev) on November 26, 2008 at 22:00 — No Comments

Starbucks Coffee Saves Lives

Successful companies continue to enthusiastically embrace Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Volunteering as core strategies to combat lean economic times.

I always thought “self-employed” had a sort of… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on November 26, 2008 at 18:25 — No Comments

Sustainable investment policy

The world financial markets are set for a rude awaking the international bailout has it's limits because it it doesn't matter any longer what the great minds think unless commercial confidence is bouyant all the money the world has will not provide the sustainable get out gaol card they hoped for.

So with a shrinking globe we need to create community trade location to location giving footprint in each community across the globe. Tye the communities and see the local grwoth on both… Continue

Added by Mark Trotter on November 25, 2008 at 19:24 — No Comments

BFP Team
Follow my trip to Tanzania to visit Coca-Cola's new initiative to support small entrepreneurs

This week I am visiting Tanzania to see how Coca-Cola and its bottling partners plan to grow their distribution system based on independent local entrepreneurs.

Join this group to engage in the discussion!

And follow me on!

Added by Zahid Torres-Rahman on November 23, 2008 at 2:33 — 1 Comment

Global Recession - Keeping business at the heart of sustainable development

Adam Leach, new CEO at the International Business Leaders Forum, on the challenges ahead

As the shockwaves of the crisis in the financial sector continue to reverberate around the world and recession undermines confidence in the outlook for the world economy, commentators continue to speculate about how business can navigate through what for most are uncharted economic waters.

The scale and… Continue

Added by Business Fights Poverty on November 22, 2008 at 18:00 — No Comments

UK's Department For International Development Seeking Feedback On Its Agricultural Policy

Over the next two months, the UK's Department for International Development's (DFID) Food Group will be reviewing DFID's 2005 Agricultural Policy, and to do this they would like your help. A short issues paper will be…


Added by Business Fights Poverty on November 21, 2008 at 21:30 — No Comments

Welcome to the World Bank

More proof that agriculture is back on the agenda: the World Bank Institute (WBI) just announced a new Executive Development Program on Inclusive Agribusiness: Fighting, Poverty, Hunger and Malnutrition. It comes after a turbulent year in the food markets and at the peak of the financial crisis impacting the agribusiness sector and poverty on a global scale. But WBI’s program isn’t… Continue

Added by Alexis Sampson on November 21, 2008 at 16:36 — 2 Comments

Voice services

Although many high end projects have been launched in the field of ICT4D, most of the people still can be reached through established media such as radio, television or the basic mobile phone functions - SMS and voice calls. Therefore it doesn’t surprise me that some of the most successful projects in ICT4D (FrontlineSMS -, Ushahidi -, Tradenet -, …) rely on these basic features (mostly SMS) for the front end.

An… Continue

Added by Florian Sturm on November 20, 2008 at 23:04 — No Comments

Global Entrepreneurship Week: Unleashing Entrepreneurship

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week. In the UK, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Lord Peter Mandelson have been advocating it vigorously in public.

Here's a reflection from Business Fights Poverty member, Peter Heslam, entitled 'Unleashing Entrepreneurship', which was released at the start of the week to a large radio and online audience.

Peter… Continue

Added by Business Fights Poverty on November 20, 2008 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Africa Progress Panel

Read the Africa Progress Panel's (APP) new fortnightly Bulletin. It is intended to provide Panel members, their staff and key stakeholders with a snapshot of the issues and events of central concern to the APP.

Post by… Continue

Added by Business Action for Africa on November 19, 2008 at 23:00 — No Comments

Obama: Volunteerism 2.0

President-elect Barack Obama understood the subtle difference between utilizing volunteers to achieve an objective, and embracing volunteers as the objective. He created free space for collaborative efforts. The interests of the volunteer, the campaign, and Mr Obama were able to find convergence. He was not a leader with a thousand helpers. He became the leader of a… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on November 19, 2008 at 17:59 — 1 Comment

The Pioneers of Prosperity awards in Africa-rewarding entrepreneurs!

If you haven’t heard…it’s a two day event, starting today in Kigali, Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills.

Part of the Pioneers of Prosperity Award Programme, it brings together top African businesses, investors, presidents and NGOs to celebrate and recognise torch-bearing companies in Africa.

The long-term aim is to turn these companies into powerful role models that will inspire the next-generation of African business leaders.

Ten finalists, which include… Continue

Added by Pioneers of Prosperity on November 18, 2008 at 15:03 — No Comments

The UK's International Development Agency, DFID, Is Looking For Private Sector Development Advisers. Apply By 26 November!

The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) is looking for Private Sector Development Advisers:

The closing date for applications…


Added by Business Fights Poverty on November 18, 2008 at 14:00 — No Comments

Start a Corporate Volunteering Program Where You Work


Corporate Volunteer programs, also known as Employee Volunteer Programs are a key component to Corporate Social Responsibility strategies. We’ll tell you how to start…


Added by Chris Jarvis on November 15, 2008 at 0:00 — No Comments

Corporate Volunteering; Giving Time to Make a Profit

There is less cash out there for your to borrow. Your customers are spending less, less often. And your workforce is about to experience a radical turnover in the next 10 years. What are you going to do about it? Try this simple and proven solution.

Feeling Boxed in by the Financial Crises? Think outside the Box.…


Added by Chris Jarvis on November 12, 2008 at 15:50 — No Comments

The Bottom Billion

The last days I read the remarkable book "The Bottom Billion" of Paul Collier. I learned so many relevant things on development of lesser developed countries that I really want to recommend you to read it (or buy it -

Generally, Paul Collier is "Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies at the Oxford University, and former director of Development Research at the… Continue

Added by Florian Sturm on November 12, 2008 at 15:33 — 1 Comment

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