November 2009 Blog Posts (26)

The private sector and climate change in developing countries

By Karen Ellis, Carolin Schramm and Alberto Lemma



Responding to climate change, and achieving low carbon… Continue

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

CSR Reporting Best Practice

Cindy Mehallow of Triple Pundit has put together some excellent insights about CSR reporting including some great work being done by FedEx and Gap.



Please read Cindy’s blog with the links here.



Be remarkable

Ian

Founder Differencemakers Community

Partnering passionate people to change what’s normal for the good of… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on November 29, 2009 at 6:37 — No Comments

Commonwealth Business Forum 2009, Final Communiqué and Report to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)

The 2009 Commonwealth Business Forum, which was held as part of the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Trinidad and Tobago, and which attracted over 1,000 business and government leaders from over 50 countries, has just closed. All the sessions have been summarised and will be online on the CBC website next week. The Forum has just issued this… Continue

Added by Business Fights Poverty on November 26, 2009 at 23:30 — No Comments

The Greatest Movement on Earth

Great insights about the greatest movement on earth by Paul Hawken, one of the great social and environmental justice leaders in the world today.





A must watch video.



Be remarkable

Ian

Founder Differencemakers Community

Partnering passionate people to change what’s normal for the good of people, our planet, and for… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on November 25, 2009 at 0:41 — No Comments

Job Opportunity: Executive Assistant, Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment


The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment is looking to hire a part-time Executive Assistant.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Added by Business Fights Poverty on November 23, 2009 at 23:00 — No Comments

Gearing Up for Growth - Reducing Poverty Part Three

Bringing the benefits of mobile communications to rural villages



Nokia, together with the Grameen Foundation, have joined forces to provide rural areas with access to affordable telecommunication services, thus boosting economic development in rural communities.



The Village Phone concept is based on the pioneering work of Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. It has since been replicated in Uganda and Rwanda. The… Continue

Added by Lars Stork on November 23, 2009 at 3:28 — No Comments

MyC4 raises capital for African entrepreneurs

MyC4 - http://www.myc4.com
MyC4 raises capital for African entrepreneurs, and in so doing is striving to become a significant tool in the fight to end extreme poverty. MYC4 is an online marketplace that connects you directly with African entrepreneurs, who lack capital to develop their businesses. We see a huge business potential in Africa waiting to be triggered. MYC4 is the explosive, they claim.

Added by Karsten Weitzenegger on November 21, 2009 at 22:36 — No Comments

UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty -- the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -- to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. More recently, a number of nations approved an addition to the treaty: the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful (and legally binding) measures. The Kyoto Protocol is an international and legally binding agreement to reduce… Continue

Added by Karsten Weitzenegger on November 21, 2009 at 22:32 — No Comments

World Development Report 2010: Development and climate protection can go together



Developing countries can shift to lower-carbon paths while promoting development and reducing poverty – if they receive financial and technical assistance from high-income countries. This is among the findings of the…

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Added by Karsten Weitzenegger on November 21, 2009 at 22:30 — No Comments

Aquaponics gains in popularity

Aquaponics is something worth knowing more about. It can serve as a method for sustainably feeding people and spurring the growth of micro-businesses.

I posted this story on Our Green Streets: http://ourgreenstreetsblog.com/wordpress/2009/11/world-interest-spreads-for-aquaponics/

Added by Glenn R. Meyers on November 20, 2009 at 1:29 — No Comments

"Copenhagen for Africa" Statement - for your comments by 27 November

Three weeks after the 2009 Africa investor CEO Forum and UNEP FI Global Roundtable in Cape Town and only three weeks ahead of the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Africa Investor and UNEP Finance Initiative invite your participation in the the finalisation of a Statement - by… Continue

Added by Business Action for Africa on November 19, 2009 at 0:30 — No Comments

Branchless banking possible by 2020

CGAP NewsFlash: With the right market conditions, branchless banking, including mobile phone banking, will be the primary channel for poor people to get basic financial services by the year 2020. So says “Scenarios for Branchless Banking in 2020,” a new Focus Note from CGAP and the UK’s Department for… Continue

Added by Business Fights Poverty on November 18, 2009 at 22:38 — 1 Comment

moladi Construction Building System launched in Accra , Ghana

Another country, another moladi launch, this time in Accra, Ghana



A competition was called for by Data Bank in Accra, Ghana to allow competing building technologies to showcase their ability and product on the basis of – Speed, Quality, Cost, Social Acceptability and Creating Employment for the Unskilled. The winner will qualify to construct 100 units for the Ghanaian market funded by Data Bank.



The building technologies qualified to participate was Hydraform, Panel Form… Continue

Added by Hennie Botes on November 18, 2009 at 16:36 — No Comments

Global Entrepreneurship Week launches today!



Today sees the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a wonderful initiative to “inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity”. Entrepreneurship will be the engine of economic recovery, of poverty reduction and of a more environmentally sustainable future.



Last year, over three million people around the world participated in events. To get involved this year,… Continue

Added by Business Fights Poverty on November 16, 2009 at 21:00 — No Comments

Please affirm the charter for compassion

On the 12th November The Charter for Compassion was offically launched. I encourage you to join me and thousands of people (hopefully millions) in affirming the charter and living its words. It’s just one page. Please read and affirm here.



Be remarkable

Ian

Founder Differencemakers Community

Partnering passionate people to change what’s normal for the good of people, our… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on November 16, 2009 at 20:34 — No Comments

ColaLife AidPod Animation Released!



I've had this animation for a couple of weeks but didn't want to release it before its debut at Chain Reaction on Thursday (12/11/09) where I had the privilege of presenting the ColaLife story (so far) during the opening plenary.



A big thank you is due to my son Sam who put this animation together (the audio lets it down a bit but that's down to me!).



Does anyone want a copy for their… Continue

Added by Simon Berry on November 15, 2009 at 22:09 — No Comments

Just showing up isn't enough

I came across the following at Persistence Unlimited.com



"80 percent of success is just showing up" —Woody Allen



"I often think about that quotation. It may sound easy to shrug off, but not if you look a little deeper. It doesn't just mean show up for job interviews or to work for an 80% increase in success. Showing up also means ... starting.



"For instance, did you show up at the gym today? Just showing up means… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on November 13, 2009 at 12:47 — No Comments

Gearing Up for Growth - Reducing Poverty Part Two

African mobile operators certainly have paved the way for further business development across industries both at corporate and SME level, the infrastructure and services provided have clearly been successful in its own way, however have also provided opportunities for new and existing businesses to develop and transform the way business is conducted in both urban and rural areas.



Some of the success stories are as follows:



Rural Distribution model



Celtel were… Continue

Added by Lars Stork on November 13, 2009 at 1:29 — No Comments

African Infrastructure Research - Free Resources

Originally posted at www.afribiz.info.



The results of the African Infrastructure Country Diagnostic (AICD) study was released by the World Bank today. It provides detailed data and analysis of the ICT, Power, Transport, Air Transport, Ports, Railways, Roads, Irrigation, Water Resources, Water Supply and Sanitation infrastructure sectors in 30 African countries. This research serves as a baseline for future infrastructure… Continue

Added by Lauri Elliott on November 12, 2009 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

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