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
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 —
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.
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
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…
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 —
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
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.
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 —
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!).
"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 —
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.
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