While Africa has tremendous business opportunities, it also has significant social challenges, including poverty and unemployment. For many business people, this can be a turn-off, but more are finding it to be an opportunity and competitive advantage. We hear a lot about social entrepreneurs who are constructing enterprises, both non-profit and for-profit, to address social issues. There are also… Continue
One morning in 1988 I arrived early for a meeting in Chinsali, a small town in NE Zambia. I went into the dilapidated council chamber. There was no one else there and on the table was a copy of the Mining Mirror. It stood out because I'd never seen a copy before… Continue
PRESS RELEASE Jacana invests in InReturn to tackle poverty in Africa
Jacana Venture Partnership has announced its first investment in an African venture capital (VC) fund manager, InReturn Capital, an East African SME investment firm based in Kenya.
Jacana believes that a thriving venture capital VC industry in Africa will enable small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow and help millions out of poverty through economic development and job… Continue
Added by Shanti Roos on July 15, 2010 at 11:12 —
The PISCES (Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security) project is happy to announce the release of a new publication, 'Bio Energy and Poverty in Kenya: Attitude, Actors and Activities', which could be of interest to you and others in your networks.
Back in February 2010, ColaLife supporter, Lisa ter Haar of onlyconnectcommunication contacted me. She'd mentioned ColaLife in a lecture to her students at the Hult International Business School and they'd had lots and lots of questions. So Lisa invited me in for a question and answer session the following week (1/3/10). When I got the invitation I… Continue
Added by Simon Berry on July 8, 2010 at 22:43 —
We've published a report today into the effects of economic growth on alleviating poverty in Africa.
Using growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the latest data on poverty and living standards from the United Nations Human Development Report, Sequoia have estimated the improvements that economic growth could bring to the African population.
The report shows that economic growth has the potential to reduce African poverty levels from its current… Continue
The Acacia Group - Socially Responsible Leadership
The first of a series of blogs on the MDGs and how they inform CSR, community development, and leadership and learning.
With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20 – 22 September 2010 to accelerate progress towards the MDGs’ – The Call to action on the UN Website for the… Continue
This is a recent presentation I gave to the International Association of Business Communicators at their World Conference in Toronto, June 8, 2010. I used a format available a Prezi.com. I HIGHLY recommend taking the time to figure out this new style of presentation. I absolutely love it. It's free and fairly intuitive.…
In this article, originally published in Making It magazine, DIPAL BARUA explains how implementing renewable energy solutions empowers women, creates jobs, facilitates rural development and protects the environment
Dipal Barua has a vision. He sees his homeland becoming one of the world’s first “solar nations”. He believes solar and other renewable energies can transform the lives of the 75 million… Continue
I recently read one of the best articles I have ever read on sustainability by Warren Levy the President of Compelling Meetings.
My favourite paragraphs from Warren’s article
Instead, we could optimize for sustainability. A “Grandchildren” standard asks, “What would we do if grandchildren were our principal stakeholder?” This obviously would not satisfy the Icarcists need to soar. However, most investors want…Continue
Added by Ian Berry on July 5, 2010 at 16:14 —
What are the links between business and development? And what is the business role and opportunity in addressing sustainability challenges of developing countries and emerging economies? These questions are addressed in a report launched today by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
The report draws on a decade of WBCSD thought leadership and practical… Continue