Entrepreneurship

Breaking through: how corporate social innovation creates business opportunity

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This report looks at the positive power of business to drive the innovation needed to solve the growing social and environmental challenges facing our planet. 

The goal of this report is to help Canadian business leaders consider corporate social innovation (CSI) as a powerful opportunity to concurrently drive social impact and growth. 

Grameen Foundation: Community Knowledge Worker Uganda Program

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The Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative was launched by Grameen Foundation and its partners in Uganda in 2009 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, it serves more than 300,000 farmers in remote communities through a network of more than 1,100 peer advisors.

The initiative combines mobile technology and human networks to help smallholder farmers get accurate, timely information to improve their businesses and livelihoods.

Inclusion, Resilience, Change: ADB’s Strategy 2020 at Mid-Term

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Author: Asian Development Bank
Publication date: 2014

The midterm review of Strategy 2020 provides the Asian Development Bank (ADB) a precious opportunity to draw on its vast experience over the first 5 years of the strategy's implementation.

20 Essential TED Talks for Future Leaders

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Author: Writers, S.
Publication date: 2012

If you want to get to the top in any field, whether it’s business, science, or even construction, you have to have some pretty solid leadership skills. This article presents a collection of some of the best TED Talks for anyone, young or old, hoping to hone their leadership abilities.

IDS Annual Report 2014: Transforming development

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Author: IDS
Publication date: 2014

This year's theme, ‘Transforming Development’ reflects both the upheaval in the development landscape, and the changes IDS is making to refresh its vision and ways of working in internationally turbulent times.

The IDS Annual Report 2014:

Innovation that sticks (in Dutch)

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Author: Stenden Hogeschool
Publication date: 2012

In deze publicatie van Stenden KennisCentrum Sociale Innovatie belicht de rol van sociale innovatie in een reeks activiteiten en bedrijfscases uit Nederland.

Leveraging the private sector to promote agriculture and natural resources-based livelihoods

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Authors: Wiggins, S. & Keats, S.
Publication date: 2014

For the benefit of Livelihoods Advisers in DFID, this Topic Guide sets out the issues arising when stimulating private investment and initiatives to the benefit of small-scale and informal farmers, fishers and herders.

Local fundraising and claim-making in Kenya

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Author: Lijfering, S.
Publication date: 2014

This article looks at how local fundraising and claim-making work in practice by zooming in on Kenya. Late 2013 the Kenyan Parliament put forward a law that would prohibit local NGOs to receive more than 15 percent of their funding from abroad. The bill was rejected, but it served as a wake-up call for Kenyan civil society.

Based on some field visits, the author investigates whether the emerging Kenyan middle class is even interested in development cooperation and whether they would be willing to contribute. 

Capacity.org: Innovative financing for inclusive agricultural development

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As traditional official development assistance decreases attention is turning to how best to catalyse private funding for development.  However, private companies need to generate returns on their investments. To what extent does this limit private financing from reaching the poor and marginalised, referred to by Paul Collier as the ‘bottom billion’? In other words, can financing solutions involving private sector actors be inclusive?

Inclusive Innovation: Definition, Conceptualisation and Future Research Priorities

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Authors: Heeks, R. et alii. 
Publication date: 2013

There is increasing policy, practice and academic interest in “inclusive innovation”. Based on a three-country interview study with 37 policy-makers, strategists, private sector and NGO sector representatives – and founded on a review of existing literature on inclusive innovation – this paper reports findings about research priorities in inclusive innovation.