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Sometimes Small Economic Development Can Be Good Economic Development

Small NGOs will continue to be criticized by development economists for their lack of efficiencies and small economies of scale. But sometimes they have all the right components to help break families out of poverty. Sometimes, small is good. Louela Nalzaro was desperate. As a single mom in the Philippines — a country with roughly

2020-02-03T09:19:12-06:00Tags: |

Environment and climate issues take precedence in new CAP proposal

Climate and environmental problems are the main focus of the new multiannual EU budget proposed by the European Commission after 2020, which is reflected in the common agricultural policy (CAP), EURACTIV Poland reports. The European Commission presented a proposal for the framework of the CAP beyond 2020 on 1 June 2018, one month after the

2019-12-17T10:19:44-06:00Tags: |

Jet Stream Waves are risk to food production

In a new study published today in Nature Climate Change, scientists show how specific wave patterns in the jet stream strongly increase the chance of co-occurring heatwaves in major food producing regions of Northern America, Western Europe and Asia. Their research finds that these simultaneous heatwaves significantly reduce crop production across those regions, creating the

2019-12-14T14:43:16-06:00Tags: |

The Importance of Environmental Practices in Poverty Alleviation

Alleviating poverty is a worthy endeavor pursued by many organizations. However, studies show that in some cases there are unintended negative impacts upon the environment. The goal to alleviate poverty without environmental damage can be challenging. For example, an organization might teach improved farming techniques and assume that if followed the effects will be positive.

2019-12-14T14:32:43-06:00Tags: |

Fighting Neglected Diseases

Imagine you are in a business course and are given the following scenario: Your marketing department has found an opportunity for your business. It has identified a clear problem that, with research, time and heavy investment your company can solve. This solution comes with the caveat that you will be creating a product for a

2019-12-14T14:27:46-06:00Tags: |

Does Everyone Want To Be An Owner

In theory, employee ownership through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is an almost perfect idea, since it benefits employees and businesses equally and simultaneously. Shares are allocated to, rather than purchased by, the employees, which puts ownership within the grasp of many who might never own a business otherwise. Employees have a strong incentive

2019-12-14T14:21:30-06:00Tags: |

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology

It is amazing how much change can be caused by one person’s idea. The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is a result of Jorn Lyseggen’s believe that with guidance and support people can achieve remarkable results. Established by the non-profit Meltwater Foundation, MEST developed its program in Accra, Ghana in 2008 as an effort

2019-12-13T18:38:29-06:00Tags: |

Fighting Poverty Project by Project: Toward a Nobel Prize

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer for their “experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”. This is an important turn of events partly because of the enormity of the problem that they and others are trying to address. In 2019, there are still more than 550

2019-12-13T18:34:12-06:00Tags: |

How large a role should business play in improving society?

All societies have problems. I am sure this is not a shock to anyone. Neighbors have disputes, poverty exists and inequality grows. Simply put, if each individual of a society is imperfect, so too is society, and since no one is perfect, we each play a part in making society imperfect. And like people, institutions

2019-12-13T18:36:37-06:00Tags: |

CRISP Social Ventures – Transforming Nobel Ideas Into Novel Solutions

The beacon of development often conjures up images of radical innovations, disruptive models, and leapfrog technologies. And yet, as nations attempt to embrace the promises of development, there is often a disconnect between imagination and execution in providing for even the most basic of human needs. Measurable social change, ensuring a degree of social equity

2019-12-13T18:36:02-06:00Tags: |

Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019

In September 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York, new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted. These SDGs address a comprehensive range of issues, from poverty, health and hunger to gender equality, climate change and energy. Some parts of the world have now re-oriented themselves toward achieving the vision of a

2019-12-13T18:22:14-06:00Tags: |

Honoring the dignity of employees includes having them own more of the company

George Clason, in his classic book titled "The Richest Man in Babylon," wrote this line: “A part of all I earned was mine to keep.” In the 1950s, a lawyer named Louis Kelso coined the term “Employee Stock Ownership Plan” (ESOP). The intent of ESOPs is to significantly increase employee incentives and productivity, while giving

2019-12-13T18:31:34-06:00Tags: |

The Curse of Being Blessed With Petroleum

Usually there are reasons to celebrate when a country strikes oil. Nevertheless, many countries will end up substantially worse than if they wouldn’t have found anything. According to Michael Ross[1], oil-rich countries such as Gabon and Iraq, experienced an income decline of 45 and 85 percent respectively, from 1980 to 2006. Moreover, oil-rich countries are

2019-12-13T18:26:39-06:00Tags: |