Is engagement in development a genuine business opportunity? Maybe so according to a new report Fighting Poverty – A Business Opportunity by InWEnt, United Nations Global Compact, World Bank Institute and Instituto Ethos.
See Joe Battat’s presentation at the 2006 PSD Forum. A polished paper should be out soon. Some quick facts from his survey of Chinese firms:
Presentations, video and pictures from the World Bank's 2006 Private Sector Development Forum are now online.
In their guide to womenomics the Economist argues that the future of the world economy lies increasingly in female hands - perhaps the world's most under-utilized resource.
A common criticism of fair trade coffee is that very little of the price markup goes back to the farmers themselves. So now, if you really want to cut out the middlemen, you can buy 1,000 pounds of top-quality coffee beans direct from the farmers, thanks to Cup of Excellence. After a rigorous competition, these coffee-lovers select the best beans from six Latin American countries and auction them on their site.
In this lecture Anne Kruger ambitiously tries to summarize the economic history of the 20th century, as well as highlight key challenges for the 21st and possible lessons for going forward.