Milton Freidman claimed that “the business of business is business.” In the latest issue of the McKinsey Quarterly, Ian Davis disagrees. He also speaks out against what he calls the “fuzzy” arguments of corporate social responsibility. He writes from somewhere in between these two “tired ideological positions” :
Several weeks ago Thomas Friedman spoke here at the IFC. Video of the event is now available online.
Scenarios seem to be hot, whether they are aiming at 2020, 2025 or beyond.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has announced they are close to finishing their project looking at the future of water (2030). Previous WBCSD scenarios include: sustainable technology, biotechnology and energy (2050).
Simon Maxwell of the ODI offers four visions of bilateral aid. The spyglass is dominated by multilateral programs; the spigot is 'one cheque a year'; the spoon concentrates on health and education programs; the spanner picks up infrastructure. (Expect to see this paper on the ODI Blog, but you heard it here first.)
This brief paper got me thinking about other analogies for aid. Spanish omelette? Spandex? Spiral? or Spaghetti?