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Why is the Gates foundation investing in GM giant Monsanto?

Why is the Gates foundation investing in GM giant Monsanto? | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's investments in Monsanto and Cargill have come under heavy criticism. Is it time for the foundation to come clean on its visions for agriculture in developing countries?

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Ensuring food security: Key resources - SciDev.Net

Ensuring food security: Key resources
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The website from the 'Making the Connection' conference, organised last year by several international organisations, hosts comprehensive information on agricultural value chains for smallholders.

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Converting Big Data And Analytics Insights Into Results

Converting Big Data And Analytics Insights Into Results | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it

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Chatu Jayadewa's curator insight, October 31, 2013 3:36 PM

In today’s competitive marketplace, executive leaders are racing to convert enterprise insights into meaningful results. Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their enterprises to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimize outcomes.

In this exciting new piece of research, the IBM Institute of Business Value surveyed 900 business and IT executives from 70 countries. Through our research, we identified nine levers that together enable organizations to create value from an ever-growing volume of data from a variety of sources – value that results from insights derived and actions taken at every level of the organization.

By examining the leaders, the top 19 percent who identified as substantially outperforming their industry and market, the study offers insight into how these nine levers are crucial in gaining optimal value from analytics. Three key insights emerged:

 

Analytic implementation strategies need to support business objectivesThe technology in place needs to support the analytics strategyThe organization’s culture needs to evolve so people take action on the strategy and technology.
Paulo Machado's curator insight, January 9, 2014 10:50 AM

The capture & conversion of health data into actionable insight will drive the transformation of healthcare delivery & our culture of Health & Wellness.

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Is The System Getting You Down? Two Entrepreneurs Are Making The Market Work For Everyone

Is The System Getting You Down? Two Entrepreneurs Are Making The Market Work For Everyone | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
Typically, loan officers evaluate risk and package financial products based on the information provided by credit reports.

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Public Funds Should Catalyze, Not Crowd Out, Private Investment

Public Funds Should Catalyze, Not Crowd Out, Private Investment | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
Once a private financial market is well-developed, public funding should be aimed at catalyzing private investment at an affordable price and crowding-in more private financial providers.

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Working Together in Pursuit of Inclusive Business: Sharing the Latin American and Caribbean Experience with Asia and the Pacific | Asian Development Bank

Working Together in Pursuit of Inclusive Business: Sharing the Latin American and Caribbean Experience with Asia and the Pacific | Asian Development Bank | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it

This publication, launched by IDB President Moreno and ADB President Nakao, summarizes the Inter-American Development Bank's Opportunities for the Majority program and provides recommendations for ADB to learn from Latin America in the pursuit of inclusive business.  It was written by W. Robert de Jongh from the Red Mantra Group.


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Building the social enterprise | McKinsey & Company

Building the social enterprise | McKinsey & Company | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
By following a few simple principles, leaders can realize the vast potential of social technologies to engage employees and transform organizations.
A McKinsey Quarterly article.

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Impact Investing 2.0 Launches! | Pacific Community Ventures

Impact Investing 2.0 Launches! | Pacific Community Ventures | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
Impact Investing 2.0 is here. #impinv2 12 case studies show that imp inv is not benevolent puffery. http://t.co/wCgLYoizQi

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Why Extreme Poverty isn't Extreme Enough

Why Extreme Poverty isn't Extreme Enough | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
Lant Pritchett, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, recently criticized the United Nations and World Bank goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 for being “too extreme.” Of c...

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Advisors: 5 Tips for Impact Investing

Advisors: 5 Tips for Impact Investing | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
Clients have become increasingly vigilant about aligning their investment decisions with their values, says Boston advisor Chat Reynders.

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WBCSD Announces Inclusive Approach to Forest Certification - Canada NewsWire (press release)

WBCSD Announces Inclusive Approach to Forest Certification Canada NewsWire (press release) "The WBCSD Forest Solutions Group's leadership statement calls on all stakeholders to join forces to innovate and grow markets for sustainably-produced...

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Harvard Students Strive to Ignite Innovation, 'Using Business for Social Good' - BostInno

Harvard Students Strive to Ignite Innovation, 'Using Business for Social Good' - BostInno | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
Harvard Students Strive to Ignite Innovation, 'Using Business for Social Good'
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At one point, Harvard junior Katrina Wong was considering attending law school.

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A New Global Partnership with Business

This report by Business Action for Africa, Harvard Kennedy School's CSR Initiative and The Partnering Initiative looks at the role of partnering with business deliver the Post-2015 development framework and achieve sustainable prosperity in Africa.

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World's poorest countries must create more jobs or risk unrest, warns UN - The Guardian

World's poorest countries must create more jobs or risk unrest, warns UN - The Guardian | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
World's poorest countries must create more jobs or risk unrest, warns UN The Guardian The 2013 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) report, Growth with employment for inclusive and sustainable development, published on Wednesday, says the 49 poorest...

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Big Investors and the Young Nudge Morgan Stanley Toward Sustainable Investing - Bloomberg

Big Investors and the Young Nudge Morgan Stanley Toward Sustainable Investing - Bloomberg | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
Bloomberg Big Investors and the Young Nudge Morgan Stanley Toward Sustainable Investing Bloomberg Morgan Stanley this month announced a five-year goal of $10 billion in client assets for its “investing with impact” program, which offers investors a...

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Brief: Ketto Secures Angel Investment For Social Impact Crowdfunding Platform - Crowdfund Insider

Brief: Ketto Secures Angel Investment For Social Impact Crowdfunding Platform - Crowdfund Insider | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
Brief: Ketto Secures Angel Investment For Social Impact Crowdfunding Platform Crowdfund Insider Ketto is a Mumbai-based crowdfunding platform that “allows individuals, corporates and NGOs to raise funds for their favorite social causes and ideas.”...

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Raising the Base of the Pyramid Through Enterprise


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W. Robert de Jongh's curator insight, November 7, 2013 2:40 PM

There has been much progress in promoting Base of the Pyramid (BoP) business and a growing number of ventures and initiatives have come forward that reflect the different phases of the business value chain. In the past decade, work on inclusive business development has increased significantly and organizations working today on

innovative models range from multinational corporations, co-operatives, small and medium-sized enterprises, governments, public institutions and international organizations, and even not-for-profit organizations that use business principles—or social business approaches—to achieve their mission.

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The big aid debate: rich countries consider foreign aid overhaul

The big aid debate: rich countries consider foreign aid overhaul | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
• A fifth of OECD aid never leaves donor country – report • Shakeup could mean more money for private sector (The big aid debate: should more money go to the private sector?

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Google Giving: Calibrating Moon Shots (SSIR)

Google Giving: Calibrating Moon Shots (SSIR) | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
When we back only proven and incremental ideas, we miss out on the opportunity to test new ones that could potentially change millions of lives. (Google's approach to venture philanthropy.

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Impact investments lower than Venture Capital and Private Equity: IIT-Madras study - The Economic Times

Impact investments lower than Venture Capital and Private Equity: IIT-Madras study - The Economic Times | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
The average investment per deal in impact investments was about $2.82-m, much lower than overall average deal size of $32-m seen in Venture Capital and Private Equity investments.

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Africa’s themes for improved competitiveness

Africa’s themes for improved competitiveness | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
Over the last decade, many African countries focused on getting the economic fundamentals right. They put in place more sustainable fiscal policies, controlled inflation, and managed their debt.

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WBCSD identifies solutions to overcome internal barriers to scale up inclusive business

WBCSD identifies solutions to overcome internal barriers to scale up inclusive business | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it

In its latest issue brief, titled Scaling up Inclusive Business – Solutions to overcome internal barriers, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) identifies a series of solutions aimed at helping companies scale up commercially viable business solutions that expand access to goods, services, and livelihoods opportunities for low-income communities—something the WBCSD calls inclusive business.

Companies of all sizes, including many WBCSD members, are actively testing and rolling out inclusive business models, but relatively few of them have achieved their full potential of improving livelihoods and companies’ economic bottom line.

The objective of the ‘Scaling up Inclusive Business’ brief is to better understand the internal barriers companies face when trying to scale up inclusive business, and identify solutions for overcoming those barriers.


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Indian Tales of Inclusive Business Models

Indian Tales of Inclusive Business Models | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
We just spent the last few weeks criss-crossing India to discover how private sector companies are striving to support India's quest for "inclusive growth." Inclusive growth has become the economic...

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Social Impact Investing Will Be the New Venture Capital

Social Impact Investing Will Be the New Venture Capital | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
New funding models are about to revolutionize the social sector.

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UBS: China can make ‘generational leap’ in responsible investment - Blue and Green Tomorrow

UBS: China can make ‘generational leap’ in responsible investment - Blue and Green Tomorrow | Global Sustainability | Scoop.it
Socially responsible investment (SRI) has the potential to grow rapidly in China, according to a report from finance giant UBS.

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