The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid Turns 10, SID Event June 26, 2014

On June 26, 2014, I attended a panel to review the decade of implementation C.K.Prahald vision articulated in “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” sponsored by SID Washington. Mrs. Ruth Berg shared that although the book has been more »

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Private Sector Assessments

Today I attended the Private Sector Working Group supported by USAID and Abt Associates.  The meeting focused on sharing experiences regarding conducting assessment of the private sector health providers.  A key lesson learned was that these assessments were the spark more »

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Cross-Sector Collaboration to Address Poverty

Last week I attended the San Jose Social Innovation “Unconference”. In the year since the last meeting, 18 organizations— including nonprofits, local government agencies and businesses, such as Cisco have come together to have a sustainable approach to addressing poverty with more »

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Acumen: Matching Types of Funding with Stage of Development

Matching Types of Funding with Stage of Development         Despite the blizzard in Boston last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Harvard Social Enterprise conference. Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen Fund was the keynote.  While more »

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Meeting in the Middle: Cross-Sector Partnerships

On January 9, 2013, I moderated a cross-sector partnership panel, sponsored by the Society for International Development.  The panel included representatives from the nonprofit sector, USAID and ExxonMobil Foundation. Highlights Partnerships are often more challenging than they seem. Speakers used more »

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Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer 2012

U.K . Corporate Views: Most corporations (77%) view their partnerships with NGOs are ‘very important’ or ‘important’ to their (core) business agenda.  The main reason (82%) that companies partner with NGOs 82% enhancing brand reputation and achieving greater credibility.  In more »

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Improving Conditions for Tea Workers in Sri Lanka

  I have spent the last two weeks traveling in the north and east of Sri Lanka.  While the tea estates have a long history of poor labor practices, there have been great improvements in the working and living conditions more »

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Higher education and Housing not Obvious Bedfellows

Over the next few years I predict that cross-sector collaboration and knowledge sharing will play an increasingly important role in generating public sector efficiencies. says Mike Haslin, deputy director of the North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium Public bodies in the more »

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Speaking at the Global Compliance Summit in China

I had the distinct pleasure to speak at the Global Compliance Summit in Suzhou, China. While I know that many people think that companies may only give lip service to addressing social and environmental impacts of the supply chains, I more »

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Non-profit-Corporate Partnerships are Becoming Common Place

Oxfam has had a change of heart when it comes to the private sector. “Until about 5-10 years ago, much of our emphasis was on campaigning against the private sector and the things it was doing, particularly the extractive industry more »

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