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The World Trade Organization (WTO)


The World Trade Organization — the WTO — is the international organization whose primary purpose is to open trade for the benefit of all. The WTO agreements are lengthy and complex because they are legal texts covering a wide range of activities. But a number of simple, fundamental principles run...

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Scaling Up Inclusive Business: Advancing the Knowledge and Action Agenda


This is a report produced for the International Finance Corporation. It is based on 14 IFC client case studies and draws on other research undertaken by IFC and the CSR Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School on inclusive business, including recent research supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates...

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Business Models that Make a Difference


This is a publication produced by IFC (the International Finance Corporation) arguing that inclusive business models are good for business.

United Nations Industrial Development Organisations (UNIDO)


UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. UNIDO recognizes the MDGs as the overarching framework for collective action and believes that a competitive and...

Sucardif Association


The Sucardif Association is an NGO in Ghana whose purpose is to assist the rural poor to become self sufficient by encouraging education and income generating activities. The Association champions community participation in developmental programmes such as small scale income generation projects...

Fumbuka Agro Solution Organisation (FASO)


The Fumbuka Agro Solution Organisation (FASO) is a Tanzanian NGO seeking to promote development and to empower young small holder farmers and micro- entrepreneurs. FASO aims to increase the accessibility of food and self-employment through the provision of training and mentoring. FASO also support...



Ahuriire Development Foundation (AHUDEFO) was formed as an initiative of Yesu Ahuriire Community to spearhead its social services, community and development activities. AHUDEFO for which a five-year Strategic Plan is being developed serves marginalized and vulnerable people in the areas of...

Empower Global Inc


Empower Global is a Canadian charitable organisation that is focused on providing dignity and hope to the poor in developing countries. A multi-faceted approach is used to address the multi-dimensional nature of poverty (ie. economic, education, health, etc.). Business grade due diligence and...

Rug n Art Studios Outreach Programme (RASOP)


Rug n Art Studios Outreach Programme(RASOP) is a recently established project for women in Kenya. The project teaches women the art of weaving sisal to make baskets and rugs, and is based on an earlier initiative in Nairobi. The project uses locally available materials, and the women being...

Japan Fund for Global Environment


The Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE) Grants Program provides financial assistance for national and international conservation programmes carried out by Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) both in Japan and in developing countries. It also considers funding to NGOs for research and...