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Private sector involvement makes aid more effective

A recent article on the Guardian UK's "Poverty Matter's Blog" written by Peter Davis, a research fellow in the ODI's private sector and markets programme, highlights the importance of private sector involvement on aid effectiveness.

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FSG: Elevating job skills worldwide

The Foundation Strategy Group (FSG) is a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation and research.

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The Global Partnership Social Investment Fund seeks investments in Latin America

The NGO Global Partnerships is redefining microfinance and moving beyond the concept of microloans as working capital. It aims to achieve greater impact in reducing poverty by combining these loans with affordable social investments, such as health services, training and low-cost pensions and...

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Mi Tienda helps small grocery stores in rural Mexico to grow their businesses

Small, family-run grocery stores, known as tiendas de abarrotes, are essential for supplying basic goods and services in thousands of low-income rural communities in Mexico.

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International Business Leaders Forum on Business Growth and Business Sustainability

On 3 Nov 2011, the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) - with the support of Accenture, Ashridge, BrandPie, GlobeScan and Shell UK - hosted an exclusive CEO dialogue in London to drive discussion and debate amongst top leaders. In the framework of this dialogue the parties identified a...

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How financial illiteracy becomes both the cause and consequence of economic inequality

This is a blogpost on the CRS newswire that questions the usefulness of CSR programmes provided by banks and other financial institutions.

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Chilean bank pursues business opportunities in the low-income microenterprise market

Where others see obstacles, Chile’s Banco de Crédito e Inversiones (BCI) sees opportunities.

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Fairtrade hopes for Cadbury cocoa farmers in Ghana

Cadbury Cocoa Partnership scheme tries to help the farmers who provide the company with its raw material.

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Starbucks and Fair Trade NGOs partner

Starbucks, TransFair USA and Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International join in support of small-scale coffee farmers through a $20 million loan program.

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Tate & Lyle and Fairtrade sugar farming in Belize

This video shows a number of sugar farmers in Belize speaking about their problems following a recent hurricane and welcoming the announcement by Tate and Lyle that sugar production will, in future, be in accordance with Fair Trade standards.

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Fairtrade goes luxury with Traidcraft

Through working with Traidcraft, the UK’s leading fair trade organisation, Glisten Confectionery has recently begun supplying products for the Traidcraft confectionery range.

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Starbucks and Fairtrade partner in Rwanda

Starbucks, Fairtrade organisations join in sustainable development efforts in Rwanda; new Rwanda Fairtrade Certified Coffee coming to UK Starbucks in 2010; business forum explores entrepreneurial spirit focusing on responsible capitalism.

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Vitmark includes the poor in its value chain.

Vitmark, a leading beverages producer in Ukraine, includes the poor at various points of its value chain: as suppliers of locally grown quality produce, as employees, and as low-income consumers through the offering of low-price juices.

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Reuters Market Light: Creating Efficient Markets

Reuters Market Light (RML), a business incubated by Thomson Reuters, is a pioneering mobile phone-based agri information service provider. The service is designed to provide farmers with personalised timely and actionable agricultural information from pre-sowing to post-harvest stages through SMS...

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Venture capital for low-income markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

Investing in housing, healthcare, education, basic utilities and nutrition can not only fulfill a social mission, but can also be a profitable business venture.

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Sam's Club introduces new fair trade certified coffee from Brazil

Warehouse retailer Sam’s Club converted its ground coffee to be Fair Trade Certified ™. The first nationally available, private-label Fair Trade Certified ground coffee developed to appeal to mainstream customers, Member’s Mark Premium Ground is expected to become a leader in national sales of Fair...

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Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ commitment to ethical sourcing

The Fairtrade Foundation UK and Fairtrade Mark Ireland are members of Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) which joins Conservation International (CI) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) as partners in the Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ commitment to ethical sourcing.

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Fairtrade Cadbury Dairy Milk goes global as Canada, Australia and New Zealand take Fairtrade further into mainstream

Cadbury extended its commitment to Fairtrade by confirming that three more markets had recieved Fairtrade certification for the flagship Cadbury Dairy Milk brand in 2010. This move in Canada, Australia and New Zealand brought the independent Fairtrade Mark into millions more homes in five of...

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UK first as Cadbury Dairy Milk takes Fairtrade further into mainstream

Cadbury Dairy Milk launched its new Fairtrade-certified chocolate bars, becoming the first mass market chocolate to gain certification from the Fairtrade Foundation.

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World of Good Inc sells brand to eBay, wholesale division acquired by GreaterGood/Charity USA

World of Good Inc., a social venture founded in 2005 that connects artisans from developing communities with mainstream retail markets, announced in March 2010 that eBay acquired its brand and related assets. World of Good Inc. also announced that GreaterGood/Charity USA acquired its wholesale...