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Farm Africa

Farm Africa is a charity registered in the UK with offices in Africa. The organisation was established to help poor farmers and herders in Africa grow more food, keep their livestock healthy, make a basic living and manage their natural resources in a sustainable way with the right training and...

Agency For Co-operation And Research In Development (ACORD)

Created in 1976, Agency for Co-operation and Research in Development (ACORD) is an international consortium of non-governmental organisations assisting local communities in Africa. ACORD in Mali implements community-based development programmes aimed at poverty alleviation.

Eastern Regional Grasscutter Farmers Association (ERGFA)

The Eastern Regional Grasscutter Farmers Association is an NGO in Ghana. The organisation works with and for farmers who breed grasscutters / cane rats, helping to develop best practice in regard to rearing captive animals to increase production.

Emmaus Greenwich

Emmaus Greenwich (EG) is a UK charity that offers an alternative approach to homelessness by using a social enterprise model. The organisation provides a practical approach to tackling homelessness by offering "Companions"( i.e. formerly homeless people living in the Emmaus community) a realistic...

Girl Child Network Uganda

The Girl Child Network Uganda (GCN) is a girls' empowerment NGO. GCN mobilizes whole communities aiming to eradicate patriarchal structures that dominate homes, schools, and communities in order to support and develop an enabling environment that will promote and protect the rights of the girl...

Annai Theresa Social Welfare Action Trust (ATSWA)

Annai Theresa Social Welfare Action Trust (ATSWA) is an Indian NGO that works for economic empowerment and social justice in North Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. ATSWA works with the rural poor, orphans, children and women, people with disabilities, senior citizens, commercial sex workers, and...

Hope for Orphans and Widows Community Association (HOWCA)

Hope for Orphans and Widows Community Association (HOWCA) is a Ugandan NGO established in the wake of the war in the north that left many widows and orphans without basic resources. The organisation trains widows in micro-business skills, helps them with small business loans to start or boost ...

Rotary Club of Accra Ridge

The Rotary Club of Accra Ridge, based in Accra, Ghana, belongs to the worldwide family of Rotary International and was admitted into Rotary on the 24th March, 2009 with club identification number 81689, within District 9100. It currently has an active membership of 26 with an average age of 33....

Voluntary Integration for Education and Welfare of Society (VIEWS)

Voluntary Integration for Education and Welfare of Society (VIEWS) is an Indian NGO working in Odisha. The organisation aims to improve the living conditions of the poor and marginalized by adopting strategies through community collective initiative and people's participation. Interventions are...

Technological Empowerment for Africa (TEFA)

Technological Empowerment for Africa (TEFA)is an NGO in Kenya established to help poor communities overcome the barriers of marginalisation through the provision of clean water (digging, deepening or repairing wells), capacity building, developing micro-finance, green energy, technology and...

Voice of Grace Foundation (VGF)

The Voice of Grace Foundation is a women's NGO in Cameroon. The organisation aims to empower rural and urban women and single teenage mothers economically, create awareness and sensitize them on issues pertaining to their rights (health, sexual reproduction and education), to encourage...

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SELCO makes solar-lighting accessible to poor families in India

SELCO India is a Bangalore‐based social enterprise that makes solar lighting technology accessible to economically impoverished people in India.

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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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Partnership between UNDP and World LP Gas Association provides clean energy to rural areas of Morocco

In many developing countries, including Morocco, there is still a high dependence on traditional biomass fuel in rural areas, which has many negative consequences, such as deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, health issues and gender inequality. Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) represents a safe and...

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Uganda: Kampala to get Sh480 Million to Ensure Success of a Sanitation Project

The Ministry of Water and Environment and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), have launched a public-private initiative to improve access to sanitation for the urban poor in Kampala. The project will be implemented in partnership with Crestanks and Poly Fibre, private companies that produce and...

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Enda inter-arabe: micro-credit in Tunisia

Enda inter-arabe is an international NGO operating in Tunisia. A member of ENDA Third-World based in Senegal, the organisation has been providing microcredit in Tunisia for 15 years.

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The Asian Development Bank and Non-Governmental Organizations: Working Together

The Microcredit Project in Indonesia, established by the Asian Development Bank and approved in 1994, focuses on microenterprise support, recognizing the potential of microenterprises to create jobs at low capital input costs and raise the income levels of the poor.

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Smart Communications: Low-cost Money Transfers for Overseas Filipino Workers

A leading wireless telephone services provider in the Philippines, Smart Communications, Inc. recognized that at least 8 million Filipinos work and live abroad—about a quarter of the domestic labour force. In 2005, Filipino workers overseas sent $10.7 billion in remittances, with at least as much...

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Creating Shared Value: It's the Future

FSG illuminates the potential of "shared value" in this short motion graphic.

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Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan - Creating Value for All: Community-Based Tourism

Tourism is a rapidly growing industry throughout the world. It can contribute to poverty alleviation through creating new jobs and providing entrepreneurial opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds, skills and experiences. Community-based tourism - a type of tourism that is owned and...