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Partnership helps to improve training and production facilities for those with sight and hearing impairments in Turkmenistan

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One of the most noticeable absences in policies with regards to disabilities in Turkmenistan is its lack of incentives to help integrate people with physical disabilities into society and the economy. One of the main NGOs in Turkmenistan working with disabled is the Deaf and Blind Society (DBS).

Tengizchevroil identifies and facilitates loans at no interest to boost small business development in Kazakhstan

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In the 20 years since the dissolution of the former Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has experienced economic setbacks and increased poverty. One major hurdle to small business growth is lack of financing for loans. However, the Central Asian nation has attracted investors.

11 Indian law firms ponder ‘long overdue’ pro bono start with new UK tech NGO

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Eleven law firms, including six of India’s largest, Ashoka and the UK’s former attorney general Lord Peter Goldsmith QC have discussed how to develop a pro bono culture in Indian law firms as i-Probono, a UK not-for-profit and online portal seeking to connect lawyers to social sector projects, will...

India Financial Inclusion Fund raises $90M kitty

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The India Financial Inclusion Fund (IFIF), an equity fund that invests in companies that provide financial services to low-income clients, has, after its final closing, raised USD 90 million worth of capital in the last fifteen months. The fund will be used to invest in microfinance institutions...

Adidas is to make €1 trainers for millions of people around the world who cannot afford to buy shoes

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Reebok International is working to develop a "sustainable business model" as part of its German parent Adidas AG's plans to sell "one dollar shoes" in India. After conducting a pilot test for 5,000 pairs of shoes of an existing design of Reebok in three villages in Bangladesh last year, the firm...

Timberland promotes a healthy workplace and cohesive community in Vietnam

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Timberland partnered with CARE to offer a program focusing on improving the quality of life for production workers of our factory partners.

Cooperation between Mentor International and IKEA

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In 2008, IKEA Social Initiative collaborated with Mentor International to address drug abuse and its health implications among young people in five countries Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Romania and Russia. The school based initiative for 12-14 year olds has been adapted for each country and...

Shanghai Rotary donates wheelchairs to NGOs in China

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In 2006, the Rotary Club of Shanghai partnered with the Rotary Club of Burlingame to provide new wheelchairs to needy people in and around Shanghai.

Japanese Consumers’ Co-operative Union (JCCU) encourages communities to talk about disaster reduction

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The "Our Community Disaster Reduction: Map Simulation" activity conducted by the Japanese Consumers’ Co-operative Union (JCCU) in 2007 is a workshop-style program to promote disaster reduction.

Accor and Plan International work together to change the lives of many children around the world

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Accor, hotel and services group, and Plan, have worked together in 16 countries. The aim of the partnership is to promote child sponsorship and project funding to Accor staff, partners and guests. Highlight of achievements to date: * more than 1,100 children are now sponsored throughout the...