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New MFI Financial Reporting Standards need your feedback

The global Microfinance industry has come a long way since 2005 when the current Financial Reporting Standards for Microfinance were developed. As Sanjay Sinah says in his recent Microfinance Focus article,…


Added by Devin McIntire on June 30, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Scientific Costumes, Visions, Worldviews and Mindsets for Revealing Modernity in Africa

Africa is perhaps the most culturally imaginative and creative region in the world. It is extremely diversified, rich in talents and ingenuity with unlimited resources and potential. It has colonized the planet and it enriches humanity through inimitable arts. Yet, one African out of two lives in dismal human conditions. And despite spectacular progress here and there, it also remains profoundly socially and culturally conditioned, corrupted, domesticated and debased by two self-inflicted…


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LA Get Off Oil Day


Video Coming Soon, meanwhile you can see this "teaser"…


Added by Tamara Henry on June 27, 2010 at 9:36pm — No Comments

Decisions must be made where and when it matters

Everyday decisions:

I believe in an old adage - the devolution of responsibility to those who do the work.

How many times does it happen that you are dealing with someone and need a decision and they have to refer the decision to somebody else? For me this happens far too often and simply illustrates a lack of training, a lack of trust in people, and people being over-managed and under-led.

For all key transaction and interaction points (what Jan… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 24, 2010 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Scoping Study/Literature on ICTs, Climate Change and Development

We have recently completed a scoping study that charts strands and trends in the literature on ICTs, climate change and development, and develops an overview model of the key ICT application areas - mitigation, strategy, monitoring and adaptation:…


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When was the last time you gave memorable service?

When was the last time you gave memorable service?

Last week I needed to find out something quickly and I made several phone calls and received very ordinary service from the strangers I was calling. It wasn’t until the 11th call that I received what I would call memorable service.

On this call the person on the other end of the line, again someone who didn’t know me, treated me with respect, really listened to what my challenge was, and went out of her way to help me… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 22, 2010 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Caste census: Operational issues or ideological blocks?

The Home Ministry has declared that inclusion of caste in the current census may not be possible because enumeration had already rolled out. The Ministry has citied logistical constraints rather than ideological considerations stating that if deemed necessary, a caste count could be handled by some other agency like the National Commission for Backward Classes rather than being made a part of the decennial census. What does this mean- does it mean moving away from the commitment to establish a… Continue

Added by CSO Partners on June 21, 2010 at 4:17am — No Comments

Structures and systems that fully support people in bringing their best to their work on a consistent basis

There are three primary reasons why great strategies fail to get executed:

1) people are not in the right roles

2) people charged with execution don’t really now what the strategy is

3) strategy has not been personalised by people charged with execution

To change these sad scenarios:

Match people to roles

Often before I undertake a performance improvement project with clients, I review service and product delivery roles from board to… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 20, 2010 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Can you describe the strategy for your business growth in six words?

The great writer Ernest Hemingway apparently believed the following to be six of his most powerful words: For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Worn.

My friend and colleague Kwai Yu, Founder of Leaders Cafe 2020 used these words to start a discussion in the Leaders Cafe group on LinkedIn he called Who are you? Could you tell the 'story of you' in six words?

I was fascinated by the replies and then had an ahha moment - could… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 17, 2010 at 8:39pm — No Comments

PwC's 3-Tiered Strategy for Community Investment (USA)

How to Make a Difference: PwC & the Gangs of Chicago

The corporate world is on a bandwagon. It’s growing and gaining speed and everyone seems to be jumping on board. What do we call this rolling and

sometimes rickety phenomenon? It’s known as “Corporate

Social Responsibility
” and there are a few – an important few -

companies on board that have earned a moment to be…


Added by Chris Jarvis on June 16, 2010 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Enlightened self-interest is one of the key drivers of a new world that is desperately waiting to be born

Enlightened self-interest for me is simply acting to further the interests of others without attachment, knowing that my own interests will be taken care of as a consequence.

This is very different to unenlightened self-interest which seems to drive many of our politicians and so-called business leaders who act according to their own selfishness.

All over the world I see unenlightened self-interest destroying businesses, families, lives in general, and… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 16, 2010 at 12:41am — No Comments

Turn your values into virtues

One of my favourite writers and authors is Thomas L. Friedman. His 14th May 2010 blog A Question From Lydia raised my awareness for two reasons. Firstly Thomas is in Greece and the question from Lydia he saw on a burnt down facade of Marfin Bank In what kind of a world will I grow up? Lydia, age 10.

And secondly this paragraph:

So more and more of us are behaving by, what Seidman calls, “situational values”: I do whatever the situation allows. Think… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 11, 2010 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Human Beings as part of the Environment

World Environment day celebrated on the 5th of June provides yet another opportunity to reflect on the man-nature relationship- it is necessarily dialectical? Does it always imply an inherent conflict? Can one perceive of nature, environment, ecology without human beings in it?

Keith Bosak in his study of Nanda Devi Biospehere Reserve notes that much of the debate concerning nature and environment focuses on problems of ecosystem management and biodiversity conservation rather…


Added by CSO Partners on June 11, 2010 at 1:24am — No Comments

Audit Approaches to Budget Support Programmes

Jerome Dendura, Executive Director of Idilmat Ltd., shall be presenting a course on Audit Approaches to Budget Support Programmes in Brussels on the 7th of July, 2010. This is a course that evolved out of his work on Structural Adjustment Facility audits carried out in the 1990s and the early 2000s.

Added by Ronald E. Quist on June 10, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Straight Talk with FIFA's Social Responsibility Head

JOHANNESBURG, 10 June 2010 (PlusNews) - South African AIDS organisations have issued a statement lambasting FIFA, the world soccer body, for ignoring their requests to distribute HIV prevention information in stadiums and fan parks during the Soccer World Cup.

IRIN/PlusNews sat down with Federico Addiechi, head of FIFA's Corporate Social Responsibility…


Added by Development Crossing on June 10, 2010 at 6:07am — No Comments

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