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Alltop répertorie de nombreux articles sur l'entrepreneuriat social à travers le monde.

24.07.2014 Grounds for Peace in Afghanistan and the Middle East

As a mother and CEO, I have walked the minefields of the world to witness the repercussions of war and its devastating effects on children. I have held babies in my arms who have lost their limbs and lives – it only takes eight pounds to detonate a landmine, the weight of a newborn child. […]

24.07.2014 GamersNights: Multiplayer computer gamers in Uganda

SmartMonkey TV reports:
GamersNights is a short overview of multiplayer computer gaming in Uganda with interviews with some of the key players. The interview covers: how GamersNights came to be set up (Samuel Odeke) ; the age and gender of the players; what games people like Saint enjoy playing; the localisation of content for Call of Duty; a rig for speed games built by Douglas Were; and why multiplayer computer gaming can help develop connectivity in Africa by Kyle Spencer. 'People come from all over Africa to play in Uganda because we have the best server'

24.07.2014 Semi-Finalists Announced!

From a pool of more than 200 entries, the short-listing team at Ashoka Changemakers has selected 86 Semi-Finalists of the Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change challenge. 

Video caption: Early Entry Prize Winner and Semi-Finalist iLead+Design submitted this video illustrating its unique model for teaching students empathy skills and how to use design thinking to solve problems.

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23.07.2014 Five Attributes of Leading Stakeholder Engagement

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The identification and engagement of a company’s stakeholders to build trust, reduce risk and develop effective partnerships have been at the core of our work with business leaders for many years. As the rhetoric grows that no singular business is capable of addressing environmental and social challenges alone, companies must think now more than ever about how they can engage with NGOs, governments and other actors to develop collaborative solutions to system problems.

Over the years, we have seen stakeholder engagement move in this direction. It’s evolved from tactical, compliance and risk-focused to more strategic and solutions-orientated, with stakeholders engaged up and down the value chain—not only as partners on critical issues but also as key players to improve business performance.

In our most recent issue of Radar, we sought to explore the essential attributes for effective and innovative engagement and have identified five key success factors.

The right intent. Focus on a goal for the company and for society, not on engaging for engagement’s sake. Ultimately, the intent should focus on aligning engagements with the achievement of core business goals, to arrive at a clear and desired outcome. For example, one of Walmart’s ambitions is to ensure all US customers have access to recycling facilities. This ambition is not achievable by the company on its own so it is looking to partnerships, using its ambition to drive a number of engagements through the creation of the Closed Loop Fund.

The right stakeholders. Involve the right people both inside and outside the company. While this may seem obvious, it is important to highlight as it is fundamental 
that companies select both the right external and internal stakeholders. When assessing which internal stakeholders to involve, the intent of the engagement and each employee’s capabilities should be top of mind. Essential, too, is senior level support to ensure that stakeholders believe the engagement is being taken seriously. External stakeholders should include influential representatives who are willing to engage and also those who can help achieve the goal, such as solution providers and experts or business partners from across the value chain. Nestlé has steadily built a public affairs department focused on and capable of earning stakeholder trust. Further to this team, Nestlé’s Chairman regularly attends the company’s Creating Shared Value convening to ensure he understands the concerns of both supporters and critics to help drive company strategy.

The right issues. Concentrate on where the company can make a difference and the issues that make most difference to the company. While the ‘intent’ of the engagement will shape the outcomes, the issues addressed should focus on a ‘big idea’ or the most material issues. Engaging is timely and costly, and companies should ensure that they are pursuing engagements 
that will yield the most benefits. By focusing on a big idea or material issue, companies can 
use collective brainpower to better solve problems and create solutions. For example, Brown-Forman, makers of Jack Daniels and other high profile alcohol brands, brought together makers, distributors and retailers to combat irresponsible consumption of alcohol as part of its Global Guide to Alcohol Responsibility.

The right spirit. Be open to challenges and different perspectives. Companies should approach engagements with an understanding of open, two-way communication, encouraging challenging and different perspectives. Top management should champion active listening. In addition to listening, how feedback is used and disclosed is crucial as well. TD Bank incorporates specific recommendations and their response into their annual report as a means of proving that they’ve understood and are addressing stakeholder concerns.

The right processes. Ensure processes are targeted and appropriate to the business. Depending on the intent and the issues being addressed, there are a number of internal processes and tools at a company’s disposal to ensure the successful completion of any stakeholder engagement. These processes include a clearly defined governance mechanism; highlighting who has ownership for the engagement; clarity around the format of the engagement, from tracking communications to long-term partnerships, and potential KPIs to measure the success of the engagement. All of these elements are specific to the situation and the way a company pursues innovation.

While there is an element of surprise to be expected in any engagement, focusing on these key attributes will ensure the continued progression towards achieving corporate ambitions, while also providing the most value for participating stakeholders.

We hope you enjoy the summer issue of Radar. As always, we welcome your feedback.

Please note that Radar is an interactive digital publication and as such not all of the interactive features will work in the PDF version of the magazine.

23.07.2014 South Africa's Drone Enterprises

A Robohub report:
Where drones are being used for filming, there is no doubt someone catering to their needs and providing them with equipment. SteadiDrone is a proudly South African UAV manufacturer, founded in 2012 in the beautiful town of Knysna. Their flagship product is the QU4D, RTF quadcopter, which uses the APM 2.5 autopilot from 3D Robotics and is able to carry a GoPro camera on board

...There are others, however, that are manufacturing a UAV with significantly less creative purpose. The Skunk Riot Control Drone is made by Desert Wolf, a South African company, and it has already been sold to mining companies, notorious for their problematic treatment of mine workers and frequent riots.

Luckily, there are more jesting endeavors. SA Beer Lift challenge, although tiny compared to the one organized by HobbyKing, still managed to produce some respectable results and some funny fails.
More here

23.07.2014 SK8OPIA – Skate Ethiopia

Afrigadget reports:
...our Ethiopia-based partner iceaddis: a student recently designed a new wheel for skateboards that can be produced in Ethiopia – made and designed in Africa. Reinventing the wheel?
More here
Images courtesy of IceAddis

23.07.2014 HUGE NEWS: We've Reached A Tipping Point In The Fight Against AIDS

Huge news. For the first time in the history of AIDS, we have reached a tipping point in the fight against the disease.

Last year, there were more people newly added to HIV treatment than people newly infected with the disease. 

According to new data from UNAIDS, in 2013, 2.3 million people were added to HIV/AIDS treatment, surpassing the number of new HIV infections in that year. If we keep increasing the number of people on treatment and decreasing the number of new infections, we can end the disease in just 15 years.

UNAIDS’ report shows more progress:
  • There are now 12.9 million people on antiretroviral treatment—2.3 million more people added in the last year alone, and a remarkable leap from just 300,000 in 2002. More than 9 million of these people live in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • There were 2.1 million new HIV infections in 2013, down from 2.3 million a year prior. Roughly 240,000 of these new infections were among infants and children, also down from 260,000 a year prior.
  • AIDS-related deaths are also declining, with 1.5 million deaths in 2013.
Over the last three years, we have been tracking progress towards “the beginning of the end of AIDS”—the point at which the number of people newly added to treatment in a year is more than the number of people newly infected with HIV in the same year. UNAIDS’ data showed that we achieved this in 2013, perhaps much earlier than expected.

Listen to ONE’s Global Policy Director Erin Hohlfelder discuss the new report in an interview with UN Dispatch.

Although we have always been careful to note that achieving the tipping point does not mean that the fight against AIDS is over, or even close to over, it is a major victory worth celebrating. For the first time in the history of the disease, we are finally getting ahead of the curve.

23.07.2014 Digital Civil Society - Infographic (take 2)

Thanks for feedback on yesterday's attempt at visual representation of digital civil society. Here's an updated graphic thanks to your input.

More feedback welcome.
(And to those who wanted it to be a spinning, multi-colored GIF, I say - go for it! Make it happen, make it better! As you can tell from above I can barely align objects correctly. I will gratefully receive any and all improvements on the above and give artistic and graphic credit whereever it may be due. Thanks)

23.07.2014 America's Unofficial Ambassadors

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$50 — Support a summer service intern for a day of teaching French in a Moroccan village
$75 — support a summer service intern to teach English or science in a Zanzibari public school
$250 — Support a partial mosaic grant

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Summary
America's Unofficial Ambassadors is a citizen diplomacy initiative, which builds mutual understanding and enhances people-to-people partnerships between America and the Muslim World. Through our Summer Service Internships, young people have the opportunity to serve as unofficial ambassadors and to teach in schools or volunteer in NGOs in Morocco, Indonesia, Tajikistan, and Tanzania. When they return home, they give presentations in their communities about their service.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
Young people in the US and throughout the Muslim World grow up believing harmful stereotypes about "the other." Their stereotypes are born of ignorance and a lack of exposure, not maliciousness. We need more opportunities to build people-to-people partnerships that dispel stereotypes around the process of creating substantive accomplishments in areas like education, public health, and human rights.

Activities
Unofficial Ambassadors will form the type of people-to-people partnerships that are the future of international relations, and specifically America's relationship with the Muslim World. Through volunteer service, young Americans will support locally led initiatives in education, youth leadership, human rights, and protecting the environment. Upon returning home, they will give presentations in their respective communities that represent their experience and build mutual understanding.

Potential Long Term Impact
Summer Service Internships develop a new cadre of global citizens and leaders. In 2015, we will send 40-50 unofficial ambassadors to four different countries. They will combine to write more than 150 blog posts and deliver more than 75 community presentations. More than 20 partner organizations and schools in Indonesia, Morocco, Tajikistan, and Tanzania will improve their capacity and make advances in their work through the service of these unofficial ambassadors.

Project Sponsor: Creative Learning Inc.
Theme: Education | Location: Morocco
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$5,000
Project #17736 on GlobalGiving.org

23.07.2014 Belts from Bora Wear

Makers in action, BoraWear, support them on Kickstarter:

Bora is a swahili word meaning: first-rate, excellent, better, or best.
The whole idea was that we were going to both make great products and support Kenyan artisans.
Each belt is....
1) Handmade by local artisans in Kenya
2) Uses the highest quality local Kenyan leather
3) Each mold is destroyed after the belt is made, making each belt one-of-a-kind.

22.07.2014 Assisting the Most Vulnerable in Gaza

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$25 — can buy soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, and toothpaste for one family.
$100 — can supply personal toiletries and home cleaning kit to a family for one month.
$150 — can supply food for a family of seven for one month.

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Summary
The escalating conflict in Gaza is causing a drastic deterioration of humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip. Your gift helps to provide food assistance, personal and home hygiene kits, shelter kits for homeless families, and psycho-social support for some of the 25,000 traumatized children in Gaza. Global Communities has worked continuously in Gaza for 20 years and works directly with beneficiaries to ensure that the most vulnerable receive the assistance they so greatly need.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
The escalating conflict in Gaza is causing a drastic deterioration of humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip. Between July 7 and 21, more than 3,000 people in Gaza were injured, 364 civilians were killed, and over 100,000 people were displaced due to damage to their homes or through fleeing the bombing. Apart from the treatment of those injured, the main priority continues to be providing food, water, and shelter to those who have been displaced.

Activities
Global Communities will provide food assistance to internally displaced and vulnerable families, toiletry kits (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) to all affected, shelter kits for homeless families, and psychosocial support for some of the 25,000 traumatized children in Gaza.

Potential Long Term Impact
Global Communities has worked continuously in Gaza for 20 years. We provide assistance to many of the 60% of the population that does not have sufficient food, and in recent years have developed kitchen gardens, undertaken home repairs for vulnerable families, provided shelters, as well as running a microfinance program that supports home owners and entrepreneurs. Global Communities works directly with beneficiaries to ensure that the most vulnerable receive the assistance they greatly need.

Project Sponsor: Global Communities
Theme: Human Rights | Location: Palestine
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$30,000
Project #17742 on GlobalGiving.org

22.07.2014 Podcast: Bridging the Skills Gap

The founders of Avanti, a social venture based out of India, are working to bridge the skills gap and empower millions of children to transform their future educational prospects.

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22.07.2014 Empower 4,000 adolescents in violence prevention

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$10 — will train 1 adolescent promoter in violence prevention
$25 — will train 3 adolescents promoters of childrens' rights
$50 — will allow 120 adults to commit to report cases of violence

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Summary
This grassroots campaign will bring together over 4,000 Uruguayan adolescents and empower them through violence prevention training to advocate for their rights. Adolescent promoters learn how to identify abuse in their homes, schools and communities, are given tools to actively promote the rights of children and adolescents through leadership in a nation-wide public awareness campaign, "A deal for ideal interactions".

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
85% of Uruguayan parents report having used violence against their children. And most of it goes unnoticed. Violence against minors - sexual, physical, psychological, or verbal - is a violation of basic human rights. Children are regularly victims of abuse due to the power imbalance, which makes them vulnerable. Violence learned by children in their homes impacts how they interact in society as adults. Violence generates and perpetuates violence. Unless we break the cycle.

Activities
The public advocacy campaign, "A Deal for Ideal Interactions", confronts violence by promoting children's rights and healthy interactions. Adolescent promoters, from varied socioeconomic backgrounds, participate in training workshops to identify violence, resolve conflict, and contribute positively in their communities. Through creative interventions, they symbolically "vaccinate" adults against violence, who then commit to protect children and report violence.

Potential Long Term Impact
Through the campaign, over 4,000 adolescents from 14 departments in Uruguay participate in workshops. The adolescents represent over 200 schools, youth groups, and other organizations. Through creative interventions led by adolescent promoters, over 70,000 adults - including government officials such as Uruguay's vice-president - commit to protect children's rights each year. Hundreds of thousands more are reached by the campaign's message on TV and radio commercials throughout the country.

Project Sponsor: Juventud para Cristo
Theme: Human Rights | Location: Uruguay
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$8,000
Project #17701 on GlobalGiving.org

22.07.2014 Global Ideas News Brief: Sanitation + Ag entrepreneurs

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Global Ideas News Brief
July 22, 2014

A weekly roundup of mainstream news about the context in which Mercy Corps works, focused on economic development and innovations.

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt?
Popular Science
A detailed heatmap of conflicts over water.

Africa and economic growth

Africans Open Fuller Wallets to the Future
NYT
Across sub-Saharan Africa, consumer demand is fueling the continent’s economies in new ways, driving hopes that Africa will emerge as a success story in the coming years comparable to the rise of the East Asian Tigers in the second half of the 20th century.

How to inspire a generation of farming entrepreneurs
The Guardian
Young people still view agriculture as a dead-end career that entails life-long labour on a farm. However, it does not have to be this way. With the right investments to support entrepreneurs in agriculture, profitable careers could await Africa's young population.

Funding development

Not enough money for emergency relief? Get used to it
The Guardian
Reductions in rations to refugees are a timely reminder: relief workers and governments must prepare for the 'new normal'.

Health and sanitation

How A Simple Design Tweak Is Bringing Injectable Contraceptives To The Developing World
Fast.Co.Exist
Injections of birth control that lasts three months and don't require a lot of fuss could empower women who have never had family planning options before.

Cholera vaccine: The quick-fix to the South Sudan outbreak?
The Guardian
Evidence is mounting that vaccines can stop cholera outbreaks, but NGOs fear this solution distracts from improving sanitation.

Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition
NYT
An emerging body of scientific studies suggest many malnourished children are suffering less a lack of food than poor sanitation. “These children’s bodies divert energy and nutrients away from growth and brain development to prioritize infection-fighting survival,” said Jean Humphrey, a professor of human nutrition at Johns Hopkins.

Financial inclusion

Savings Groups: The Frontiers of Financial Inclusion?
MasterCard Foundation
Every week, a group of residents in Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro region gather in a small hall for a meeting of their savings group. For hundreds of years, savings groups have existed in rural and remote communities, but it’s only been recently that the NGOs have begun exploring how savings groups could fit in larger developmental priorities around financial inclusion.

Value chains

Following in Coca Cola's Footsteps
Social Enterprise Alliance
ColaLife is using innovative solutions and Coca Cola distribution channels to tackle health disparities in developing countries.

Development approaches

Is giving money to poor countries doing more harm than good?
PBS Newshour
Economic historian Gregory Clarke argues that the key to development is industrialization. With Paul Solman, he discusses how should rich countries be helping poor ones, and whether there is any relationship between wealth and happiness, and between democracy and economic growth.

Interest

Photos From Above That Show The Insane Divide Between Rich And Poor
Fast.Co.Exist
In Mexico City, boundaries between poverty and affluence are stark.

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22.07.2014 Carnaby's Cockatoo

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$10 — could plant 2 native seedling trees, including tree guards and stakes
$25 — could plant 5 native seedling trees, including tree guards and stakes
$50 — could plant 10 native seedling trees, including tree guards and stakes

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Summary
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre will rehabilitate degraded land in Beelu National Park, 40km east of Perth. Teams of volunteers will restore critical habitat by removing weeds and planting local native seedlings to provide a valuable food source for the endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo and the vulnerable Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo as well as important roosting and nesting locations, and help with long-term species sustainability.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
The endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo and vulnerable Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo face an uncertain future; urban development and historical land clearing has dramatically diminished critical habitat. This is compounded by the impacts of a changing climate and Phytophthora Dieback which is threatening native flora communities. We will help the cockatoos by removing invasive weeds and planting native seedlings to provide a valuable source of food as well as roosting sites.

Activities
By restoring critical habitat, the project will provide an important food source for the birds and, when the trees mature, will also provide vital roosting and nesting sites. The Perth Hills region is one of the last remaining urban habitats for the cockatoos. It is severely degraded and under pressure - it is vital that this area is protected. The cockatoos are an important component of the South West ecosystem and are a prime source of spreading native seeds through the bush to germinate.

Potential Long Term Impact
This project will develop an important corridor of critical habitat for the endangered cockatoos and help with their recovery. This work will complement other restoration projects happening in the region to covert degraded farm land into wildlife corridors. By providing corridors of critical habitat it enables the cockatoos to spread into new regions. The cockatoos have an important role as part of the ecosystem - this project will help create a sustainable future for them.

Project Sponsor: Conservation Volunteers Australia
Theme: Environment | Location: Australia
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$15,000
Project #17676 on GlobalGiving.org

22.07.2014 Estudio Damgo III: A Filipino Design+Build Studio

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$25 — buys 5 bags of cement
$50 — buys 50 meters of locally harvested bamboo
$100 — buys a month's worth of food and gas for the student work crew

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Summary
The Marine Sanctuary Centre aims to address the needs of the community in a manner that can impact the lives of the users by integrating tropical and sustainable design and vernacular architecture style for an aesthetically pleasing, flexible, durable, sustainable and unique building. The structure will best benefit the Fish wardens of Bantayan, Dumaguete City Philippines.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
For several years now, the city has been importing to meet the demand and dependent on the fisheries from its neighboring cities, municipalities and islands. Due to this shortage, the City Government of Dumaguete established marine sanctuaries in its territorial seas as part of the city's food security program and environmental preservation campaign. The government hired people called the fishwardens to man the sanctuary but they failed to provide them with a place to stay during their shifts.

Activities
In our effort to support the food security program, preserve the marine environment and help the fish wardens to be more efficient and effective during their shifts, Estudio Damgo III team has chosen to design and build a Marine Sanctuary Center. Through that, the fishwardens wont have to stay in somebody's house nor the shoreline.Hence, the sanctuary can then be well protected

Potential Long Term Impact
Food security is a growing problem anywhere in the globe, the project will serve as a representation of our commitment to protecting the sanctuary in order to increase the fish population in the area but also to help feed the future generations of Dumaguete. The sanctuary if protected well can generate not just fish supply but also revenues for the people.

Project Sponsor: Foundation University
Theme: Environment | Location: Philippines
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$20,000
Project #17748 on GlobalGiving.org

22.07.2014 Innovation Hubs Are Accelerating American Manufacturing

They could do the same for Africa. Bill Dietrick reports in Forbes:


Image courtesy of Africa Business Review
“If we want to attract more good manufacturing jobs to America, we’ve got to make sure we’re on the cutting edge of new manufacturing techniques and technologies,” said President Obama in a February press conference. “Typically, a lot of research and development wants to be co-located with where manufacturing is taking place—because if you design something, you want to see how is it working and how is it getting made, and then tinker with it and fix it…. So if all the manufacturing is somewhere else, the lead we’ve got in terms of design and research and development, we’ll lose that too. That will start locating overseas. And we will have lost what is the single most important thing about American economy, and that is innovation.”
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21.07.2014 This is personal: Flight MH17 and HIV/AIDS


On Thursday, frantic emails started popping up in my inbox. News had broken that a plane had crashed in Ukraine, with hundreds of crew and passengers dead.

It registered as a horrible and senseless event; nothing more.

Then, I started to learn that some of the passengers were heading to the 2014 International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Melbourne, Australia. Six delegates, including Dutch advocates with whom our ONE colleagues had partnered, had been killed—a terrible loss.

Suddenly, the news felt raw, and personal. The victims were no longer faceless individuals part of a collective tragedy. They were part of my world, my community.
These were colleagues—fellow AIDS researchers, policy wonks, communicators, and advocates.

There is a quotation that argues: “One death is a tragedy, but one million deaths is a statistic.” The phrase is used to explain why we help neighbors in need but feel helpless or removed in the face of wider tragedies.

It’s been swirling through my head in the last few days.

The AIDS community is a ragtag bunch, bonded by a special solidarity. It throws together PhDs and scientists with rebellious activists, students, and religious leaders. The AIDS pandemic required a unique kind of diversity and devotion.

For more than three decades, so many people from different walks of life moved together (though not always agreeing) to develop the tools and mobilize the resources and political will necessary to end this disease. From die-ins in front of the White House to laboratory benches in the Netherlands to clinics in Kenya, there has always been a rare blend of talents and tactics required from so many smart, funny, and dedicated individuals. We have lost so many of these people—our AIDS community brothers and sisters—along the way. To lose more in a plane crash shocks us, and reminds us that this flight was not just a statistic.

As the conference opened, UNAIDS has released a new tranche of AIDS data that shows the progress we have made.
  • There are now 12.9 million people on antiretroviral treatment—2.3 million more people added in the last year alone, and a remarkable leap from just 300,000 in 2002. More than 9 million of these people live in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • There were 2.1 million new HIV infections in 2013, down from 2.3 million a year prior. Roughly 240,000 of these new infections were among infants and children, also down from 260,000 a year prior.
  • AIDS-related deaths are also declining, with 1.5 million deaths in 2013.
What’s even more incredible about some of these statistics is that they signaled we had reached a key milestone in our fight against AIDS: a tipping point.

Over the last three years, we have been tracking progress towards “the beginning of the end of AIDS”—the point at which the number of people newly added to treatment in a year is more than the number of people newly infected with HIV in the same year. UNAIDS’ data showed that we achieved this in 2013, perhaps much earlier than expected.

Although we have always been careful to note that achieving the tipping point does not mean that the fight against AIDS is over, or even close to over, it is a major victory worth celebrating. For the first time in the history of the disease, we are finally getting ahead of the curve.

But as I took a step back from all these data points this week, I was reminded again that “a million is a statistic.” Those of us in the AIDS community may understand the historic nature of achieving a tipping point, but for many, these numbers will remain faceless data points.

Just as the names, photos, and stories of the victims from MH17 will add poignancy and depth to the tragedy in the days to come, it is important that we also remember the names, photos, and stories of those impacted by HIV/AIDS —the real people with real lives.

Constance (Connie) Mudenda, for example, is a Zambian woman who many of us at ONE and (RED) have come to know well over many years. She is a woman of great presence and strength who has lived through any mother’s hell: losing all three of her young children to HIV/AIDS before learning that she herself was HIV-positive. Fortunately, she was able to access life-saving antiretroviral treatment through programs supported by PEPFAR and the Global Fund, restoring her own health and allowing her to help other women within her community. And miraculously, just two years ago, she gave birth to an HIV-negative baby named Lubona, who is now a smiling, beautiful, and healthy young toddler.

As we think about the 1.5 million AIDS deaths that still occur needlessly every year, let’s think of and remember Connie’s first three children. Let’s rejoice over Lubona and remember so many others who are still not as fortunate. Let’s think of Connie—thriving on treatment, able to counsel so many others, and helping bend the curve of the pandemic in Zambia.

All of these people, too, are members of our global AIDS community. They have faces and names; they aren’t just numbers on a boarding manifest. And this is personal.

20.07.2014 Huw Maggs Featured in New Zealand’s Sustainable Business Council Annual Snapshot

SustainAbility’s Senior Manager Huw Maggs was featured in New Zealand’s Sustainable Business Council (SBC) Annual Snapshot in which he wrote an article on SustainAbility’s Extended Leadership framework.

This past March, SBC’s Executive Director Penny Nelson visited the UK on a study trip funded by the British High Commission to explore some of the organisations and initiatives that offer insight and learning opportunities for SBC. SustainAbility was delighted to welcome Penny to our office for a rich discussion on common areas of interest.

A good deal of the discussion centred on our 2013 Changing Tack report, the final output of our extensive one-year Regeneration Roadmap project. In pursuit of sustainable development within the next generation, the Regeneration Roadmap sought to develop a guide for private sector action in the years ahead, including a new model for future sustainability leadership, Extended Leadership.

Huw Maggs will continue this discussion around Extended Leadership with SBC members via a webinar to be be announced later in the year.

About the Sustainable Business Council
The SBC is an executive led organisation that advocates a better way of doing business, one which helps create a sustainable future for New Zealand. It is the voice of sustainable business in New Zealand and the NZ Global Network partner to the WBCSD.

20.07.2014 Innovator Insights: Want to know how to sustain environmental change?

What is needed to get people to actively support environmental sustainability?

“Marketing,” says Kevin Davies, Ashoka American Express Emerging Innovator and founder of Green Start, an organization committed to reducing waste in Calgary, Canada and educating Calgarians about the impact of their personal decisions on the environment around them.

“I believe that marketing could well be the missing piece of the puzzle. I believe in marketing as a force for good.”

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18.07.2014 5 Signals You Need To Back Off Social Media

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18.07.2014 More on the river that divides Tajikistan and Afghanistan-- and a 50 fold different risk in maternal mortlaity

What explains the enormous more than 50 fold difference in maternal mortality rates across this river? Both areas of Tajikistan and Afghanistan are "in geographically contiguous poor, post-conflict, highly conservative, mountainous countries." How can the obstetric risks for women be so different? To continue our review of this fascinating study, we take a closer look at the differences between the Tajik and Afghan sides of the river as reported in the study by Kylea Liese.

The Tajik side has a large Soviet era hospital, some basic equipment and some medical personnel. And the Tajik women have a maternal mortality rate 50 times lower than the Afghan women, who have little to no medical care. So it stands to reason that the presence of the emergency obstetric care and medical facility explains the difference, right? Not so fast says our anthropologist/nurse/midwife Kylea Liese. Instead, her observations reveal that the Tajik hospital is large, but poorly equipped. Even the physicians who may be working there do not actually have training in emergency obstetric care. The author says "Expecting a physician to provide emergency obstetric care was like starting to bake a cake with all the right bowls and pans but none of the right ingredients."

Liese makes a bold argument saying:

" I will argue that advanced obstetric care to treat complications is an insufficient strategy to reduce high levels of maternal mortality because it does not address what is causing women to have such a high level of pathological pregnancies. Instead I will argue that certain social structures and practices influence women over the course of their lifetimes, irrespective of access to EOC [emergency obstetric care]. These chronic risk factors result in higher rates of life-threatening complications in some countries and lower complication rates in others."

Interestingly, she argues that on the Tajikistan side, the appearance of a nice facility and some technology makes it seem as though these factors are contributing to the much-lower maternal mortality rate. However, in reality, the women have lower rates of obstetric complications because of lifelong differences in the status of women in their culture.

What are some of these differences that cause lifelong risks to women? Liese sees long-term, chronic, social and physiological stresses are present on both sides of the river: gender inequality, poverty, poor nutrition, religious conservativeness and violence. But certain factors PROTECT the Tajik women--factors including the Soviet emphasis on girls education, emphasis on reproductive health care and marriage laws.

The takeaway point: One can not look at the moment of birth to explain the differences in maternal mortality.

18.07.2014 Storytelling Resources for Change Leaders

Storytelling Resources for Change Leaders

Sheila Kinkade | July 18, 2014
While few would question the value of powerful storytelling in today’s world, the art and craft of delivering memorable stories is something change leaders perfect over a lifetime. So what...

17.07.2014 Radar Issue 4: Better, Connected

In the fourth edition of Radar, we look at business engagement from a number of angles – best practices for gathering external intelligence; tips to ensure successful stakeholder engagement; and what makes a multi-stakeholder partnership work.

Janet Voûte of Nestlé gives her perspective on how good dialogue enables very different organisations to co-develop solutions to societal challenges. Craig Bennett of Friends of the Earth reflects on the need for businesses to more effectively collaborate with each other to send a clear and progressive message to government for more sustainable public policy. Darian Stibbe of The Partnering Initiative provides a practitioner’s view of what makes multi-stakeholder partnerships successful.

We also draw on our own experience working with companies on their engagement strategies. Alicia Ayars highlights the essential attributes of more collaborative and solutions-focused engagements. Margo Mosher presents ten tips for ensuring the success of external stakeholder advisory panels. JP Leous discusses how the next phase of sustainability leadership will be claimed by those who better engage with governments to fix policy roadblocks.

We hope you enjoy this summer edition of Radar, which is now available to download on iPad devices. Please let us know what you think!

16.07.2014 What are nonprofits for?

What are nonprofits for?

This seems like a question that used to have an easy answer - they are tax-exempt organizations that provide services, from education to art to meals; they offer a place for ideological, ethnic or other minority groups to express their ideas and serve their communities; they offer complements or alternatives to services provided by the government; and they advocate for change.

While it never really was all that clear cut I think there was a general sense among Americans at least that, within the U.S., you knew a nonprofit when you saw one.

Well, if it was clear once, it's not clear now. And there are challenges to the notion of "nonprofits do X" coming from many directions. Here are a few headlines that show this:

"For-profit health clubs challenge nonprofit YMCA's tax exempt status "
        The Nonprofit Quarterly, July 15, 2014
         Boing Boing, July 2, 2014

In both cases above the challenge comes because of who the organizations serve - in the YMCA case the membership is very similar to those folks who join commercial gyms, so why does one get tax privileges over the other. The argument raised in the case against free software is that such a resource might be used by commercial enterprises - so where's the public benefit?

The nature of these challenges focuses on who might be benefitting from the services, not whether the services themselves are a public benefit. This is ironic from a nonprofit standpoint. For decades nonprofit managers and funders have been trying to build sustainable revenue sources for nonprofit organizations so they can survive. So much so, the Red Cross recently argued that its spending practices are trade secrets! BUT, at least in the logic of the two headlines above, if the organizations might serve those who can pay (one source of sustaining revenue) then they may not be nonprofit.

As if the market-based challenges to nonprofits weren't confusing enough, in the U.S.A. there's the growing challenge of political action within the nonprofit frame. I'm in the middle of reading Ken Vogel's Big Money about campaign finance post-Citizens United. He has evidence aplenty of the deliberate weaving of 501c4s (nonprofits which provide donor anonymity) into the mix of enterprise networks being built to raise independent cash for campaign politics. And then, along comes this study, showing us what we all suspected, the IRS can't (and possibly shouldn't be) regulate these organizations - "Hobbled IRS can't stem dark money flow," Center for Public Integrity, July 15, 2014.

Of course, given recent rulings on corporate rights as religious enterprises (pdf), the movement to build socially responsible businesses,  and the shenanigans of big companies "inverting" to save taxes, it's no longer really clear what a company is either.


In a story on the compensation of a nonprofit hospital director, Senator Charles Grassley is quoted in today's New York Times as saying, "major nonprofit hospitals often are indistinguishable from for-profit hospitals in their operations.”

Clearly there's lots of change afoot in the corporate code and practices - from the commercial space, political realm, and within the independent sector.  If it's getting so hard to distinguish these enterprises, shouldn't we be asking "What about the distinction matters?" That way we can focus our attention (and regulation, oversight and incentives) on the real reasons we have separate sectors of commerce, government and civil society - not the special interests that have grown up around and within each of them.

16.07.2014 Social Entrepreneurs are Creating Greater Value(s) and Will Dominate the Future’s Success Stories

Social Entrepreneurs are Creating Greater Value(s) and Will Dominate the Future’s Success Stories

Oliver Guinness | July 16, 2014
Twenty years ago approximately 95 percent of stock market capitalization was comprised of traditional assets. Today such assets represent less than 30 percent of total market cap. This is because the...