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Improve your project's sustainability
In the July 2013 edition of Rotary Leaders a video article by author and microcredit expert Marilyn Fitzgerald stands out because of its clarity on sustainability. It is true that having a 20 year donor is not the same as creating a sustainable program. Leadership from all participants -...
955 days ago by RAGM, Category: Social Development
Book review - Ripples From The Zambezi by Ernesto Siroli
In the increasingly difficult economic climate to start a business Ernesto Sirolli says, one needs to NOT work alone. Advocates are needed in many walks of life and entrepreneurs are no different. Business people can be talented in producing a tremendous product and capable of generating...
981 days ago by RAGM, Category: Social Development
What is sustainability?
Thanks to the video folks at Rotary International and guest appearances by knowledgeable spokespersons like PDG Brad Howard, we have a powerful summary of what it takes to engage a community in their own self help. When the community is sufficiently engaged sponsorships are easier to find...
988 days ago by Editor, Category: Social Development
Social Enterprise - Branding & CEOs
If your business interests include growing in the Social Enterprise arena you will want to consider, how the chief architect of the company's change - the CEO - will need to change. Only the CEO can lead the company in the direction of Social Enterprise but it is the employees that must...
991 days ago by RAGM, Category: Social Development
Child Haven International is making a difference in the lives of over 1,000 children
There is a force in the universe that causes children to be excited about learning. You can see it in their faces at the Child Haven Orphanage & School. While visiting Kathmandu several Trekkers from the 2012 Rotarian Base Camp Tour visited the Child Haven Orphanage & school to...
1193 days ago by Editor, Category: Social Development
Nepal Greenhouse Pilot Project Progress Report 1
We kicked off the Nepal greenhouse pilot project in 2 areas, Khumbu and Humla, on 1 July.
Our partner in the Khumbu is GERES, an established French NGO who have been successfully building thermal mass greenhouses in Ladakh India for 15...
1289 days ago by RotaryGlobal, Category: Social Development
Sam Daley-Harris - Poverty, Purpose, Pitfalls, and Redemption
Sam Daley-Harris is founder of RESULTS, an international citizens' lobby dedicated to creating the political will to end poverty. Daley-Harris is also founder of the Microcredit Summit Campaign which surpassed its initial goal of reaching 100 million of the world's poorest families in...
1534 days ago by RAGM, Category: Social Development
Impact investors earn more than good karma
Commentary: The majority of social enterprises profit
By Thomas Kostigen SANTA MONICA, Calif. (MarketWatch) — The majority of small, social enterprises aimed at doing good in the developing world are profitable, according to a new report by the Global Impact Investing...
1536 days ago by RAGM, Category: Social Development
Rent-to-Own - Social Enterprise in Zambia
My name is Mark Hemsworth. Four years ago I left cow town to volunteer for Engineers Without Borders. They placed me with Africa's largest exporter of honey, located in a remote part of Zambia where the average farmer earns less than $.30 a day in cash. This was doubled through...
1598 days ago by CMC-2011, Category: Social Development
Horns of the African dilemma, poverty and illiteracy
In two brief articles, students Sara Joe Wolansky and Nur Nasreen Ibrahim have caught the essence of rural Africa and how best to address the two horns of the African Dilemma, poverty and illiteracy. Sara wrote , "Opportunity International in Ghana....provides services such as micro...
1613 days ago by Editor, Category: Social Development
Winners Rotarian Peace Photo Contest
Winners 2009 - 2010
First Place - Elvine Skoretz
2009-2010 It's in your hand... This was Rotary International's theme for the Year 2009. In one of her last months of life I witnessed my blind mother-in-law pass her love by the touch of her hand to her...
1637 days ago by Hayley, Category: Social Development
Directed by multi-award winning director Jamie Doran
Remember Band Aid, Live Aid and developed countries' determination to 'Feed the World'? Well, we failed. There are more Africans living in extreme poverty today than ever before.
1645 days ago by RotaryGlobal, Category: Social Development
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