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  • A Student Start-up in the Education Sector Goes Global - The Case Centre Collection

    Tor Johannessen

    The case traces the growth of a socially-oriented student start-up into multinational company in the educational sector, and the firm's strategic choices and actions when it opted to expand to other markets.

  • ALTIS: A Microfinance Startup in Nepal - The Oikos Collection

    Jacen Greene and Scott Marshall

    This case describes the issues and dilemmas facing a social entrepreneur in his efforts to initiate a microfinance operation in the rural agricultural areas of Nepal. Although Nepal government supports microfinance models, a recent civil war severely disrupted government services and worsened poverty. The case covers the recent history of Nepal, the condition of the country’s capital markets, the ALTIS concept and the competitive landscape.

  • Accounting Development Tool - UNCTAD's International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR)

    Implementation of international standards, codes and regulations applicable to corporate reporting are an essential to attract financial resources. Investors look for transparent and consistent corporate information in order to make adequate and informed decisions. A universal business language is crucial for investors to compare investment opportunities and allocate their resources in an affective and profitable manner. In the face of these challenges, the need for a coherent approach towards capacity-building in this area has become evident. Responding to these capacity building needs UNCTAD-ISAR has been developing the Accounting for Development Tool (ADT).

  • An Action Plan for Investing in the Sustainable Development Goals (WIR 2014)

    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    The objective of UNCTAD’s World Investment Report is to show how the contribution of the private sector to investment in the Sustainable Development Goals can be increased through a concerted push by the international community, within a holistic strategic framework that addresses all key challenges in mobilizing funds, channelling them to sustainable development and maximizing beneficial impact.

  • An Introduction to Social Return on Investment - The Case Centre Collection

    Laura K. Arrillaga and David W. Hoyt

    The effectiveness of investments in not-for-profits is difficult to measure because of the social outcome-orientation of these organizations. This paper introduces the concept of 'social return on investment (SROI),' in which socio-economic results are quantified together with traditional financial measures.

  • Associação Saúde Criança : Em busca do crescimento e da sustentabilidade

    Tania M. V. Limeira (Fundação Getulio Vargas-EAESP)

    A Associação Saúde Criança (ASC) é uma organização social que trabalha com uma metodologia pioneira para a promoção da saúde integral e da inclusão social das famílias de crianças atendidas em unidades publicas de saúde. Foi fundada em 1991, no Rio de Janeiro, pela Dra. Vera Cordeiro, que é empreendedora social da Ashoka. Desde sua fundação, a metodologia da ASC foi replicada em 23 organizações associadas a hospitais públicos do país, tornando-se um modelo bem sucedido em tratamento de saúde aliado ao combate da pobreza, reconhecido no Brasil e no exterior.

  • Auntie Muni - Informal Woman Business in Ghana

    Nnamdi Madichie London School of Business and Management

    This case study highlights how a woman business owner navigated the harsh realities of Ghana's informal sector and what lessons might be learnt by budding entrepreneurs. It also looks at policy implications for formalizing the informal sector.

  • Bamboo Innovation Ecosystem - The Empretec Collection

    This case study is designed to help students gain insights into running a profitable business that promotes innovation and growth of other businesses, including those in underserved, low-income areas. It illustrates how Bamboo Innovation Ecosystem, a business based in Jo-hannesburg, has helped to promote growth among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in low-income communities by developing and managing their brands, as well as creating employment for unemployed creative young people with expertise in branding who live in these communities.

  • Banking with the Poor

    Ronald Chua AIM (Analysis Institute of Management)

    A course that explores opportunities and challenges of providing financial services to low income households.

  • Building Local Capacity for Health Commodity Manufacturing: A to Z Textile Mills LTD - The Case Centre Collection

    Kileken ole-MoiYoi and William Rodriguez

    This case focuses on the establishment of the Olyset Consortium-a public-private partnership that was created to facilitate the manufacture of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets to prevent malaria infection in sub-Saharan Africa-and A to Z Textile Mills ('A to Z'), the manufacturer of the nets in Arusha, Tanzania. The case examines how the public-private partnership was developed, its use of an incentive-based supply chain, A to Z's business model and impact, and the sustainability of the venture. The case reveals that despite significant success in attaining objectives, the misaligned incentives of the many partners presented major obstacles to the overall sustainability of A to Z's Olyset production line.

  • Business Model Innovation: Global Health in Frontier Markets

    Dr. Anjali Sastry; MIT Course Number 15.232

    Modern medicine could reduce disease greatly, yet fails to reach millions across the globe. Innovations in technology, process, marketing, and finance have the potential to help address the delivery challenges—not just in frontier markets, but everywhere. In this class, we explore novel solutions and new business models for delivering health care in resource-limited settings. The aim is to apply business and management lenses to what global health experts call the implementation gap. We analyze organizations to find why some fall short while others grow in size and contribute to the health of the people they serve, and explore promising business models and social enterprise innovations.

  • Business Plan Model Template

    A series of questions and worksheets focused on helping you turn that business idea into a reality. Completing this business plan template is the first step towards making your idea happen.

  • Business Planning for new Organizational Creation and Growth

    Fabio Petroni ALTIS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

    This elective module is concerned with enabling the students to convert their business idea into an actionable business model. The course is fully dedicated to the Business Model Canvas, a simple/intuitive framework to design and visualize business models that provides a lean methodology to validate business assumptions and develop business.

  • Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid

    Ted London Ross School of Business, William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan

    This course stimulates leadership skills and understanding of the BoP. Class sessions will engage students in discussions aimed at identifying the prospects and challenges associated with serving BoP markets and developing strategies, business models, partnerships, and mindsets required to explore these opportunities.

  • Carreta da Saúde : Crescimento Sustentável e Gestão Eficiente

    Tania M. V. Limeira (Fundação Getulio Vargas - EAESP)

    A Associação Beneficente Ebenézer, fundada pelo médico Roberto Kikawa, apoia pacientes terminais e suas famílias. Em 2008, a Associação lançou o Projeto CIES (Centro de Integração de Educação e Saúde) para atender à população brasileira, especialmente em condições sócio-econômicas vulneráveis, realizando exames médicos e diagnósticos em até dez especialidades, por meio de um centro médico móvel sobre rodas, mais conhecido como “Carreta da Saúde”. Segundo seu fundador, “é uma organização híbrida cujo principal objetivo é solucionar um problema social - a dificuldade ao acesso à saúde - , porém, como em qualquer outra empresa, paga impostos e gera lucro, que é reinvestido totalmente na autossustentabilidade da organização”.

  • Collection of Best Practice and Solutions for Fighting Poverty through Management Education: A Compendium of Teaching Resources

    Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

    The goal of this Collection is to provide short summaries of “what works” when it comes to integrating the issue of poverty into management education. Included is results from a global survey on poverty and its relationship to management education. Also included is a collection of learning tools to facilitate integration of poverty issues into the classroom.

  • Communications for Managers

    Prof. Neal Hartman; MIT Course Number 15.280

    Communication for Managers is intended to help students think strategically about communication and to aid students in improving their writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills within a managerial setting. The course looks at a range of successful practices and guidelines that have been derived from both research and experience, and gives students the opportunity to develop and practice their skills.

  • ContextPlay - The Empretec Collection

    Lara Cookey is the CEO and lead designer of Contextplay, a business that designs and sells learning materials, playground equipment and furniture aimed at helping young children to develop their academic, emotional, physical and psychological abilities. Realizing the importance of early childhood development and the increasing role that learning materials and tools play, Lara, an interior designer by profession, tapped into the growing demand for products designed to enhance learning.

  • Debt and Deficits: Economic and Political Issues

    Nathan Perry

    Policy makers face difficult decisions in the coming years in dealing with deficit and debt related issues. All of the policy decisions imply tradeoffs that make simple solutions more complicated than they seem. To reduce the deficit now means imposing austerity programs that hurt current GDP and economic recovery. Expanding debt indefinitely means a higher percentage of spending in the future goes to servicing the debt, which could result in higher taxes.

  • Development Implications of Transnational Corporation Involvement in Agriculture (WIR 2009)

    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    Given the importance of agriculture for economies and societies, the impact and implications of transnational corporation (TNC) participation in the industry, especially in developing countries, are of considerable significance. This impact varies, depending partly on the nature of TNC participation, in particular whether the mode of involvement is FDI or a non-equity form such as contract farming. FDI in farming may have a positive effect on agricultural production and the host economy by providing financial resources, introducing new technologies, training workers, creating linkages with local input suppliers and encouraging – through example – the entry of other firms into the industry. Negative effects may result from TNC-run operations driving farmers out of business, for instance, with adverse consequences for employment and rural society. TNC involvement through contract farming can affect domestic agriculture via different channels, among others by providing local farmers with inputs such as seeds and fertilizers, and linking them to the global marketplace through their international supply chains. On the other hand, these links run the risk, for instance, of making farmers highly dependent on large and powerful companies.

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