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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Entrepreneurship Policy Framework

    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    UNCTAD’s Entrepreneurship Policy Framework aims to support developing-country policymakers and those from economies in transition in the design of initiatives, measures and institutions to promote entrepreneurship. It sets out a structured framework of relevant policy areas, embedded in an overall entrepreneurship strategy that helps guide policymakers through the process of creating an environment that facilitates the emergence of entrepreneurs and start-ups, as well as the growth and expansion of new enterprises.

  • Global Value Chains: Investment and Trade for Development (WIR 2013)

    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    The objectives of UNCTAD’s report are to demonstrate how GVCs constitute the nexus between investment and trade, to show the importance of GVCs in today’s global economy and especially their weight in developing countries, to provide evidence for the impact of GVC participation in developing countries, and to make concrete recommendations to help policymakers maximize the benefits of GVC participation for economic growth and development while minimizing the associated risks.

  • Green Foreign Direct Investment Programme

    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    UNCTAD's “Building National Capacities for Promoting Foreign Direct Investment in Green and Other Growth Sectors” is a multiyear programme aiming at strengthening the capacity of developing countries in attracting and benefitting from FDI in green industries and other growth sectors in order to create employment, promote agricultural development and reduce poverty.

  • ISEA-OXFAM Poverty Reduction and Women Economic Leadership: Roles, Potentials and Challenges of Social Enterprises in Developing Countries in Asia (PREWEL-SE) Report

    An integrative report based on the research initiated by ISEA in 4 countries - Bangladesh and India in South Asia, and the Philippines and Indonesia in Southeast Asia. It explores the roles, potentials and challenges faced by the emerging social enterprise sector as a key player in accelerating poverty reduction and women‘s economic leadership in Asia.

  • Impact of Transnational Corporation Participation on Host Developing Countries (WIR 2008)

    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    Given the participation of transnational corporations (TNCs) in the infrastructure industries of a growing number of developing countries, and the significance of infrastructure for sustainable development, the implications of TNC involvement are of considerable importance for host countries. Their involvement raises some crucial questions. How does TNC involvement affect the size of investment and performance of infrastructure industries and the provision of infrastructure services, including to the more vulnerable segments of society? In what ways are performance gains derived from TNC involvement better or worse than those engendered by domestic enterprises, and are there any negative impacts to consider? What are the wider effects of TNC participation in infrastructure on the host economy and society?

  • Integration of Developing Countries in the Global Supply Chain

    Ronald Berenbeim and Mallika Shakaya

    The nature of trade has been radically altered in the past few decades by the emergence of global production networks, and the rise of inter- and intra-firm trade within these networks. The challenges faced by developing countries from this development are daunting, not least because global competition is intensifying and international trade is taking new forms, which is making it more difficult than ever to break into new markets. This working paper explores Global Value Chain integration using nine developing country case studies in development-linked sectors.

  • Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship Course

    Marie Lisa Dacanay

    The course introduces the student the the evolving theories of social entrepreneurship that is responsive to the content of the Philippines, where poverty and underdevelopment have deep systemic and historical roots.

  • Investment by TNCs and Gender - Preliminary Assessment

    UNCTAD - Division on Investment and Enterprise

    Through their activities in foreign direct investment, trade, non-equity modalities and business relationships with local suppliers, transnational corporations (TNCs) have significant gender-specific impacts in developing countries. This report is a preliminary assessment of this impact, based upon a review of the literature. It focuses mainly on gender equality, spanning the wage and employment impact of TNCs, and the related potential for women’s empowerment. Gender equality matters because it is positively linked to economic growth, but the strength of the positive impact is mediated by various contextual factors, the report finds.

  • Management in Complex Environments: An Introductory Guide

    Peter Davis, Catrin Fröhlich, Anne Gloor, Aileen Ionescu-Somers

    This guide is intended both for those with no experience in complex environments, and for those with some experience looking to improve their leadership in these contexts. For those of you who are new, and who need help transiting to a complex operating environment, this guide can help you expand your vision beyond traditional business models and lead with integrity and humbleness. For those of you with more experience, this guide can help you handle complexity with more confidence. It is built on robust research and interviews with over 100 leaders with extensive experience in such environments.

  • Non-Equity Modes of International Production and Development (WIR 2011)

    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    In today’s world, policies aimed at improving the integration of developing economies into global value chains must look beyond FDI and trade. Policymakers need to consider non-equity modes (NEMs) of international production, such as contract manufacturing, services outsourcing, contract farming, franchising, licensing and management contracts. Cross-border NEM activity worldwide is signi"cant and particularly important in developing economies. It is estimated to have generated over $2 trillion of sales in 2010. Contract manufacturing and services outsourcing accounted for $1.1–1.3 trillion, franchising $330–350 billion, licensing $340–360 billion, and management contracts around $100 billion. In most cases, NEMs are growing more rapidly than the industries in which they operate.

  • The Sustainability Literacy Test

    SLT assesses the minimum level of knowledge in economic, social and environmental responsibility of higher education students. It can be applied all over the world, in any kind of Higher Education Institutions (HEI), and on all levels (Bachelors, Masters, MBAs, PhD). All of the questions from this assessment tool are designed to ensure that future graduates have basic knowledge in sustainable development, covering both individual and organizational responsibility.

  • UnLtd's Changing the World: A Beginners Guide to Social Entrepreneurship

    ‘Changing the World: A Beginners Guide to Social Entrepreneurship’ is a culmination of what we have learned over the past few years working closely with young social entrepreneurs and is a tool for sharing the stories, challenges and insights of young people who had an idea and ran with it. The aim of this guide is to share our learning in the hope that it will support future young people who have ideas to make their world better.

  • Unltd's Social Entrepreneurship Awards Toolkit

    This toolkit offers practical guidance and working models for every stage of social entrepreneurship from initial idea, setup and piloting, on to longer term sustainability, growth and replication.

  • Vodafone Ghana: Are Profits Just a Call Away?

    Bisi Onasanya, Fredrik Jejdling and Juan Manuel Barrionuevo

    Bisi Onasanya (First Bank of Nigeria), Fredrik Jejdling (Ericsson) and Juan Manuel Barrionuevo (Mobile World Capital Barcelona) explore innovation, entrepreneurship, partnerships, scale and data management when entering a new market.

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