INFORMATION IS POWER… SO HOW DO WE USE IT FOR GOOD?

“Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion and knowledge” – Plato. Perhaps this explains why we as humans are so hungry for information. With the prevalence of internet connectivity and social media, you could in fact argue that we live in an age of information overload....


HOW MINING COMPANIES ACHIEVE SHARED VALUE THROUGH INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE AGRIBUSINESS

Most mining companies have three central concerns when running a site: safety, volume and costs. However,  it is widely recognised that without a Social Licence to Operate all three of elements are at risk. Without successful community engagement a company can face increased operating costs,...


A TRUE CIRCULAR ECONOMY NEEDS TO BE INCLUSIVE

I am always interested to read articles on the need to grow more food to feed our growing populations, and the big question of how to feed the future. It is predicted that by 2050 there will be 9 billion people living on earth. That is a lot of mouths to feed. As a result, there is an increasing...


WORKING WITH HARMONY

Business for Development is designing a coffee pilot for Harmony Gold’s Hidden Valley mine impacted communities in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The pilot is set to begin mid-2018 and will have a whole of supply chain focus, working to boost production, improve market access and...


THE PROBLEM WITH DATA IN DEVELOPMENT

With the prevalence of mobile phones, interconnected devices, WiFi availability, GPS, etc., we now have access to more data than ever before. Not only is data experiencing an exponential pace of growth, it’s become easier than ever for companies – from large corporates to sole traders – to...


FAREWELL MR FAULMANN

David Faulmann has been working at Business for Development since it opened its doors in 2007. Ten years ago, a fresh-faced fledgeling undergrad was looking for an internship opportunity and came across Business for Poverty Relief Alliance. In the years that followed, the Business for Poverty...


INCLUSIVE BUSINESS: FROM RHETORIC TO MAINSTREAM

Far from being a fringe idea, inclusive business – where the private sector includes poor communities in its value chain as customers, producers, suppliers, employees and/or distributors – has found a place within the international development landscape in recent years. What was once considered...


BLOCKCHAIN: BRINGING IDENTITY TO FACELESS FARMERS

The blockchain principle that underpins cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, offers an enormous opportunity for smallholder farmers in developing countries to improve their economic prosperity and livelihoods. A blockchain is a database, or digital ledger, which is distributed across widespread and...


A WOMAN’S WORK IS NEVER DONE – FROM DAWN TO DUSK

It is the crack of dawn when Elizabeth wakes for her morning prayers at 5:30 am. She is roused by the first birds chirping for the day and starts to get her seven children ready for school. Once the children are on their way, her farm work begins where Elizabeth cuts a trench with a practiced swing...


THERE’S NOTHING BLAND ABOUT VANILLA

Recently Business for Development explored vanilla as a potential crop for farmers in PNG. It turns out vanilla is not that boring at all. Vanilla is a high value, easily transportable, nonperishable crop capable of growing well PNG. Sounds great for a project set in a remote region. However,...