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Shareholder Humanitarianism

Times are tough for humanitarian organizations. The growing income gaps in developed countries are having a knock-on effect for humanitarian work. Unsurprisingly it seems that as the rich less willing to share with their own communities they also become less willing to share with other communities; this despite the fact that support for humanitarian work […]

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The business approach

NGO-land has been in the grip of the “business approach” hype for some time now. As it goes with hypes, the interesting or original insights that kicked the whole thing off have become largely obscured under a superficial layer of jargon. Is there anything of substance left? There are two main variants to the business hype: Variant […]

Healthy supply chains? Talk to the lawyer.

In the 1970s, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act marked the beginning of the end to corporations shirking responsibility for unsavoury/illegal practices carried out by their suppliers/partners. Since then it has become generally accepted that companies are responsible for the impact of their business activities, including those outsourced to third parties. Thank God we got that one sorted. (Roll film on BP-oil spill debacle.)

Pressure, Das Boot and your crew

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”  – African proverb Teamwork. Most of us recognize (intuitively, logically or empirically) the importance and difficulties of building and nurturing good teams. I don’t want to add my personal philosophy to the vast tome of information (example) already available on […]

PPP 3.0

After working on public-private partnerships (PPPs) for the better part of the last seven years, I’m pleased and surprised to see that we’re moving into a new phase, which I’ll call PPP 3.0. Pleased, because of the almost limitless potential of the new paradigm. Surprised, because it seems like only yesterday that 2.0 was released.

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