Social Entrepreneurship on the Rise in Vietnam
"In Vietnam, the growth of social entrepreneurship has been aided by the growth of micro-credit institutions and by the government adopting freer market policies."
Currently, this trend is driven by NGOs, with very limited public sector investment:
West African Governments Prioritize Agriculture,Try to Engage Youth; Urbanized Middle Class Creates Domestic/Import Market
"Governments in the region have signed the continent wide Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) compact. They have committed to spend at least 10% of their budgets on agriculture. CAADP aims to push agriculture growth to at least 6% annual growth in food production by 2015 through increased research and technology dissemination, improved food supply chains, extending areas under agriculture and improved infrastructure and trade-related capacities."
"Government efforts are also being complemented by those of
Turkish/Islamic Traditions of Charity Driving Formation of NGOs/Philanthropic Orgs
"The practise of charity is deep rooted in Turkey owing to Islamic teaching, and giving alms to the poor was the main activity of the time. While this practise has continued, it has emerged in new forms, where tradition, culture and religion provide an important base for philanthropic endeavours. According to some surveys, 66 per cent of individual donations are given to non-religious organizations. A correlation has been found between an increase in income and increase in donations, specially in Central Anatolia and Western Turkey."
Traditional Water Conservation Techniques Revived in India
"The revival of ‘paar’, a traditional system of rainwater harvesting is the latest in a series of attempts to use ancient techniques to alleviate the pervasive water insecurity in [Rajasthan in India]...The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has a small grants program through which it has assisted Thar Integrated Social Development Society (TISDS) revive the ancient ‘paar’ technique in Jaisalmer district."
Sources:SFG Feb 2011:
Non-Profit IT Company Brings Skills, Scholarships and Jobs to Cambodia, Laos and Kenya
"Digital Divide Data (DDD) was founded in 2001 in Cambodia by a group dominated by Western business consultants and technopreneurs. During their travels around Indochina, they encounter poverty, and yet perceive the region as an untouched human reservoir."
Sources:Noviscape May 2011 page 8:
Mapping, Digitizing Records Fight Corruption, Aid in Proper Distribution of Land to the Poor in Bangladesh
Land disputes area major issue in Bangladesh. The government has a program to redistribute land to the landless, but, due to mismanagement and massive corruption, many do not receive their land and end up in court—it's estimated that more than "3.2 million land-related cases are pending before the judiciary."
This figure doesn't account for large number of poor people who "do not even escalate matters to the level of litigation."
Sources:SFG June 2011, page 8:
NGOs Bring Healthcare to India Factory Workers
Despite Bangladesh's labor laws and the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO) mandating that factories must provide healthcare to their workers, most factories in Bangladesh have no doctors or nurses on their premises and are not linked to any healthcare program. The Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association does have 10 medical centers for factory workers in the country, but they are short of doctors and are not adequately equipped. This leaves the approximately 3.1 million workers (80-85% of whom are women) without critical services.
Sources:SFG June 2011, page 6:
ICT Health India: Mobile Phones Bring Eye Exams to Rural Poor in India
Sankara Nethralaya hospital, a not-for-profit ophthalmic hospital in Chennai, has "mobile van units that operate out of remote rural areas."
"Technicians offer basic eye-checks for the rural poor, and then the results are transmitted through a messaging service and very small aperture terminals (VSATs) to an eye specialist in Chennai. Roughly 60-120 patients are examined per day."
Sources:SFG June 2011, page 4:
Massive national Campaign against Malaria proving effective
The Strategic Foresight Group writes,
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