Browse by Theme: Value Chains

Football teams are a system and markets are systems too... I am a market systems practitioner who lives and works in Brazil. After the emotions from Brazil’s semi-final failure calmed down, I started to draw a few analogies from the World Cup. Painful as it was (for me at least), Brazil’s epic 7-1 defeat might teach us a few things about how to make market facilitation initiatives more successful and resilient.

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The development world has long embraced micro-finance, and there is a lot of hype about micro-entrepreneurs, but what exactly is a micro-franchise?

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The close of 2013 brings with it the inevitable series of lists of the best and worst of the year. It's good to reflect on deeds past, but this list takes a different approach: it describes what these lists should say a year from now.

Six business specialists from across CARE International answered the question: "What is your vision for inclusive business in 2014?" They identified 6 ambitious but achievable milestones for the new year that could change the future of inclusive business.

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CARE International's request to business in this year's Living Wage Week is simple. Implement living wages, and do it having ensured that you understand the key role of women in your supply chain, so that the women working at the end of the supply chain, as well as having a decent wage, will also have some equality with their male counterparts.

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There’s an inescapable buzz around the role of business in international development. Everywhere I go—from Bangladesh to East Africa, from the flurry of activity of the UNGA or CGI in New York to the WEF Annual meeting in Davos—it’s a topic that has risen to the very top of the development agenda.

To be clear, CARE welcomes this long-awaited energy and momentum. But business still has a long way to go, particularly when it comes to understanding the importance and specific needs of women—both as customers and as critical participants in supply chains.

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CARE International has written about the business case for empowering women producers before, but the financial justification for inclusive business goes much further than that. This week, CARE International published A Different Cup of Tea: The Business Case for Empowering Workers in the Sri Lankan Tea Sector which demonstrates that companies investing in one worker empowerment model, the Community Development Forum (CDF), gained $26 for every $1 invested.

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As NGOs gathered in London last week to begin discussing ‘Make Poverty History Mark 2’, an Indian colleague neatly summed up what he felt CARE needs to focus on if we are to make significantly more progress towards poverty eradication.

  1. Address unequal global power structures
  2. Improve governance in developing countries
  3. Secure better market access for poor people

A healthy potential recipe for a post 2015 MDG framework if ever I heard one.

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