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According to Nelson Mandela, the Clinton Global Initiative is addressing the greatest challenges the World faces. It is a call to action. What can I do as a global citizen? Your commitments can become a powerful tool in shaping a better world.
What has been intended to become an event which helps create a small piece of common ground, has actuallty been followed by +50,000 viewers from around the world. It has generated more than 218 commitments from twice that many people. The value of these commitments, not considering time and mind which are the most valuable and enriching, comes to more than 7.3 billion dollars.
You can summarize it with a word, Ubuntu, and with one of the most moving speeches given by Desmond Tutu.”We won’t win a war against terror, so-called, as long as there are conditions in the world that make people desperate”. (m. 44:40) and his remarkable closing speech (m. 1:02:00). Join the conversation.
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“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”
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The focus areas of the CGI which try to cover the most serious issues affecting the world today are:
Energy and Climate Change
Global Health
Poverty Alleviation
Mitigating Religious and Ethnic Conflict
Get an insider view of the event. Martin Varsavsky covered the event through his blog, sharing his personal view and perspective of the event.
“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela.
That’s what this CGI deal’s all about.


Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
Don’t go to the gym, surf the web or leave office early today.
If you find a better way of INVESTING one hour of your time than by joining an enlightened conversation such as this, you must let me know. Join the conversation.
Effective action, lasting results. Improving the collective efforts of NGO’s and private citizens and addressing global challenges is the theme covered by:
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Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President, Federal Republic of Brazil
Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Chairman of the Board, Microsoft
Hernando de Soto, President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy
What can you learn from this, about what you might do in the NGO world, as citizens of the world? We live in an interdependent world that is unequal, unstable and unsustainable. We should try to create an integrated world of equal opportunities, shared responsibilities and common membership.
1. Look for countries that welcome NGO’s as partners and try to partner with them, that way, your work lasts.
2. Change the system.
3. Innovate.
• Learn about pressing sources of inequity in the world which, through coordinated philanthropy can be solved.
• Find those things were we can have a measurable impact, were we can make a difference and then focus there.
• Build systems and capacity.
They’re not naïve but they’re passionate.
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Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
The 2006 Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting, wich is truly designed to inspire action, is taking place September 20-22. You can watch it ALL through LIVE Webcasts.
I have just seen the “Building a Sustainable Future” session, moderated by Peter C. Goldmark Jr.
Program Director, Environmental Defense with panelists such as:
John Chambers, President & Chief Executive Officer, Cisco Systems Inc.
Al Gore, Chairman, Generation Investment Management
Klaus Kleinfeld, President & Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG
Muhammad Yunus, Founder and Managing Director, Grameen Bank
Business accountability on sustainability issues, social enterprises as an engine of change, global warming and the impact we can all make in order to face the crisis were some of the subjects covered in the session. Al Gore makes reference to the global warming issue with brilliant symbolism, evoking the chinese symbol of crisis, which holds the meanin of both Danger and Opportunity. His closing speech was remarkable, I truly recommend it. Not only has he become, as we’ve stated before on this blog, a great and moving public speaker, but I’m still impressed by his “Impact and influence on the audience” capability, making you not only believe his message, but most importantly, making you commit to solving the crisis of our generation.
Just to understand his “moving” ability, Sir Richard Branson commited $3Billion to renewable energy initiatives. This implies the investment of 100% of profits from Virgin’s transportation businesses over 10 years to combat global warming. This is an impressive announcement, not just monetarily, but actually comitting ALL your profits to this stake is something I still can not grasp.
If you have time, go into the live webcast of the remaining sessions and if not, I truly recommend leaving a couple of hours of your weekend to do so.
Some of the more than 100 commitments, amounting nearly $2.1 billion only on the first day are:
Abraham’s Vision. Gadi Kenny commits to fund summer 2006 Vision Program, where Abraham’s Vision educators took Jewish & Palestinian American students to the Balkans to engage in analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Learn more here.
Mobilize $500 Million To Benefit 50 Million People. To leverage Opportunity International’s 35-year microfinance experience to mobilize $500Mby 2010 for financial services for 50 million poor, providing a better future for themselves and their communities. Learn more here.
Laboratory Services Strengthening. Working with the Ugandan government, FIND will create a model for reliable diagnosis of poverty-related diseases by identifying deficiencies in current services and addressing them through social franchising. Learn more here.
Watch all the Web Casts here.


Oxfam has just brought out its latest report: “In the Public Interest: health, education, and water and sanitation for all”
The September 1st report looks at what has worked up to now when addressing these issues, what has not worked, how public society is picking up some of the pieces, but acknowledging the essential need of both governments of developing and developed countries to work together in order to increase their success.
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“Change is possible, but it will take concerted action by developing country governments, supported, not undermined, by rich countries, and held to account by active citizens demanding their rights.”
As a conclusion to the report they write the following:
“Within a generation, for the first time in history, every child in the world could be in school.
Every woman could give birth with the best possible chance that neither she nor her baby
would die. Everyone could drink water without risking their lives. Millions of new health
workers and teachers could be saving lives and shaping minds.
We know how to get there: political leadership, government action, and public services,
supported by long-term flexible aid from rich countries and the cancellation of debt.
We know that the market alone cannot do this. Civil society can pick up some of the pieces,
but governments must act. There is no short cut, and no other way.
To achieve these goals, developing country governments must fulfil their responsibilities,
their citizens must pressure them to do so, and rich countries must support and not
undermine them.”
‘Poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions
of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.
It is the protection of a fundamental human right; the right to dignity and a decent life.
While poverty persists, there is no freedom.’
Nelson Mandela’s speech at launch of Make Poverty History campaign, Trafalgar Square, London, 3 February 2005
Take a closer look at the report.
About Oxfam.


Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
It has been a long summer break at Instituto de Empresa, thus reducing the blog activity this month. We are back on track and looking forward on continuing this conversation. I include a brief list of events and topics which have recently taken place for your perusal.
C.K. Prahalad.jpgThe Bottom of the Pyramid, a big opportunity or a mirage?
A very interesting debate has taken place at in regards to the Bottom of the Pyramid. According to Aneel G. Karnani, Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, it is just a mirage. C.K. Prahald gives a balanced view of the core arguments of the BOP opportunity.

Cell phones can integrate many of Mexico’s unbanked citizens into the formal banking sector.
World Economic Forum report on Malaria
Business and Malaria: A neglected threat?
Johns Hopkins’ HOPE Honored as the 2006 Nonprofit of the Year
“How to provide affordable housing” Competition from Ashoka’s Change Makers
Deadline for entries, September 6th.
Aid is delivered by organizations, not countries
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Commitment to Development Index
Top 21 countries on trade, aid, investment and others in 2006
2006 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition
Prizes in cash and travel of over US $200,000. The last day for submissions is September 17, 2006 .
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Care International UK and Charity Bank – Socially Responsible Investment Event, eco6
eco6 Zurich Switzerland 9-10 October 2006


Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
According to the Financial Times, The European Commission, which by the way is the world’s second largest aid donor, will come under fire by Save the Children tomorrow Wednesday for its “slowness in disbursing funds”.
Save the Children argues thought their report that the delays in distributing aid already pledged by rich countries threaten to drastically reduce the impact on the development process in the grantee nations. “They jeopardise attainment of the millennium development goals to halve extreme poverty by 2015”. According to the report, the main reason for the delays in disbursing funds is that of “bureaucracy and inefficient administration”.
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Sarah Hague, Save the Children’s economic adviser, said: “Budget support can account for around 40 per cent of developing countries’ spending, and its predictability is hugely important because of the crucial recurrent costs it finances. Delays in disbursing budget support can mean that teachers and health workers don’t get paid, or that important medical supplies and school textbooks don’t reach the children who need them.”
According to the FT, the gap between pledges and disbursement has been particularly striking in the case of the European development fund, a pot of money funded by the member states but whose grants are administered by the Commission. It is intended to help countries from the poor African-Caribbean-Pacific group.
How relevant do you think these types of reports are, when considering putting the right pressure in the administrations? Will this imply an early and adequate response on the European Commission’s behalf? Will it have an impact on other donors who also have a slow and partial dispersal of aid?
Read more about Save the Children.
Read the whole Financial Times Article.


Centro PwC – IE de Responsabilidad Corporativa y AEDME-Círculo de Responsabilidad Social
Fecha: 19.06.06
Horario : 18:30 h
Lugar: Maria de Molina 11, Madrid. Aula Magna del Instituto de Empresa
La nueva tendencia de las empresas de ser más responsables desde el punto de vista social y medioambiental, ha producido un acercamiento hacia los expertos de estos temas: las ONG. Antaño las relaciones entre estos dos agentes no han sido fáciles, y hoy están pasando por un proceso de aprendizaje muy interesante para ambas partes.
En esta jornada se trata de exponer las experiencias de tres partenariados que pueden ilustrar este proceso y enseñar algunas “buenas prácticas” que hayan desarrollado en su experiencia de contactos.
• BBVA y Economistas sin Fronteras
– Jose Ángel Moreno; Director del Departamento de Responsabilidad Social Corporativa del BBVA
– Marta de la Cuesta; Vicepresidenta del Observatorio de RSC y Vicerrectora de la UNED
• DKV e Intermón-Oxfam
– David Camps, Coordinador del Área de Captación e Imagen de Intermón-Oxfam
– Miguel García Lamigueiro, Director de Comunicación de DKV
• France Telecom-España y Fundación Síndrome de Down de Madrid
– Manuel Gimeno, Director General de la Fundación France Telecom – España
– Ponente por confirmar
Temas incluidos en las presentaciones:
• Quién inició el contacto
• Qué criterios utilizó para seleccionar a su “socio”
• Cómo se desarrollaron los primeros contactos de acercamiento
• Qué objetivos perseguía la empresa – o la ONG – con el partenariado
• Qué actividades conjuntas desarrollan actualmente
• Qué sistema organizativo utilizan para mantener el vínculo y alcanzar los objetivos
• Qué ha sido lo más difícil
• Qué ha sido lo más valioso de la relación
En las presentaciones participarán los dos ponentes de cada partenariado, relatando sus puntos de vista sobre el proceso.
Para acudir al evento, sin costo alguno, es necesario enviar un mail de confirmación a Cupo Limitado.


Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
SustainAbility is looking for an Associate Director who will be a “Core Team member supporting senior management in development and delivery of the company’s research and advocacy (R&A) strategy. The AD will play a key role in shaping R&A strategy, assisting in R&A program development and implementation, undertaking fundraising and sponsorship outreach and developing metrics to assess R&A impact. The AD will also play a central role in delivery of the three-year Skoll Foundation-SustainAbility Social Entrepreneurship Program.”
SustainAbility is a strategy consultancy and independent think tank specialising in the business risks and market opportunities of corporate responsibility and sustainable development.
The deadline for applications is 31 May 2006.
Full Job description and Pdf here.


Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
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Ethical Corporation, in association with EABIS, has just published a review of corporate responsibility education.
“Companies today are operating in a global business environment perhaps more complex and demanding than at any point in history. To meet this demand, management education will have to evolve from being tactical and instrument-oriented programmes – that preach the deeply institutionalised mantra that the “business of business is business” – to ones that give managers practical and real strategic insight into the cultural, economic and political environments in which they operate”. With contributions from faculty from all over the world, including that of Bryan Husted, this is just another source which confirms the strategic importance of corporate responsibility on education.
McKinsey, as we have previously posted, has addressed this issue with a survey on what business executives think in regards to Corporate Responsibility as well as a study of Social Issues from a strategic point of view.
I couldn’t agree more with Professor Gilbert Lenssen on the report’s conclusion: Companies need mangers who can address these issues, not only through an isolated CSR department, but incorporating it across the firm as a strategic competitive advantage.
View the Corporate Responsibility in Education Special Report.


Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
DM06_Banner_FINAL.jpgThe 2006 Global Development Marketplace competition awarded a total of US$5 million for the best ideas for providing clean water, sanitation and energy services for the poor in developing countries. 118 finalists, representing 55 different countries, were selected from a highly competitive pool of over 2,500 applicants.
The projects range from potable water for rural communities in Niger, UV buckets to disinfect water in rural Mexico, cleaning Chinas polluted lakes with mussels, to reducing the health consequences of arsenic contaminated water in rural communities of West Bengal, India.
Since its inception, the Global DM competition has disbursed over US$23 million in awards to 171 winning proposals. These projects are being implemented in more than 60 countries by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, private sector businesses, government agencies and other development actors.
View the 2006 Development Marketplace Winners.

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