Top Stories of 2018

By Zahid Torres-Rahman, Co-Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty

With the New Year imminent, we thought we’d take a look at the most popular articles of the year. So here, based on the number of unique visits each article received and in reverse order, are the ten most popular stories published in 2018.

It’s been another busy year at Business Fights Poverty, including with the launch of new reports on Education for Sustainable Development, Transformative Partnerships, Intrapreneur Ecosystems, Refugee-Inclusive Business, Advocacy Partnerships, and Low-Cost Education – all co-created through our Challenge-based approach to collaboration.  Thank you to all our members and Content Partners who participated in these Challenges, and also to all of you who shared your insights with the community through online articles, discussions, and our Spotlight Podcast series.

With the New Year imminent, we thought we’d once again take a look at the most popular articles of the year. So here, based on the number of unique visits each article received and in reverse order, are the ten most popular blog posts published in 2018.

10.Partnerships Cultivate Change in the Niger Delta

Mamadou Beye, Government and Public Affairs General Manager at Chevron discusses Chevron’s Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) partnership approach in the Niger Delta, with insights on how the GMoU community impact model has empowered conflict resolution and encouraged locally-developed economic initiatives.


9. How Can Business Help Strengthen Provision of High Quality, Low Cost Education for the Poor?

What can be done to help improve the contribution of low-cost private schools to the education of children from low-income families? And what are the conditions needed for low-cost private schools to equitably and sustainably deliver better outcomes for poor communities in ways that will further strengthen national education systems as a whole?


8. Success on Every Corner: How Mom-and-Pop Shops Can Drive Growth in Africa

The Mom and Pop Shops Project, a partnership between TechnoServe, the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, the elea Foundation, and others, aims to address skills gaps for micro-retailers around Nairobi and Abuja. Here Technoserve share their insights about how to help micro-retailers become engines for local growth.


7. Eyes in the Sky: How Drones and Satellites Can Transform African Agriculture

What if every farmer knew exactly what each of her plants needed—the amount of water, the quantity, and formula of fertilizer, the type of pesticide—at any given moment? This is the promise of precision agriculture, in which micro-level data is gathered by drones or satellites and used to enhance decision-making on the farm.


6. Making the Most of Interesting Times – and Achieving the Global Goals

Reflections on the turning point of Larry Fink’s ‘BlackRock Letter’ to business leaders and the urgent need to embrace large-scale collaboration to meet each of the 17 SDGs.


5. 17 Business Models to Build Refugee Resilience

Introducing our new report,“Resilience through Refugee-Inclusive Business”, which aims to help mobilise more business to support this commitment. The report includes a taxonomy of 17 practical business models and a series of in-depth briefs on what it will take to mobilise more business and scale solutions that help refugees thrive, not just survive.


4. The Intrapreneurship Ecosystem: Creating the Conditions for Social Intrapreneurs to Thrive

We are delighted to share a new guide that provides a framework for understanding the Intrapreneurship Ecosystem. Our intention with the guide is to contribute to the growing body of knowledge about incubating, scaling and replicating successful inclusive business models and social innovation.


3.Building Transformational Partnerships the Case of Cargill and CARE

Cargill and CARE’s 50-year partnership offers insights and lessons for anyone looking to build an effective and long-term partnership. In this Briefing Paper, we set out success factors across five pillars that others wishing to create or sustain their corporate-NGO partnerships can adapt.


Joint Civil Society – Business Advocacy Is Emerging as a Powerful Tool to Drive Policy Change in Support of the SDGs

Civil society and business are increasingly seeing joint advocacy as a valuable tool to overcome limitations with individual advocacy. Our new guide to advocacy collaboration highlights three opportunities to drive change in support of the SDGs, as well as six key building blocks for responsible and effective advocacy collaboration.


1. The Role of Business in Education for Sustainable Development

Our new report demonstrates how business can help people gain the skills and knowledge to advance sustainable development, navigate the future of work and create a more prosperous society. The project was led by Business Fights Poverty, Pearson, Arizona State University and PRME, an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact.

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