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Business

Economics

Social Commerce Tightens China's Grip on the Internet

What sounds like a simple financial deal between two private companies could pave the way for stronger internet control in China.

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“A Friendly Tsunami”

Michael Braungart talks about the reverse character of sustainability and the actual potential of the human footprint. An interview with the founder of C2C.

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Unemployed and Violent

Around the world, youth want to shape their own futures, but high unemployment is holding them back. Discontent can at times lead to revolution.

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Internal Migration and Urbanization in Bangladesh

Internal migration is a driving force behind Bangladesh's economic growth but it has ambiguous consequences on the social level.

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Predictable Missteps

Working in Myanmar’s garment industry is rarely any better than in neighboring countries. Exploitation is wide spread. But unions are fighting for change.

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Only for Geeks

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For a better 2030

Labour unions played a key role in designing the Sustainable Development Goals. Now they are fighting to get them implemented – nationally and internationally

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The Emergence of New Donors

South-South cooperation thrives, but efforts remain fragmented. International institutions need to adjust to the reality of a new distribution of power.

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Finance

“It Is Good to Be a Banker”

Marcos Eguiguren is Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). He explains in an interview how bankers foster social change.

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The Integrity Strategy of the African Development Bank

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Investing in Friends

Small investment groups called chamas are a big phenomenon in Kenya. People join to purchase land, start a business, or even to buy their Friday night beers.

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Public Development Finance: Old Commitments – New Challenges

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Reinventing Money – A Community Exchange System

What we need to prevent financial crises is an entirely new operating system: a new exchange system.

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A Deeper Look: Women's Economic Empowerment Through Microfinance

Instead of reducing gender inequalities, the current policy of financial institutions contributes to structural discrimination against women.

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Remittances: Helpful for Development?

Migrants often send back money to their families. Laura Thompson explains the possibilities and limitations of remittances as a tool for development.

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Nigeria: Wonder Banks Debunked

Dubious banks take advantage of the poor in Nigeria. The mini-series “E-Go Better” educates farmers about the risks and chances of microfinance.

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Entrepreneurship

With a Smartphone Through Africa

Africa's start-up scene is driven by innovators in the field of digital media and IT. Some of them met through Ampion.

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The Mobile Generation

Young people struggle to make a living in the digital economies – two stories from Abidjan and Berlin

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A Call for Guidelines

While in the past most companies were lobbying against any state regulations, the mind-set has changed. CSR departments demand for stronger policies.

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The Next BIG Thing

Basic Income Guarantees (BIG) were once laughed at as utopian. But they are already today changing the lives of millions worldwide – especially in the south.

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Who Is the Social Entrepreneur?

A new figure of business is emerging: the social entrepreneur – supposedly combining business spirit and social responsibility. Are expectations fulfilled?

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Morocco: The Courage of a Young Returnee

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Rwanda: A Young Entrepreneur in Plastics

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Bangladesh: Business Women and Farm Managers

Why women’s income and status are rising in Bangladesh

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Social Responsibility

The Future of Labour Is Not Pre-Determined

Interview with Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the situation of labour rights worldwide.

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Smallholder Farming Under Threat?

How do smallholder farmers view current food and farming trends? Three points of view from Ghana, Malawi and South Africa.

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Labour Standards in Africa

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Protesting the Games, Protesting Globalisation

Campaigns for Sustainable Sourcing And Responsible Employment at London 2012

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Editorial

“Post-2015” sounds like a very technical term .We decided to fill it with live and show the ideas behind it, the community projects, the big picture and the small one, and, most important, the people shaping it.

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“Carbón en el Agua!”

In his documentary “La Buena Vida”, Jens Schanze depicts the Colombian Wayúus’ fight for their land against supranational energy corporations. A review.

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Food Injustice on Our Plates

Two root causes of the global food crisis are the corporate domination of the food supply and the systemic destruction of local food systems. We need a fundamental change.

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Europe’s Working Poor

In some parts of Europe, garment workers earn less than their Asian counterparts – even if they work for big brands

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Fair Trade

Interview: Fairphone - Changing Business Ethics

A Dutch company is taking the first steps towards a fairer mobile phone.

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Interview on Fair Trade / GEPA

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Interview: Fair Fashion on the Catwalk

Ethical fashion conquers the world couture capital Paris: Good-bye hippe hemp sack, hello haute couture!

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