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Business

Economics

Shopping Against Capitalism

Revolutions smash capitalism – not. Instead consumer’s disobedience will, says this intriguing short story. (Maybe.)

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Morocco’s Solar Bet

Morocco’s new solar power plants are expected to support 1.1 million people and hopes are high for a boost in job creation. Yet obstacles still remain.

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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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“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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Social and Sexy

Why are we so afraid of "good" marketing, PR and communication in social business?

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Interview: "Drying Tomatoes on (the) Air"

Radio for Economic Empowerment of Small-scale Farmers in Tanzania

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Governments and Businesses Attempt to Build a New, More Accurate Economy

Ecological economists are innovating new markets

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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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Finance

Financing Development: Feasible Paths Through the Mine Field

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The Integrity Strategy of the African Development Bank

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Public Development Finance: Old Commitments – New Challenges

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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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Transparency in Microfinance

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“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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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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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

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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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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Empowering Communities With a Social Business Approach

Change the rules of the game by transferring power to the communities.

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Africa's Amazing Tech Potential

Believing in young talented Africans pays off. Read about the success stories.

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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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A Women’s World: Virtual Offices and Gender Gyms

How social innovation is pioneering a new reality for women across the Middle East and North Africa.

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Leaving the Niche

VAUDE is increasingly known for its sustainable production. They started in a niche but might be the trendsetters. An interview with CEO, Antje von Dewitz.

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A Toilet for the Most Vulnerable: The Peepoo

It looks like a plastic bag but it is in fact a high-tech toilet: the Peepoo

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Social Responsibility

Are the Big Guys Always the Bad Guys

Testing textile firms: mainstream retailer H&M versus niche player hessnatur - who is more sustainable?

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The Limits of Corporate Responsibility

Considering normative expectations and the economic rationale, should corporations enter the political arena?

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Better Brands, Better Production?

Ever since the tragedy of Rana Plaza, poor working conditions have increased in visibility. But do the huge labels really keep their fair production promises?

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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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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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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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Labour Standards in Africa

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The New Farm Owners

Regulation of land grabs won't help - land grab financing needs to stop.

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Fair Trade

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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Interview on Fair Trade / GEPA

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Interview: Fairphone - Changing Business Ethics

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

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