Highlights of the 2016 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

By Adva Saldinger

This week entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists and corporate leaders have gathered in Oxford, U.K., at the Skoll World Forum. Check out this video recap of the event and our coverage.

A new jolt for South Sudanese coffee

A new partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development and Nespresso aims to build on the progress of revitalizing South Sudan's fledgeling coffee industry.

Setting the standard: Leading through philanthropy

CSR has become a major focus in Myanmar, particularly as civil society, human rights organizations, and foreign governments have called for a new and transparent way of doing business in a country, writes Erin Murphy, founder of Inle Advisory Group.

Climate change and SME finance headline IDB meeting agenda

At their annual meetings in the Bahamas this weekend, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Inter-American Investment Corp. laid out commitments that prioritize climate change and private sector financial services as central to the region's development agenda.

How one impact investing firm is mapping the SDGs

Sonen Capital, a San Francisco-based impact investing firm, released their annual impact report on Thursday. This year it had an addition: an analysis of how the firm's investments aligned with the SDGs — intended to serve as an example and illuminate the business opportunity the global goals represent.

Whose company is it anyway?

The "Panama Papers" leak has given new momentum to financial transparency initiatives promoting development. Here's a look at what's happening.

A new look for big pharma business in the developing world

The success of public health initiatives in developing countries often hinges on the same two pressure points: market access and product affordability. Find out how two pharmaceutical giants are revamping their strategies to address them.

Why haven't more Latin American countries joined EITI?

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative is the premier global standard for accountability in natural resource governance. But surprisingly few Latin American countries have come on board.

LinkedIn on workforce development

LinkedIn, one of the world's largest social networks, has been partnering with governments on various workforce engagement initiatives. Watch this video with Nicole Isaac, the company's head of public policy, to learn more about how LinkedIn is using its resources and reach to partner.

PayPal on financial inclusion

Curious how online payment platform PayPal is working on global development challenges? Watch this video with Sean Milliken, PayPal's head of global social innovation.

5 must-reads on women's entrepreneurship

Want to know what the latest research says about trends in women's entrepreneurship and what data shows what is working to support those women-led businesses? Check out these must-read articles and reports on women's entrepreneurship.

New insights on what makes emerging market entrepreneurship accelerators work

Think that accelerators should focus on business plans and financials? Think again. Looking to pick only businesses that can already prove financial success? Might want to reconsider. Trying to fill every minute with programming? Maybe not. A new report out Monday sheds some light and shakes up some of the common assumptions about entrepreneurship accelerators.

Meet the Airbnb disaster chief matching relief workers with empty beds

Airbnb's first head of global disaster relief is helping to organize a group of tech companies to better coordinate response efforts. Devex caught up with Kellie Bentz to learn more about where she got her start and what's next for Airbnb's disaster response plans.

How to pitch a partnership to a tech giant

Presenting a partnership opportunity to a technology company can feel like a daunting and difficult task. Here's a look at what executives from Google, PayPal, LinkedIn and Amazon Web Services are looking for when they choose partners.

The role of the private sector in alleviating the refugee crisis

How could a coordinated response to the refugee "crisis" benefit businesses, refugees and host societies alike? Private sector involvement would enhance the efficiency of projects, and improve prospects for success, write Open Society Foundation's Maria Teresa Rojas and Alyssa Ross, in this guest column.

9 things to know from a new report on USAID PPPs

This week the Brookings Institution, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., released a report that analyzes USAID's public-private partnerships from 2001 to 2014. Devex sifted through the 90-page report to pull out the key takeaways. Here's what you should know.

CIA director: US government will need to 'overhaul' how it engages with partners

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan may have seemed an unlikely keynote speaker to kick off Global Partnerships Week on Monday. Here's why he says that security and development are more closely linked than ever, and why he sees cross-sector partnerships as vital to achieving both.

Innovating partnerships: USAID's views on the future of partnership

There are three key themes that the United States Agency for International Development believes will shape the future of engagement with the private sector. Read this guest column from Chris Jurgens, the director of the Center for Transformational Partnerships at USAID's U.S. Global Development Lab, to find out what they are.

A look at local content rules and the case of Ghana

Governments will often implement local content laws with a noble intent in an effort to create jobs, spur local industry and avoid the "resource curse" of falling deep into poverty despite an abundant wealth in natural resources. However, on their own, these policies don't provide a silver bullet. A look at some of the challenges in meeting local content requirements and the Ghanaian example.

It's not just about big corporations: A look at local partnerships

The conversation about global development partnerships tends to focus on multinational corporations but many partnerships also engage local companies. Devex takes a look at the unique benefits those local partners bring as well some of the challenges.

Cargill CEO: 'Take the time to get to know us'

A Devex interview with Dave MacLennan, CEO of Cargill, on the role development partnerships play in Cargill's business model, how to push a board of directors to prioritize sustainability alongside earnings, and how the U.S. government could be a better development partner to the private sector.

Global fisheries and human rights: An opportunity for collective action

New U.S. laws aim to address the issue of human rights abuses in the global fishing industry, but it's not easy to trace the industry's complex supply chains in order to enforce them. Devex takes a look at the case for collection action in the industry.

The potential for inclusive businesses gains attention in SDG era

The discussion on the need for more private sector engagement in global development, following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, goes hand in hand with the emergence of inclusive business. What sectors stand to benefit from the phenomenon? Devex takes a closer look.

New fund for women is the next step in Kiva’s evolution

Kiva partnered with the U.S. State Department and the Inter-American Development Bank to launch the Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund on Friday, signaling the next step in the crowdfunding platform’s ongoing expansion into impact investing. Here's a look at the new fund and where it fits on Kiva's agenda.

Anatomy of a mobile banking collaboration

Peru's new mobile payment system to boost financial inclusion has hit the ground running. Devex spoke with the project's lead manager to understand the reasons for its early success and lessons that other countries can take away from Peru's experience.

New facility aims to broker SGB-corporate partnerships

In East Africa, many large corporations and small and growing businesses would like to partner. But they often find themselves unable to find the right partner or the right approach. The Collaboration for Impact Facility, which launches Friday, aims to help broker those relationships and test the waters for more corporate-SGB partnerships.

Corporate development in conflict has a gender problem

Multinational companies working on economic development in conflict-affected areas are at serious risk of excluding women in their programming, writes International Alert's Jana Naujoks in this guest commentary.

Bitcoin to the rescue in Venezuela?

Venezuela's economy is teetering on the brink of collapse. Contributors to an economic data startup are turning to bitcoin, the virtual currency, as a source of payment. Is this a vote of confidence for the use of virtual currencies in developing countries?

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