Business & Human Rights: Act collectively on Supply Chains
Opinion

Business & Human Rights: Act collectively on Supply Chains

While hundreds of multinational companies have already publicly committed to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Guiding Principles) some have also taken significant steps over the last five years to implement the Principles and conduct Human Rights due diligence....
Jean-Baptiste ANDRIEU, Peter NESTOR
Africa’s infrastructure: Five years on
infrastructure and environment

Africa’s infrastructure: Five years on

In 2010, an alarming report was issued on the necessity to transform infrastructures in Africa. Five years after, Vivien Foster, Global Lead for Energy Economics at the World Bank, reviews the remaining challenges.
Vivien Foster
Success of SME incubation in Senegal
Interview

Success of SME incubation in Senegal

The number of business incubators is growing in Africa. One example is CTIC Dakar, the first to be dedicated to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in French-speaking Africa. This association was launched in April 2011 and is the result of a public-private partnership. An interview...
Eva Sow Ebion
When the CAC 40 embarks into social business
Opinion

When the CAC 40 embarks into social business

There is growing consensus over the principle by which private sector companies have a responsibility and interest in promoting more sustainable and inclusive economic models. But how is the situation in the field? CAC 40 companies are effectively investing the resources to deliver on their...
Carolina Herrera
Four prerequisites for Africa to fully benefit from digital technology
Social Protection : universal provision is more effective than poverty targeting
Opinion

Social Protection : universal provision is more effective than poverty targeting

One of the most highly charged debates in social security is whether it is preferable to offer schemes to everyone or target them only at the poor. Across both developed and developing countries, we find many examples of both approaches: for example, according to the ILO (2014), 36 countries...
Stephen Kidd
“We are at year zero for crowdfunding for developing countries”
Interview

“We are at year zero for crowdfunding for developing countries”

The website Babyloan.org, which was launched in 2008, has become Europe’s leading website for specialized microcredit crowdfunding. Internet users can lend EUR 10 or more to small entrepreneurs in 15 countries around the world, in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Is crowdfunding an...
Arnaud Poissonnier
Good Enough Innovation: reconciling social impact and economic viability
Interview

Good Enough Innovation: reconciling social impact and economic viability

Companies are showing a growing interest in the 3 to 4 billion people who live on less than USD 6 a day. On this market, Good Enough Innovation is a way for social business players to combine economic viability with a positive social impact.
David Ménascé
Youth Employment in Africa: what policy makers can do
Africa: Reducing Inequality Boosts Growth Too
Opinion

Africa: Reducing Inequality Boosts Growth Too

After close to two decades of robust growth, sub-Saharan Africa is facing a pronounced economic slowdown. Lower commodity prices and tighter financing conditions are posing significant challenges for oil producers and middle-income countries on the sub-continent in particular. In the short term...
Roger Nord
Nigeria: The Restrained Ambitions of Africa’s Largest Economy
Social enterprises : Attracting More Entries by Building More Exits
Opinion

Social enterprises : Attracting More Entries by Building More Exits

Social enterprises are improving the lives of the most disadvantaged people in the world, from the streets of Nairobi to the classrooms of India. To fuel their growth, new financing tools are needed. The Social Enterprise Exit (SEE) Fund could be a game changer. By buying minority shares in...
Isabella Horrocks, James Horrocks
Towards a concerted economic strategy in the Mediterranean
Opinion

Towards a concerted economic strategy in the Mediterranean

Despite their geographical and cultural proximity, Europe and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries (SEMC) have still not developed a real common economic strategy, as Japan managed to do in the 1960s in Asia, or Germany in the 1990s with Central and Eastern European countries. Yet each...
Martin Fleury
Can social business rescue development?
Opinion

Can social business rescue development?

Donors are currently showing a very keen interest in social business and are adopting specific strategies and tools (Asian Development Bank, USAID, DFID, KFW and, just recently, AFD). Indeed, social business could be seen as a miracle solution in this context of fiscal austerity. But let there be...
Nicolas VINCENT
Global tax system : what if we changed the rules of the game ?
Opinion

Global tax system : what if we changed the rules of the game ?

If you had to remember someone from the 3rd Conference on Financing for Development held in Addis Ababa last July, it’s for sure him. With his cap firmly on his globe, the Intergovernmental tax body mascot made everyone smile. Yet, during the negotiation sessions, the creation of a UN Tax Body...
Manon Aubry
Free African SMEs!
Opinion

Free African SMEs!

All sorts of meetings on the topic of Africa’s economic takeoff are constantly being organized. Local transformation, inclusive growth, industrialization, youth unemployment, competitiveness, etc. are discussed at them. Strangely, they often address the role of African SMEs between the lines. Yet...
Didier Acouetey
More effective financing for development: 5 potential avenues for action
Opinion

More effective financing for development: 5 potential avenues for action

The Addis Ababa Conference opens an exceptional cycle of major international conferences. They have the power to bring about far-reaching changes in the way in which we manage the planet and to make it an inhabitable place for all human beings for the long term. The aim of this Conference is to...
ID4D editorial staff
Can Big Data serve the poorest?
Interview

Can Big Data serve the poorest?

We produce data every second of the day. From Paris to Dakar, from Jakarta to New York, our daily activities (consume, communicate, travel…) generate data, “digital crumbs” that we leave behind us. This information is potentially useful for development. How? An interview with Thomas Roca...
Thomas Roca
Ghana: what medium-term development model?
Opinion

Ghana: what medium-term development model?

Over the past decade, Ghana has recorded average annual growth rates above 7%, which has allowed it to achieve lower middle-income country status. However, there has recently been a slowdown in growth, which stood at 4.2% in 2014. This raises the question of the sustainability of the country’s...
Clémence Vergne
Social Protection Reforms in Latin America: What Role for France?
Conference synthesis

Social Protection Reforms in Latin America: What Role for France?

In recent months, Brazil has been struck by large-scale social movements led by the middle classes. Latin American countries need to address major challenges in order to meet the demands of their populations, such as reducing inequalities in social protection systems. What are the challenges?...
ID4D editorial staff
“Social protection is a right!”
Interview

“Social protection is a right!”

Social protection allows people to live in dignity. This right, recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is far from being a reality for everyone. Only 27% of the world’s population benefits from adequate social protection. It is for this reason that in 2012 the Member States of...
Helmut Schwarzer, Valérie Schmitt
Job creation in Africa will increasingly come from the private sector
Interview

Job creation in Africa will increasingly come from the private sector

What most young Africans want above all is a job. With 10 to 12 million young people arriving on the labor market every year, this is a real challenge! Many of them work in the informal sector, but thanks to the efforts of public policies, civil society and the private sector (via social...
Elsie Kanza
Can regulators keep up with innovation in microfinance?
Opinion

Can regulators keep up with innovation in microfinance?

As bankrupcies are more and more frequent, the microfinance sector needs to be regulated in order to protect its clients’ interests. Laurent Lhériau gives a few recommendations for an efficient regulation in microfinance.
Laurent Lhériau
Mobilizing youth to build more sustainable development
Opinion

Mobilizing youth to build more sustainable development

Access to essential services (water, sanitation, waste, energy, mobility) for all is a major challenge for economic and social development in developing countries. Young people, who come with new ideas, expertise and energy, but who are also the leaders of tomorrow, have a crucial role to play....
Julie Aubriot

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