March 09, 2007
NextBillion.net (Development Through Enterprise)
NextBillion.net brings together the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers, and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise. Many of the resources here explore the economy at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP). This is sponsored by the World Resources Institute (WRI).
This is a great resource with links to many news articles, reports, and other documents on the web. Additionally, the site includes case studies looking at development issues, full-text reports and book reviews, and conference resources. Appears to be a great resource for exploring issues relating to NGOs in developing countries.This entry was posted in the following categories: Free Internet Resources , Microcredit & Microfinance , NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) , Sustainability
October 15, 2006
SITE: ACCION International
DESCRIPTION: Excellent resource for looking at microfinance. This organization (see below) has many resources on their site including free and modestly priced publications, speeches and articles; annual reports, and a great deal of other information.
From their site: ACCION International is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission of giving people the financial tools they need – microenterprise loans, business training, and other financial services – to work their way out of poverty.
"The mission of ACCION International is to give people the tools they need to work their way out of poverty. By providing "micro" loans and business training to poor women and men who start their own businesses, ACCION's partner lending organizations help people work their own way up the economic ladder, with dignity and pride. With capital, people can grow their own businesses. They can earn enough to afford basics like running water, better food and schooling for their children.This entry was posted in the following categories: Free Internet Resources , Microcredit & Microfinance , NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) , Organizations
October 13, 2006
The site has a great deal of information on Microcredit (providing loans without collateral to poor and unemployed people) and breaking the cycle of poverty in developing nations. Included are articles, documents, statistics and reports on the bank and its activities in Bangladesh.
About the Bank (from their site): Grameen Bank (GB) has reversed conventional banking practice by removing the need for collateral and created a banking system based on mutual trust, accountability, participation and creativity. GB provides credit to the poorest of the poor in rural Bangladesh, without any collateral. At GB, credit is a cost effective weapon to fight poverty and it serves as a catalyst in the over all development of socio-economic conditions of the poor who have been kept outside the banking orbit on the ground that they are poor and hence not bankable. Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of "Grameen Bank" and its Managing Director, reasoned that if financial resources can be made available to the poor people on terms and conditions that are appropriate and reasonable, "these millions of small people with their millions of small pursuits can add up to create the biggest development wonder."This entry was posted in the following categories: Free Internet Resources , Microcredit & Microfinance , NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) , Organizations
October 01, 2006
International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF)
SITE: International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF)
DESCRIPTION: From their site - The IBLF's purpose is to promote " responsible business leadership and partnerships for sustainable international development."
"In a globalised economy, social issues are business issues. And in today’s world, poverty, inequality and environmental degradation cannot be tackled without the full participation of business."
"It is in this context that the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) works with business, governments, international agencies and other stakeholders to create new partnerships that help both business and communities to flourish."
"IBLF is independent of national and commercial interests. It has a track record of anticipating social and reputational issues, and of challenging perceptions within companies, campaigning organisations and development agencies."
The site has many valuable elements that are worth looking at:
If you are at the Ross School of Business and would like to request the purchase of one of these publications, visit this link to suggest it.
September 11, 2006
The NGO Café
SITE: The NGO Café
DESCRIPTION: The NGO Café provides a means for sharing information and resources for NGOs to succeed. It is a project of the Global Development Research Center (GDRC).
From their site:
"Realizing the growing importance and voice of NGOs in development in general, the NGO Café was set up on the internet as a think tank for NGOs to discuss, debate and disseminate information on their work, strategies and results.
"The basic objectives of the Café are to assist NGOs in enhancing and improving their programmes and activities; to effect a better understanding of NGOs in general; and to enable NGOs to network at local, regional and international levels.
The site has the following sections:
NGO Pigeon Holes (Definitions and other descriptions of NGOs and related organizations)
Kickstart an NGO
Strategies, tools, evaluations and other resources for an NGO.
NGO Wise Words
Documents and NGO information related to UN conferences, summits and other events.
NGO Bungee Jumps
Links to various NGO indices and resources on the internet.
Events, news and press items on NGOs and related affairs.
NGO Databases and Directories
Of the many queries that the NGO Cafe regularly receives, one of the most frequent is requests for contact information of NGOs in a particular country or region. This is a meta-directory of such NGO databases and directories in different regions of the world.
Non-governmental Organizations Research Guide (Duke University Libraries)
SITE: Non-governmental Organizations Research Guide (Duke University Libraries)
DESCRIPTION: From Duke University Libraries, this guide provided excellent information and online resources for studying Non-governmental Organizations. Included are valuable features including a 'Full' List of NGOs ; lists of NGOs broken down by issues they seek to resolve, geography of their activity, affiliation; sources with strong statistical data on NGOs; and other information.
An excellent resource that all students and faculty will find useful.This entry was posted in the following categories: Free Internet Resources , NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations)