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As an organisation that puts a strong emphasis on learning, Christian Aid is continually working with our partners in the development and private sectors to refine and improve our approaches so that together we can deliver impact at scale. If you have content you would like to share with us, please contact cclifton@christian-aid.org or afarrant@christian-aid.org. You are welcome to comment on the posts in this blog too.

 

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What happens when competitors collaborate?

By Clare Clifton. In Malawi Christian Aid has found that a common purpose – realising the potential of the rice and pigeon pea sectors – has brought competitors together with interesting results. Read the full Read more >>

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The Tax Dialogue on Corporate Responsibility – Responsible Taxation is Key to Financing SDGs

By Matti Kohonen. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been estimated to require an additional $2.5 trillion a year of financing in developing countries. Matti Kohonen, PhD, describes how responsible tax behaviour by businesses, supported Read more >>

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Why credit is better than handouts

By Joe Ware. Although aid, whether it be via the state or civil society, is often seen as a handout, today some of the most interesting help for the world’s poor is coming by combining Read more >>

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The refugee camp entrepreneurs

By Joe Ware. The conservative gender dynamics that create a barrier to employment has also been exploited as a business opportunity by the often forgotten Palestinian refugees who have been displaced numerous times within Lebanon. With Read more >>

May 2012: EMBARGOED FOR CAW13Since joining the SALI project, husband and wife team Truphena and Justin Ireri say they understand better how climate change is affecting their farming, and how best to cope. Having lived through years of painful food shortages due to drought and erratic rainfall, Truphena is certain the SMS messages will help them not only cope but to see a return to successful crop. ?I expect that when we turn to scientific ways the farmers will be able to plan very well in their farming operations? she says, explaining that farmers can no longer rely on traditional methods of forecasting. As part of 2,000 farmers involved, Truphena and Justin were selected to join the SALI project as one of ten farming families from their church congregation, and their strength of faith has carried them through extraordinary hardship.   S

Just growing more food won’t help to feed the world

By Richard Ewbank. The World Bank’s view that we need to grow 50% more food by 2050 to feed 9 billion people, while finding ways to reduce carbon emissions from agriculture at the same time, Read more >>

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The women wealth creators of the West Bank

By Joe Ware. Across a region riven with poverty women have shown to be a largely untapped source of innovation and entrepreneurism. Increasing opportunities for them to harness market forces may help them change both Read more >>

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Impact at Scale – The Holy Grail of Inclusive Market Development

Christian Aid has been working with partners in countries around the world to develop national agricultural markets for products that analysis shows can have very profitable benefits for marginalised producers. These products might be invisible Read more >>

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From Addis to Davos: New Tools and Rules for Big Businesses in Sustainable Development

By, Matti Kohonen, Private Sector Principle Advisor: Addis Ababa hosted the Third UN Financing for Development conference from 13 to 16 July to improve the quantity and quality of financial flows for development. The resulting Read more >>

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Unlocking doors to markets through energy and information

In northern Ghana, many smallholder farmers in the Upper East Region have traditionally been unable to negotiate fair prices with buyers, due to a lack of availability and accessibility of up-to-date information on market trends. Read more >>

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How the power of profit is overcoming women’s poverty

By Joe Ware, Christian Aid. There are millions of women around the world that are business owners-in-waiting. By breaking down the cultural barriers and being equipped with start-up resources they have the potential to take Read more >>