Whereas we might not interactionally be violating human rights of people in developing countries on a day-to-day basis, we are part of a system that violates the human rights of the global poor. We could do more to help. For example by trying to change unfair practices, by becoming more aware of the things we are buying, by supporting movements for change (like unfair trade rules), and donate a percentage of our income to effective aid that compensates for some of the harms that we have already caused.

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We, as humans, are causing the problem of climate change. Whereas science cannot give us an exact indication of the predicted consequences, climate change has already started to amplify existing risks, and is creating new ones for us and for natural systems (like food production) upon which we rely. A clear conflict of interest is part of this super-wicked problem as economic development does not equal climate change mitigation. However, as changes will become irreversible and as climate change will disproportionately affect disadvantaged people and communities, addressing inequality (and poverty) is absolutely crucial.Poverty alleviation often disappears as an explicit priority in wider concepts like socioeconomic, low-carbon or sustainable development.

In this short case study, published by Innovest Advisory, I defend the idea that the context in which we must tackle the problems of development and climate is through fighting poverty and inequality simultaneously.

“How can we Collaborate to unlock invetment to deliver the sustainable development goals in chllenging places”

This paper was published by Business Fights Poverty on the topic of doing business in challenging places. It was launched at the 2017 United Nations General Assembly. As I co-writer I contributed to the provision of the case studies for Sierra Agra Inc. and KIMS Microfinance on page 24-27.

Last summer I volunteered as a team leader in a Challenges Worldwide programme in Kampala (Uganda).  I had the opportunity to work with local entrepreneurs and help them to scale their businesses and generate sustainable impact in their community. As a former entrepreneur, existing interest in social entrepreneurship and a degree in International Relations in my pocket,  I was excited to spend 3 months working in Uganda. Looking back it’s safe to say I had one of the most challenging times of my life during this programme, and I would love to share the key lessons I learnt.

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IMG_2071“Tax the rich, end the wars, and restore honest and effective government for all”, Jeffrey Sachs [Munk, 2013].

Every Monday Challenges Worldwide (CWW) arranges a team meeting for all the CWW volunteers in Uganda. This allows CWW to discuss common issues and difficulties, to highlight important aspects of the programme yet to come, to check whether the volunteers are on track with their deliverables, and to go through budgets and stipends. Furthermore, the meeting includes a session of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) training, and it gives opportunity to invite guest speakers.

This week Jane Nalunga from SEATINI-Uganda (the Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute) joined the meeting to discuss with us the linkages between trade, investment agreements, policies, and local businesses.

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