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How Tunisia's Young Entrepreneurs Are Tackling the Country's Brain Drain

By Naomi Larsson Shares
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Since the Arab spring, in the face of high unemployment, 100,000 young people have left Tunisia. However, a growing number of startups and a culture of entrepreneurialism points to a brighter future for the country’s youth.

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Since the Arab spring, in the face of high unemployment, 100,000 young people have left Tunisia. However, a growing number of startups and a culture of entrepreneurialism points to a brighter future for the country’s youth.

Scaling Up: Pinar Dairy Expands Its Farmer Training Model in Turkey to Increase SDG Impact

BCtA member company renews its commitment with an ambitious goal to reach an additional 1350 farmers across Turkey, improving lives through increased quality and productivity.
Press Release

ISTANBUL, September 10, /3BL Media/ – Spurred on by the success of its previous commitments under Business Call to Action (BCtA), Turkish food and dairy company Pinar Dairy has renewed its BCtA commitment, pledging to train and support an additional 1350 rural, small-scale dairy farmers across Turkey by June 2020. Female farmers will receive specialized women-focused training, while others will be trained on animal health and feeding and financial literacy.

Making Payment Acceptance a Driver for Financial Inclusion

How new product solutions, business models, and partnerships can advance electronic payments and financial inclusion
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By Dan Salazar, Vice President, Product Development and Innovation, Acceptance and Solutions, Mastercard

Will the March of AI Be a Bane or Boon for Global Development?

From tracking cattle to bespoke weather forecasts, AI technology is helping smallholders across Asia and Africa. But it is by no means clear yet whether it will be a game changer in eliminating global poverty
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Anyone following tech news these days understands that the coexistence of artificial intelligence (AI) and mankind – and the ethical conflicts that may arise from it – is no longer science fiction. There is unease about AI influencing our online shopping and social media habits; about it replacing both menial and high-skilled jobs; enhancing surveillance and policing, and contributing to the development of more sophisticated weapons.

BCtA at 10: Inclusivity for All in an Ambitious New Call to Action

On the milestone of its 10th anniversary, Business Call to Action reflects on how the inclusive business landscape has changed over the past decade, and looks forward to what lies ahead
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A decade ago, Business Call to Action (BCtA) was launched with just 18 companies at the helm. During our inauguration, then-prime minister of the UK Gordon Brown said: “Business Call to Action is a landmark opportunity for global business leaders to come together to develop new and innovative ways to spread growth, prosperity and opportunity across the world.”

How the Fishermen of Madagascar Are Pulling Together to Combat Climate Change

By joining local co-operatives, fishing communities in the island nation are being taught good fishing practices, with benefits to their livelihoods and the environment
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Fishermen in Madagascar spend several hours a day on their pirogues (fishing canoes) out at sea. In the past, they would return home with baskets brimming with fish. But today, catch sizes have dwindled due to overfishing, rising sea temperatures and extreme weather. In order to help them preserve their livelihoods and slow the effects of climate change, Swiss social enterprise Weconnex is teaching sustainable fishing techniques while supporting access to markets.

Finance for Vulnerable Populations: Why Blockchain Might Be a Force for Good

From helping those with limited access to bank accounts to tracking tuna – the applications are broad
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As is usually the case with disruptive new technology, blockchain comes with a lot of hype. While its best-known application, bitcoin, divides opinion and makes banks and governments nervous, the technology may have great potential to advance social good.

The App That’s Improving Antenatal Care in Cameroon and Beyond

Using mobile technology, the GiftedMom platform offers vital health advice and emergency transport to pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa
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Over lunch at a recent workshop, Agbor Ashu, the co-founder and medical director of social enterprise GiftedMom, showed me a small icon of a pregnant woman on his smartphone: “That’s the app,” he says. “You just click here and land on this homepage where you have multiple options: if you’re a mother-to-be, you can get advice based on your pregnancy stage; if you have a new-born baby, you can read about special care.

Indian Tech Start Up Transforms Rural Health Care Through the Power of Technology

A Social enterprise delivers health services in India’s rural communities driven by disruptive technology and trained frontline health workers
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KOLKATA, India, December 27, 2018 /3BL Media/ - iKure is a rapidly growing tech start up, providing primary healthcare across rural, semi urban and urban populations in India. The company’s business model is composed of a unique combination of health outreach initiatives, skills development and technology-based interventions, promising to empower 5000 health entrepreneurs and deliver affordable health care to 25 million people across 11 Indian States.

Sourcing Food Products From Developing Countries to Integrate Underserved Communities in the Global Supply Chain

A food product distributor is supporting small to medium farmers to give them fair prices, product development support and access to international markets.
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LONDON, December 24, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Ethical food sourcing company Coconut Merchant has signed on as Business Call to Action (BCtA)’s newest member, with a commitment to focus on sourcing food products from underserved communities and farmers in developing countries to provide sustainable income, and new routes for their products to international markets.

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