By the early 16th century the loosely knit kingdom of Georgia had disintegrated from the strong monarchy of the middle ages to a number of small states and principalities. This internal disunity made the Georgians easy victims of the power politics of the neighbouring Ottoman and Safavid empires and by the end of the century the southward drive of the Russians intensified the struggle for military and diplomatic control over the whole of the Caucasian isthmus.
Fortunately, for the past decade or so a small but growing minority of the field of international development has seen the light and changed course. They are the unsung heroes of the modern world, struggling against tremendous odds to help the local business sector in poor countries. The system is still overwhelmingly against them, but they make new converts every year. We who live well, who already benefit from a local business sector, salute them. This book gives you a window into this new sub-field of international development that aims to fight poverty through local business. Read it for inspiration, both practical and spiritual: it gives you ideas to use and adapt elsewhere if you're in the sub-field or want to join it. And, most of all, it gives us hope that all is not lost.' William R. Duggan, Columbia University, USA and Co-Author with Glenn Hubbard of The Aid Trap:Hard Truths About Ending Poverty 'This is a book of inspiring and important stories for anyone interested in making this world a better place. Whether you are a CEO, student or aspiring professional, this book provides a refreshing perspective on how and why entrepreneurs around the world are pioneering innovative business solutions to poverty.'Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and Director, Business Fights Poverty and CEO, Inspiris Ltd'In my years of working in developing countries, I have always been struck by the power of entrepreneurship as an effective means of poverty reduction. This global perspective on entrepreneurship as a means of poverty alleviation is a welcome addition to the ongoing development conversation.'Howard S. Friedman, Columbia University, USA and author of Measure of a Nation
Contents: Foreword; Part I Prologue: Prologue: entrepreneurship and sustainability: can business really alleviate poverty?, Daphne Halkias and Paul W. Thurman; Introduction: business fights poverty: how enterprise, technology and people are changing the way we change lives, Zahid Torres-Rahman. Part II Asia: China: entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation: a Chinese case study, Xin Deng; Lebanon: does microcredit alleviate poverty? Entrepreneurship and sustainability in Lebanon, Janine Saba Zakka; Malaysia: entrepreneurship and sustainability in Malaysia: business solutions for poverty alleviation, Norashfah Hanim Yaakop Yahaya Al-Haj; New Zealand: innovation in poverty research: developing measurements for monitoring social policy impacts on poverty, Paul W. Thurman, Franco Vaccarino and Daphne Halkias; Pakistan: the pro-poor innovative female entrepreneur: linking grassroots enterprises to upscale markets in Pakistan, Shehla Riza Arifeen; The Philippines: an entrepreneur's contribution to poverty alleviation in the Philippines, Andrea Santiago and Fernando Roxas. Part III Africa: East Africa: ethnic supplies: empowering African women through sustainable entrepreneurship, Mirka Fragoudakis, Patrick Akrivos and Daphne Halkias; Nigeria: poverty alleviation consequences of rural educational enterprise: a case study of Madonna University in Elele, Nigeria, Chinyere Nwajiuba, Chinedum Nwajiuba and Kingsley Nwaodu; South Africa: empowering women entrepreneurs in the fight against poverty: the case of the Coca-Cola Company, Chris M. Adendorff; Uganda: Noir/Illuminati II: defining socially responsible affordable luxury clothing, Benoit Leleux; Zambia: a collaborative multi-stakeholder approach to entrepreneurship skills development in Zambia, Ekanath Khatiwada and Norma Juma. Part IV Europe: Cyprus: the Women's Cooperative Bank, Ioannis Violaris and Athanasia Tziortzi; Czech Republic: social entrepreneurship in the Czech Republic, Eva Abramuszkinova Pavlikova; Greece: mastiha from the island of Chios, Greece: a case of sustainable and distributed entrepreneurship, Ioannis N. Katsikis and Klas Eric Soderquist; Italy: the interplay between sustainability and family entrepreneurship: an Italian case study, Giovanna Campopiano, Lucio Cassia and Alfredo De Massis; Russia: entrepreneurship and sustainability: business solutions for poverty alleviation from around the world, Natalia Vinokurova, Irina Kratko, Valeria Raskutina and Natalia Nazarenko; Scotland: cutting it: creating space for the knowledge intensive economy, Claire Seaman and Stuart Graham; United Kingdom: can issues of poverty be addressed through the emergence of relationally embedded social franchises?, Fiori A. Zafeiropoulou and Adrian Woods. Part V The Americas: Colombia: 'kambiri', an entrepreneurial alternative for Afro-descendent women displaced by violence, Melquicedec Lozano, Kathy Overbeke and Keanon Alderson; California, USA: supporting the green economy in India: driving global change through local action, Sylva M. Caracatsanis, Shaherose Charania and Emily Goligoski; South Carolina, USA: sustainability and social responsibility in a family sandwich shop: a case study, Teresa L. Smith and Jean-Luc E. Grosso. Epilogue; Index.
Series: Hakluyt Society, Second Series
Number Of Pages: 281
Published: 1st October 2011
Country of Publication: GB