COTAP connects projects to individuals who want to offset their carbon footprint, but have a strong preference that their donations support poor farming communities in developing countries that already experience the brunt of climate change.
I believe that all human beings have intrinsic value: Regardless of their ethnicity, religion, etc. For those of us who have faith we were all created by the same Creator and therefore should respect ALL of his creations.
As the movements of social enterprise and cause-integrated business mature, a new funding model is proving that scaling innovations for poverty alleviation in the developing world can be both possible and profitable.
The true issue here is not whether for-profits play an important role -- it should be clear that they do -- but rather how to encourage the right kind of for-profits to address the social needs of the poor.
In the view of market fundamentalists, government and nonprofits are conflated into the inefficient enemy and their opposite, the private sector, embodies all that is true and noble. This claptrap is ideological, rigid and disconnected from reality.
We need to see Africa for what it really is, not a victim of nature that has to beg for handouts to survive but a victor that can thrive by learning how to create value and wealth using its abundant natural resources.