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Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

Beyond the Paradox: Realising Africa's Agricultural Revolution (AGRF 2014)

Liz Wilson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Africa spends about $35 billion per year importing food. Imagine if it went to our farmers and fishing communities instead. Attending the Alliance f...

Loyalty and Responsibility

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear so much these day about banks and companies that have become so large they are unable to manage themselves -- that there are so many layers of bureaucracy that illegal and unethical behavior can go undetected for years.

Charity Isn't. It's Social Control

Brian Ross | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

One of America's great debates spins like a top around one question: Who is able to take care of the least amongst us best -- government or the private sector?

The CEO as a Public Official

Terry Newell | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Terry Newell

Barra may be an example of what we will increasingly see -- and expect. In the world of social media, the World Wide Web, and a 24/7 news cycle, private sector leaders can neither isolate their companies nor control the expectations that govern how they need to behave.

Here's Even More Evidence Obama Is The World's Worst Socialist

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.04.2014 | Business

In what must be history's strangest socialist dictatorship, hiring by private companies just hit a record high. Meanwhile the government is still not ...

Common Good Capitalism to Emerge Via Voluntary Movement in the Private Sector

Terry Mollner | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
Terry Mollner

Thinking the Earth is flat was a stage in our maturation. The current form of capitalism is only a stage in our economic maturation. It is the opposite of collusion for self-interest. It is cooperation for the common good.

How the 'SHEconomy' Will Reshape the Private Sector

Carolyn Buck Luce | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Carolyn Buck Luce

At a time when country boundaries are hardening, creating challenges for multilateral and civil society organizations to fulfill their missions, there is good news. The private sector is growing in consciousness as it goes global in a shrinking world.

Exploding the Myth That Government Can't Innovate

Clint Wilder | Posted 05.06.2014 | Green
Clint Wilder

Government should not pick winners and losers. Public sector bureaucracy strangles entrepreneurship and innovation. Government can establish broad pol...

At Last, Someone Invented Innovation!

Irv Katz | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Irv Katz

And it appears to be catching on. Google "innovation conferences" and 28.7 million listings come up. That's a lot of innovating...or conferencing. Wh...

CVS Takes a Page From Development Playbook

Karl Hofmann | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Karl Hofmann

CVS's decision to quit marketing tobacco products is getting lots of well-deserved attention. And, I'd imagine competitors will follow suit. But its ...

Can the Private Sector Help Combat Hunger and Malnutrition?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

The World Economic Forum meeting in Davos was a step change with business and political leaders signing up to the UN Secretary General's "Zero Hunger" challenge to eliminate hunger in our lifetimes.

The End of Personal Space

David Morris | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
David Morris

The natural tendency of the private sector, when unrestrained, is to strip us of our personal physical and psychic space. When it comes to air travel, private companies' profits depend on maximizing revenue per cubic inch of space inside a plane.

The NSA Is Scary Good

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Since June 2013, when Edward Snowden released government documents confirming the existence of various data gathering methods used by the National Sec...

It's Been a Very Bad Month for the Private Sector

David Morris | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
David Morris

The private sector has had a very bad month. Its most widely publicized failure occurred when UPS and FedEx fumbled their Christmas deliveries while the U.S. Postal Service scored a touchdown.

How to Employ 865 Million Women

Nasim Novin | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Nasim Novin

These women represent a powerful resource for driving economic growth and development. Yet the underuse of women's talents and skills is holding many countries back.

Middle East and North Africa: Holding Public and Private Corruption Accountable

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Since December 9th was "International Anti-Corruption Day", global watchdog Transparency International encouraged dialogue over Twitter using the m...

Problems With Obamacare Don't Prove Private Sector Superiority

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

There are plenty of things not to like about the ACA but many in the media have taken this as an opportunity to push as common conservative platitude -- anything the public sector can do, the private sector can do better.

The Private Sector and Poverty: Harnessing Firepower, Recognizing Limits

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Jobs, innovation, wealth creation: the private sector has great potential to pull people out of poverty. And as developing countries open their doors to greater trade and investment, the reach, influence and impact of private companies grows.

Public-Private Partnerships for Shared Prosperity: It's Working!

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

How can cities integrate informal economic activity with urban planning to improve living standards while promoting growth? How can we blend private s...

The Future of American Diplomacy

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Joshua W. Walker

As the young Palestinian entrepreneurs taught me, and as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton often remarked, talent is universal -- but opportunity is not. The more opportunity we can provide for the private sector globally and for a very talented next generation, the more successful U.S. foreign policy will be.

The Private Sector's Secret Weapon

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

I know that the arts industry can feel very foreign to the business community. But as companies seek new ways to build their competitive advantage, they are increasingly finding that the arts are the key to driving true innovation.

4 Things You Don't Know About Private Companies

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 07.28.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

As the U.S. stock market has climbed this year, initial public offering filings and pricings are also outpacing last year's figures, based on statistics from IPO research firm Renaissance Capital of Greenwich, Conn.

Calling All Companies: Military Veterans Bring Dedication, Motivation, and Leadership

Kathy Mulvany | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Kathy Mulvany

Here in the United States, we lack enough trained people to fill the information technology (IT) jobs that are vital to every industry. At the same time, our returning military veterans need work, and they represent a valuable talent pool that can help meet a growing need.

Growing After the Crisis: Boosting Productivity in Developing Countries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.30.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Developing countries continue to face important challenges in boosting productivity growth in the difficult post-crisis environment, but also many opportunities to eliminate poverty and create shared prosperity.