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Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets

Authors: Weiser, John; Kahane, Michele; Rochlin, Steve; Landis, Jessica
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication Year: 2006

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Most companies mistakenly dismiss low-income markets as commercial wastelands. Yet many top corporations — including IBM, Ford, Hewlett Packard, and Texas Instruments — have discovered that investing in and partnering with underserved communities can yield significant profits...

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Natural Capitalism

Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

Authors: Hawken, Paul; Lovins, Amory; Lovins, L. Hunter
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Back Bay Books; 1st edition
Publication Year: 2000

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In Natural Capitalism, three top strategists show how leading-edge companies are practicing "a new type of industrialism" that is more efficient and profitable while saving the environment and creating jobs.

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A Path to a Prosperous Africa: A Business Perspective

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Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Business Action for Africa
Publication Year: 2007

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Produced in advance of the G8 Summit in Germany by Business Action for Africa, this report most notably stresses that "the biggest impact that larger businesses can have is through doing good business - principally through their core business operations: doing business responsibly; paying taxes; involving and supporting small enterprises in value chains; generating employment opportunities; producing goods and services that meet the needs of low-income consumers; training and capacity building; and taking action to tackle HIV/AIDS - a central issue for business and economic growth...

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Toyota Trains India Teens

Author: Lakshman, Natasha
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: BusinessWeek.com
Publication Year: 2008

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Toyota's Bangalore institute aims to give poor teenagers a leg up and produce skilled workers for the subcontinent's auto boom.

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Job Creation or Destruction? Labor Market Effects of Wal-Mart Expansion

Author: Basker, Emek
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: The Review of Economics and Statistics, The MIT Press. V 87 (2005), Issue 1, P 174-183
Publication Year: 2005

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This paper estimates the effect of Wal-Mart expansion on retail employment at the county level...

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House Energy Bill to Boost Green Job Training

Author: GreenBiz.com
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: GreenBiz.com
Publication Year: 2007

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The House of Representatives passed a sweeping energy bill Saturday that included a provision directing millions of dollars toward training a "green" workforce...

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Economic Opportunities Program of the Aspen Institute

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Product Type: Web Sites
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Publication Year: 2005

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The Economic Opportunities Program advances strategies that connect the poor and underemployed to the mainstream economy. We believe that alleviating poverty requires changing systems and transforming an individuals relationship to money, work and assets...

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Inde and the Emprededores Juveniles de Nicaragua

Authors: Azofeifa, Monica; Leguizamon, Francisco
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2003

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Discusses one social program's difficulties in finding adequate support for their youth entrepreneurship initiatives, and their relationship with donors Texaco, Pizza Hut, and Coca Cola. Examines donor-recipient collaborations that move into strategic alliances, providing greater benefits for both the companies and the organizations.

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St. Louis

Inner City Economic Development

Authors: Porter, Michael E.; Habiby, Anne S.; LaSala, Joanna
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Describes the history and challenges of the economically distressed inner city areas of St. Louis, a major U.S. metropolitan area...

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The Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project (A, B, C, D, E)

Authors: Esty, Benjamin C.; Ferman, Carrie
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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On June 6, 2000, the World Bank's and IFC's board of directors was scheduled to vote on whether to approve funding for the $4 billion Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline project. Although the project presented a unique opportunity to alleviate poverty in Chad, one of the poorest countries in the world, Chad had a president who had been described as a "warlord" and a history of civil war and oppression...

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Fabindia Overseas Pvt. Ltd.

Authors: Khaire, Mukti; Kothandaraman, Prabakar PK
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Fabindia is a for-profit Indian retail company with the stated mission of providing employment to weavers and traditional handicraft artisans in rural India. Demonstrates a unique business model, discusses the opportunities and constraints that a strong vision entails, and the growth challenges of novel business models.

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E. Rachel Hubka (A, B)

Authors: Wattenberg, Laura M.; Meyer, Kathleen A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Business Enterprise Trust
Publication Year: 1996

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E. Rachel Hubka, general manager of a Chicago school bus company, has the opportunity to start her own bus business. Hubka hopes to tap a new labor pool and help her community by locating her business in an inner-city neighborhood that most business has abandoned.

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Boston Community Venture Fund and City Fresh Foods

Engineering an Exit

Authors: Leamon, Ann; Lloyd, Glynn; Barnette, Meg; Cherry, Elyse
Product Type: Cases
Source: Community Development Venture Capital Alliance
Publication Year: 2005

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The case addresses big picture issues related to the particular challenges surrounding exits in the community development venture capital field. In so doing, it provides an opportunity to discuss various topics, ranging from the practical - how to value a business - to the theoretical - is it fair to require socially beneficial companies to provide double-digit returns? What is a reasonable return in this industry?

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Baltimore Fund

Authors: Rosenberg, Carin; Joseph, Ricardo
Product Type: Cases
Source: Yale School of Management, the Program on Social Enterprise
Publication Year: 2004

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After five years of actively contributing to its local Baltimore community, The Open Society Institute believed there was an opportunity to effect change on a different level...

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Wal-Mart in 2005 (A)

Authors: Freeman, R. Edward; Mead, Jenny
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden Publishing Company
Publication Year: 2006

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This case details not only the rise of Wal-Mart and its notable capabilities and strategies, but also how the retailer had inadvertantly found itself with such a negative reputation.

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Business Creation in the Developing World: A Haitian Bakery

Authors: Tellis, W; Tucker, M
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Case Research Journal
Publication Year: 2002

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Initially drawn by a desire to provide assistance to the people of Haiti, a Jesuit university in the United States sent a fact-finding team to the country in 1997. A relationship developed between the university and the people of Fondwa, a village several hours from Port-au-Prince with a progressive peasant organization-Assosasyon Paysan Fondwa.

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A Productive Partnership: The Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club and the Kauai Food Bank

Authors: Rochlin, Stephen A.; Boguslaw, Janet
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, The Wallace B. Carroll School of Management, Boston, MA
Publication Year: 2002

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The Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club creatively solves a sourcing problem in a way that supports local community economic development.  

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Control Data Corporation and the Urban Crisis

Authors: Nicholas, Tom; Singleton, Laura G.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Control Data Corporation considers its response to the assassination of renowned civil rights activist Martin Luther King.

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Building a Cluster

Electronics and Information Technology in Costa Rica

Authors: Porter, Michael E.; Ketelhohn, Niels
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Describes the actions of Costa Rica President Figueres and his cabinet in attracting an Intel assembly and testing plant to their country...

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Female Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

Authors: Jones, Geoffrey G.; Lefort, Alexis
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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There are higher rates of female entrepreneurship in developing countries than developed countries, but necessity is often the main driver in lower income countries. Explores the challenges facing women arising from societal inequality, including lack of educational provision, and difficulties in securing funding.

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Creating Value in Inner City Supermarkets the Community Pride Way

Authors: Stegman, Michael A. M.; Lobenhofer, Jennifer S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Center for Community Capitalism, in the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, UNC-Chapel Hill
Publication Year: 2001

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Employing a business model based on superior, customer-targeted service, community involvement and workforce development and retention that are uniquely targeted to his environment and customer base, Johnny Johnson has become the largest minority grocer in the nation...

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Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and Bidwell Training Center: Governing Social Enterprise

Authors: Heskett, James L.; Ramgolam, Roopchand; Wallack, Joshua
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2000

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A super board is created to oversee activities of the boards of Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (an arts organization dedicated to serving "at risk" youth) and Bidwell Training Center (a job retraining venture) in Pittsburgh.

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Aligning Corporate Performance with Community Economic Development to Achieve Win-Win Impacts

Case Study: J.P. Morgan Chase

Authors: Rochlin, Stephen A.; Boguslaw, Janet
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, The Wallace B. Carroll School of Management, Boston, MA
Publication Year: 2001

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J.P. Morgan Chase (formerly the Chase Manhattan Bank) has created an organizational structure to drive business and community development across the organization...

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Advanced Micro Devices

Creating Strong Communities and Business Through Regional Workforce Development Partnerships

Authors: Rochlin, Stephen A.; Boguslaw, Janet
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, The Wallace B. Carroll School of Management, Boston, MA
Publication Year: 2001

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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), one of the largest semiconductor companies in the US, found itself facing a shortage of available, skilled technicians in 1995. The dramatic growth of manufacturing jobs at its Austin site produced intense competition among the semiconductor corporations for a local, skilled workforce. Expensive out-of-town recruitment costs and high turnover rates prompted AMD to act...  

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ASAFE

Strategic Challenges for E-Commerce Promotion in Central Africa

Authors: Ernst, Andreas; Martin, Maximilian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
Publication Year: 2003

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ASAFE empowers entrepreneurial women in Cameroon to take advantage of the opportunities that private enterprise and initiative can provide for economic betterment. Founded in 1989, ASAFE began to promote e-commerce and e-readiness in 1999.

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Urban Video Game Academy: Getting in the Game

Authors: Applegate, Lynda M.; Saltrick, Susan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Urban Video Game Academy was founded to enhance the academic and career prospects of urban youth. Demonstrates the opportunities and challenges of social entrepreneurship...

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Partnering for Mutual Success

DaimlerChrysler – POEMAtec Alliance

Authors: Mugica, Yerina; London, Ted
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of North Carolina
Publication Year: 2004

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DaimlerChrysler formed an alliance with the Poverty and Environment in Amazonia Research and Development project (POEMA) to reforest cleared land in Brazil and make sustainable use of the region's existing resources. POEMA identified the use of coconut fibers in automobile headrests as a viable product and developed a low-technology production method for use by local populations.

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The Shanghai Property Market and Hong Kong Developers

(Problems of Expectations Example: Market Bubbles)

Authors: Enright, Michael; Mak, Vincent
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2004

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Once considered Asia's most important economic city, Shanghai had by 2003 re-emerged as a vibrant and vital metropolis. It had become the leading centre for commerce, finance and transportation in the Chinese Mainland, as well as a major manufacturing centre...

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The State of Connecticut

Strategy for Economic Development

Authors: Porter, Michael E.; Miller, Kaia
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Describes the history of Connecticut's economy, its competitive challenges in the 1990s, and the steps taken to develop an economic plan for the state...

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Dr. Iqbal Surve at Sekunjalo Investment Group (A, B, C, D)

Authors: Hill, Linda A.; Stecker, Emily
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Dr. Iqbal Surve, a self-described “medical doctor, philanthropist, and social entrepreneur,” was born in 1963 and grew up in poverty, like virtually all non-white South Africans during apartheid. In 1997, Surve and three of his comrades founded Sekunjalo, an investment holding company that sought to offer “a gentler capitalism” that stressed putting people before profits, and talent development as a means of raising the lives of previously disadvantaged South Africans.

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Digital Divide Data: A Social Enterprise in Action

Authors: Leonard, Herman B.; Epstein, Marc J.; Smith, Wendy K.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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In February 2001, Hockenstein and four others traveled to Phnom Penh looking for a way to connect US market needs with the Cambodian workforce. They decided that a for-profit business could bring in revenues, provide job opportunities and train employees with skills for a better future. They focused on the data entry outsourcing business because it was a labor-intensive technology industry that offered on-the-job experience and training in English.

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The Sekem Initiative

Authors: Seelos, Christian; Mair, Johanna
Product Type: Cases
Source: IESE Business School
Publication Year: 2004

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"The Sekem Initiative" portrays a complex set of circumstances that frames Sekem's decisions to further grow and develop the initiative along its historical path of holistic development in the social, economic and cultural spheres...

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Texas Instruments

Building Business and Communities Through Minority and Women Owned Business Development

Authors: Rochlin, Stephen A.; Boguslaw, Janet
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, The Wallace B. Carroll School of Management, Boston, MA
Publication Year: 2006

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Texas Instruments (TI) is a global semiconductor company that employs over 40,000 people worldwide, with operations in more than 25 countries in North and South America, Asia, and Europe. TI has demonstrated clear leadership in the Dallas area not only in minority and women-owned business development, but also in community support and business development through philanthropic, volunteer, and venture capital activities.

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Safeco's Urban Marketing Initiative

Building the Business, Strengthening Communities

Authors: Rochlin, Stephen A.; Boguslaw, Janet
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, The Wallace B. Carroll School of Management, Boston, MA
Publication Year: 2001

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Like most in the insurance industry, SAFECO hears the call of activists and officials to support low-to-moderate income (LMI) community development. At the same time, the company is seeking new, profitable market opportunities. Could the company satisfy the call to support community development in a way that would create new business opportunities?

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The Cheetah Conservation Fund Bush Project

Authors: Hecht, Peter; Walls, Judith
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2005

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Laurie Marker, head of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, is trying to form a for-profit institution, the Bush Project, to control the bush encroachment problem in Namibia. Bush encroachment not only destroys the general ecosystem, but it also has a harmful impact on the Cheetah population...

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Grameen Telecom's Village Phone Programme in Rural Bangladesh

A Multi-Media Case Study

Authors: Richardson, Don; Ramirez, Ricardo; Haq, Moinul
Product Type: Cases
Source: TeleCommons Development Group
Publication Year: 2000

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GrameenPhone is a commercial operation providing cellular services in both urban and rural areas of Bangladesh, with approximately 40,000 customers. A pilot programme of GrameenPhone, through the Grameen Bank and a wholly owned subsidiary called Grameen Telecom, is enabling women members of the Grameen Bank's revolving credit system to retail cellular phone services in rural areas...

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CEI and NEAR

Authors: Manno, Kimberly M.; Lerner, Josh; Rubin, Julia S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Community Development Venture Capital Alliance
Publication Year: 1998

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This case study provides an opportunity to learn more about valuing a company and negotiating a transaction...

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Wal-Mart and Vancouver, Canada

Author: von der Porten, Suzanne
Product Type: Cases
Source: Selkirk College
Publication Year: 2005

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The debate among retailers, local residents, the city council and Wal-Mart captures some of the tumult around the role of multinational corporations in the global economy and their effects on societies and the environment. In the context of this controversy, what responsibility does Wal-Mart have to its employees, overseas product manufacturers, factory workers, indigenous people, and local residents? Who are other stakeholders in Vancouver City Council's decision on whether to allow the rezoning? Who are stakeholders with no say in the decision? Does the Vancouver council have any business preventing Wal-Mart from setting up a business in Vancouver? What lessons can be learned?

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Eco-Tourism at the Dana Reserve

Authors: Bird, Laura; Linowes, Richard
Product Type: Cases
Source: Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program
Publication Year: 2004

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The Feynan Lodge was meant to be an economically self-sustaining eco-tourism lodge after its opening, but projected staffing and operational costs were daunting.

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Corposol

Authors: Austin, James E.; Ogliastri, Enrique
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 1998

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Traces the evolution of Corposol, a nongovernmental organization dedicated primarily to lending to low-income microentrepreneurs. Its growth has made it the largest microenterprise lender in Colombia...

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Corpomedina: Social and Economic Development

Authors: Sanz, Luis; Pratt, Lawrence
Product Type: Cases
Source: The World Resources Institute
Publication Year: 1998

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As part of its strategy to develop tourism in an economically depressed zone of Venezuela, Corpomedina formed an independent foundation aimed at improving the quality of life for the local population through health, cultural, and educational programs, and through the creation of micro-enterprises...

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In the Shadow of the City

Authors: Reed, James; Richardson, Nicholas; Donnellon, Anne
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1990

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Traces the history of a collaborative effort to create an organization to manage a major international development project in the slums of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Focuses on a serious set of disagreements which develops several months into the project between the two principals, an Ethiopian woman who founded the project and a British entrepreneur who is the coordinator of the donor consortium...

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The Finca Esperanza Verde

Authors: Nielsen, Tucker; Linowes, Richard
Product Type: Cases
Source: Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program
Publication Year: 2004

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Finca Esperanza Verde was created to promote sustainable development and environment conservation in San Ramón. Its success, in fact, was attributable to its ability to translate this mission into action. Would hoards of tourists marching through really contribute to the sustainable development of the area? Would it place FEV's fragile eco-system at risk?

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The BRAC and Aarong Commercial Brands

Authors: Quelch, John A.; Laidler-Kylander, Nathalie
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2003

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This case discusses nonprofit management and managing nonprofit and for-profit initiatives within the same organization.

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AES Global Values

Authors: Strimling, Andrea L.; Nichols III, Charles A.; Paine, Lynn Sharp; Crawford, Robert J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2000

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Members of the development team for the AES Corp.'s power plant project in India must decide between more expensive technology that would enable the plant to meet more demanding U.S. environmental standards or less costly technology that would meet local environmental standards and free up funds for contributions to other needs of communities surrounding the projected plant.

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Advanced Micro Devices and Capital Area Training Foundation

Developing a Well-Trained Workforce

Author: Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College
Product Type: Cases
Source: Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College
Publication Year: 2004

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Advanced Micro Devices has developed a collaborative model to support the development of a well-trained local workforce at the company's primary manufacturing site in Austin, TX.

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Northeast Ventures: January 1996

Authors: Jackson, Eric K.; Weiner, Malcolm S.; Lerner, Josh
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1997

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Northeast Ventures, a venture capital fund focusing on the development of Northeastern Minnesota, seeks to combine social goals with financial returns. This marriage poses several challenges.

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Posada Amazonas

Authors: Revilla, Jesus; Perez, Felipe
Product Type: Cases
Source: Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (SEKN)
Publication Year: 2003

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Describes the story of Posada Amazonas, a tourist lodge in the Peruvian jungle, which resulted from a collaboration agreement between the native community Eseja de Infierno and the tourism firm Rainforest Expeditions (RFE)...

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Rick Surpin (A, B, C)

Authors: Hanson, Kirk O.; Bollier, David; Rowlands, Penelope
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Business Enterprise Trust
Publication Year: 1992

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A long-time community development worker creates hundreds of jobs for low-income women and minorities by forming a for-profit home health care cooperative, Cooperative Home Care Associates...

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Saudi Arabia

Getting the House in Order

Authors: Evans, Rebecca; Vietor, Richard H.K.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Provides a vehicle to explore Islamic development and political issues within BGIE (business, government, and international economy). Set in early 2002, the case focuses on Crown Prince Abdullah's efforts to liberalize a failing rentier state, that had been dependent on petroleum for too long...

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