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Posted By Social Edge
On 18 December 2014 - 3:14pm

For the last two years, Verité has been meeting with migrant workers in the electronics sector in Malaysia to understand their experiences. Our findings shocked us – one in three of the hundreds of thousands of migrants working in Malaysian electronics manufacturing is in a condition of forced labor.

These Burmese, Nepalis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians and Filipinos work in modern factories. But because they are foreigners they are often employed by third-party labor agents rather than the factories themselves.

They face persecution from anti-immigrant militias, and often have no recourse to the legal protections that domestic workers enjoy. These conditions compound their vulnerability – many have already taken out large loans at ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 18 December 2014 - 2:38pm

It is not just Father Christmas.

Finland’s Professor Salme Näsi is a fellow Board member of Co-operatives Europe. She welcomed me on my first visit to the country, earlier this month, and as she says of her countrymen, “we are the most co-operative nation on earth.”

Whether Santa has opened up ownership of the gift business to the elves or not , I can’t report. But I have written a feature for the Guardian on Finland’s co-operative success story, and a little of what we might learn.


Posted By Addictions UK
On 18 December 2014 - 9:00am

Charity is for every season of the year ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 December 2014 - 3:34am

U Htun Wai was skeptical when a group of agronomists and farmers visited his village in Myanmar’s Irrawady Delta region and offered to help double his yearly income. Rising sea levels render his land infertile for half of the year, so while other farmers in the region could harvest two crops of rice each year, U Htun Wai and his family had to make do with the income from only one rice harvest. In the off-season when they couldn’t farm, his family earned at most one to three dollars per day and was forced to purchase food on a day-to-day basis.

U Htun Wai is one of thousands of farmers in Myanmar whose future holds as much uncertainty as it does promise. On the one hand, the country’s political opening has brought greater economic investment and improved access to ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 December 2014 - 3:09am

Reading the title of this article, you may be skeptical. Why is business the key? What about nonprofits or even government?

Business is one of the most powerful forces on earth, having the potential to create systemic impact for everyone. While government and the nonprofit sector are necessary and an important part of creating change, they are insufficient to address today’s greatest challenges. Therefore business must step up and play a larger role. The successful company of tomorrow must create value for society, not just shareholders.

For much of the past 50 years, the dominant narrative has revolved around the old maxim: the purpose of business is to maximize shareholder value. With free markets unshackled from government interference, business will benefit society through jobs and economic growth. However, this ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 December 2014 - 2:35am

In Senegal there are numerous threats to a child’s healthy development. Lack of access to education, child trafficking, child labor, female genital cutting (FGC) and child marriage pose the most dangerous risks.

As an imam, and as a child protection specialist with Tostan—an Africa-based NGO that provides basic education in local languages to remote rural communities—I know these problems are complex. Child marriage is no exception.

When you ask people in Senegal why child marriage occurs, there are three primary answers. Firstly, they stress the importance of tradition. They explain that arranging marriages is an African tradition passed down through generations.

Secondly, and this reason is on the ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 December 2014 - 2:09am

Between October 27 and December 5, Water for People participated in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise.

Doña Luisa, president of the local water board in the small Honduran community of Gonzalo Maldonado, did the impossible. Despite strong opposition to installing water meters and a consumption-based payment system as part of a community rehabilitation project, Doña Luisa convinced the board that they were necessary to support everyone in the long term. These are the same water meters many households across the United States use to monitor consumption.

Since the meters were installed, households in Gonzalo Maldonado have experienced improved service, and families have access to water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But Doña Luisa ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 December 2014 - 1:20am

Between October 27 and December 5, VillageReach participated in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise.

Malawi, like many low- and middle-income countries, has a critical shortage of pharmacy personnel. Government health centers have no trained pharmacy personnel on staff. This leads to unqualified personnel managing medicines, the supply chain and dispensing drugs to patients, which impacts patient care and medicine availability.

The Ministry of Health has set a goal of having a pharmacy assistant in every rural health facility. The Pharmacy Assistant Training Program is helping to build a robust ...more

On 17 December 2014 - 5:05pm

Celebrate“To stay motivated, I celebrated after I make one bed, write one e-mail, fill out one page of a tax form…Celebrating makes fascination all the more joyful–and it builds confidence, which is more useful than avoiding fear.”
– Martha Beck, columnist for O Magazine

What a great daily message!! I am so thrilled I am jumping off the page today.  

It’s all we need.

Celebrate the phone call you have with your beloved parents.

Celebrate the positive new partnership.

Celebrate your kitchen which you just cleaned.

Celebrate that you can walk today with freedom.

Celebrate ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 17 December 2014 - 12:06pm

Last night's Carols at the Royal Albert Hall proved as spectacular as always. Trumpets. A crowd of thousands and a brilliant choir and orchestra.

With Christmas holidays almost here, charity leaders and our organisations are thinking about 2015. Whichever way you view it, it's going to be a specially eventful year. Events in Russia this week might prove even more dramatic that what a British General Election can offer, but we're facing our own profound disruption and uncertainty in politics at home. Two elections perhaps. And all alongside further funding cuts that guarantee a hard time for the third sector - our country's other social safety net. But despite the many problems for charity leaders, there are perhaps some opportunities to hit the 'reset button' on our relationships across Westminster.

If these times are to be turned into an opportunity that will demand great leadership. Of biblical proportions, one might say.

So I was grateful for some wise ...more