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Recently the book Value Chain Development and the Poor has been published. Here is the link to read the eBook for free: Value Chain Development and the Poor (practicalactionpublishing.com). if you would prefer a paperback or hard back copy of the book you can also order them on the website.
Drawing on a new ILO database, this report provides an up-to-date and realistic assessment of the global contribution of self-employment and micro- and small enterprises to employment – both in the formal and the informal economy.
NATCCO (Philippines) used its SP Start-up Fund work to improve its own SPM processes, as well as that of its members. From the start, it deliberately sought to institutionalize an SPM focus in the work of the network.
There is a clear need for better risk management for small scale farmers, yet the demand for microinsurance from clients is not necessarily there. Pranav Prashad discusses the challenges of delivering agricultural microinsurance.
The Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) project in India has found that the use of outpatient services by clients is associated with increased renewals. As an added benefit of its cashless inpatient health insurance product, SSP offers clients a discount of approximately 50 percent on consultation fees from a network of local physicians and a 40 to 70 percent discount on the retail price of drugs. This Emerging Insight highlights the project's observations around client behavior related to outpatient services.
The Guide is a technical manual and a hands-on tool for companies to integrate human rights practices within their operations. In addition to standard international human rights protocols (Universal Declaration of Human Rights; International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights), the guide also addresses conflict-affected areas and the importance of corporate responsibilities with regard to international humanitarian laws.
This video was captured during the microinsurance training event organised by the Gordon Institute of Business Science and supported by the Microinsurance Innovation Facility, in October 2010. Janice Angove and Nashelo Tande, from the actuarial consultancy Quindiem, present the business case for microinsurance.
Drawing on Quindiem’s research into insurance and the low-income market, Angove and Tande discuss how microinsurance can contribute to a company’s sustainability, the keys to success within this market and how insurers must balance innovation with good business practice.
This document, produced under a primer series on social safety nets, assesses the role of food aid in improving food availability and food access. It is based on a synthesis of experiences in four countries: India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Zambia. It concludes that food aid does not have to create negative impacts, particularly if it is tied to the development of infrastructure that supports production and market linkages, avoids creating negative price effects for food producers, and reaches the food insecure.