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By Akash Ghai / September 5, 2018

How can growing companies like Fat Brain Toys build Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into their core strategies?

Mikaela Fernandez, Senior Consultant, Development3 A lot has changed since early CSR, which focused on philanthropy. Today, businesses are met with a...

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By Sumeet Sandhu / August 16, 2018

Grappling with CSR? Take our free Discovery Assessment

Now is the time to get clear on the opportunities that a strong CSR strategy can create for your business.

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By Akash Ghai / July 31, 2018

Beneath the surface: CSR and the importance of data

Beneath the surface: CSR and the importance of data Adam Nathan, CEO of The Bartlett System and Akash Ghai, Managing...

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By Akash Ghai / June 22, 2018

How to Compete With Giants: Mid-Market Company Makes CSR A Priority

Moving from startup to industry leader is no mean feat. Initially, a startup requires tunnel vision, complete focus on survival....

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By Development3 / May 27, 2018

Development3 Hires Director of Operations and Strategy

Development3 (D3) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Rachel Klopper as Director of Operations and Strategy. With a fascinating background working across both the corporate and NGO sectors.

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By Development3 / May 17, 2018

Advice for Social Entrepreneurs: Part 1

Following the results of the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey on the best countries to be a social entrepreneur, we sat down with Development3 founder Akash Ghai to discuss the challenges that social entrepreneurs everywhere need to be aware of and how to approach them.

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By Development3 / May 17, 2018

#SmartSnippet: Social Investment demands strategy

Today’s #SmartSnippet comes from D3 co-founder Akash Ghai who recently shared his thoughts on the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey on the best countries to be a social entrepreneur.

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By Development3 / May 17, 2018

Talented Expats Returning to Developing Home Countries: Advice

Recently the World Economic Forum highlighted the challenges that thousands of talented expats face when looking to put their new found knowledge and qualifications into practice and transform their home countries.

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By Development3 / May 17, 2018

New York startups and social responsibility

This week Development3 Managing Partner, Akash Ghai looks at how and why startups should integrate social responsibility into their business models. He highlights three New York startups that can make this happen.

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By Development3 / May 15, 2018

Rise, Then Rise Again

Yep, it’s a terrible blow. I’m nauseous thinking about the cabinet picks. I dread the fall of the sword now poised over family planning. May Fortuna find money for NASA, for surely federal funding for the sciences will go. Energy policy forecasts look grim and coal-laden.

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By Development3 / May 15, 2018

Sustainable Development Goals: Resources for Enhancing CSR Strategies & Policies

As part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at the macro level, the Sustainable Development Goals (also known as SDGs or...

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By Development3 / May 15, 2018

CSR: People Before Profit

Development3 Founder and Managing Partner, Akash Ghai, was at the Sustainable Brands conference in Detroit last week. He hosted a panel discussion titled: “How to use technology and creativity to boost people upward in a rapidly changing job market.”

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By Development3 / May 15, 2018

Leave No One Behind: Pathways to Engage with the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Platform

In 2015, 4.9 billion people globally used an improved sanitation facility; 2.4 billion did not. Among those lacking adequate sanitation were 946 million people without any facilities at all, who continued to practice open defecation. In 2015, 6.6 billion people, or 91 per cent of the global population, used an improved drinking water source, versus 82 per cent in 2000.

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By Development3 / May 15, 2018

The Phoenix On The Island

My mother was born on the island of Mauritius on the east coast of Africa. While considered paradise by most, I have always seen it as a place full of opportunities. Back in the 1950s and ‘60s my grandfather built his fashion business at a time where the country was starting to find its feet. A tailor with a growing reputation, ministers would flock to his shop to get their suits and eveningwear made.

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By Development3 / May 15, 2018

Transforming the Business Model: Schemes for Communicating Your Organization’s Progress on the SDGs

Data collection on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represents a crucial aspect of achieving the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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By Development3 / May 15, 2018

ISOs, SMEs and SDGs

With the development of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comes the challenge of implementing and executing these goals. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, international NGO with a membership of 163 national standards bodies and over 250 technical committees.

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By Development3 / May 14, 2018

SMEs and Mid Market Companies: CSR is not just Cause Marketing

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not just a marketing tool that will help a company grow, get exposure and attract new customers. It is not a plug-and-play model. We at Development3 see it as an integral and purpose-driven cog that changes the organizational fabric of a company for the better.

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By Development3 / May 14, 2018

SMEs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SMEs’ roles matter in achieving the 2030 Agenda because they constitute about 90% of all business and play an important role in employment initiatives. The United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) noted that funding the SDGs will total US$5-7 trillion from 2015-2030.

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By Development3 / April 28, 2018

Development3 and ISO 26000 Social responsibility

Today’s companies need to meet the reality of issues faced by everyone: technological disruption, globalization, consumer scrutiny, and climate change. Beyond strict sustainability and diversity protocols, the companies of 2018 have the opportunity to spearhead a new capitalism.

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By Development3 / April 25, 2018

#SmartSnippet: Dignity above all else

Today’s #SmartSnippet comes from Dr Ambika Sampat – co-founder of iNUT-Who? A non-profit organization dedicated towards fundraising for and spreading awareness of existing NGOs, individual causes and upcoming charity-related projects. @inutwho

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By Development3 / March 19, 2018

Responsible investing and Corporate Social Responsibility with Cara MacMillan

This week we have a fantastic opinion post from Cara Macmillan, Co founder and Vice President of Sustainability at the Halcyon Consulting Group. Here she looks at the importance of responsible investing in being social responsible.

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By Development3 / February 17, 2018

#SmartSnippet: Network! Network! Network!

This week we have a Smart Snippet from Sonia Saleh founder of Uplifting Nonprofits. Sonia shares her thoughts on the emotional and intellectual requirements before connecting with potential donors.

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By Development3 / January 12, 2018

#SmartSnippet: Build before applying for grants

As a part of a new series, we will be sharing smart snippets, tidbits if you will, from people who work in the public benefit sector. Today we have a snippet from Gail Koelln on the importance of building a reputation before applying for grant funding.

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By Development3 / August 28, 2017

Way before the Brexit

Last night, I stayed up to find out whether the UK was going to stay in or leave the EU. I live in the States now, and as you can probably guess – I didn’t get much sleep.

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By Development3 / June 20, 2017

COP21 Reflections – The real impact of climate change

During COP21, Development Three Managing Partner, Adriann (Annie) Agle participated as a negotiator, organizer, and panelist. Below is a copy of a speech she gave highlighting the real impact of climate change

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By Development3 / May 21, 2017

Women in Afghanistan are Being Targeted

A girl sits on her bed at an undisclosed Women for Afghan Women’s shelter. Young women are provided safe haven from gender-based crimes. Photo courtesy of Women for Afghan Women.

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By Development3 / April 17, 2017

Trends in Emerging Markets: What NGOs and Development Experts Should Know

As more and more NGOs and NPOs adopt for-profit and social innovation components into their business models, those operating in emerging market areas such as India, South America, etc…should be aware of larger trends monitored by venture capital firms.

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By Development3 / March 17, 2017

Celebrities and the small nonprofit

Akash Ghai talks about the changing landscape of fundraising, and the desire of smaller nonprofits to seek out celebrities for endorsements. Do your homework, think carefully and expect the unexpected in celebrity marketing.

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By Development3 / February 12, 2017

Board Conflict: The Secret Meetings

We often come across small and mid-sized NGOs that have an established presence in their field of work. Most of have established a board not only as a regulatory requirement but also as a team who they look to for guidance and support.

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By Development3 / January 5, 2017

Surf, Sand and Sustainability – Exploring sustainable practices in Hawaii

I haven’t written in a while as I’ve been exploring the Polynesian and American delight that is Hawaii! My lovely new wife and I (that’s right, I got married) left for the islands for our honeymoon.

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By Development3 / November 22, 2016

Selecting Your Founding Board Members

If you are starting an NGO establishing a strong founding board is crucial. The board members will assist in identifying the NGOs values, vision and missions.

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By Development3 / August 11, 2016

Fundraising: Applying for Grants

As a charity in order to survive, you need to secure funding. The obvious place for non-profits to start seem to be applying for grants.

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By Development3 / July 17, 2016

The World’s Biggest Democracy Speaks..

Did everyone cast a vote? Maybe they did or maybe they didn’t. On paper, a registered electorate of 800 million set out to nearly a million polling stations in India over the course of thirty five days.

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By Development3 / March 1, 2016

Development Playoffs

Every four years I prepare myself for the World Cup Finals, one of the greatest global sporting events . From the first match to the last, I love watching every feint, every goal, and every reaction.

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By Development3 / September 19, 2015

Monitoring Activities II: Theory Of Change

Following our previous discussion on Results Based Management (RBM), we take a closer look at Theory of Change (TOC) – a methodology which expands the perception of assessing impact.

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By Development3 / August 17, 2015

Monitoring Activities I : Results Based Management

Picture the scene, you’re a newly established NGO, starting a project. The funding hasn’t come in yet and you’re getting worried. You spend more time worrying about securing the money than the actual project.

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By Development3 / May 19, 2015

Change.ngo?

Without it small and mid-sized NGOs around the world would no longer be able to work efficiently. The .ngo domain is the latest internet/ web-based update seeking to provide NGOs with unique outreach opportunities.

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By Development3 / May 17, 2015

The Many Strands Of Accountability

It’s easy to find a cause to support. We all have ones that hit home more than others, whether they are centered on healthcare, women and children or the environment.

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By Development3 / May 17, 2015

Mission Drifting

There are many issues faced by start-up NGOs, none more so than funding. Without funding the work fails before it even begins.

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