Business and Development

THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN THE FULFILLMENT OF THE SGDs

A study realized by the AECID analyzes the role of Spanish companies to reach the Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America Author: Mélanie Romat The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, approved during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, has been considered as a milestone in terms of commitments for development, with the potential to orient public policies from ...[Read More]

ALIANZA SHIRE BRINGS ELECTRICITY TO THE REFUGEE CAMPS OF ETHIOPIA

The first Spanish public-private alliance for Humanitarian Action abroad. According to data provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), by the end of 2015 there were more than 65 million displaced persons around the world, forced to flee due to persecution, conflict, repression and natural disasters In this context, Allianza Shire emerged as a multi-actor alliance, creat...[Read More]

NEW WAYS SUSTAINABILITY JOINS THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT FOR A NEW ECONOMY

From 19th to 22nd April 2017 Malaga (Spain) will host the Global Forum NESI “New Economy and Social Innovation”, a key meeting point for people, organizations and international networks that work to co-create a more sustainable and people-centered economy. New Ways Sustainability is proud to announce we have become one of NESI Forum’s media partners. Currently and for several years now...[Read More]

CHALLENGES OF A MULTI-ACTOR COOPERATION FOR A BETTER DEVELOPMENT

A conference organized in Madrid has allowed analyzing the opportunities and difficulties related to a necessary multi-actor Alliance, aimed to create greater impacts Author: Fernando Varela and Mélanie Romat   Last January 19th, a conference entitled “Towards a more effective Development Cooperation: the necessary alliance of all actors” took place in Madrid, organized by La Caixa Foundation, ICE...[Read More]

THE ERA OF GARDENERS

Thoughts of Bauman and sustainable economy Author: Fernando Varela de Ugarte Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most clairvoyant intellectuals of the contemporary society, passed away last monday. Especially renowned for his “liquid modernity”, Bauman portrayed brilliantly the so called consumerist society: liquid, without form, where artificiality, volatility and relativism prevail, where everything chan...[Read More]

ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE AGREEMENTS

The Environmental Performance Agreements allow establishing a compromise between three key actors in the fight for an eco-responsible society: citizen, government and business. Author: Yves Garenne The 21st century is somewhat unique since it brings to light several new elements regarding the environmental impact of our capitalist society. Science has confirmed the hypothesis that human activity h...[Read More]

SUSTAINABILITY AND THE LAW – A NEW APPROACH IN WALES

Charities in UK must expect to be challenged on the alignment of their investments with their charity’s purposes, which requires they re-focus on good governance, ethics and the law. Author: Julie Hutchison [i] Sustainable practices can be created in a number of ways.  This blog looks at one example in Wales, where new legislation has created new norms when it comes to embedding sustainability int...[Read More]

BIG DATA AND DEVELOPMENT: THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL PULSE INITIATIVE

INTERVIEW OF MIGUEL LUENGO-OROZ As a follow up to our previous post analyzing opportunities related to Big Data in terms of development, we are posting today an interview of Miguel Luengo-Oroz. Miguel is Chief Data Scientist at UN Global Pulse, initiative of the United Nations Secretary General focusing on data-driven innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action. NWS: When has UN...[Read More]

CONNECTING IDENTITY AND HISTORY TO LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The recovery of leather tanning in the “Impenetrable” Chaco forest and its impact on the economic development of the region Author: Carolina Cenzano In this post, we will draft briefly the methodology that has permitted to articulate different dynamic connections in the leather value chain in the NEA (North-East Argentina) region. Even if we focus on the leather tanning experience in the “Impenetr...[Read More]

THE DILEMMA OF COMPANIES FACING SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS

An analysis of the dilemma faced by companies confronted with the inclusion of social and environmental aspects into public bids Author: Fernando Varela de Ugarte We can notice an increasing integration of socio-environmental aspects into bidding documents for infrastructure projects. Public administrations advocate for a higher commitment of business with respect to its impacts and thus resort to...[Read More]

X-RAY OF SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN LATIN AMERICA

A study developed by the AECID brings an exhaustive analysis of the social and environmental aspects of the public procurement legislation in seven countries of the area Author: Luis Sánchez Torrente The goal of developing sustainable infrastructures with an environment friendly and sensible approach towards the hosting communities is not only an issue of design or technological innovation by the ...[Read More]

HOW CAN WE FUND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS?

A report published by the charity ShareAction raises a reflection about the investors’ role in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals Author: Jem Bendell [i] The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are ambitious. And deliberately so. Spearheaded by the target of ending extreme poverty by 2030, the 17 “Global Goals” are essentially an international charter for sustainability. ...[Read More]

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