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    Earth Day


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    Supply Chains and Sourcing After Rana Plaza

    A report by the NYU Center for Business and Human Rights and Stern School of Business analyzes the Bangladeshi garment industry —  structure, business relationships, and worker conditions. The report highlights steps for change and opportunity by global retail brands, government, producers and subcontractors.

    April 2014

    Click cover image to access report and download PDF

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    The Shirt on Your Back

    The Human Cost of the Bangladeshi Garment Industry

    How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures. 


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             "Fine horses and fierce eagles are the wings of the Kazakhs"  

    Berkutchy, the practice of raising a Golden Eagle to hunt, was formerly a male pursuit in the Kazakhs culture of Mongolia.  As young men migrate to cities, girls have taken up the 6000 year old tradition. Villages rely on the bond between eagle and handler to hunt fox, wolf and rabbit for food and pelts throughout the year.

    Images by Asher Svidensky


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    Nyeri, Kenya

    The Iriani Tea Factory is owned by a cooperative of 6000 small holder farmers who grow and supply green leaf for manufacturing packaged tea bags. 

    Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd, manages the Iriani factory, and over 60 other production facilities in the small scale tea sector for domestic markets and export.   

    Iriani Tea is Fair Trade certified. 

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    Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

    African American Artist and Illustrator

    Posters plastered on surfaces in public places, an art project to call out “catcalling”— gender based street harassment.

    This project takes women’s voices and faces and puts them in the street — creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

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    A new report by Monitor Deloitte on the challenge of scaling social enterprise. 

    Few new business models seeking to address the problems of global poverty have achieved meaningful scale. Why is that? What can be done to facilitate scale?

    Beyond The Pioneer:  Getting Industries to Scale

    • Role of Industry Facilitators helping to resolve scaling barriers.
    • Cases of business models that are scaling to illustrate effective industry facilitation.
    • Recommendations for donors, impact investors, governments and international development agencies.

    Click cover above to access and download Report

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    An Indian health worker administers polio vaccine at a vaccination center in Kolkata, India. 

    The last wild poliovirus case in the South-East Region was reported in India in 2011. There has not been a new case in the eleven country region since then.  A single country cannot be certified as polio-free. WHO certifies only when all of a region’s countries report three years without a single new case of polio due to wild poliovirus.  The data is independently validated.

    With certification of the South-East Region, the world’s population free of polio jumps from 52% to 78%.  

    The countries in the World Health Organization SEA region declared polio free are:  Bhutan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.

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    Muhammed Muheisen

    A Pakistani health worker checks if children at a makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad need a polio vaccine.

    Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where polio is still endemic, along with Nigeria and Afghanistan.  The three countries have a combined population of 400 Million people, 6% of the world’s population. 

    The largest polio virus reservoir is in Peshawar, Northwestern Pakistan. There is evidence of cross-border spread of the virus into Afghanistan. In the Tribal Areas of Pakistan, local leaders have banned immunization campaigns. More than 40 vaccination staff have been killed since 2012.  

    Without immunization, there is no eradication.


This blog began as a hub for an undergraduate seminar in economics on global poverty and social entrepreneurship. It has become a dynamic space for students to access assignments, review syllabus, post work, and contribute to building a shared resource center for learning about social entrepreneurship. The blog has evolved to serve a larger audience of followers who are interested in social entrepreneurship education, models for social change, and social enterprises.