Creating business partnerships for social and economic development Promoting business involvement in international development Developing multi-stakeholder partnerships between development groups and business
The appearance in recent years of multi-stakeholder partnerships between companies, international NGOs and development agencies working with economic and human development, environmental sustainability, social cohesion, urban renewal, rural development and emergency relief, indicates a new role for business in social and economic development in developing countries.
Economic globalization, political transition and technological transformation are bringing more than three billion people into the market economy. Along with the new opportunities there is also rising inequality, high levels of unemployment, economic insecurity, social dislocation, breakdown in traditional communities and environmental degradation.
Business is in a unique position to mobilize first, its own social budgets and environmental policies towards development actions, and second, can also bring to bare the entire range of business skills, resources and networks that can beneficially impact the process of sustainable development, and can be leveraged through partnerships with other stakeholders.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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