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 collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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