Archive for March, 2007

Can Garbage Become a Lucrative Business?

March 23, 2007

Most of Central America countries don’t have a proper recycling system. They are too expensive to establish such facilities. Instead the garbage is dump either on a suitable sanitary facility or dump at a ravine.

Now ask you self, can garbage problem become a lucrative business?

YES!

Take for instance what Laila Iskandar and her Community and Institutional Development (CID) group has done for Egypt. She has created a program in which garbage collectors recycle the empty containers instead of reselling them in return for educational funding from the companies looking to protect their brand. It’s a win-win situation.

The CID is a for-profit organization that seeks to link the private, government and non profit sector to achieve sustainable development while building the capacities of its clients. To date, CID has benefits over 15,000 urban poor with its water and sanitation projects, housing improvement projects, crafts projects, primary health and literacy projects.

<>This is only one example of what can be done. We have to think outside the box and come up with worthwhile solution that is adaptable for Central American garbage problems.

Garbage

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Global Giving

March 20, 2007

Global Giving was founded by two former World Bank executives who decided to use the Internet to create a highly efficient marketplace. The GlobalGiving platform enables more funding to reach projects throughout the globe, and, at the same time, provides a more transparent, engaging way for donors to give.

Global Giving has 21 projects in Central America. Check their website to learn more about what is been done.

Global Giving

Millennium Challenge Corporation

March 9, 2007

About the Millennium Challenge Corporation

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a United States government-owned corporation responsible for the stewardship of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA). The MCC is:

  • Purposely designed as a small corporation to promote, support and ensure accountability for the innovative foreign aid strategies it administers.
  • Managed by a Chief Executive Officer appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
  • Overseen by a Board of Directors.

The Millennium Challenge Account

The Millenium Challenge Account (MCA) is the mechanism proposed by President George W. Bush to implement a new model for providing foreign aid to the world’s developing nations. In this new model, aid is provided to those countries that:

  • Rule justly.
  • Invest in thier people.
  • Ecourage economic freedom.

La Ayuda del Millenium

On today’s Guatemalan newspaper (Siglo XXI) an article was publish about the Millennium Challenge. It talks about how Guatemala still has to take further steps in order to be consiedered for the MCA. This Monday President George W. Bush will meet with Guatemala President Òscar Berger in hopes of taking further progress for the apporval of the MCA. Meanwhile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras have already been approved by the United States Government. See the picture above for further information.

Social Edge

March 5, 2007

Social Edge its online community for philanthropist, nonprofit processionals, and the business community to network, learn, debate, inspire and share expertise and resources. It’s more or less where I want to take “Innovateca” but specializing in Central America.

Social Edge it’s a great way to interact with other participants with similar interest but most important its a valuable network and community for social entrepreneurs.  

 I will add social edge website to my Blogroll in case you want to check their site now and then.