Thursday, October 31, 2013

Corporate Social Enterprises: A Business-Driven Approach to Development. Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Corporate Social Enterprises: 
A Business-Driven Approach to Development
Opening remarks by:
Jennifer G. Cooke 
Director, Africa Program, CSIS
Jane Nelson
Senior Fellow and Director, CSR Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School; NDPI Board Member
Kristi Ragan
Chief of Party, USAID Grand Challenges for Development, DAI
Dennis Flemming
Executive Director, Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation (NDPI)
Moderated by:
Daniel F. Runde 
Codirector, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development and
William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, CSIS
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
CSIS, Second Floor Conference Room
1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Traditionally, “corporate social responsibility” has often been characterized by occasional grants and financial assistance to communities in areas where companies operate around the world. This, however, often lacks a strategic focus on what is needed to achieve sustainable development in the long run. As the traditional development landscape changes and the role of the private sector in development is increasingly elevated, new approaches are emerging. Designed to align with and advance business objectives, corporate social enterprises unite the strengths of corporations and development organizations to find solutions to some of the world’s pressing development challenges.
This panel will examine the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) as an example of a new model for business-led development. Through its programming and partnership approach, NDPI addresses the root causes of instability throughout the Niger Delta region while achieving development and business outcomes.
This event is part of CSIS’s ongoing “Chevron Forum on Development” series, which seeks to highlight the private sector's role in global development.
This will be a timely and informative discussion. Please RSVP
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ACBC’s 4th Winter Awards Gala. November 9, 2013. Philadelphia, PA


ACBC’s 4th Winter Awards Gala celebrates....”Economic expansion,through partnership”.
The African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) presents its 4th WINTER AWARDS DINNER AND BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE.
(PHILADELPHIA) October 28, 2013) -- The African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) is proud to announce its 4th Winter Awards and Dinner Gala on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at the Hilton Philadelphia Airport Hotel, 4509 Island Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19153.   The day’s events will commence with a Business Roundtable: 9am—1pm, a VIP Reception: 6pm  -7 pm, and the Award Dinner: 7pm -11pm.
The organization will pay tribute to the businesses and culture of the African and Caribbean Countries and welcome Former President of NIGERIA, H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo,  and, H.E. Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor, State of Osun. Also to be present are ambassadors representing Nigeria, Cayenne, Zambia, Namibia, Mali, Angola, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Botswana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and South Africa.
The goal of ACBC is to promote and preserve African and Caribbean business interests both here and abroad, by driving economic development and expanding access to global markets. Several individuals who are at the center of creating a culture of change, quality, and empowerment within the African and Caribbean diaspora will receive award in Innovation, Excellence, Service, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Person of the Year and ACBC’s Medal of Honor. ACBC President Dr. Azuka Anyiam described the event as a signature event that expresses ACBC quality and its effort in enhancing business expansion and trade promotion.

Keynote Speaker is Ms. Lorie Williams, Founder of a Canadian Harambee Education Society for Kenya and Tanzania. The business roundtable is free for everyone to attend.

Here is the link for the event registration or through

November 24, 2013. BE READY SUNDAY for Faith Based Organizations


  • Be Ready Sunday - Plan / Pledge / Practice Repeating Event
    The mission behind Be Ready Sunday is to engage faith based organizations from across the United States to take the time to develop and test a Fire Evacuation Plan for their house of worship. The Be Ready Sunday initiative has three easy to follow steps that will ensure your house of worship is prepared in the event a fire should occur during worship service. For additional information on the initiative access
    9:00am - 5:00pm