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External Links

Research Guides

  • Social Enterprise Resource Guides These guides, developed by the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, provide an overview and links to further information on the work done at HBS in the following areas: Global Poverty, Corporate Responsibility, K-12 Education, Environmental Sustainability, Nonprofit Board Governance, Nonprofit Strategy, Management and Performance, Social Entrepreneurship, Strategic Philanthropy and Social Capital Markets.

Sources of Data

  • The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid This site contains downloadable reports, charts and graphs of previously unreleased data to measure market opportunity at the BOP.
  • IMF Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers These papers offer a rich source of economic, social and fianncial data and analysis for countries around the world. The focus of the research is on exisiting poverty conditions and ways that poverty can be reduced in each country.
  • Poverty Mapping This site was created for the project Improving Methods for Poverty and Food Insecurity Mapping and Its Use at Country Level, funded by the Government of Norway and running from 2001-2004. The site is currently continously maintained by UNEP/GRID-Arendal. On this web site you find country case studies from this project as well as a library of related maps, graphics and publications.
  • UN Data A great source of socio-demographic and economic for countries around the world. Note that the easy-to-use glossary provides in-depth definitions of the variables. Data can be downloaded to spreadsheet format.
  • World Bank The World Bank produces data and research both topical and by region supporting poverty alleviation in developing nations. Case studies, project information and topical reports are available.
  • Inter-American Development Bank This site contains over 1,000 searchable statistics and indicators for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean using interactive web tools. The site also contain news, reports and projects affecting the Americas.

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Research Centers

  • The BOP Learning Lab at Cornell This consortium of companies, NGOs, multilateral organizations, and academics are working together to create growth opportunities in the Base of the Pyramid (founded at the University of North Carolina's Center for Sustainable Enterprise, now at Cornell University).
  • Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) BSR provides socially responsible business solutions to many of the world’s leading corporations.
  • David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies @ Harvard University DRCLAS works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment, and contemporary affairs of past and present Latin America. The Fall 2006 issue of ReVista focuses on Social Enterprise.
  • The Earth Institute at Columbia University Under the direction of Jeffrey Sachs, this site is a source of initiatives and projects that address complex issues facing the planet and its inhabitants, with particular focus on sustainable development and the needs of the world's poor.
  • International Business Leaders Forum is an international not-for-profit organisation set up in 1990, in response to the emerging challenges of economic growth and change in the global economy. Its mission is to promote responsible business leadership and partnerships for social, economic and environmentally sustainable international development, particularly in new and emerging market economies.
  • The Social Enterprise Knowledge Network is a collaborative research network of leading Latin American business schools and HBS in partnership with the AVINA Foundation to generate field-based social enterprise expertise.
  • UN-HABITAT - The United Nations Human Settlements Programme The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
  • United Nations Millenium Development Project This site provides both overviews and detailed reports about Millenium Development Goals as well as the task force reports on topics such as water, educations, hunger, housing and many others.
  • USAID USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Their work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth; agriculture and trade; global health; and; democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. They provide assistance in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean, and; Europe and Eurasia.
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a coalition of 170 international companies united by a shared commitment to sustainable development via the three pillars of economic growth, ecological balance and social progress, active since 1991.
  • World Resources Institute This site is a good source of case studies, focusing on identifying and discussing sustainable BBOP business models.
  • Yale Center for the Study of Globalization This site contains papers, lectures, interviews, and activities to promote further understanding of how the poorest countries can participate in the global world.

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