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Performance of state owned enterprises

Last chance! We have received numerous requests to extend the deadline of our current online discussion on ‘how to improve the performance of state enterprises' – so the discussion will now be closing on Nov. 2nd. 70 people have already sounded in.

Donkey business

Russell Hay, a British businessman, is no stranger to asininity. While living in Namibia, he has twice driven into a donkey. On a lonely northern stretch, he swerved to avoid one, only to see it flattened by a lorry behind him.

Earlier this year, he and a friend set up Donkey Welfare of Namibia. With the Namibian government's blessing, the British outfit is planning to make donkeys glow in the dark by attaching reflective tags to their ears.

Foundations leveraging markets

Government is moving from resource provider to catalyst and enabler. Business is globalizing and is a growing force in influencing societal well-being. Social innovations once stimulated by the public sector are increasingly seeded by business and expanded through the market. For foundations, working with companies and through markets is a critical, yet underutilized tool to unleash new resources that build assets and wealth in poor communities.

Why don't we know who is giving the best aid?

It would be hard to disagree with the objectives of the international aid industry. But how much are donors contributing to their achievement? Despite recent progress, we still know surprisingly little... We are still in the dark about which donors, or which projects, are achieving the best results.