What can CARE do for business?

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The ‘interwoven’ nature of CARE’s approach to development

Last week I was in Islamabad, supporting the efforts of the CARE International team there, who have led a very successful set of engagements with the private sector to address social issues in Pakistan. In a country beset by a number of political and social tensions, CARE have decided to flip the traditional paradigm of not seeing what companies “can do for us” but, instead, what “CARE can do for business”. A bold move, and one which is so far paying dividends. 

Whilst you can still find ardent members of the international climbing fraternity hacking their way precariously through road blocks and using unofficial routes, to climb some of the country’s spectacular mountain ranges, it is common enough knowledge now that Pakistan’s tourism industry is far from booming. Continue reading “What can CARE do for business?”

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Musings on CEO salaries (from a Vietnamese noodle bar)

A spurious link at best between this photo and this post...that said, damn fine noodles are to be had here, next time you are in Hanoi...
A spurious link at best between this photo and this post…that said, damn fine noodles are to be had here, next time you are in Hanoi…

Already two months have past since I posted here about Fair and Lovely cream whilst I was working in India.  Various travels have kept me busy since that time (documented in part over on www.saigonsays.wordpress.com).

Suddenly August is in full swing.

Sparking my curiosity enough to open up these pages once more, is a piece in the Guardian, unpacking the seasonal debate we like to have (and perhaps the “we” inferred here – the UK – are not alone in this musing?) about the large salaries paid to CEOs of international NGOs, such as the one I have been working for these past seven years. Continue reading “Musings on CEO salaries (from a Vietnamese noodle bar)”