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Rural Enterprises and Poverty Reduction

This paper summarizes the experience of IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) projects in the Asia and the Pacific region in supporting rural micro and small enterprises (RMSEs) in the non-farm sector as a way to reduce rural poverty.

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Community-based commercial enterprise development for the conservation of biodiversity in Bwindi World Heritage Site, Uganda

This working paper describes the community-based commercial enterprise development project (EDP) that was carried out in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest World Heritage Site in Uganda, and highlights the challenges posed by this particular forest resources context.

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Enterprise Development: Accessing South Africa’s potential

The case studies in this document illustrate the impact of Absa Enterprise Development beyond just banking. They showcase the extent to which ABSA facilitate growth of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), with the belief that today’s world and economy is about job creation and not merely job seeking.

CSI Connect Webinar Notes: Income Generating Projects, August 2014

CSI Connect Webinar Notes: 21st August 2014. Michelle Yorke, from CSI Solutions, shared lessons learnt, challenges and experiences from evaluating various income generating projects. Great examples, comments and questions were raised by some of the participants. Download the summary notes from the webinar here.

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Income-Generating Programmes

This document looks at Income Generating-Programmes within the context of Continuing Education in Asia and the Pacific. It includes a framework for Income Generating Projects as well as some useful case studies to read through.

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Income Generating Project Summaries

This report is on a program evaluation of the Near East Foundation Consortium. It outlines what was accomplished, what the outcomes were, some challenges experienced, 10 useful lessons learnt and then highlights what to consider for the future which will assist anyone involved with implementing income generating projects.

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The development of a strategy for the facilitation of income-generating projects in rural communities: an insider account

This study was conducted in three phases to develop an approach to skills training and group facilitation in order to generate income via crafts production. The findings of the first two phases of the study stimulated the development and refinement of an activity model and offers a strategy for empowerment . This article reports on the third phase of […]

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Civil Society Participation in income generating activities in South Africa

This research report is a desktop analysis on income generating initiatives in South Africa with a focus on the role of civil society organisations’ (CSOs) in supporting income generating activities in South Africa, highlighting the successes, challenges and opportunities that can still be explored in this sector.

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Enterprise development unpacked: A tool for prosperity

This document outlines in simple terms how enterprise development is an inexpensive way of achieving real BBBEE and how it can be used as a tool to alleviate poverty. It is part of the knowledge products and services of the Development Bank of Southern Africa Limited.

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Youth Enterprise Development Strategy 2013-2023

This document has been compiled by the dti in response to the call made by the New Growth Path (NGP) for the state to provide effective strategies to create millions of jobs that would also address youth unemployment and participation of young people in the economy. It succinctly sets the scene and then goes on […]

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CSI Connect Webinar Notes: Mandela Day Projects, July 2014

Key Notes from the Employee Volunteering: Mandela Day Projects webinar, which was held on 10.07.2014. Investec shared their approach to Mandela Day activities as well as lessons learnt and good ideas and pointers to assist you with your activities. 

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Best Practices in Employee Volunteerism: Corporate Volunteer Councils, Volunteer Centers, and Nonprofit Organizations Partner to Strengthen Communities and Improve Performance

Businesses are increasingly interested in being recognized as good corporate citizens, and employee volunteer programs are one of the best ways to demonstrate such a commitment.This document looks at employee volunteerism as a critical component of corporate citizenship.

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Engagement: Making the Connection

This document explores the connection between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement. It examines the connection between a company’s CSR practices and its ability to attract, retain and engage employees, and, ultimately, to influence work and business outcomes.

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Seven Practices of Effective Employee Volunteer Programs

This document looks at Employee Volunteering Programs (EVP’s): what are they, why are they important and what makes an effective Employee Volunteering Program.

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Using Evaluation to Improve Programs: Strategic Planning

This document provides guidance and tools for developing and using a strategic plan. It describes the content of a strategic plan and a process to develop one.

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