RURAL REGENERATION IN CHINA'S YELLOW RIVER GOLDEN TRIANGLE

RURAL REGENERATION IN CHINA'S YELLOW RIVER GOLDEN TRIANGLE

August 2017

In August 2017, GIFT's Global Leaders Programme (GLP) brought together leaders from Asia and Europe to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with China's agricultural sector. In collaboration with the Puhan Cooperative, one of the largest cooperatives in China, and the Shijie Company, an expert in Natural Farming technology, participants designed a business model for rural regeneration in the Yellow River Golden Triangle (YRGT) with a focus on healthy and high quality food.  

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CREATING A NETWORK OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY SPORTS HUBS IN MALAYSIA

CREATING A NETWORK OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY SPORTS HUBS IN MALAYSIA

July 2017

In 2016, Malaysia was known to be ’Asia’s Obese Nation’ with an overweight prevalence of 44.2% among adults- nearly half of the 30 million populace. Since then a great emphasis has been placed on creating a sports culture among Malaysians to promote a healthy lifestyle. 

GIFT ASEAN’s inaugural Malaysia Young Leaders Programme (YLP) builds on our experience conducting close to 50 executive education programmes across the region. Participants worked with the Ministry of Youth & Sports to develop ideas for a network of community based sports hubs that are practical and financially viable, whilst help to promote entrepreneurship, youth engagement and social cohesion. By constructively bringing together different members of the community, the YLP seeks to create a more inclusive and healthy environment and introduces a new model for consultation and public engagement.

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING FOR THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

HEALTH & WELL-BEING FOR THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

May-June 2017

The International Labour Organisation estimates that more than 450 million people –one-fifth of the global workforce –work in supply-chain related jobs. For many workers access to essential healthcare products and services for them and their families remains inadequate and can often be a financial burden.

Participants on the 2017 Vietnam Global Leaders Programme worked with social enterprise iCare Benefits (iCB) to examine the business opportunities and challenges related to the provision of healthcare and well-being products and services to factory workers and their families. 

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INCLUSIVE HOUSING FINANCE IN INDIA

February-March 2017

India's housing shortage is massive. 43 million units are needed in rural areas alone — a number that is expected to double by 2022.

Participants on the 2017 India Global Leaders Programme — GIFT's 50th since the GLP started in 2008 — travelled to Tamil Nadu to conduct a programme in affordable housing finance, helping to provide financing for rural Indians trying to build and improve their homes. Working with Swarna Pragati Housing Microfinance, a pioneer in the use of social collateral in housing loans, global executives developed recommendations that strengthen and expand housing finance across India.

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STRENGTHENING CAMBODIA'S RICE VALUE CHAIN

STRENGTHENING CAMBODIA'S RICE VALUE CHAIN

November-December 2016

Cambodia’s agricultural industry faces a number of pressing challenges. The rice sector is no exception.

Cambodia’s rice has gained international recognition in recent years, but the sector still needs to overcome several problems to realise its full potential and ensure its long-term growth. With challenges come tremendous opportunities: there is a pressing need for a scalable approach to sustainable agriculture that strengthens the rice sector and improves the livelihoods of farmers. 

Participants on GIFT's Global Leaders Programme proposed strategic recommendations on how to strengthen Cambodia's rice value chain through a the developing of a "farmer-centric" contract farming business.

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REVIVING HONG KONG'S RURAL HERITAGE

REVIVING HONG KONG'S RURAL HERITAGE

September 2016

Following the success of its inaugural Young Leaders Programme in Hong Kong in 2015, GIFT ran the second edition of the programme in collaboration with the Hong Kong Countryside Foundation.

Twenty one young professionals and managers from business, government and civil society took part in the YLP, GIFT’s professional platform for tri-partite engagement and collaboration around some of Hong Kong’s most topical issues, i.e. land use, culture and heritage, and connections between urban and rural Hong Kong.

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THE BUSINESS OF SAFE FOOD PRODUCTION IN CHINA

THE BUSINESS OF SAFE FOOD PRODUCTION IN CHINA

July 2016

With the world's population expected to exceed 9.1 billion by 2050, massive strain will be put on the global food supply chain. Feeding a growing global population will require a multi-faceted approach which takes into account ecological and natural resource limits, safety and quality of produce, social challenges and rural livelihoods.

GIFT’s 47th Global Leaders Programme (GLP) included a field project in Changchun, Jilin Province, China. Twenty business executives from nine different countries took part in GIFT’s flagship two-week programme to apply their leadership skills towards a project focused on community based Natural Farming, a socially and ecologically sound alternative to large-scale industrial farming operations.

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PRIVATE-SECTOR SOLUTIONS TO PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES

PRIVATE-SECTOR SOLUTIONS TO PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES

April 2016

Globally, close to 2.4 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities and close to 80% of diseases in developing countries are caused by unsafe water sources. The provision of clean water and adequate sanitation is a key factor in the reduction of sickness and poverty. The UN estimates that inadequate sanitation costs the world close to US$260 billion in economic losses and that every US$1 spent on sanitation brings a US$5.5 return by keeping people healthy and productive.

GIFT partnered with HappyTap company, a Vietnamese social enterprise spun off from WaterSHED NGO and committed to providing market-based solutions to widespread challenges associated to poor water and sanitation. The company’s flagship product – the Labobo – is a dedicated handwashing station that is affordable, portable and easy to use. Participants were tasked to provide HappyTap with strategic recommendations to support the large-scale sale and distribution of the handwashing device in Vietnam and the region.

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PROVIDING HEALTHCARE WITH A SINGLE TOUCH

January 2016

One major gap in India’s healthcare sector, in spite of its rapid growth, is the lack of a centralised emergency response system: there is no national emergency number, nor a national dispatch system. High traffic, poor-quality roads, stressed public hospitals and a lack of community awareness all contribute to slow response rates and delayed stabilisation and treatment. Emergency response can be poor even in places with relatively developed and high-quality healthcare sectors, such as the Indian state of Kerala.

GIFT partnered with MUrgency Global Services, Inc., a mobile platform that connects patients in emergency situations with nearby medical professionals. The goal of this programme was to help MUrgency launch its operations in Kerala and eventually nationwide. MUrgency’s founders include Shaffi Mather and Sweta Mangal, the co-founders of Ziqitza Health Care Limited, the developing world’s largest for-profit emergency ambulance company whose fleet of 1300+ ambulances has facilitated over four million emergency transportations.

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