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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GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES IN MYANMAR

October 2015

Myanmar is one of the most exciting development stories in Southeast Asia. With its re-opening to the regional and global economy, there are vast opportunities for new and innovative business models to cater to this population. But Myanmar's re-opening comes with risks: open and liberalise too fast, and the economy may become too unstable.

GIFT has conducted two programmes in Myanmar in two very different sectors: dairy farming and agriculture, and its budding financial sector. 

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BRINGING THE WORLD TO IRAN: STRENGTHENING THE SEMIROM APPLE INDUSTRY

BRINGING THE WORLD TO IRAN: STRENGTHENING THE SEMIROM APPLE INDUSTRY

October 2015

Economic sanctions haveseverely impacted Iran’seconomy including its agricultural sector in terms of infrastructure, technology and access to markets. The most vulnerable in Iranian societyhave been the hardest hit and Iran’s smallholder farmers are no exception.

GIFT’s first Global Leaders programme in the Middle East included a field project in Iran which saw global executives from a dozen countries apply their leadership skills in an experiential context and produce a business plan to help agricultural communities take advantage of international expertise and the opportunities presented by theimminent lifting of sanctions.

At the invitation of local government including the Esfahan Mayor’s office and Chamber of Commerce, participants on the GLP travelled to Esfahan city and the nearby Semirom region which is famed for its apples, widely considered to be the best tasting in the Middle East. Working in close collaboration with the Semirom Farmers Union and the Esfahan Union of Agricultural Producers and Exporters the group proposed recommendations for improving the lot of the farmers and the creation of a new company which would create social as well as financial returns and improve livelihoods among Semirom’s apple farming communities.

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CREATING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY-BASED SPORTS HUBS IN HONG KONG

August 2015

The Hong Kong Young Leaders Programme (YLP), the first of its kind, is an initiative supported by the HKSAR Government’s Efficiency Unit and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The YLP provided 22 young local professionals from the government, forward-thinking companies and civil society an opportunity to put their leadership skills to the test and play a pioneering role in the creation of vibrant communities in the city through sustainable sports hubs.

The programme has been designed as a platform to inspire a new precedent of constructive dialogue and ideas, and to promote cooperation and collaboration across sectors. During the programme the participants met with various stakeholders including government departments, district offices, sports clubs and associations, potential operators and others. The business model proposal was presented at a public forum to a cohort of more than 200 audience at the end of the programme.

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