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Interest before profit: Making money by saving the world

The private sector is increasingly entering the humanitarian field, flipping the conventional model on how to make a buck.

French giant Danone, one of the world's biggest food manufacturers, is promoting sustainable agriculture. It's teamed up with other multinationals by starting the Livelihood investment fund. The fund has three admirable goals: increase farmers' incomes, improve their families' quality of life, and promote environmentally friendly practices.

But it's not just big multi-nationals who are trying to change the world. People all over are teaming up. The NGO Ashoka claims to be the largest worldwide network of so-called social entrepreneurs, pairing the business skillset with a social outlook. There are no easy solutions when it comes to saving the world, and there are no cheap ones either. But could the private sector be the answer?

By Ali LAIDI , Marlène HABERARD

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2015-05-11 sport

Winning the Games: What's the recipe for Olympic success?

The Olympics is a giant shop window for the host nation, providing priceless publicity.

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2015-04-25 Netherlands

Weed and work: Could cannabis legalisation bring an economic jolt?

The debate on whether to legalise marijuana, and the health hazards associated with the drug, is a divisive one, and there are many strong opinions. But in recent years there's...

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2015-03-28 Americas

Race of ideas: is the US pulling away from France?

French intellectuals have helped to shape critical thought and Western philosophy. And France and French academic institutions used to attract thinkers from around the world. But...

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2015-03-14 agribusiness

Knowledge is money: Business intelligence changes Burkina Faso's cotton industry

”Knowledge is power” is a well-known saying. But knowledge is also money. In Burkina Faso, West Africa, business intelligence is key for the local cotton industry.

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