Strengthening Market-Based Solutions
Taken in their totality, the institutions that constitute today's global marketplace are arguably humanity's most powerful innovation. Yet, until recently, the majority of the world's population has neither benefited from ever-growing volumes of exchange on global markets, nor had the opportunity to realize its full entrepreneurial and inventive potential. The natural environment has similarly been excluded from the calculus of global exchange. Today, a tremendous opportunity exists to direct the power of markets toward the goal of shared and sustainable development—increasing opportunity for the global majority today while at the same time ensuring that the natural environment is preserved for generations to come. This session will engage exceptional leaders in business and government in a conversation about using markets to source and scale solutions to global challenges.
Advancing Development By Design
Design and technological innovation are two of the core drivers of global development. Over the past decade new and unexpected collaborations have set off an explosion of novel design and social innovation concepts—from footpumps that have increased incomes for millions of small farmers to plans for carbon-neutral construction at the scale of an entire city. In this panel several contributors to the revolution in design for development discuss how to approach the design of new products and services in a way that turns customers into partners and challenges into opportunities.
Market-Based Solutions for Protecting the Environment
Earth's natural infrastructure provides truly essential services on which life depends. When human activity degrades ecosystems, human societies must rely on their own imperfect and costly substitutes for essentials such as clean water, breathable air, and healthy food. People in the poorest places are the ones least able to make such substitutions, and thus the most dependent on ecosystem services. Market-oriented pioneers are introducing innovations to ensure the provision of ecosystem services by inducing investment in the environment. This panel will explore the most inventive and effective market-based solutions for protecting the environment.
Supply Chains of Opportunity
Large corporations can no longer afford to extract resources and source inputs without concern for the people and places to which they are connected via global supply chains. Risks of unexpected disruptions and adverse publicity are only two of the motivations for this shift. Increasingly, global corporations are also realizing that 21st century competitiveness requires success in strengthening relationships and expanding opportunities along supply chains. This panel will explore how corporations can increase profits and build better products by improving the lives of people and enhancing the sustainability of places along their supply chains.
Special Session: Addressing Cancer in the Developing World: Health Equity and an Overlooked Public Health Crisis
Cancer is the top non-communicable killer in the world, claiming eight million lives a year. Currently, over half of new cancer cases and almost two-thirds of cancer deaths occur in low and middle income countries. In a time in which health is increasingly appreciated as a human right, access to prevention and treatment for the 28 million people worldwide facing cancer is often not available. This special session will focus on efforts underway to increase access to effective diagnosis and quality treatment for cancer in the developing world. It will also explore the work undertaken as a result of two CGI commitments made in 2008 by Lance Armstrong and Felicia Knaul, with partners including Paul Farmer of Partners In Health and Princess Dina Mired of Jordan.
Harnessing Human Potential
Economic prosperity and human development in the modern era require more and better employment opportunities as well as a highly-trained workforce that can adequately fill new, more advanced jobs. Yet labor market dysfunction, insufficient investment in human capital, and global health challenges all pose obstacles to increased productivity and employment. This plenary session will explore the range of strategies needed to better harness human potential in societies around the world. Discussion will focus on three major issues: how to create a macro environment that fosters entrepreneurship and job creation across the globe; how to broaden access to knowledge and training in order to build a global workforce that meets the needs of the 21st century economy; and how to link efforts between government, business, civil society and academic institutions in support of these goals.
Beyond Microfinance: The Next Stage of Economic Development
Microfinance has proved successful at creating small-scale productive enterprises that raise living standards and reduce poverty. However, in order to "move the needle" of economic prosperity and job creation, it is critical to unleash the capabilities of high-potential entrepreneurs who can scale their ventures into businesses that have a real impact on overall economic growth. Unfortunately, small and medium-sized enterprises often lack the knowledge, access to capital, and management expertise necessary to grow their businesses into economically meaningful enterprises. This panel will discuss the means by which the public and private sectors can nurture high-potential entrepreneurship for maximum economic impact.
Democratizing Education: The Key to Global Economic Growth
Access to education is a critical determinant of economic success, yet billions of the world's citizens cannot enjoy the benefits of greater knowledge and skills. Recently, a combination of technological, academic, and business innovations has begun to break down traditional barriers and improve access to education and information. These trends have the potential to create an expanding global workforce with unprecedented access to higher education – a powerful new foundation for sustained global economic growth. The panel will explore how societies can leverage this new open environment to boost economic prosperity while addressing the continued obstacles to global sharing of knowledge.
Youth Unemployment: The Next Great Global Challenge
Today, more than one of every six people worldwide is between the ages of 15 and 25 - the largest youth "bulge" in human history. Nearly 90 percent of those roughly 1.2 billion young people live in the developing world and face significant barriers to economic success. Without a focus on entrepreneurship, many societies will face the challenge of dealing with a disgruntled, under-employed younger generation. This panel will explore how entrepreneurship programs, technology, new methods of education, and public-private partnerships can address what is both an unprecedented job creation challenge as well as an historic opportunity to harness human potential.
Special Session: Building Partnerships to Empower the World’s Smallholder Farmers
Smallholder farmers are inordinately vulnerable to changes in climate, poor training, market vicissitudes, and lack of access to inputs such as seeds and fertilizers.
Many smallholders, even those with quite modest levels of output, can be at least as efficient as larger farms. But the formalized markets require higher levels of capitalization, supply chain management around product scheduling, higher quality, and closer supply chain collaboration. Helping farms access these opportunities requires early and active participation of buyers. This session will address how corporations can help farmers build better lives for themselves, while strengthening their supply chains, protecting the environment, and promoting the long-term health and prosperity of the communities where they do business.