China's overseas investment grew from $1 billion in 2004 to more than $30 billion in 2014. In many cases, it's come at a cost to Africa's forests and the people who rely on them.
small and medium enterprise (SME)
The private sector generates more than 60 percent of gross domestic product, and micro and small enterprises in developing countries provide around 60 percent of all jobs. So boosting businesses’ resiliency is critical for boosting community resiliency.
Multinational corporations have a central role in planning for climate change impacts. However, business leaders can go a step further by making their supply chains—often made up of small businesses in developing countries—more resilient.
Here’s a look at why small businesses need a significant role in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Voices of the Entrepreneurs
The 2011 New Ventures China Investor Forum showcased the potential of environmental entrepreneurship on a larger scale than any previous forum in the program’s eight years of operations in China.
From June 22-24, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) will co-host the premiere knowledge-sharing platform for clean energy investment in Asia, the 6th Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF). Taking place in Manila, Philippines, the event brings together energy leaders from around the world to discuss clean energy policy, regulation, financing and innovative business models.
Ready to scale up, six environmental entrepreneurs from around the world make their case to investors in New York City.
With a new technique for reusing steam, a Chinese company helps industry save water and conserve energy.
Houses crudely constructed from sheets of cardboard and aluminum start to appear just south of the Mexico-United States border and stretch across the Mexican landscape. These homes, which are often overcrowded, unstable and made of dangerous materials, provide stark visual evidence of Mexico’s severe housing shortage.
A Mexican company uses microbes to reduce chemicals used in agriculture and water treatment.
A company selling refurbished photocopiers creates jobs while reducing electronic waste.
A renewable energy company provides clean electricity and job opportunities to India’s rural poor.
A company sourcing Brazil nuts creates both environmental benefits and solid profits.
Bringing clean energy to India's rural poor consumers creates cascading economic and social benefits, in addition to profits.
Is it possible to do good in the world while also making a profit? A growing group of investors, known as “impact investors”, believe that it is.
India, a rapidly emerging economy with the world’s second largest population, is facing a surging energy demand. Its rural Base of the Pyramid (BoP) consists of 114 million households, representing 76 percent of India’s rural residents and almost 60
The under-served rural Indian market offers opportunities for investors to support the sustainable energy solutions of the future.
WRI’s new report, in collaboration with CDF-IFMR, looks at the market potential for clean and renewable energy in rural India.