Firetail Briefing: 20th Feb 2015
PHILANTHROPY: The secret to attracting male donors
Attracting male donors remains a big challenge for fundraisers. A recent Stanford University study attributes this to an "empathy gap" between men and women in charitable giving. The study suggests the answer lies in appealing to 'self interest' rather than the impact of the donation itself: READ MORE.
ECONOMICS: Reaching poor consumers in the developed world
15% of the US population and 16% of the Japan's population are classed as 'poor' by census data. According to a recent Harvard Business Review article even low-cost products and services are often out of reach of the poorest segments of society. The emerging 'social business' model offers something radically different: the combination of a high-end service business model with customer exclusivity: READ MORE.
HUMANITARIAN: Disaster risk in the developed world
Many high and upper middle-income countries have well known roles as providers of humanitarian aid, but are not immune from disasters themselves. A World Humanitarian Summit report lays out the risks for its 'Europe and Others' countries group. According to the InfoRM rankings, Turkey, the USA and Ukraine currently have the highest 'hazard' indices:READ MORE.
AGRICULTURE: Where are all the livestock?
There are currently about 19.6 billion chickens, 1.4 billion cattle, and 980 million pigs being raised as livestock across the world. The aggregate location of chickens, cows, pigs, and ducks can now be pinpointed down to the nearest square kilometre by virtual maps. These maps can help manage the worlds food supply, estimate the environmental impact of livestock and allow us to better understand the impact of diseases such as Avian Flu: READ MORE.
DEVELOPMENT: 10 solvable development challenges
There are many urgent and global challenges in international development. The Dalberg Group identify 10 significant problems that effect poor and vulnerable populations, but have innovative solutions on the horizon. These include the provision of goods and services in slums and the growing demand for animal protein: READ MORE.