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In collaboration with GBSN, CEMs and Top International Business Schools, UNCTAD launches Business Schools for Impact project

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 28, 2014


Business schools are central to changing mindsets among future corporate managers, investors and entrepreneurs. In the outcome of the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2010, government leaders called on the private sector to accelerate its contribution to poverty eradication, including by adapting its business models to the needs and possibilities of the poor.  The pro-poor business network project was developed in response to this call and has the objective to boost pro-poor investment. Academics, social entrepreneurs, students and trainers meet to discuss the practical challenges of investing in underdeveloped regions and communities. 

In collaboration with the Global Business School Network (GBSN), the Global Alliance on Management Education (CEMs) and top international business schools, the UNCTAD Business Schools for Impact project, will be launched during the UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2014 (WIF). The Business Schools for Impact session and networking event is scheduled for Thursday, 16 October.

The 2014 edition of the UNCTAD World Investment Forum (WIF), one of the most important events for the international investment community, will bring together Heads of States and ministers, senior policy makers, corporate executives, investors and thought leaders to deliberate on the role of investment for development and on private sector-driven solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Business Schools for Impact session and networking event will convene high-level panelists and discussants will debate on how business schools around the world can better encourage and prepare their students to invest in low-income environments while responding to social needs.

Elements for the debate:
  • How can the mold of conventional Masters of Business Administration be changed to advance the pro-poor investment agenda among business students.
  • What are the essential elements of a pro-poor investment curriculum?
  • What initiatives and incentives can prompt graduates to deploy their skills in the poorest countries and among the poor?
The project aims to create a world-wide network of academics and impact investment practitioners, help students gain professional experience in low-income countries, and develop teaching materials for business schools, including a Global Impact Masters focused on economically effective and socially productive forms of corporate behavior. 

Attendance is free of charge, subject to registration to the UNCTAD World Investment Forum.

>> Click here for more information and registration

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