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Mahila Housing Trust Empowers South Asian Women to Build Resilience

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Other than a few backward-looking politicians in Washington and their followers, most of us are well past arguing over whether the world is dramatically and fundamentally changing, and are onto the next thing, which is: what are we going to do about it? Resilience has become the next mindset supply stop on the road to the future. Whether it’s businesses or communities, this is the thing that is going to be most needed going forward.

The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) was founded in 2014 to pursue this idea with a vision of “new solutions for new realities.” Hence they established the Global Resilience Challenge, inviting groups and organizations to showcase their efforts “on bringing together people and organizations from across sectors to collaborate on innovative and transformative solutions to the toughest resilience challenges.” From among those submitting proposals, cash awards would be given to a select few to allow them to implement their plans. Specifically, the teams would focus on the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, and South and Southeast Asia, with “locally driven, high-impact solutions that can build resilience at scale.”

One of the recently announced winners was Mahila SEWA Housing Trust (MHT), an organization that was set up in 1994, “to combine the skills of technical assistance, legal knowledge and income generation opportunities with the housing finance expertise at SEWA Bank to serve the poor self-employed women members.” The trust’s mission is premised on the idea that “Self employed women workers and producers are economically very active and contribute to the growth of the economy. They are mainly involved in production, trading and the service sector. However, in spite of their hard work and their contribution to the country's gross domestic product, they do not have access to financial services, which would help them to upgrade their own work and productivity.” Video.

SEWA (which stands for “self-employed women’s association) Bank was founded in 1972 by Elaben R. Bhatt. One of Ms. Bhatt’s lessons learned, was described in this statement. “Organization of these poor women is the best guarantor as member sisters give moral strength and confidence to each other.” Bhatt is the recipient of numerous prizes and honorary doctorates, including a Radcliffe Medal, the Global Fairness Initiative Award, and the Niwano Peace Prize.

DHL Launches Free Workshops for Africa’s SMEs

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – As Sub Saharan Africa continues to emerge as a major growth market, so will the continent’s attractiveness for business expansion.

Bank of England Governor’s Speech Is a Significant Milestone In the Climate Change Debate

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, has given a stark warning that climate change poses a huge risk to global stability.

The UN’s New Goals to Spur Sustainable Innovation in Private Sector

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leaders from 193 nations recently converged at the United Nations in New York to adopt 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will guide global policy and funding for the next 15 years. These Global Goals, which replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), will require everyone to do their part: governments, civil society, and the private sector.

H&M To Improve The Welfare of Animals in Its Supply Chain

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Humane Society International (HSI) is one of the few international animal protection organisations in the world working to protect all animals—including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife.

H&M Announces Annual €1M Prize to Promote Recycled Clothing

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – With a burgeoning global population, large clothing retailers anticipate future shortages of cotton, which is heavily water and pesticide dependent. The current cotton recycling methods produce low quality fibers, and for blended textile materials there is no efficient way to recycle. Therefore, a vast majority of clothes end up in land fill.

Shanghai Stock Exchange Launches SSE 180 Carbon Efficient Index With China Securities Index

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – China’s months-long stock market crisis has affected markets around the world. In recent weeks, five trillion dollars in value has been wiped away as investors sold shares over fears about the country’s slowing economy. It has been a turbulent time. However, there has been a glimmer of hope as China launched its first carbon efficient financial index, in a bid to direct capital towards its growing low-carbon industry.

Toyota Invests $50 Million In Artificial Intelligence

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already part of our everyday lives. We often don’t know it because it’s not obvious. However, the next wave of AI-enabled devices will interact with humans in a far more noticeable way via intelligent robots and autonomous cars.

Nespresso Supporting Coffee Growers in Guatemala and Ethiopia

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to legend, in approximately 800 A.D., the energising effects of coffee were first discovered by a goat-herder—or more precisely, by the goats in present day Ethiopia. Coffee is grown in many countries around the world, but its roots can be traced to the ancient coffee forests of Ethiopia.

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