by J.P. Kloninger, Whole Planet Foundation North America Program Manager
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines poverty as “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.” However, what is “usual” or “socially acceptable” can vary quite a bit from one person, family, or community to the next, and certainly from one country to the next. We are thus compelled to use some sort of criteria or thresholds, formally or informally, to help us define poverty as it exists in different contexts.
When New York City restaurateur Melba Wilson first heard about the COVID-19 pandemic, she didn’t think it would come knocking on her eponymous eatery’s door. She is a resilient native New Yorker, after all. But on March 16, she had to temporarily close the dine in portion of her popular comfort food restaurant in Harlem, lay off staff, and secure emergency government funding to try to stay afloat.
Based on a roundtable discussion attended by asset owners, investment consultants, asset managers, civil society leaders and regulators
This whitepaper captures the discussion from a roundtable, convened by Helen Pradas-Page on 3 March 2020, under Chatham House rules, where we asked the question ‘How Can Successful Stewardship be Meaningfully Reported?'
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And anyone who has looked at the global economic forecast lately is probably willing to consider a few ways to ensure that GDP growth doesn’t slow to a grinding halt.
"We're in a super difficult moment. We need to reimagine capitalism," Henderson, a professor at Harvard Business School, and member of the Ceres’ board of directors, said in her opening remarks at Ceres 2020.
J.P. Kloninger is the Program Manager for Whole Planet Foundation’s North America microfinance portfolio and Team Member Giving. He previously served as Program Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, and as Administrator of Finance and Business Analysis. A native Californian who grew up in Costa Rica, J.P. has diverse experience with microfinance in the developing world and the U.S.; food and technology import and export; sales and marketing; food production and agricultural engineering; and more.