Website Launch Checklist

When deciding to launch a website, you should first check certain things listed here. If there are problems in any of these areas, your website’s functionality will be greatly reduced. Frankly, sending traffic to unfinished website only defeats the purpose of advertising in the first place. If you do check

The ValueLinks Manual. A Methodology for value chain promotion

This GTZ manual is the reference book for the ValueLinks methodology. ValueLinks is the name given to a systematic compilation of action-oriented methods for promoting economic development with a value chain perspective. It provides essential know-how on ways to enhance employment and the business income of micro and small-sized enterprises

THE READER 2006 – Implementing Sustainable Private Sector Development

THE READER 2006 – Implementing Sustainable Private Sector Development: Striving for Tangible Results for the Poor This year the Reader focuses on sustainable private sector development strategies. The 2006 Reader by Alexandra O. Miehlbradt and Mary McVay, edited by Jim Tanburn. The 2006 Reader Content: Private Sector Development: What’s

Network for Corporate Accountability (CorA) founded in Germany

‘Corporate Accountability’ as defined in an NGO-statement submitted to the United Nations in 1997 refers to ‘the legal obligation of a company to do the right thing. The aim of corporate accountability is to be sure a company’s products and operations are in the interests of society and not harmful.’

Trainer’s Manual: Local Economic Development Strategies

Making Local Economic Development Strategies: A Trainer’s Manual has been developed as a resource to train municipal officials and community representatives in the core elements of local economic development strategic planning. The Manual consists of six separate but complimentary sections that together form a comprehensive teaching tool for devising an

Special Newsletter on Post-conflict economies

The October 2006 Newsletter for international co-operation professionals on economic and social development by Karsten Weitzenegger ( has a Special Edition on Post-conflict economies. There is a report on the conference Private Sector Development and Peacebuilding, relevant Organisations and Websites, Training Events and Learning Materials, Publications and Tools. Free subscription

Conference Report: Private Sector Development and Peacebuilding

Conference Report: Private Sector Development and Peacebuilding  BMZ, DiFD, GTZ and International Alert organized an international conference on ‘Private Sector Development and Peacebuilding – Exploring Local and International Perspectives’ in Berlin on the 14/15 September 2006. During these two days some 140 experts in the fields of private sector development

Guide for training in Enterprise development

A tool available online from the Rural Finance Learning CentreThis training guide provides the material for a seven day training course in enterprise development, which is intended for the staff of NGOs and other organisations, including government departments, whose mandate is to promote "income-generation" or "micro-enterprises" among poor people.

Private Sector Development e-discussion: How to Tackle the Problem of Rising Informality?

Join the new online discussion offered by the Rapid Response Web site on Private Sector Development. How to Tackle the Problem of Rising Informality? The number of informal firms – those operating beyond the reach of the law – is rising, accounting for more than 30% of developing world

DOCON Directory of Consulting Companies

This unique Directory lists consulting companies active in international development cooperation, sorted by country of origin or registration. Here you can find consultants, consortium partners or employers. This information is compiled from public short-list of the World Bank, the ADB, the EuropeAid Coordination Office, consulting associations and other public sources. Please

Why is the supply of BDS to small enterprises often so low?

The supply side in weak BDS markets must be considered carefully during the market assessment. Macro-economic constraints to BDS market development must be identified and removed before starting the market development. The "crowding out" of private suppliers by competition of subsidized monopoly providers must be revealed and stopped. The cost

Why do small business hesitate to invest in people management and training?

Investing in people management and training is the only chance for a small business to overcome market disconnectedness in an Era of Knowledge-Based Economies. BDS can be the bridge for providing access to procedures and practises, standards and innovation. Entrepreneurs accustomed to free services are likely to resist paying for