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Issues we are interested in

Fair trade
This is not just about paying the right price for coffee bought from Africa. This is about answering the question around unfair trade practices; it's about answering why a miner in South Africa gets paid so little compared with a miner in Australia mining the same minerals, or why a scientist in Zambia has less value than one in Sweden. The world is not fair. We have to help people understand this conundrum, support those at a disadvantage, and bring the relevant issues centre stage.


Social enterprises
We believe that we can solve the world's problems through commercial models. AID and grant-funding has its definite place, but many problems in various jurisdictions are better solved with commercial solutions - if only we choose to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximising profits for external shareholders.

Take for example education: in many developing countries in Africa private schools deliver more, and a higher level of education that state schools. In such countries, there are just too many young children to educate - and not enough of a tax base to secure income to guarantee the kind of education delivery that is needed in the short term. So private commercial education should be encouraged, but properly governed, to limit exploitation.
  

Access to the correct information
We are concerned with issues relating to access to information everywhere in the world - but particularly in the developing world. People are expected to know and yet many cannot receive this information. If they do get information, they do not get it in a format that they understand or it is incorrect information. To many, the various governing systems and structures in existence are alien to them - and our job is to make information relevant by illustrating it in a way they will understand.


HIV and AIDS
Rated by infection rate, African countries occupy the top 24 slots, with all southern Africa countries taking up the top 10. This is a huge problem.

We have taken it upon ourselves to make this issue centre-stage - to be part of the solution by telling the right stories to the right people. We understand why promoted behaviours such as faithfulness to one wife, are rejected in many societies that have grown up with polygamy. That is not to say polygamy must stay, but we must find ways of communicating solutions that are inclusive and well understood - something we are capable of doing well. We want to be part of the solution.
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Crispen Sachikonye,
29 Jul 2013, 15:35
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