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LIVE from the 2014 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

Building off the advance series collection of articles written by delegates and speakers of this year's Skoll World Forum, this section will feature live blogs and pieces from the event in Oxford. We will be covering a wide variety of sessions, panels and discussions on-site. View the live-stream on the homepage, and watch here for real-time articles all week!

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Each year at the Skoll World Forum, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions and information.

Learn more about the 2014 Skoll World Forum, sign up to our newsletter to be notified of the live stream, view the 2014 delegate roster and discover what themes and ideas we'll be covering this year at the event. Also, read about the seven recipients of this year's Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

 
 
 

My Modest Proposal...Why Not?

Jenny Bowen

Founder and CEO, Half the Sky Foundation

 

Skoll World Forum Review: Measuring Impact by Cost-per-Outcome

Subathirai Sivakumaran

Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications), United Nations Development Programme

 
 
 

Skoll World Forum Review: Corporate Intrapreneurs

Subathirai Sivakumaran

Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications), United Nations Development Programme

 

Recap: Big Business, Bigger Impact: The Pursuit, Peril, and Power of Partnership

Ida Jeng

Director, Global Communication and Strategy, Refugees United

 

How to Solve a Problem Like Child Marriage?

Lakshmi Sundaram

Global Coordinator, Girls Not Brides

 
 

Skoll World Forum Review: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

Subathirai Sivakumaran

Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications), United Nations Development Programme

Cracking the Code on Social Impact

Lucy Bartlett

Social Media and Community Consultant, Independent

 

Taking an Open-Source Approach to Tackling Youth Unemployment

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enternships.com

Is developing the gift economy the key to transformative scale?

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enternships.com

 

We Are All Malala

Carl Pope

Principal, Inside Straight Strategies

Is the Traditional Role of the Teacher Outdated?

Lucy Bartlett

Social Media and Community Consultant, Independent

 

Recap: The ambitious power of AND

Lucy Bartlett

Social Media and Community Consultant, Independent

Recap: Leading with Authenticity

Sonal Bains

Co-Founder/Partner, Lux Digital

 

Introducing the Impact Genome Project

Jason Saul

Founder and CEO, Mission Measurement

Nolan Gasser

Architect of Music Genome Project, Chief Musicologist Emeritus, Pandora

 

Are Intrapreneurs the New Rock-Stars?

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enternships.com

 

Recap: Building Movement Through Digital Storytelling

Ida Jeng

Director, Global Communication and Strategy, Refugees United

Inspirations from the Skoll World Forum

Catherine Brown

CEO, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

 

Recap: The 450 Million Farmer Opportunity: Large-Scale Change through Smallholder Finance

Recap: The 450 Million Farmer Opportunity: Large-Scale Change through Smallholder Finance

Sonal Bains

Co-Founder/Partner, Lux Digital

April 10, 2014 | 579 views

 

Can investors, global development institutions, NGOs and companies effectively deploy resources to empower smallholder farmers? The answer is yes, but it will require strong collaboration, according to thought leaders and investors in the space who participated in today’s 450 Million Farmer Opportunity panel: Initiative for Smallholder Finance. Panelists included Director Thomas Carroll, Root Capital Founder and CEO Willy Foote, Yara International Sr. VP Sean De Cleene, IFC’s Head of Global Agriculture and Food Securtiy Program Laura Mecagni and Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund Manager Michaël van den Berg.

“Partnerships are critical in value chain finance,” Foote stated. “The chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Foote continued to describe the ideal model for a high-impact value chain as a complex, even “messy,” collaboration that involves players across a wide spectrum of sectors and industries. “Going forward, we must move beyond comfortable, low-impact partnerships.”

Another theme of the session was the importance of pairing capital investment with technical assistance to improve financial literacy and other skills that would enable smallholder farmers to enter — and sustain access to — markets beyond initial investments. Capacity building strategies empower local farming communities to set their own agenda, calling on international companies as supporters rather than catalysts. De Cleene described a shift to leadership coming out of Ethiopia where local communities, rather than outside institutions, are developing dynamic solutions to empower their farmers.

Find out more about the 450 Million Farmer Opportunity.

 

 
 
 

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