The 2010 World Cup
The 22 men on the field in each game will be aiming for two goals. But host nation South Africa has bigger objectives for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the most prominent sporting event ever to be held on African soil. Multiple stakeholders have already made large investments in the World Cup, based on their expected return on investment (ROI). However, what’s the best way to measure the ROI of the World Cup itself? Traditional measurement models, such as net present value or nation brand audits, fail to integrate quantifiable and intangible returns. This paper is research conducted into a new ROI model that includes calculable and non-calculable factors in projecting returns of the 2010 World Cup for various stakeholders.
Making Microfinance Work in South Africa
In South Africa, the financial services sector has focused on populations in top Living Standards Measures (LSM), leaving the poor with little access. Despite success in many other countries, the traditional Grameen Bank model of microfinance has not yet penetrated South Africa’s dual economy of extreme inequality. Why hasn’t the model worked in South Africa?
Mining Corporate Social Investment in South Africa
This case provides a brief history of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) in Africa, followed by analyses of three mining companies’ CSI efforts: Anglo American PLC, AngloGold Ashanti, and Harmony Gold Mining Company. Considered are the three CSI areas considered weakest in the industry and compared perspectives of mining industry leaders and experts to demonstrate that the industry’s CSI practices, while of value overall and recently improved, could be enhanced in several ways. This case study has implications for the evolution of CSI globally—and for the broader umbrella of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Detecting Infant HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
Public health experts agree that early diagnosis of children at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS from HIV-positive mothers in sub-Saharan Africa is vital to reducing the disease’s terrible toll; early detection can help prevent transmission during birth or breastfeeding and improve the outcome for children carrying the virus.