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Countries in the advanced world currently face a major dilemma – on the one hand governments find their purse strings tied as they struggle to overcome the worst economic recession since the 1930s and yet countries of the 3rd world still face deprivation and poverty on an enormous scale. Demands by voters for governments to give more aid to the third world seem to have little impact. According to Guardian sources, aid given by the UK government peaked in 2006 at $13 billion and by 2009 this had fallen back to $11.7 billion.


Given that the economic environment is only recovering slowly, it is unlikely that government aid to the 3rd world will increase significantly over the foreseeable future – so where does that leave those denied the basic requirements of food, water and education?


The answer surely is for business owners, large and small, and individuals to step into the breach and I believe that each of us can make a profound difference and here’s how: -


In 2009 I met Steve Pipe, a forward thinking accountant who explained that each of us in our profession should look to make a positive difference to the world and he established a group of accounting professionals under the banner ‘Accountants Changing the World’ who remit is each and every day to make a positive impact on society.


In 2012, I met another accountant, Paul Dunn from Australia, who has established a method of giving called ‘Buy 1 Give 1’ – this allows any business/individual to donate to a worthy cause, and there are hundreds of them all of which have had due diligence carried out on them to ensure their authenticit. For example, when we complete a set of accounts we buy a chicken for people in Kenya.


What a difference we can make if we could all follow the B1G1 and Accountants Changing the World concept in our lives!

 



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