Tending The Global Commons

An Indian innovator charts a course for sustainable development and social responsibility

Peter Schneider
Published: Wednesday, 04/20/2005 12:00 am EDT

Five years ago, activist and 'social entrepreneur' Malini Mehra founded her own organization, the Centre for Social Markets (CSM), with offices in Kolkata, India and London, UK. Recognized as a leading thinker and advocate for innovative private-sector development which respects human diversity and the environment, Ms. Mehra has also served as a member of Kofi Annan's high-level panel on UN-Civil Society Relations, and is employed part-time by the British government as International Partnerships Coordinator in the UK's Department of the Environment. Her work with CSM brought her to Ottawa this month as a participant in the "Unleashing Entrepreneurship" conference held at IDRC headquarters, where leading lights in the international development arena met to brainstorm questions and potential solutions for enhancing private-sector development in the world's poorest countries.

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