DCS Partners with iImpact Consulting

2015 is off to a positive start, having formed a new partnership with the iImpact Consulting Network.  With iImpact, DCS is able to offer expanded services in the fields of impact investing, social entrepreneurship and environmental and social risk assessments and plans.  iImpact is a global network of experienced impact investing and development consultants.  The mission is to help clients maximize their social, environmental and economic impact.  Serving businesses, impact investors, social entrepreneurs, public sector entities and non-profit organizations, iImpact consultants work both independently and collaboratively to deliver high quality results. Leveraging professional experiences gathered around the world, iImpact provides innovative ideas and sustainable solutions for today’s global challenges.

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DCS Founder Joins Strategy XXI Partners Team of Senior Advisors

We are pleased to announce that our Founder, Delilah Rothenberg, has joined the Senior Advisory team of Strategy XXI Partners.  Strategy XXI Partners is a trusted strategic communications and public affairs advisor to companies, countries and causes.  They help clients address complex challenges that affect their reputations. The staff and senior advisors of Strategy XXI Partners have been counselors to C-suite leaders and heads of state. Combining local expertise with global perspective and transnational experience, Strategy XXI assists clients based overseas that face challenges in the U.S., as well as U.S.-based companies and institutions.  DCS is proud to be an affiliate of such a prestigious team.

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DCS Joins Milken Institute Investing in Africa Working Group, Attends 2013 Global Conference

An exciting development is the creation of the Milken Institute Investing in Africa Working Group.  In 2013, the Milken Institute Global Conference turned its attention to Africa, with one of the main panels focusing on the continent’s growth and opportunities.  Mike Milken himself moderated a panel featuring President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chair and Founder of Econet Wireless Strive Masiyiwa, and Chevron EVP Rhonda Zygocki.  DCS was thrilled to join the working group that helped foster ideas and dialogue leading up to the conference, and the conference itself was a great experience.  We look forward to continuing our contributions to the working group as investor interest in Africa grows.

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DCS 2012 Highlights

2012 was a busy year for DCS, with little time to post or report on developments.  Key projects and clients included Herakles Farms and PepsiCo.

With Herakles, DCS was proud to work with the company on launching their participatory land-use mapping process.  Activities included visiting Cameroon to train the Sustainability Team, as well as visits to local villages for initial meetings and discussions.  Additionally, DCS organized and led a two-day “Collaboration in Conservation & Development” workshop in Buea, Cameroon to help Herakles engage project-affected communities, government stakeholders, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, academics and the private sector.  The event was lauded by stakeholders as a major positive turning point in the company’s outreach.

With PepsiCo, DCS traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to the World Economic Forum.  There, DCS continued its work to support PepsiCo in its New Vision for Agriculture Commitments.

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DCS at Harvard Business School’s 13th Annual Africa Business Conference

In 2011, we were honored to participate in this annual event that convenes global leaders in African business and development.  That year, Delilah Rothenberg moderated the panel on venture capital and private equity.

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DCS Participates in South Africa Chamber of Commerce Africa Platform 2010

The Africa Platform 2010 focused on the SME finance gap (the “Missing Middle”), featuring expert panels of investors, intermediaries and entrepreneurs discussing the challenges and innovations of operating within this space. The theme of Africa Platform 2010, stemmed from SACCA’s role in supporting the Missing Middle Initiative, launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Missing Middle represents the segment of capital which is larger than microfinance, yet smaller than institutional financing, and is largely absent in emerging markets. Financing targeted at small to medium enterprises (SMEs) is the next wave of capital development following microfinance, with the potential to create significant social impact as well as competitive market rate returns.We were honored to participate in this event and moderate an important discussion featuring impressive and inspiring entrepreneurs.  Please click here to watch the video.

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