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Westpac, an Australia-based financial services and banking company, has been working with the Cape York indigenous people who face a life expectancy of less than 50 years, have an average annual income of $8,600 per annum, and fewer than 10% of their working age population are in unsubsidized employment. The 10,000 people living in 17 Cape York communities face an epidemic of substance abuse, a breakdown of law and order, and dysfunctional governance structures. Westpac’s involvement represents an innovative way to contribute to capacity building while expanding the company’s customer base. Westpac’s approach includes Family Income Management (FIM), Business Hubs and an assist in the development and implementation of the Computer Culture educational project. In addition, three twelve-month Westpac Fellowships have been established in strategic positions in the regional organizations to help build their capacity to roll out their strategies. Westpac has been named and ranked among the most socially responsible companies in Australia.
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The director and co-founder of Honey Care Africa (Honey Care) looks back over the six years of operations and describes the original business model and several sequential changes based on feedback from rural communities, partner organizations, and learning by doing through field operations. The case tackles alternative routes for scaling up the model in East Africa. Students are presented with several specific challenges which illustrate the growing tension between Honey Care's original commitment to the farmers and its prospects for international take-off, and are asked to propose alternative model reconfigurations to resolve this tension.