Sustainability, Business, and Aid

Schaffer&Combs partner Arthur Combs is working this week in central Vietnam on a wheelchair project… Sustainability is a buzzword that gets thrown around so indiscriminately that it sometimes makes us want to grind our teeth. It is, nonetheless, a vital concept. In international aid a lot of foreign groups...

In a Revolution, Things Break

We’re a small organization with a tremendous privilege. Through a bit of luck and a lot of hard work, we have a front row seat to what we’re beginning to think is a revolutionary time in business–and maybe in economics as well. We’re looking at two changing business models...

How to Look at a Slum

It’s Not What Outsiders Think; And in order to do meaningful work here, you have to see beyond squalor and misery. Why is a business consultancy writing about slum life? Because our work with NGOs brings us into contact with it, and because successful development projects are best conceived...

When We Started this Consultancy…

…we did not imagine that we would be managing these sorts of investments. Schaffer&Combs is presently managing philanthropic investments in an entire community health care system in a roadless region of Kenya. Among our investments is the sustainability and equipping of 550 community health workers and field officers. Ugenya’s...

Meet Chris Owang

Chris Owang, is one of the 571 employees in Kenya that we invest in and help to manage. Chris’s job is to help prevent diseases that should not be killing so many people or so affecting economic prosperity. Chris is smart, and passionate about his work–and in the six...

Durango, Colorado Invests in Cleaner Transportation (Video)

For our client, ParkPod, LLC, a German-American manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations, we’ve been traveling the West to understand what businesses and municipalities are doing to prepare for the arrival of mass-marketed electric vehicles. The city of Durango is investing. Durango’s mayor elect Christina Rinderle Thompson    

New, State of the Art Hospital for Rural Kenya

Schaffer&Combs partners James Schaffer and Arthur Combs act as the executive director for the Tiba Foundation, a California philanthropy.  Tiba announced this week the groundbreaking for a new community hospital they are funding in a roadless region of Western Kenya. The hospital will serve a cachement area of nearly...