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International Business Institute

About the 39 Country Initiative

Who we are

Founded in 2010 by Prof. Paul Beamish, the 39 Country Initiative is housed in the International Business Institute at the Ivey Business School. The initiative supports the world’s poorest 39 countries, as defined by a per capita income of less than $2,000 USD annually. It leverages Ivey Publishing’s vast collection of cases and teaching materials and has built a global network of schools supporting its key activities.

Our vision

To increase economic activity in the 39 lowest income countries through improving the business manager’s capacity for: decision making, critical thinking and problem solving.

Our mission

To provide current, relevant teaching materials and pedagogical skills development to higher educators with a view to improving management education in the world's 39 lowest income countries.

Where we work

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What we do

The 39 Country Initiative identifies three key activities that support its mission:

  • Provide free access to Ivey Publishing case studies for faculty in the 39 countries
  • Collect and ship printed books, journals, and business case studies to higher education institutions in the 39 countries
  • Provide pedagogical skill development through case teaching workshops in the 39 countries

Our impact

Some of our key successes to-date include:

  • Registering 2,000 professors in the 39 countries for access to cases
  • Shipping approximately 50,000 books, journals and cases to schools in the 39 countries reaching over 100,000 students
  • Organizing a global network of 22 collection nodes at universities around the world

What our beneficiaries are saying about our work

Our strategy

Management education in Africa, particularly in the poorest countries, suffers from the greatest resource constraints of any continent on earth. Three major challenges exist:

  • Lack of current teaching material
  • Very expensive books/photocopies so insufficient quantity of materials available
  • Too few qualified faculty

The 39 Country Initiative has established a three-pronged strategy which aims to improve management education in the world’s poorest countries by addressing each of these major challenges. View Paul W. Beamish's presentation from April 2019 to learn more about the strategy behind the 39 Country Initiative.

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Access to Cases

The 39 Country Initiative is a collaboration between Ivey's International Business Institute and Ivey Publishing. For more information on gaining access to Ivey cases and why cases are an important teaching tool view our Access Cases page. To learn more about Ivey cases view the Ivey Publishing home page.    

Book Shipments

One the 39 Country Initiative's major programs is the collection and shipment of large quantities of used books, journals, and business case studies to higher education institutions in the 39 countries. To collect large quantities of material the initiative has organized a global network of collection nodes. The nodes work together to collect, organize and ship the material to one of the 39 countries.  To learn more about starting a book collection node view our Start a Collection page. To learn more about the shipments we have completed so far, view our Shipments to Date page.