The George Boole Foundation (GBF) has the objective of fostering the beneficial application of deductive logic and inference in effective decision-making for the solution to social, economic and environmental challenges. All digital devices operate using Boolean Logic, the mathematical logic developed by George Boole over 150 years ago. Boolean Logic remains the foundation of digital device design, programming and the expert system operations. For this reason, an objective of the Foundation is to establish a centre of excellence in digital logic applications to commemorate the critical contribution of George Boole to this field see The GB Institute appeal
We provide an online service designed to help organizations creating and managing agricultural development projects.Why has the Foundation chosen agricultural development projects?
In excess of 55% of the world's population gain their living within the agricultural sector and in lower income countries this percentage can rise to in excess of 75%. The agricultural sectors face a complex challenge of supplying increasing amounts of food and fibre to accompany population growth. The technologies and techniques applied need to reduce production activities on environmental conditions and ecosystem sustainability. The reality of climatic change is a significant risk factor.
Currently the international aid budget is some 135 billion from government and international agencies and around $85 billion from the private sector. Over the last 25 years studies by the World Bank and others have revealed that of this $215 billion, around 35% will be wasted as a result of project failures. This is equivalent to around $75 billion. The main causes of project failures are:
- inappropriate project design methodologies
- inadequate quality control of information used
- poor oversight
It is exactly in this area where the Foundation contributes to the reduction in these financial losses through the provision of online services to ensure the application of high standards of due diligence in project design based on enhanced information quality discrimination and accompanied by effective administrative oversight utilities.
Economic growthThe desired economic growth that can raise real incomes of those in the agricultural sector can only come from changes in practice that raise productivity and value-added to production units. At the same time output needs to remain accessible to consumers. This reprsents a considerable challenge in low income countries. In terms of organization is requires an effective dissemination of improved practice and adoption of evidence-based, successful state-of-the-art technologies and techniques. In addition, there is a need to organise agricultural research to prioritise actions that result in more productive practice based on innovation.
The post-2007 economic crisis
Unfortunately, the financial crisis that appeared in 2007 was addressed by macroeconomic policies that have resulted in a very slow world recovery resulting in a severe constraint on the funding available for development finance. A roll-over effect has been that those countries who receive "bugetary support" have had to divert some aid funding into other uses. Segments within the agriculutral sectors to be affected have been agricultural research and agriculual extension. However, agricultural research,innovation and extension activities are the core functions that remain essential motors for economic growth in th agricultural sector. Therefore the challenge is to organise these activities so as to enhance their capacity and rate of success to compensate for lower budgetary allocations.
|The financial crisis|
"There is little doubt that the financial crisis emerging during 2007-2009 was a combined and direct result of inadequate attention to appropriate decision analysis in the realms of corporate commercial and financial risk assessment. There was also insufficient attention given to the identification of appropriate economic policy options at the national and international levels.
It is clear that there is an urgent need for better decision analysis at the micro and macroeconomics levels
Fiscal Autonomy Report - UK, SEEL, 2009
The George Boole Foundation, through its online service provisions, aims to support such essential activities so as to raise their productivity by reducing the rate of project failure and to raise the proportion of projects attaining their original objectives.
Our continued efforts towards better practice
The Decision Analysis Initiative - 2015-2020
The George Boole Foundation first established the Decision Analysis Initiative 2010-2015 (DAI) as an extension service to help provide a solution to the inadequate levels of innovation. As a result of the first phase the Open Quality Standards Initiative (OQSI) developed project-oriented hig quality due diligence procedures. Therefore the OQSI was continued in the second phase of DAI 2015-2020. The DAI activities are set out in a dedicated section of this website that can be accessed by clicking on the button above. The OQSI activities are described on a dedicated website that can be accessed by clicking here: Open Quality Standards Initiative
|The George Boole Foundation & Boolean Society are sponsored by various entities|