200 leaders from the corporate, nonprofit, development, foundation, and entrepreneurial worlds will be convening at the Ross School of Business with a focus on building better BoP enterprises of today, and a robust roadmap for the BoP community of tomorrow.
Can Inclusive Business become the new business as usual in Africa so that the continent sees real sustainable growth
Javier Ayala's insight:
It is no secret that Africa is rich in natural resources. According to a report published by the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) in 2009, Africa’s percentage of world production of the following minerals was: cobalt (57%), diamonds (53%), manganese (39%), phosphate (31%), gold (21%), bauxite (9%), nickel (7.5%) and copper (5%). Africa is also home to much (currently) unproductive fertile ground and the world’s second biggest rainforest in the Congo basin. The same report indicates that in 2007, Africa produced 12.5 percent of the world’s oil and 6.5 percent of the world’s gas. However, since then, a multitude of countries on the continent have discovered new oil and gas reserves, including Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda...
Vietnam Business Challenge Fund (VBCF) is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) - and managed by Netherlands Development Organisat...
Javier Ayala's insight:
Does your company have an innovative, inclusive and commercially viable business idea? You can get TA and financial (up to 800K USD) support from the Vietnam Business Challenge Fund. Further details at www.vbcf.org.vn
The new Oxfam Report Behind the Brands is a must-read. It's only just been released and respected commentators such as Marc Gunther and Jo Confino of the Guardian have already published their insights with spectacular headlines such as "big food is failing the poor" and "multinational companies are failing on CSR goals".
Social investors unite to develop a common impact reporting frameworkThird SectorBSC is working with 14 organisations, including the social investor the Social Investment Business, the innovation support charity Nesta and the ethical bank Triodos,...
Why would a man in Morocco who does not have enough to eat buy a television? Why would poor households in China consume less rice and wheat when they become cheaper? Questions like these puzzle policy-makers and economists alike but need to be answered in order to formulate effective remedies for feeding the hungry. Anti-poverty policies are far too often inadequate simply because the central protagonists of these issues are overlooked: the poor.
Mobile money has taken off in Tanzania over the last few years and about a quarter of the population are now using mobile money services. It is a competitive market where all four major mobile operators have launched their own mobile money service.
The balance of economic power is expected to shift dramatically over the next half century, with fast-growing emerging-market economies accounting for an ever-increasing share of global output, according to a new OECD report.
Divergent long-term growth patterns lead to radical shifts in the relative size of economies. The United States is expected to cede its place as the world's largest economy to China, as early as 2016. India’s GDP is also expected to pass that of the United States over the long term. Combined, the two Asian giants will soon surpass the collective economy of the G7 nations. Fast-ageing economic heavyweights, such as Japan and the euro area, will gradually lose ground on the global GDP table to countries with a younger population, like Indonesia and Brazil (see chart).
The Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value (CSV) is awarded every other year to encourage and reward innovative projects in the areas of water, nutrition and rural development. It is open to individuals, governmental and non-governmental organisations, academia and social enterprises.
The Prize Laureate is selected by the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Advisory Board, and the winning entry benefits from an investment of up to CHF 500 000 (more than USD 540 000) to scale up its project.
Innovative, experimental, and creative solutions to solving pressing problems continuously emerge throughout the social sector. Grantmakers may embrace innovation and its associated risk, yet many continue to use evaluation approaches that can undermine the success of these efforts. As a result, evaluations fall short in providing relevant and timely information that can spur success....
The Standards of Evidence are on a 1 to 5 scale. The starting point for all those we will fund is Level 1, this involves a clear articulation of why a product or service could have a positive impact. As the levels are progressed it will be expected that data is collected to isolate the impact of the product or service, the findings are validated externally, and by level 5, demonstrable evidence that the product or service can be delivered at multiple locations and still deliver a strong, positive benefit...
The acceptance of mobile banking has grown more quickly than most financial institution futurists could have imagined. The impact of channel migration is changing the foundation of banking as we know it, with banks now ...
‘Because of Nepal’s hills and poor road infrastructure, a large percentage of the population cannot easily get to bank branches and instead use informal and illegal financial services. We saw great potential for branchless banking to introduce this population segment to a bank, so we expanded our reach to the rural and semi-urban population through a network of agents.’
Kovendhan Ponnavaikko is a research scientist at Xerox. Ponnavaikko, teaming with a group of ethnographers also working with Xerox, has been working to solve a problem: how to bring banking to rural Indians.
CIAT’s research area Linking Farmers to Markets, is pleased to announce the release of a new participatory guide to inclusive business models, a project that has been developed in a in close collaboration with the Sustainable Food Lab, IIED, CRS and Rainforest Alliance and with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The LINK Methodology aims to promote the engagement of small holder producers with modern markets by guiding a multi-stakeholder process of shaping or upgrading inclusive trading relationships with the potential to create win-win situation for all actors involved. For that reason, four key tools are designed to kick off, implement and conclude a participatory innovation process in the iterative manner of a “design-test-check-act” cycle.
Last week, Ajaita Shah, Founder & CEO, Frontier Markets told us how she makes high quality products available to rural India's BOP (Bottom Of the Pyramid) families through her sales and distribution company and what ...
Last week members of the UN High Level Panel met in London to discuss the successor to the Millennium Development Goal framework. The meetings, co-chaired by PM Cameron, President Yudhoyono of Indonesia and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, represent a unique opportunity to reflect on what new framework could drive poverty eradication when the MDGs expire. The world has come a long way since the current goals were set, but many stubborn challenges persist and deserve our attention and thought more than ever.
Oyebuchi Chukwu, has said there is a need for the private sector contribution to the realisation of the Millennium Development Goal by 2015. He said this on Saturday in Abuja at the 16th annual general meeting of the Guild of ...
La actual crisis económica y social que estamos padeciendo actualmente en España ha causado un retroceso notable en los principales indicadores de pobreza, igualdad y empleo. Es por ello que, ante esta situación, el pasado mes de marzo, nos reunimos más de 25 expertos del sector privado, social y público con el fin debatir sobre las posibilidades de impulsar Negocios Inclusivos en España como una vía para promover actividades empresariales que influyan de manera positiva en los segmentos en situación de pobreza y riesgo de exclusión.
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