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Social enterprise rises in India - FT.com

Social enterprise rises in India - FT.com | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
This year, the Indian School of Business did something that few management institutes on the subcontinent would have dreamt of five years ago: it published research that analysed solutions to one of India’s many social woes, its chronic lack of...
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PH remains a global leader in microfinance - Malaya

PH remains a global leader in microfinance - Malaya | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
PH remains a global leader in microfinanceMalayaFor the fourth year in a row, the Philippines is rated as the best in the world in terms of regulatory framework and practices in microfinance and top four best performing country in the overall business...
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Lisa Hall of the Calvert Foundation on Impact Investing: An In-depth Interview - Forbes

Lisa Hall of the Calvert Foundation on Impact Investing: An In-depth Interview - Forbes | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Recently, I interviewed Lisa Hall, President and CEO of Calvert Foundation. Appointed by the Board in January 2011, Lisa joined the foundation in 2005 and brings nearly 25 years of industry experience and has held multiple policy and financial posts.

Lisa Hall: There is definitely a trend on behalf of investors to seek deeper impact – to reach the poorest of the poor, to bet on the social enterprises that have the most innovative solutions for poverty – such as HealthPoint in India, which provides affordable health care and clean water in rural communities. Investing in projects like these – often the ones with the greatest potential for creating opportunity – also tends to mean higher risk for the investor. We are currently undergoing a strategic review, and creatively thinking about ways to achieve deeper impact while protecting investors from loss.
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endeva: Growing sustainable business with smallholders

endeva: Growing sustainable business with smallholders | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The new practitioner guide "Growing Business with Smallholders" provides company representatives with practical guidance on how to develop successful business with smallholders. The guide was commissioned by GIZ and financed by BMZ. We invite you to join the launch event of the guide on November 19th, 2012, hosted by the BMZ in Berlin. Reflect upon and refine your business model in a workshop on November 19th and 20th, 2012!
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Solutions, Not Asset Classes - UnSectored

Solutions, Not Asset Classes - UnSectored | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The theme of the week was “Making Meaning Matter,” although much of the week focused on the genesis of the conference: impact investing. There was a lot buzz around how we–or specifically, the impact investors ... “If you focus on problems, you come up with solutions. If you focus on building an asset class, you create funds and products.”
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Fostering the Growth of Inclusive Businesses - Business Fights Poverty

Fostering the Growth of Inclusive Businesses - Business Fights Poverty | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Doing business with the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) isn’t exactly “business as usual”. From the start-up to the scale-up phases companies doing business with the poor come with their own set of challenges.

How to overcome challenges for scaling-up and replicating commercially viable inclusive business models was the focus of the first G20 Inclusive Business Workshop. The workshop featured the winners of the G20 Challenge for Inclusive Business Innovation: 15 outstanding businesses that offer innovative, scalable and financially sustainable ways of working with people at the BoP. These successful businesses present proven inclusive business models that have already created sizeable development results in various sectors including agriculture, affordable housing, health, education, water utilities, supply chain finance and retail.
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PH drops in 'doing business' ratings

PH drops in 'doing business' ratings | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The Philippines is now the most difficult place to do business in the ASEAN region, largely due to the lag in the implementation of regulatory reforms...
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Combating Poverty and Inequality: Structural Change, Social Policy and Politics | Publications | UNRISD

Combating Poverty and Inequality: Structural Change, Social Policy and Politics | Publications | UNRISD | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Combating Poverty and Inequality argues that this is because many current approaches to reducing poverty and inequality fail to consider key institutional, policy and political dimensions that may be both causes of poverty and inequality, and obstacles to their reduction. Moreover, when a substantial proportion of a country’s population is poor, it makes little sense to detach poverty from the dynamics of development.


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Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR) :: Beijing, People's Republic of China, 31 October - 3 November 2012

Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR) :: Beijing, People's Republic of China, 31 October - 3 November 2012 | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

The Second Global Symposium is dedicated to evaluating progress, sharing insights and recalibrating the agenda of science to accelerate universal health coverage (UHC). UHC is understood here in its broader sense of health service type, accessibility and financial risk coverage.

Continuing with the objectives set in the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in 2010, the 2012 Second Global Symposium will:

Share new state-of-the art evidence on universal health coverage;Review the progress and challenges towards implementation of the global agenda of priority research on accelerating progress towards universal health coverage, including progress since the World Health Report of 2010;Facilitate greater research collaboration and learning communities across disciplines, sectors, initiatives and countries;Identify and discuss the approaches to strengthen the scientific rigor of health systems research including concepts, frameworks, measures and methods;

In addition, the Second Global Symposium will specifically pursue themes of Inclusion and Innovation within the above overarching objectives. It will:

Include research on neglected public health priorities; causes of exclusion of populations or problems; and on what works in reducing these exclusions;Highlight the innovations across all health systems building blocks that facilitate faster progress towards universal health coverage in an affordable manner.

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The Private Sector Needs to Come Clean About Doing Good

The Private Sector Needs to Come Clean About Doing Good | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Any business can find a social purpose that can drive growth, and there are some lessons that we have learned that apply more broadly:

Right from the outset, align social mission activities with the business strategy, and be honest ('painfully transparent') about how the business will benefit. Ensure this is built into everything from marketing and communications to procurement and of course discussions around partnerships.

 

Build world-class expertise across multiple disciplines to deliver world-class intervention programs at scale. Apply common business sense, but don't expect to drive intervention programs through business alone. To be cost-effective at scale, you need be innovative with the channels that you use and the partnerships that you create. Take note of what additional expertise and resources will be needed and then bring together the best skills you can find in both the business and social sectors. For example, engage with experts to build multidisciplinary skills across behavioral sciences to complement marketing expertise.

 

Secure support and endorsement from your parent company. Where possible, align with your umbrella company's overarching sustainability and, even more importantly, business plan. This is the only way to ensure tangible commitment and long-term success.

 

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Learn about Social Entrepreneurship! Join our 9th SE and Good Governance Training Program

Learn about Social Entrepreneurship! Join our 9th SE and Good Governance Training Program | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
News and Views about the Philippines and its Wonderful People (Join our 9th Social Entrep. training program! Register now and avail of our early bird discount!
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BOSTON, Oct. 3, 2012: Latin American Operator Strategies for Postpaid Growth | PRNewswire | Rock Hill Herald Online

BOSTON, Oct. 3, 2012: Latin American Operator Strategies for Postpaid Growth | PRNewswire | Rock Hill Herald Online | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
/PRNewswire/ -- Latin America operators in highly concentrated markets are best positioned to pursue a postpaid strategy; however, operators in any market can successfully grow their postpaid base with the right initiatives revealed in a new report...
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Pathways Out of Poverty: Innovating with the BoP in Southeast Asia

Pathways Out of Poverty: Innovating with the BoP in Southeast Asia | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Download this book on 26 stories on innovation at the BoP in Southeast Asia.

Co-authored by Markus Dietrich, ASEI Inc


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Nathaniel Loreno Arendayen's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:00 AM

The article states that iBoP is giving practicle ways for people to survive and try to escape poverty. The article mentions a book which has innovative ways for cultivation and water sanitation. These would be very helpful to people suffering from extreme poverty as they would need these techniques to survive. These procedures could eventually help these people to escape poverty by growing their own crops for profit.

Sara Abdul's curator insight, January 20, 6:42 AM

This article shows that BoP is giving simple and effective ideas for people to survive poverty. This article mentions a book which has innovative ways for cultivation and water sanitation. These will be very auxiliary to people suffering from extreme poverty as they would need these techniques to survive. These procedures could eventually avail these people to elude poverty by growing their own crops for profit.

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comment on sabeens insight i feel that its is good that iBop is doing this types of program as it is helping the people to survive and escape poverty. these techniques is super effective for them to escape poverty
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Knowledge Today - Tablets in India take to frugal engineering and BoP markets

Frugal engineering, or the process of trying to reduce the complexity and cost of a particular product, has been fashionable in India for some time now. Today, even as Apple’s iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy and Microsoft’s Surface battle it out at the pricey end of the spectrum, the tablet wars in India are being fought at the bottom of the pyramid.

 

Prices are falling to very low levels. Canadian company Datawind has launched a $40 tablet, with schools in India being its target market. However, this isn’t Datawind’s first foray in the country. The Indian government ordered close to 2 million tablets, branded Aakash (sky), from Datawind as part of the National Mission on Education.

 

These tablets were priced even lower — with subsidies, they cost $35 for students and teachers. But delivery delays, failure to provide customer support and other problems resulted in the government ending its association with Datawind. The company is now offering its tablets — branded Ubislate — on its own.


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Want Proof That Market Fit Is Everything? Test Your App In The Slums Of Sao Paulo

Want Proof That Market Fit Is Everything? Test Your App In The Slums Of Sao Paulo | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Connect a smart team with a huge market, and the results can be explosive growth. But fitting the two together can mean months of validation and product testing--sometimes leading to results you'd never expect. “The temptation is to do it as easily as possible--put up a solution and get Google AdWords out there,” says Derek Fears, the American cofounder of Emprego Ligado, a job-search platform for Brazil's underclass. “It may be an elegant solution that makes sense to you, but isn't what people want or need".

Fears is talking about Sao Paulo's blue-collar labor market, which he and his cofounders believed could make leaps in efficiency if it were brought online. The problem: People here get jobs by word-of-mouth, so neither the job seekers nor the jobs ever make it to the web. Building a solution would take months of on-the-ground research like the kind ethnographer Tricia Wang does for Nokia or Microsoft.
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Congratulations to Tony Meloto. The World Entrepreneurship Forum announces winners of its 2012 awards

Congratulations to Tony Meloto. The World Entrepreneurship Forum announces winners of its 2012 awards | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
. One of the leading bodies of its kind, the World Entrepreneurship Forum aims to foster sustainable development which combines both social justice and economic growth. This year’s event attracted over 200 participants from 59 countries – business and social entrepreneurs as well as policy makers, experts and academics

Social Entrepreneur – Tony Meloto: Phillipino
The founder of Gawad Kalinga, a template for enabling volunteers to build integrated, holistic and, perhaps most importantly, sustainable communities in slum areas across the developing world. Initially focused on the Philippines, Gawad Kalinga now works with over 2000 communities across its original home, Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea and has attracted interest as far afield as Latin America and South Africa. Believing that poverty is as much about the loss of human dignity as about scarcity of resources, it seeks to bridge the gap between rich and poor, government and the private sector.
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New Toolkits for Engaging the Private Sector in Health | Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI)

New Toolkits for Engaging the Private Sector in Health | Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
In recent years, the global health community has increasingly recognized that the private sector plays a key role in the delivery of health care to the poor in lower- and middle-income countries. However, even as more and more policy makers have come to recognize the importance of the private sector, action to incorporate the private sector into national strategies has still lagged due to a number of open questions: How does one interact with the private sector? Where does the private sector have comparative advantage? What are best practices for structuring PPPs? What kinds of monitoring and evaluation systems work best for these partnerships?
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PHL mass housing backlog to hit 4.65-M units in 2016

PHL mass housing backlog to hit 4.65-M units in 2016 | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The Philippines is expected to experience a mass housing backlog of 4.65 million units in 2016, prompting the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association to scramble for a way to address the shelter shortage.
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Perspective: "Life is Hard" - Niti Bhan's perspective on BoP as consumer

Perspective: "Life is Hard" - Niti Bhan's perspective on BoP as consumer | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

This is more or less the written version of Niti Bhan's Life is Hard presentation (slides,video, reference) as first given in October 2008 in Providence, Rhode Island at the Better World by Design conference held at Brown University. Some of the details have become more nuanced since then, some parts have spun off into blogs, projects, grant funded research and more. But the fundamentals remain. Of that I'm glad, as it implies that the basic principles are sound while additional observations in numerous countries since then have only fleshed out the details even more. This is original work and the slides have never been shared previously outside of a presentation environment. Note: This talk has primarily addressed audiences living and working in the first world's mainstream consumer culture and is given  from that frame of reference.

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Incentives & Opportunities for Scaling the ‘Impact Sourcing’ Sector | Research

Incentives & Opportunities for Scaling the ‘Impact Sourcing’ Sector | Research | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Avasant carried out a comprehensive study with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation with the goal of providing recommendations for governments and industry to implement and scale Impact Sourcing based on global best practices that align policies and incentives to industry needs.

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Singapore HUB - Creating space for social enterprise in Singapore - The Guardian (blog)

Singapore HUB -  Creating space for social enterprise in Singapore - The Guardian (blog) | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

The doors of The HUB Singaporehave been opened for five months to a throng of what we call "purpose-driven individuals". They range from technicians to social entrepreneurs, film-makers to bankers, Googlers to Linked-Iners. It is not a space for any one discipline, but for any discipline. The intention becomes the main filtering question to be a Hubber – not status, educational qualifications, wealth or profession. The 5,400 sq ft space in the middle of Orchard, Singapore's main lifestyle and entertainment street, has quickly become the home for the outliers. At 200-membered strong, companies, foundations and government agencies are starting to come to The HUB for entrepreneurial ideas, to meet with Hubbers and to have a casual chat over Chris's coffee (we have an in-house barista cafe led by former broker, Chris).The vision is for the community to grow to 1,000 members in two years. That is 0.0002% of the 5-million-strong population. A drop in the ocean, perhaps, but most movements, ecosystems and innovations start with a small group of individuals. The HUB seeks to be that incubator of new thinking models, unconventional career paths, novel solutions and big ideas. It is a safe place for both failures and successes.

 

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The League of Intrapreneurs: Building Better Business from the Inside Out

The League of Intrapreneurs: Building Better Business from the Inside Out | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The League of Intrapreneurs competition seeks game-changing solutions for business and society.
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endeva: Country Fact Sheet Philippines

Inclusive Business Country Fact Sheet: Philippines

This inclusive business country fact sheet provides up-to-date market data and statistics, an overview of the country's economy, case studies on successful business models in a variety of sectors, continuing trends, further reading, and useful contacts.

Author: Markus Dietrich
Published: 2011

 

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Bokeo Social Enterprise: Lifting lives, shaping future | StarryStory

Bokeo Social Enterprise: Lifting lives, shaping future | StarryStory | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
RT @starry_story: The director of Bokeo Social Enterprise says, there is no legal form of #SocialEnterprise in #Laos.
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IIX’s Legal Advisor on “Why Impact Investing is the next corporate innovator” « IIX – Impact Investment Exchange Asia

IIX’s Legal Advisor on “Why Impact Investing is the next corporate innovator” « IIX – Impact Investment Exchange Asia | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

IIX’s Legal Advisor on “Why Impact Investing is the next corporate innovator”

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By: Ashley Lee of International Financial Law Review
Why impact investing is the next corporate innovator

Oxfam’s £1 billion loan to Mongolia’s Xac Leasing blurs the line between private equity funds and not-for-profit organisations.

The transaction highlights the growing trend of impact investments, or utilising private equity strategies for investments focused on the greater good. It also signals environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues becoming more important for private equity funds.

However both trends raise questions about the for-profit and non-profit status of companies, and may signal the introduction of new corporate structures.

“Charities are excited about impact investing because regardless of budget, there are still billions of people in poverty and never enough resources,” said Matthew Kasdin, legal advisor for Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), a platform for social enterprises to raise capital. “They see impact investing as a way to scale up their impact.”

Impact investments involve making investments in both for-profit and not-for-profit social enterprises which prioritise their missions over the business side.

But its exact definition is not settled. Some believe that impact investments should earn a pure market rate of return while others believe they should earn a so-called muted return – not as much as in a traditional investment.

“That isn’t necessarily settled in the industry, and I believe it never should be, as it is better to have a big tent servicing all investor appetites,” Kasdin.

 

 

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