Good data, bad side-effects

November 10, 2017 in Hub-Blog

Ths blog was first published in the Trendradar 2030 Data for development – the collection, allocation and use of data for development aid (DA) – has in recent years become progressively more relevant. Regardless of whether static or dynamic, whether produced by the public sector or by private corporations, ... (more...)

Africa’s Three Largest BOP Markets

November 8, 2017 in Hub-Blog

This blog post was first published on Euromonitor. The rising importance of the BOP is one of the key income and expenditure trends that Euromonitor International is advising multinational corporations. We collect statistics and make forecasts as well as building unique analytics models to demonstrate ... (more...)

Data for a changing world — satellites for sustainability

November 7, 2017 in Hub-Blog

In Pakistan, water managers are using data from NASA gravity satellites to track groundwater resources. In Kenya, space observations and climate models are being used to update hazard maps to help counties better prepare for extreme weather events. Ellen Stofan, former Chief Scientist of NASA, expains ... (more...)

USAID and the Private Sector: Building Better Relationships for Greater Development Impact

January 13, 2017 in Hub-Blog

Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success,” when describing marriage. But perhaps his insights go beyond wedded bliss. At USAID, we keep asking ourselves, how can we best work together with our partners – particularly those ... (more...)

Using lease financing to scale adoption of mechanisation among African smallholder farmers

November 8, 2016 in Hub-Blog

Lease financing models can unlock access to mechanised equipment for smallholder farmers who cannot afford to purchase equipment. But business models for lease financing are only commercially viable at scale. Grow Africa’s Finance Working Group is investigating smart partnering approaches to move lease ... (more...)

The middle-man we need: How intermediation in the philanthropic and capital market can unlock finance for smallholders

June 22, 2016 in Hub-Blog

When we think about expanding access to finance for smallholder farmers, we often think about the direct transaction between a financial service provider (FSP) and farmer or agro-enterprise. But of course, this interaction is not the only one that matters; the philanthropic and capital markets from which ... (more...)

TRINE – Seeks Regional Manager (East-Africa)

May 23, 2016 in Hub-Blog

Department: TRINE Project Team Location: East-Africa, preferably Nairobi or Dar es-Salaam Job Title: Regional Manager Reporting to: Andreas Lehner, COO & Founder www.jointrine.com TRINE is a start-up based in Gothenburg, Sweden, investing in energy access in emerging markets through innovative ways ... (more...)

Inclusive business partnerships – insights from the Ugandan oilseed sub-sector

May 16, 2016 in Hub-Blog

Inclusive business (IB) has won its place as one of the latest buzz words in the development arena. Definitions may vary, but a widely held view is that inclusive business involves the deliberate effort by companies and business entities to explicitly include the base of the pyramid[1] both as customers ... (more...)

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Supply Value Chain in Zambia

May 16, 2016 in Hub-Blog

The horticultural sector is poised to be one of the most successful sectors within the agricultural industry in Zambia but smallholder farmers are hindered by limited access to markets, finance, farm inputs and a lack of knowledge. A reliance on traditional and inefficient farming methods, unsuitable ... (more...)

Partnerships as a Stepping Stone for Developing Sustainable Inclusive Businesses

May 11, 2016 in Hub-Blog

What do a fertilizer company, an industrial sack manufacturer and a construction group have in common? [photo] LINK brokers partnership between Stefanutti Stocks Construction Company and ADPP NGO in Mozambique to create a network of training/certification centers. Most companies in Mozambique don’t ... (more...)