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Financing Global Development – Leveraging Impact Investing for the SDGs

December 19, 2017 in Hub-Blog

On 21 and 22 November, impact investing thought leaders and experts convened in Berlin to discuss the role of impact investing for achieving the SDGs: How can we align impact metrics with the SDGs? What could be the role of networks to institutionalize impact measurement and management? How can we incentivize ... (more...)

Is it time to create new social defaults to ensure equality for all?

December 4, 2017 in Hub-Blog

Can we envision a future where basic rights to education, healthcare, livelihood, and basic quality of life are the new “social defaults”? In a nutshell: a world where we have a lot more hope, and a lot less despair.   We are living in the best of times – From better nutrition, to increased life ... (more...)

How to use customer centricity to meet data collection needs

November 9, 2017 in Hub-Blog

Too often, businesses serving base of the pyramid populations see the collection of social-impact data as a burden – something they are obliged to gather to satisfy the reporting requirements of their funders. Changing the perception of measurement from obligation to opportunity is a key focus ... (more...)

ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) and its role in ASEAN

September 5, 2017 in Hub-Blog

It is a tall order to gather the needs of over 300 million women in ASEAN so that a coherent list of policy changes can be suggested to policy makers in the ten member states. But in 2014, an idea was proposed to create a network among the women’s organizations in the private sector as well as endorsements ... (more...)

XChanges and Xcelerators: How “Saving Lives at Birth” Helps Innovators Reach the Next Level

May 30, 2017 in Hub-Blog

Since 2011, the Saving Lives at Birth (SL@B) Partnership has supported the development and scale of over 100 groundbreaking innovations aimed at ending newborn and maternal death around the time of birth. Our pipeline spans new and scaling technologies, scientific advancements, improved service delivery ... (more...)

Merging social support and economic development, sustainable food value chains and the Anna Karenina principle

April 6, 2017 in Hub-Blog

One can distinguish two types of development practitioner, each implementing a distinct approach to eradicating poverty and food insecurity. The first comes in from the bottom, applying push-strategies, by developing social support programs that allow the poorest of the poor to survive periods of extreme ... (more...)

What keeps smallholder farmers from embracing life-changing agricultural products and practices?

April 5, 2017 in Hub-Blog

This blog is extracted from the 2015 Smallholder Farmers and Business report from Hystra. The findings of this report are based on an in-depth review of the performance and work of 15 pioneering organizations that have found innovative, market-based solutions to working with smallholder farmers. Click ... (more...)

Africa 2030: How to leverage emerging technologies for impact

March 20, 2017 in Hub-Blog

New Intellecap Research looks at emerging technologies as the catalyst for exponential change in Africa Globally, emerging technologies are disrupting industries and the way we think about problem solving. Technologies like internet of things (IoT), robotics, sensor technology, 3D printing, block chain ... (more...)

The Supermarket Revolution – Making Retail Modernisation in Developing Countries Inclusive

March 6, 2017 in Hub-Blog

From their early beginnings in North America and Western Europe, supermarkets have rapidly spread across the developing world since the 1990s. Formats in modern retailing, like small service stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets and discount stores, have expanded internationally in countries in South America, ... (more...)

Bringing food-safe tech to Guatemala: Fair-fruit and Inspirafarms

February 21, 2017 in Hub-Blog

Guatemala is now positioned as the world’s third-largest exporter of peas, and indigenous farmers living in the highlands produce 99 percent of these peas. Guatemala’s participation in the global fresh vegetables and fruits market has required a rapid technological adaptation to changes in food safety ... (more...)