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Trends in inclusive agribusiness: nitty gritty detail and changing mindsets

April 10, 2017 in Hub-Blog

If there is one clear consensus from our blog contributors this month, it’s that standardised blueprints and single-instrument approaches do not work in inclusive agribusiness.    Our contributors are hugely diverse.  But two overarching trends emerge: Digging into the detail: practitioners ... (more...)

Listening to consumers is putting consumer voice at the heart of the social enterprise model

February 20, 2017 in Hub-Blog

If Apple and Samsung do it, can social enterprises do it too?  Sophisticated consumer intelligence is regarded as the preserve of the large corporates and the tech giants that have terabytes of browsing and transaction history and teams for market research.  But this month’s theme on the Hub ... (more...)

Candid reflections on how companies and donors collaborate

January 23, 2017 in Hub-Blog

Are you already collaborating in a business-donor partnership, seeking one, or nursing bruises from one?  Such collaborations are increasingly common, but it’s rare that we hear candid views from businesses and donor programmes alike, on what worked, what didn’t, and what tips they can offer ... (more...)

Demystifying ‘scale’ 10 things we know and don’t know about scaling inclusive business

November 14, 2016 in Hub-Blog

Scale is a term much bandied about in private sector development circles but what do we really know about scaling inclusive business? Here, I summarise ten key lessons. Many of these are covered in more detail in our new series on the subject. Many inclusive business models have not scaled. Some businesses ... (more...)

The Social Enterprise Landscape: good news first or bad?

October 11, 2016 in Hub-Blog

Would you like the good news first or bad?   The good is that social enterprise is thriving. Our mini-series this month, produced with the World Bank and Endeva, provides plenty of evidence.  The bad is that behind the hype, not only are the practical hurdles high, but contention reigns over what ... (more...)

Editor’s Choice, October 2016: A Neoliberal Takeover of Social Entrepreneurship?

October 10, 2016 in Hub-Blog

You may have already read this month’s provocative Editor’s Choice, or at least caught sight of it on social media.   You may not agree with it, but the blog and the comments it has provoked are a quick and stimulating read.  The author lays two charges: firstly, that profit is presiding ... (more...)

Who pays and what works? The changing market of Inclusive Business Development Services

September 13, 2016 in Hub-Blog

Business Development Services for Inclusive Business is an immature but fast changing market.  This month we have 24 blogs from practitioners who reflect on how they have provided or used business development support, with a great array of examples and views.  We’ve compiled this in partnership ... (more...)

Are inclusive agribusinesses beginning to break through?

July 11, 2016 in Hub-Blog

Agriculture is a huge component of the inclusive business space.   And indeed if business is going to be relevant to the bottom billions, it has to be relevant to smallholder farmers, given their predominance in the lowest income groups.  But in recent years, it’s not been the sector demonstrating ... (more...)

Does all this measurement add up? The challenge of aggregating results across an impact portfolio

June 9, 2016 in Hub-Blog

What information does an investor need, so as to know whether a business in their portfolio is doing well?  It may be turnover or team retention, licenses or milestones attained. Whatever it is, it is probably different from the information they need to aggregate progress across their portfolio, to ... (more...)

Social impact: going beyond just business as usual in Asia

June 7, 2016 in Hub-Blog

In February 2016, inclusive business pioneers and thought leaders from across Asia came together to share ideas, experience and knowledge at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) 2nd IB Asia Forum in Manila, Philippines. The result was four days of lively discussion, collaboration and questioning ... (more...)