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Has the off-grid energy market been cracked?

July 14, 2017 in Hub-Blog

By Caroline Ashley and Markus Dietrich Just how well is the off-grid energy market doing?  Has it been ‘cracked’?  Where can we see progress and pitfalls? This month’s theme takes an in-depth look at the sector, the trends in business models, market penetration and understanding of impact. In ... (more...)

Sifting through the noise: providing curated quality content for inclusive business practitioners

July 5, 2017 in Hub-Blog

In April, the Hub launched a survey to understand the views and needs of our members.  We wanted to know what our audience find useful in their work and how we can support practitioners to increase their impact. This year the survey has taken on particular significance, as the Practitioner Hub is collaborating ... (more...)

More than money matters! The rise and range of non-financial support to inclusive business

June 12, 2017 in Hub-Blog

If you ask an entrepreneur what they need to scale, the first answer you get might be ‘money’.   But entrepreneurs and their backers alike are increasingly looking beyond the cash.  A huge array of non-financial support has emerged for businesses that deliver social impact.   It’s ... (more...)

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...)