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Honing in on business needs – 5 lessons learnt on providing non-financial support to inclusive businesses

May 29, 2017 in Hub-Blog

By Christian Pirzer and Aline Menden, Endeva The question ‘What works best?‘ has no simple answer. Incubators, accelerators, technical assistance (TA) facilities and programs, impact investors and consultancies – all provide non-financial support to inclusive businesses and social enterprises. Yet, ... (more...)

Propelling inclusive growth: types and tools of non-financial advisory support

May 29, 2017 in Hub-Blog

By Christian Pirzer and Aline Menden, Endeva “Do cohort events have the highest value for money?”, or “Is it worth spending a hundred thousand dollars on an expert input for just one investee?” …these are some of the challenging questions that program and fund managers have been asking us again ... (more...)

Scaling Innovation at the Energy-Agriculture Nexus in East Africa

November 3, 2016 in Hub-Blog

“The climate is changing.  Food and agriculture must, too.” With this year’s theme of the World Food Day on October 16th, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) chose a strong message that tackles key issues of our modern global society. Indeed, climate, energy and agriculture are all interconnected. ... (more...)

Renewable Energy Innovations for the Base of the Pyramid

October 7, 2016 in Hub-Blog

This blog draws on the findings from research conducted on innovative social enterprise models at the Base of the Pyramid for the World Bank Social Enterprise Innovations team by Endeva and Ashley Insight. The research and corresponding case studies are available on the World Bank and OECD’s ... (more...)

One piece of a dynamic system – Inclusive Business Development Services and the IB ecosystem

September 8, 2016 in Hub-Blog

By Christian Pirzer and Marie Agosta, Endeva The Inclusive Business SunnyMoney provides pico solar lamps to remote rural communities in Africa. Consumers gain access to electricity, save money, the quality of light improves and they see an improvement in respiratory health compared to traditional kerosene ... (more...)

The Market of Climate Resilience – Innovative Insurance Models Incentivise Risk Reducing Behaviour

December 4, 2015 in Hub-Blog

Source: CCAFS and CGIAR By Christian Pirzer, Endeva Losses and damages of weather-related disasters are increasing In the face of climate change, BoP communities in many developing countries are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the risks posed by extreme weather and climatic events. Climate change-related ... (more...)

The Market of Climate Resilience – Making Smallholder Farmers Climate Proof

December 2, 2015 in Hub-Blog

Training of smallholder farmers by BASF in India (Credit: BASF) By Christian Pirzer, Endeva An estimated 1.5 billion people directly depend on agriculture for their income with smallholder farmers responsible for almost 80% of all food consumed in the developing world. Agriculture is the biggest industry ... (more...)

The Market of Climate Resilience – Protection and Conservation of Natural Ecosystems is at the Heart of Responsible Tourism

December 2, 2015 in Hub-Blog

Members of the Wansari Fishermen’s Association in Indonesia use envionmentally friendly bamboo pens for crab cultivation in the mangroves (Credit: Kampoeng Kepiting) By Christian Pirzer, Endeva The tourism sector grows fast, especially in developing countries Tourism is one of the fastest growing ... (more...)

The Market of Climate Resilience – How Businesses can Increase Climate Resilience of BoP Communities

December 1, 2015 in Hub-Blog

Authored by Christian Pirzer, Endeva Since Monday, November 30th, 2015, representatives from over 190 countries have been gathering at the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21) with the imposing goal of developing a legally binding and universal agreement on climate to succeed ... (more...)