Want to know more about Kibera? Artificial Intelligence can help

November 10, 2017 in Hub-Blog

How many people live in Kibera? For a long time, Kibera was considered the biggest slum not only in Nairobi, but in all of Africa, with allegedly over 1 million inhabitants. The 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census counted 170.070 inhabitants. In 2010, UN Habitat estimated Kibera’s population at ... (more...)

Planting the seed for an integrated precision farming platform for smallholders

November 10, 2017 in Hub-Blog

The first day started with a tour through Berlin – and through the future of agriculture. At the end of day two, we had planted the seed of this vision: an integrated platform that would unleash the productivity of smallholder farmers. This post describes the journey of the precision agriculture ... (more...)

Inclusive innovation 2030: co-creating transformational impact for the SDGs

September 8, 2017 in Hub-Blog

Technology can save the world – or not We live in an age of unprecedented technological advancement. Mobile connectivity makes communication and transactions even with far-away places a matter of seconds and cents. Artificial intelligence allows us to recognize patterns in large sets of data, ... (more...)

G20: Confusion on Inclusion

July 12, 2017 in Hub-Blog

    The G20 articulates as its main purpose to achieve, inter alia, inclusive growth. It acknowledges that the benefits of globalization “have not been shared widely enough”. Leaders state that “most importantly, we need to better enable our people to seize its opportunities.” ... (more...)

Don’t focus on unicorns!

October 10, 2016 in Hub-Blog

We all love social enterprises, don’t we? Bridge International Academies, Mobisol, Aravind – these innovative businesses are providing quality education, energy and health care services to thousands of people living in poverty. Yet, the focus on finding and supporting these “Unicorns” may ... (more...)

Soul-selling vs. sustainability

May 12, 2016 in Hub-Blog

Benefits and risks of corporate partnerships for NGOs Work with a local NGO! This is widespread advice for companies that seek to do business with low-income people in the developing world. That NGOs are interested in these partnerships is often taken as a given. It is not. Indeed, there are plenty of ... (more...)

3 Models of Corporate Impact Venturing

February 29, 2016 in Hub-Blog

Venture capital is undergoing a transformation. A term once only heard around the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, venture capital is now on the lips of development experts and social entrepreneurs in low-income markets around the world. Corporate Impact Venturing (CIV), a subset of traditional venture ... (more...)

Milk and money Tapping into women’s hidden economies – in a smart way!

November 12, 2015 in Hub-Blog

Engro Foods is a large agribusiness company in Pakistan and one of the biggest producers of dairy products in the country. To expand its production quickly beyond its own farms, Engro started to procure milk directly from small farms, where most of the cattle mending is traditionally done by women. The ... (more...)

G20 develops a framework on Inclusive Business Policies

May 11, 2015 in Hub-Blog

In December 2014, the Turkish G20 Presidency proposed to initiate work on the role of the private sector in development from the viewpoint of inclusiveness in business. Representatives of member states endorsed the proposal. They agreed that the G20 could develop a G20 framework on inclusive business, ... (more...)

The inconvenient truths about inclusive business models

February 11, 2015 in Hub-Blog

You may have heard of energy kiosks as a way to bring affordable clean energy to rural communitiess off the grid. We at Endeva have helped to set up some of these businesses. We have also written quite a bit about it. What we never told you: we are not sure this business model works on a purely commercial ... (more...)