From Paper to Practice: Introducing the IAP Knowledge Exchange Report 2013

November 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

This blog was written by Suzanne Dagseven, Innovations Against Poverty. In the third and final year of the IAP pilot period, we’ve had the chance to evaluate the progress, challenges and achievements of IAP grantees who have been implementing their IAP funded initiatives over the past year or so. It’s ... (more...)

Day 13: Worlds apart, times two

September 4, 2013 in Hub-Blog

In a group interview with some of the workers of the Copperbelt Forestry Company (CFC) it was indicated that the review of the stove was not as overwhelmingly positive as the Emerging Cooking Solution(ECS) affiliates had suggested. Perhaps the consumption pattern is different, maybe they find it challenging ... (more...)

Day 12: Possible improvement points for the Innovations Against Poverty programme

September 3, 2013 in Hub-Blog

As some might be aware, the IAP programme is a pilot programme. One of the purposes of the programme is for Sida to explore the option of a challenge fund, and provide them with information on how they might tweak it to serve their intended purpose. One niche area that that IAP addresses (which I’m ... (more...)

Day 11: Strong fences make good neighbours?

September 2, 2013 in Hub-Blog

Admin Options Edit Post Edit Your Tags Flag Delete Post   A frequent challenge for companies in developing nations is a shortage of energy. Around Zambia, the so called ‘load sheddings’ (blackouts) can both affect daily operations, and the scarcity of electricity tend to be reflected ... (more...)

Video interview with Sunny People: mobile charging for the rural poor

February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

In a new video interview, Innovations Against Poverty speaks to Johan Beckman, Founder and CEO of Sunny People, and Malcom Marega, Operations Manager, about what makes Sunny People’s solar-powered chargers unique, how they are marketed to low-income people and how the company works with rural entrepreneurs ... (more...)

Video interview with Sanergy: Bringing sanitation to the slums of Nairobi

February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

In a new video interview, Innovations Against Poverty speaks to David Auerbach, Co-Founder of Sanergy, about the company’s business model for slum sanitation. We find out about how the company identifies its FreshLife operators to operate toilets in the slums of Nairobi, how innovation has contributed ... (more...)

Video interview with MAKIT: Ruby Cup distribution to women in Kenya

February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

In a new video interview, Innovations Against Poverty speaks to Maxie Matthiessen, Managing Director of Ruby Cup, a company marketing a sustainable, long-term menstrual cup to women in Kenya. We find out how the product can forge ways out of poverty for women, how targeting higher market segments creates ... (more...)

New from IAP: A guide to our assessment criteria

February 23, 2012 in Hub-Blog

Innovations Against Poverty’s newly released Guide to IAP assessment criteria outlines how applications and concept notes are reviewed and assessed against a set of five eligibility criteria: Commerciality Development effects Cost-sharing commitments Innovation Additionality With details of ... (more...)

IAP project in the press: the story of Lotus Foods

January 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Specialty food business Lotus Foods was awarded a small grant to scale up its sustainable rice initiative in IAP’s first funding round last year. The company has now been profiled in Specialty Food Magazine, part of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, in a recent article entitled ... (more...)

IAP first round project analysis

January 9, 2012 in Hub-Blog

In November 2011, the first round of projects to receive support from Innovations Against Poverty were selected for both small and large grants. The IAP team has analysed these projects to determine their key characteristics including geographical and sectoral spread, size and type of applicant organisations, ... (more...)