August 2, 2016 in Hub-Blog
This week Connect to Grow launches its first public report ‘Supporting SME growth through innovation and partnership – a review of the landscape’. The report provides a baseline for what is currently known about the role of innovation and partnership in SME growth. But it is much more than a literature ... (more...)
February 12, 2016 in Hub-Blog
On 9th March 2016, Connect to Grow, the enterprise matchmaking initiative supported by the UK government, will hold its South Asia launch in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Bangladesh event commences the search for enterprises in the region who are ready to partner with innovative companies, to grow their business- ... (more...)
November 15, 2015 in Hub-Blog
If you are a woman attending a business conference or event, you will, more often than not, find yourself in the minority amidst a large number of men. I have found that this is a common occurrence regardless of the theme of the event or the city where it is taking place. So it was heartening to walk ... (more...)
November 12, 2014 in Hub-Blog
Increasing access to formal financial services for low-income people is seen as a key enabler for people to improve their lives and escape the poverty trap. So much so, that many are campaigning for financial inclusion to be one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals beyond 2015. With 2.5 billion people ... (more...)
October 14, 2014 in Hub-Blog
How does one break down and analyse an inclusive business portfolio as large and diverse as Business Call to Action’s? The 94 BCtA member companies that have set up inclusive business initiatives range from global corporate conglomerates set up many decades ago, to early-stage social enterprises operating ... (more...)
September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
The UNDP’s inclusive business programme Business Call to Action is a strong advocate of using the private sector to advance the empowerment of women at the base of the pyramid.
This was demonstrated at the event they held in March 2014 with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation called ‘Turning inspiration ... (more...)
March 11, 2014 in Hub-Blog
What are the views of inclusive business entrepreneurs on what donors could do better? That is a question asked of the companies supported by Innovations Against Poverty and the Business Innovation Facility pilot and we have been looking at what they said.
The feedback on their IAP and BIF support was ... (more...)
March 7, 2014 in Hub-Blog
What better way to celebrate Women’s Day on the Practitioner Hub than by showcasing some inspiring people and inclusive businesses that are giving women agency at the base of the pyramid.
This story about one man’s mission to ensure women in rural India have access to cheap, sanitary ... (more...)