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Knowledge is power

May 30, 2017 in Hub-Blog

Knowledge is a powerful factor that enables people and organisations to achieve great results. It is key to unlocking complex chaotic issues, such as international development, where we face compounding environmental economic, political and social forces which make it nearly impossible to solve. That ... (more...)

Inclusive Business or Social Enterprise?

October 3, 2016 in Hub-Blog

It would be easy to get confused by jargon in our industry, especially as the terms themselves are so new. Two terms that are used interchangeably are social enterprise and inclusive business, which can cause unnecessary contention. A social enterprise is a business that exists specifically to make money ... (more...)

What lessons are being learnt by Inclusive Business Development Services on how to be more effective?

September 2, 2016 in Hub-Blog

As a broker of inclusive business partnerships, Business for Development has had several successes but also, has seen partnerships fray at the seams because certain fundamentals were not established. There are very strategic consultants in the marketplace, however what sets Inclusive Business Development ... (more...)

Where does a focus on generating social value conflict with commercial value, and where do they reinforce each other?

June 22, 2016 in Hub-Blog

When looking to answer this question, I felt it was best to focus on the food and agribusiness sector where I have predominately more experience when balancing both commercial and social value. With that in mind, let’s try and define what commercial and social value is. Commercial Value:  There has ... (more...)

Impactful Partnerships. Reflecting on what makes a successful partnership that will drive change, impact and opportunity for all

May 11, 2016 in Hub-Blog

Let’s just start with the principle that you don’t always need to have a partnership to create an inclusive business. However, effective inclusive business initiatives which involve partners recognise the power of strategic partnership to move the gage on outcomes in order to achieve lasting impact. ... (more...)

2016 Inclusive Business Forum

April 6, 2016 in Hub-Blog

Business for Development, the UNDP Business Call to Action and EY are working together on the 2016 Inclusive Business Forum in Melbourne, 24 May 2016. Featuring a distinguished panel of experts, the Forum provides a platform to understand how leading companies and their partners are implementing commercially ... (more...)

Sustainable Development Goals: What do they mean for Inclusive Business?

March 3, 2016 in Hub-Blog

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity for inclusive business to emerge from the shadows and take centre stage in the global development arena. The goals call upon the private sector to be a critical and central contributor. As stated by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon last ... (more...)

The importance of an intermediary when negotiating an Inclusive Business partnership

February 12, 2016 in Hub-Blog

As the CEO at Business for Development and after eight years of executing, advocating, and brokering inclusive business partnerships, I have learnt it is vitally important that there is an intermediary when negotiating a partnership to develop inclusive business. Without an intermediary often one party’s ... (more...)