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Embracing the potential for a sustainable dairy value chain in Bangladesh

May 31, 2017 in Hub-Blog

On 30 April, 2017, a roundtable discussion was organized at Hotel Century Park to discuss the problems and opportunities currently present in the dairy / milk sector of Bangladesh, and what can be done to mitigate such problems and grasp the opportunities to grow this value chain. The discussion was ... (more...)

Facilitating inclusive business models

January 20, 2017 in Hub-Blog

Parveen Huda spoke to Sabrina Shahab, a Fundraising Specialist at Practical Action, Bangladesh. Practical Action work alongside communities, adopting a collaborative approach to finding practical solutions to the poverty they face. They recently partnered with Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI) ... (more...)

Inclusive business donor partnerships: reaching new markets and marginal communities

January 20, 2017 in Hub-Blog

Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI) Limited is one of the leading conglomerates in Bangladesh that works on a number of inclusive business initiatives in the agriculture sector.  ACI Chief Strategy Officer Saifullah Shovon spoke to Parveen Huda about how they have worked with donors in the past ACI’s ... (more...)

Saif Rashid awarded as Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Saif Rashid, an inclusive business model expert and rural enterprise specialist-also the founding director and CEO of JITA Social Business Bangladesh Ltd, has been awarded by prestigious Schwab Foundation– a World Economic Forum associated Initiative as one of the most outstanding social entrepreneurs ... (more...)

An Inclusive Development Program to end malnutrition in India

September 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

A very bold but extremely necessary step taken by the Indian Government to ensure food security and tackle malnutrition. As quoted from the article – “the government brings in the food, civil society the social capital and companies their expertise on supply chain management, while the panchayats ... (more...)

Social Services on Wheels

August 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

As I was chatting with an acquaintance of mine about possible project funding – he directed me to an interesting project being piloted by Grameen Communications in partnership with Toyota Foundation. I found the pilot to be very interesting and thought I would share it here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh-Ht1wr3Vk ... Read More →

Common sense is not so common?

June 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

A lot of people creating products or services for consumers at the base of the pyramid (BoP) think they know what poor people need and automatically assume that there will be demand for this product or service. For them, it is common sense – but as the saying goes – common sense is not so common. ... (more...)

Workshop in Bangladesh for Developing a Sustainable Supply Chain

May 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

Here is an interesting summary of our joint workshop initiated by CARE Bangladesh, supported by iDE Bangladesh, Market Development Forum, BIF and organized by Renaissance Consultants Ltd. This article was published in the monthly news magazine called the Bangladesh Brand Forum. ... Read More →

What is the Impact of large Retail Chains on small farmers?

December 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

In Bangladesh, BIF has worked with Agora, one of the large Retail Chain stores owned and managed by Rahimafrooz Group, a large renowned conglomerate. Details of that project can be seen in the link but briefly our intervention was targeted towards the capacity building of their SME suppliers to deliver ... (more...)

Can businesses sell nutritious products to the poor?

December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

As we try and support commercial businesses to help them develop fortified biscuits for the retail market in Bangladesh – we are trying to draw on lessons learnt from various other nutrition related projects in Bangladesh. For example you can read a write up of the Grameen – Danone Joint ... (more...)