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2018: Next Challenge for Inclusive Business in Nigeria

December 6, 2017 in Hub-Blog

Progress so far in Nigeria So far in Nigeria, the term “inclusive business” is not well known since most have come into it quite by accident. In trying to create local sourcing strategies for raw materials such as agricultural produce, following restrictions on import of such commodities, many companies ... (more...)

How Are Companies & Donors Working together to Achieve Development Outcomes?

January 16, 2017 in Hub-Blog

In this blog we examine how companies and donors are working together to achieve development outcomes in market systems projects and how this relates to the business case for inclusive business models on the part of the participating companies and opportunities to stimulate more inclusive economies on ... (more...)

Inclusive business: An innovative policy choice for stimulating job creation

May 8, 2015 in Hub-Blog

Policy making in developing countries seems to be dominated by the political imperatives of palliatives and quick fixes. Without palliatives the people rapidly lose interest, lose hope and turn against their political heroes. Without quick fixes, the opposition finds it easy to attack the performance ... (more...)

Introducing the “Innovation Insider”

September 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

The World Resources Institute and the International Finance Corporation did a detailed study of the BOP around the world and estimated that the market is about $5trillion in purchasing power parity. Is this a large untapped market or a fuzzy mish mash of expectations that just cannot be profitably or ... (more...)

September 2013 Editor’s Choice: Innovation & Scale: Two Sides Of One Coin

September 5, 2013 in Hub-Blog

Businesses know all too well that Price – Profit = Cost, and this age-old formula has been a guide to successful investments in innovation for many years. Yet this month’s editor’s choice suggests that to innovate for inclusive business, the best approach is to flip this formula and look at it ... (more...)

The Many ‘I’s of Innovations in Inclusive Business

June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Count the ‘I’s of “Innovations in Inclusive Business” and you might be tempted to conclude there are only five. Depending on your sense of humour you might even discover there are six or indeed seven. Recently, when the BIF Country Managers from Zambia, Malawi, India, Bangladesh & Nigeria ... (more...)

Communicating Social Impact For Strategic Advantage

August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

If your company has created social value, and measured it, how do you get credit for it? It can be used for strategic advantage – if what you do is conveyed to key stakeholders in the right way. To gain strategic advantage, the communication needs to be appropriate for a specific audience. For that ... (more...)

Do You Know What Your Partner Wants?

January 16, 2012 in Hub-Blog

Before you ask me, I will explain that the partner I speak of here consists of prospects and clients courted and very gracefully served by BIF country management in the pilot countries of Nigeria, India, Bangladesh, Malawi and Zambia. Just under a year and a half ago, September 2010 to be precise, ... (more...)

Crowdsourced Intelligence for Inclusive Business in Nigeria

May 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

Nigeria’s population of some 150 million people forms a huge crowd. According to a 2010 NORAD report, “among those who live below the 1 USD per day poverty line, over 65 percent are women. Between 1970 and 2000, Nigeria’s Gini coefficient jumped by about one-third, and the richest ten percent controls ... (more...)

Normal Business can be Business Innovation

March 16, 2011 in Hub-Blog

Imagine a land where there is education without much learning taking place; revenues without justice; participatory democracy where people still claim they do not have a hand in electing the leaders. Nigeria is a country with much oil but little petrol; much gas but little energy; a nation where the ... (more...)