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Carolin Schramm
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Private Sector Development Specialist
Main Reason for Joining this Site
Learning about new research and latest trends

Carolin's professional experience

  • International development consultant specialised in responsible business and private sector development
  • On-the-ground experience in a number of developing economies including Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia, India, Bangladesh and Peru 
  • Specialist areas include: inclusive business model appraisal and implementation, design and implementation of monitoring & evaluation frameworks and roll out of learning and communication strategies 
  • Proven track record of successfully managing multi-year international programmes involving multiple stakeholder types from private and public sectors 
  • Experience in working with a wide range of clients and project partners including impact investors, national and international businesses, bilateral donors, development finance and research institutions - - Strong analytical, coordination, communication and facilitation skills 
  • Interested in working with companies, investor, donors, NGOs and governments to increase private sector development impact through commercially oriented business strategies

Carolin Schramm's Blog

Market-led sanitation for rural communities: an innovative approach struggling to reach scale?

The sanitation market in a rural context offers very different challenges to the urban setting.  The blog by Simon Brossard of Hystra, outlines the next generation of sanitation businesses, and provides a good overview of both urban and rural models with practical examples.

Having reviewed a range of rural sanitation initiatives, as part of wider work for the World Bank on…


Posted on April 11, 2016 at 11:00

Is soft money hindering enterprise growth in Africa?

Sankalp Africa 2016 kicked off with an inspiring debate bringing forward divergent opinions on the use of soft money in encouraging sustainable entrepreneurship in Africa. 

Andia Chakava from Alpha Africa Asset Management and Suleiman Kiggundu from CDC were introduced arguing against soft money. Hugh Scott from AECF and Mark Carrato from USAID took the position that soft money has a role to play in supporting commercial…


Posted on February 25, 2016 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

How do enterprises themselves feel about donor support for inclusive business?

It feels like a long time since I finished my role as monitoring & evaluation manager for the DFID Business Innovation Facility pilot (BIF) in December 2013 and my last blog post on assessing and demonstrating additionality of private sector development programmes.



Posted on October 13, 2015 at 10:30

What has 'FOMO' got to do with impact investing?

The growing nature of the impact investment market is well documented in an increasing number of reports and research publications. Investors are optimistic about the range of opportunities that investments in businesses seeking both social or environmental as well as financial returns can provide. But a number of challenges remain. The lack of investable businesses from the investor perspective and gaps in understanding and expectations between investors and entrepreneurs are often cited.…


Posted on September 15, 2015 at 10:00

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