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Partnerships: distracting dead-end or sustainable solution?

I can't turn my head without hearing either how difficult partnerships are, or how essential they are.I've just come off a webinar conversation with Ted London who argued that inclusive businesses need a Chief Ecosystem Director in the leadership team, because business success will depend on strategically selecting and creating external partnerships.  A mistake made by many businesses,…See More
May 18
Caroline Ashley, Editor posted a blog post

Partnerships: distracting dead-end or sustainable solution?

I can't turn my head without hearing either how difficult partnerships are, or how essential they are.I've just come off a webinar conversation with Ted London who argued that inclusive businesses need a Chief Ecosystem Director in the leadership team, because business success will depend on strategically selecting and creating external partnerships.  A mistake made by many businesses,…See More
May 17
Astrid van Agthoven commented on Caroline Ashley, Editor's blog post The business of sanitation: a microcosm of Inclusive Business challenges
"Great blog!"
Apr 26
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Apr 14
Caroline Ashley, Editor posted a blog post

The business of sanitation: a microcosm of Inclusive Business challenges

I tend to use sanitation business as an example when I want to explain how tough inclusive business is at the BoP.  All the normal challenges are magnified in sanitation:  lack of product awareness, difference between what consumers ‘want’ and ‘need’, fragmented complex logistics and the need to delineate roles of public, non-profit and private sector, subsidy and profit.The contributions we have this month on the theme of sanitation are certainly relevant to all of us in inclusive business,…See More
Apr 12
Caroline Ashley, Editor posted a blog post

Why should donors subsidise the private sector?

Why should the public sector subsidise the private sector?Why subsidise the private sector with aid?  This was the question discussed at a workshop I chaired recently at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).   The question posed by ODI is this: can we better understand the rationale and value for money of spending aid money on support to the private sector by looking at      i.         the effective subsidy that DFID or other donors put in (the gap between a market return and what the donor…See More
Apr 9
Caroline Ashley, Editor commented on Caroline Ashley, Editor's blog post Inclusive business and SDGs: a time for yawning, relabeling or raising ambition?
"Thanks for the comment Chris. Yes, it was a powerful moment in the discussion.  You are right, 'doing good' is simply too amorphous for others to engage in, so if the SDGs are what UN and governments are focusing on, it should make it…"
Mar 23
Chris Oestereich commented on Caroline Ashley, Editor's blog post Inclusive business and SDGs: a time for yawning, relabeling or raising ambition?
"Caroline, As the skeptic who triggered Marcos' comment, I have to admit he helped turn me around on this. To me, the collective directive of the UN's various divisions might have historically been summed up as an amorphous, "To do…"
Mar 19
A blog post by Caroline Ashley, Editor was featured

Inclusive business and SDGs: a time for yawning, relabeling or raising ambition?

Could we find anyone to write a sceptical viewpoint on the SDGs and their relevance for business?  No.  Do we know people who are sceptical?  Of course.  Has anyone convinced us that business needs to take the SDGs seriously?  Well actually yes.I confess, I am a bit bored of conversations that go like this: The UN and Governments have agreed 17 SDGs to structure global priorities until 2030.  Business needs to map its inclusive business commitments and sustainability commitments against the…See More
Mar 16
Caroline Ashley, Editor posted a blog post

Inclusive business and SDGs: a time for yawning, relabeling or raising ambition?

Could we find anyone to write a sceptical viewpoint on the SDGs and their relevance for business?  No.  Do we know people who are sceptical?  Of course.  Has anyone convinced us that business needs to take the SDGs seriously?  Well actually yes.I confess, I am a bit bored of conversations that go like this: The UN and Governments have agreed 17 SDGs to structure global priorities until 2030.  Business needs to map its inclusive business commitments and sustainability commitments against the…See More
Mar 15
Caroline Ashley, Editor commented on Carolin Schramm's blog post Is soft money hindering enterprise growth in Africa?
"I agree, a lively topic.  Although Andia (from Africa Asset Management) seemed totally against soft money because of the bubble it creates, most people seemed to recognise it depends on stage.  We also hear investors telling us endlessly…"
Feb 27
A blog post by Caroline Ashley, Editor was featured

Day 0 at the IB Asia Forum

Today was Day 0 - the day before the formal start of the second IB Asia Forum, hosted by the Asian Development Bank in Manila.   But today was not just a day for photocopying, stapling and arranging chairs -  there was plenty of brain-work and content.Bankers from commercial banks attended a full day training on what inclusive business can mean for them and their investment.  Noah Beckwith and colleagues led…See More
Feb 17
Caroline Ashley, Editor posted a blog post

Day 0 at the IB Asia Forum

Today was Day 0 - the day before the formal start of the second IB Asia Forum, hosted by the Asian Development Bank in Manila.   But today was not just a day for photocopying, stapling and arranging chairs -  there was plenty of brain-work and content.Bankers from commercial banks attended a full day training on what inclusive business can mean for them and their investment.  Noah Beckwith and colleagues led…See More
Feb 16
A blog post by Caroline Ashley, Editor was featured

The new gateway to inclusive business in Asia: launching the IB Asia Hub

We are launching Inclusive Business Asia Hub at an interesting time for inclusive business on the world’s most populous and poverty stricken continent.  Businesses are seeing viable opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid in Asia.  With 1.7 billion people living in extreme poverty[1] the urgent need for the private sector to help solve development challenges has led to the rising interest amongst the…See More
Feb 15
Caroline Ashley, Editor posted a blog post

The new gateway to inclusive business in Asia: launching the IB Asia Hub

We are launching Inclusive Business Asia Hub at an interesting time for inclusive business on the world’s most populous and poverty stricken continent.  Businesses are seeing viable opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid in Asia.  With 1.7 billion people living in extreme poverty[1] the urgent need for the private sector to help solve development challenges has led to the rising interest amongst the…See More
Feb 15
A blog post by Caroline Ashley, Editor was featured

Introducing a New Database of Inclusive Business Publications

If you search Google for ‘inclusive business’ you get 46.5 million results in under a second. But it would take you years to get through them.   And if I search for inclusive business solar, or inclusive business models, or inclusive business Malawi, you find some good stuff and some not.So what would you do if you wanted to find what’s been produced on inclusive business (IB) models that scale, on IB in Water in India,  or to find specific checklists that help you and your team?   From today…See More
Jan 27

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http://ashleyinsight.co.uk
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@inclusivebiz
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@cashley122
Title
Learning and Results Manager
About My Work
As Editor of the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business my team and I help practitioners make the best use of existing good practice, signposting to useful information and ideas (whether from us or from others), and providing a platform for practitioner dialogue. Each month I analyse a report in the sector in the Editor’s Choice and edit many of the Hub publications. To reach as many practitioners as possible we are working with the ADB and IBAN to share best practise from around the world.

As Results Director on Connect to Grow my role is to track and assess results - helping partners and the overall programme to analyse the impacts of inclusive business, and what is working. This builds on my previous work looking at development impacts of enterprise and pro-poor aspects of value chains.

So my job, along with team members, is to ensure we don't just push lots of ideas and documents hither and thither, but focus on quality and relevance. What is useful to practitioners? Why and how is it useful?
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Inclusive Business: Value Chains, Inclusive Business: Products and Services, Low carbon and climate resilient business models, Working in partnership, Impact assessment, Investment Climate & Regulation, Working with farmers & the informal sector, Role of donors/governments, Driving & managing change inside the company
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Networking with fellow practitioners

Caroline Ashley, Editor's Blog

Partnerships: distracting dead-end or sustainable solution?

I can't turn my head without hearing either how difficult partnerships are, or how essential they are.

I've just come off a webinar conversation with Ted London who argued that inclusive businesses need a Chief Ecosystem Director in the leadership team, because business success will depend on strategically selecting and creating external partnerships.  A mistake made by many…

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Posted on May 17, 2016 at 17:30

The business of sanitation: a microcosm of Inclusive Business challenges

I tend to use sanitation business as an example when I want to explain how tough inclusive business is at the BoP.  All the normal challenges are magnified in sanitation:  lack of product awareness, difference between what consumers ‘want’ and ‘need’, fragmented complex logistics and the need to delineate roles of public, non-profit and private sector, subsidy and profit.

The contributions we have this month on the theme of sanitation are certainly relevant to all of us in inclusive…

Continue

Posted on April 12, 2016 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Why should donors subsidise the private sector?

Why should the public sector subsidise the private sector?

Why subsidise the private sector with aid?  This was the question discussed at a workshop I chaired recently at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).   The question posed by ODI is this: can we better understand the rationale and value for money of spending aid money on support to the private sector by looking at

      i.         the effective subsidy that DFID or other donors put in (the gap between a…

Continue

Posted on April 9, 2016 at 10:00

Inclusive business and SDGs: a time for yawning, relabeling or raising ambition?

Could we find anyone to write a sceptical viewpoint on the SDGs and their relevance for business?  No.  Do we know people who are sceptical?  Of course.  Has anyone convinced us that business needs to take the SDGs seriously?  Well actually yes.

I confess, I am a bit bored of conversations that go like this: The UN and Governments have agreed 17 SDGs to structure global priorities until 2030.  Business needs to map its inclusive business commitments and sustainability commitments…

Continue

Posted on March 15, 2016 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

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At 14:27 on November 29, 2012, Dan Berelowitz said…

Thanks Caroline, I would be very happy to write something for the blog. The most recent research is quite UK focused so would like to suggest a few ways that it may apply to the international community. How long and when for?

I know Healthstore pretty well but would be really interested to hear of other models you know of? 

Thanks so much 

Dan 

 
 
 

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