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A blog post by Caroline Ashley, Editor was featured

The positive, negative, and less obvious ways that governments affect inclusive business growth

The story of how governments affect inclusive business growth is not a simple one.  Moaning about government regulation and red tape simply does not do justice to a complex field.  Increasingly we see a host of positive and negative influences of government and policy, some more explicit than others.  What strikes me is that the positive influences of government are becoming more evident in the IB landscape, and the most significant influences of government are probably the least evident…See More
May 15
Caroline Ashley, Editor posted a blog post

The positive, negative, and less obvious ways that governments affect inclusive business growth

The story of how governments affect inclusive business growth is not a simple one.  Moaning about government regulation and red tape simply does not do justice to a complex field.  Increasingly we see a host of positive and negative influences of government and policy, some more explicit than others.  What strikes me is that the positive influences of government are becoming more evident in the IB landscape, and the most significant influences of government are probably the least evident…See More
May 11
A blog post by Caroline Ashley, Editor was featured

Sanergy: looking back to 2011, looking forward to scale

Back in 2011 Sanergy applied to Sida's Innovations Against Poverty programme, for a grant to improve design of squat toilets.   At the time, Sanergy was operating 2 pilot toilets, aiming to expand to  60 by the end of 2011. As of today, Sanergy operates over 650 toilets in the Mukuru and Mathare slums of Nairobi. The network of toilets is used 27,000 times daily.There is still plenty of distance to go to achieve real scale vis a vis market need, given the millions of people that lack access to…See More
Apr 15
Caroline Ashley, Editor posted a blog post

Sanergy: looking back to 2011, looking forward to scale

Back in 2011 Sanergy applied to Sida's Innovations Against Poverty programme, for a grant to improve design of squat toilets.   At the time, Sanergy was operating 2 pilot toilets, aiming to expand to  60 by the end of 2011. As of today, Sanergy operates over 650 toilets in the Mukuru and Mathare slums of Nairobi. The network of toilets is used 27,000 times daily.There is still plenty of distance to go to achieve real scale vis a vis market need, given the millions of people that lack access to…See More
Apr 12
Caroline Ashley, Editor commented on Robin Stafford's blog post Jobs and skills in Africa - or 'Blundering about in the Dark!"
"Nice blog Robin, and heartfelt!  I wonder if micro-level work has been done by staff and consultants, and simply remains locked in computer files not shared, or simply hasn't been done at all.   For such a priority topic, it is a huge…"
Feb 3
Practitioner Hub commented on Caroline Ashley, Editor's blog post Do you know who counts as living at the 'Base of the Pyramid'?
"This blog is part of the Hub mini-series on Tracking Reach at the BoP, a set of resources looking at the different approaches, methods and tools used by businesses and investors to track impact on clients or 'beneficiaries'. VIEW THE…"
Jan 26
A blog post by Caroline Ashley, Editor was featured

Do you know who counts as living at the 'Base of the Pyramid'?

And do you know how many conflicting definitions there are?  Many!The 'original' definition of the Base of the Pyramid (IFC/WRI 2007) uses an income level that is several times higher than international poverty lines used by organisations such as the World Bank, in Africa and Asia.   Poverty lines are confusing for many because they are set in purchasing power parity not current dollar terms - for good logical reasons, but who expects an entrepreneur to start doing conversions? Evidence on…See More
Jan 26
Caroline Ashley, Editor posted a blog post

Do you know who counts as living at the 'Base of the Pyramid'?

And do you know how many conflicting definitions there are?  Many!The 'original' definition of the Base of the Pyramid (IFC/WRI 2007) uses an income level that is several times higher than international poverty lines used by organisations such as the World Bank, in Africa and Asia.   Poverty lines are confusing for many because they are set in purchasing power parity not current dollar terms - for good logical reasons, but who expects an entrepreneur to start doing conversions? Evidence on…See More
Jan 21
Practitioner Hub commented on Caroline Ashley, Editor's blog post New Spotlight compares inclusive business results across three portfolios
"This blog is part of a Hub mini-series called Looking back...looking forward: Progress in Inclusive Business in which key stakeholders look at how far inclusive business has come and where it is heading. Access the complete…"
Dec 15, 2014
A blog post by Caroline Ashley, Editor was featured

New Spotlight compares inclusive business results across three portfolios

I recently had a fascinating week comparing data and results across three inclusive business portfolios: the Business Innovation Facility pilot (2010-2013), Innovations Against Poverty pilot (2011-2013) and Business Call to Action (5 years old and on going). The data is based on years of rich engagement with 3 contrasting portfolios, each with an exciting - but different - array of innovative businesses.IAP grantees were mainly start-ups trying to secure the right business model and start…See More
Dec 10, 2014
Caroline Ashley, Editor posted a blog post

New Spotlight compares inclusive business results across three portfolios

I recently had a fascinating week comparing data and results across three inclusive business portfolios: the Business Innovation Facility pilot (2010-2013), Innovations Against Poverty pilot (2011-2013) and Business Call to Action (5 years old and on going). The data is based on years of rich engagement with 3 contrasting portfolios, each with an exciting - but different - array of innovative businesses.IAP grantees were mainly start-ups trying to secure the right business model and start…See More
Dec 9, 2014
A blog post by Caroline Ashley, Editor was featured

The most common challenges faced by inclusive businesses

Over the last four years, over 150 companies have answered a similar set of questions about the challenges they face in implementing their inclusive business.   The companies range from concept stage start-ups within the Innovations Against Poverty Portfolio to MNCs pursuing a business model at the base of the pyramid in the Business Call to Action portfolio.  But despite the variation in size, sector and maturity, some common themes appear.The challenge most often selected (from a long list)…See More
Nov 10, 2014
Caroline Ashley, Editor posted a blog post

The most common challenges faced by inclusive businesses

Over the last four years, over 150 companies have answered a similar set of questions about the challenges they face in implementing their inclusive business.   The companies range from concept stage start-ups within the Innovations Against Poverty Portfolio to MNCs pursuing a business model at the base of the pyramid in the Business Call to Action portfolio.  But despite the variation in size, sector and maturity, some common themes appear.The challenge most often selected (from a long list)…See More
Nov 9, 2014
Practitioner Hub commented on Caroline Ashley, Editor's blog post Time to start challenging our assumptions that start-ups can’t reach scale
"This blog is part of a full suite of resources on SMEs breaking through in Inclusive Business. ACCESS THE FULL SET HERE"
Oct 24, 2014
A blog post by Caroline Ashley, Editor was featured

Time to start challenging our assumptions that start-ups can’t reach scale

Can start-ups scale? Can social enterprises reach sufficient millions of people to really crack problems of poverty? This question has been around for many years. Now first answers are emerging.A crop of ‘breakthrough’ social enterprises are emerging. They are growing fast, securing investment and partners, and reaching millions of people. Of course they do not prove that all social enterprises scale, but they certainly show that they can. This month, the Practitioner Hub is brimming with news…See More
Oct 16, 2014
Caroline Ashley, Editor posted a blog post

Time to start challenging our assumptions that start-ups can’t reach scale

Can start-ups scale? Can social enterprises reach sufficient millions of people to really crack problems of poverty? This question has been around for many years. Now first answers are emerging.A crop of ‘breakthrough’ social enterprises are emerging. They are growing fast, securing investment and partners, and reaching millions of people. Of course they do not prove that all social enterprises scale, but they certainly show that they can. This month, the Practitioner Hub is brimming with news…See More
Oct 15, 2014

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Business Innovation Facility, Innovations Against Poverty
Website
http://businessinnovationfacility.org
Title
Learning and Results Manager
About My Work
As Learning and Results Manager of both the Business Innovation Facility and Innovations Against Poverty, my job is to make sure these two programmes deliver results by learning about inclusive business and sharing new ideas widely.

One of my specific roles is 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.

Helping practitioner make the best use of existing good practice is another task. On the Practitioner Hub we will signpost inclusive business practitioners to useful information and ideas (whether from us or from others), and provide a platform for practitioner dialogue.

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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Consultant
Issues of Interest
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, Value chains, Small and medium enterprises, The informal sector, Fair and ethical trade, Donor coordination
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Networking with fellow practitioners

Caroline Ashley, Editor's Blog

The positive, negative, and less obvious ways that governments affect inclusive business growth

The story of how governments affect inclusive business growth is not a simple one.  Moaning about government regulation and red tape simply does not do justice to a complex field.  Increasingly we see a host of positive and negative influences of government and policy, some more explicit than others.  What strikes me is that the positive influences of government are becoming more evident in the IB landscape, and the most significant influences of government are probably the least evident…

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Posted on May 11, 2015 at 10:00

Sanergy: looking back to 2011, looking forward to scale

Back in 2011 Sanergy applied to Sida's Innovations Against Poverty programme, for a grant to improve design of squat toilets.   At the time, Sanergy was operating 2 pilot toilets, aiming to expand to  60 by the end of 2011. As of today, Sanergy operates over 650 toilets in the Mukuru and Mathare slums of Nairobi. The network of toilets is used 27,000 times daily.

There is still plenty of distance to go to achieve real scale vis a vis market need, given the millions of people that lack…

Continue

Posted on April 12, 2015 at 20:30

Do you know who counts as living at the 'Base of the Pyramid'?

And do you know how many conflicting definitions there are?  Many!

The 'original' definition of the Base of the Pyramid (IFC/WRI 2007) uses an income level that is several times higher than international poverty lines used by organisations such as the World Bank, in Africa and Asia.   

Poverty lines are confusing for many because they are set in purchasing power parity not current dollar terms - for good logical reasons, but who expects an entrepreneur to start doing…

Continue

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

New Spotlight compares inclusive business results across three portfolios

I recently had a fascinating week comparing data and results across three inclusive business portfolios: the Business Innovation Facility pilot (2010-2013), Innovations Against Poverty pilot (2011-2013) and Business Call to Action (5 years old and on going). The data is based on years of rich engagement with 3 contrasting portfolios, each with an exciting - but different - array of innovative businesses.

IAP grantees were mainly start-ups trying to secure the right business model and…

Continue

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

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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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