They say eyes glaze over when there are multiple zeros on a number. Mine do.
I contest that we are at risk of doing the same on low numbers – a risk that eyes glaze over when we talk a dollar a day, two dollars a day, four dollars a day per person, or 5 cents per litre, per toilet visit, per mobile top-up. How many of us assume that anyone living on mere dollars a day is dirt poor, and anything costing a few cents is dirt cheap? I do, but to understand affordability, the…Continue
Posted on August 16, 2015 at 10:30
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…Continue
Posted on May 11, 2015 at 10:00
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
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