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 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
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
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…Continue
Posted on February 16, 2016 at 16:30