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Editor's Choice, April 2015: three papers by Erik Simanis

For this month’s Editor’s Choice I am doing something a little different.  Instead of featuring one report, my choice is three pieces of writing by Erik Simanis, a thinker that I believe sheds valuable light on many aspects of inclusive business, not least business models that operate at scale and how large companies can achieve them.Erik describes himself as ‘an action researcher and authority on innovation and go-to-market strategies for…See More
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Olam: a company that knows how to partner smallholder farmers

Olam have recently published their 2014 Corporate Responsibility & Sociability report, Connectivity in the Landscape.  This is a very accessible and well presented survey, and well worth a look.The company benefits 3.9 million smallholder farmers through its procurement, outgrower programmes and investment in related infrastructure.  These farmers are primarily in…See More
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Business Innovation Facility
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http://www.businessinnovationfacility.ning
Title
Projects Manager
About My Work
I manage operations and projects for the Business Innovation Facility
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Consultant
Issues of Interest
Impact assessment, Value chains, Donor coordination
Main Reason for Joining this Site
Networking with fellow practitioners

Mr professional background

I am a sustainable development professional with 20-years experience in the NGO and development finance sectors. An accredited broker of cross-sector partnerships, a major interest of mine is the contribution that the private sector can make to addressing poverty and disadvantage.

In recent years I have performed assignments for UNDP's private sector division, IBLF, World Vision, VSO, and the Netherlnds Government among others. The range of activities that I support include advising on organisational partnering strategy, facilitating meetings and workshops, brokering new or existing cross sector partnerships, and reviewing partnerships in order to learn how to increase their impact.

In earlier parts of my career I worked for CDC and for NGOs such as VSO. I have lived and worked in Tanzania, Malaysia, Malawi, Zambia and Uganda and made frequent work-related visits to Ghana, Ethiopia, South-Africa and India among many others.

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Editor's Choice, April 2015: three papers by Erik Simanis

For this month’s Editor’s Choice I am doing something a little different.  Instead of featuring one report, my choice is three pieces of writing by Erik Simanis, a thinker that I believe sheds valuable light on many aspects of inclusive business, not least business models that operate at scale and how large companies can achieve them.

Erik describes himself as ‘an action researcher and authority on innovation and go-to-market…

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Posted on April 8, 2015 at 12:30

Scale and scaleablity: a conversation with Erik Simanis

Erik Simanis is Head of the Frontier Markets Initiative at Cornell University.  His work is published in…

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Posted on April 8, 2015 at 12:30

Olam: a company that knows how to partner smallholder farmers

Olam have recently published their 2014 Corporate Responsibility & Sociability report, Connectivity in the Landscape.  This is a very accessible and well presented survey, and well worth a look.

The company benefits 3.9 million smallholder farmers through its procurement, outgrower programmes and investment in related infrastructure.  These…

Continue

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 8:30

Editor's Choice, March 2015: Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models to Scale the Adoption

I was very happy when Caroline Ashley asked me to guest edit the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business that agribusiness is the first theme I am involved with. Having spent the first 

part of my career helping parts of the tea industry in East and Central Africa to get back on its feet following some difficult…

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Posted on March 10, 2015 at 17:30

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At 13:41 on April 21, 2015, Bruno Serra said…

Hello Dear,
How is everything with you,I picked interest on you after going through your short profile,I have something very vital to disclose to you,but I found it difficult to express myself here,since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on(brunoserra1964@gmail.com)for the full details.

Have a nice day.
thanks
Bruno Serra.
At 7:35 on March 5, 2013, Bernard Kelontii said…

Tom, you have fascinating character which I know you have been a blessing to many in African Continent. How about extending your expertise over to Africa's cousins in the South Pacific - Papua New Guinea another former colony of UK.

We need people of your humour and understanding to set up facilities as you have done for the African continent.

I am always dreaming of having to assist rural population to look at ways to alleviate poverty and to involve them to become rural enterprenuers without losing them.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) needs your help and you can assist. The country blessed with mineral resources yet remain poor in terms of income per capita.

Would you consider lending a helping hand to facilitate and set us off?

Bernard Kelontii

At 3:09 on March 2, 2013, MD. BELAYET HOSSAIN said…

HELLO TOM

Global Agro Resources Incorporation in Bangladesh involves in agri-business since last 10 years, established contract farming for produce high quality exportable potatoes and sesame seed. We have engaged about 10,000 farmers through Syngenta Foundations and some individual contract farmers in north bengal areas in 7 districts all potato growing areas in Bangladesh.

Attached please find some picture for your reference.

Md. Belayet Hossain

CEO

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At 10:05 on March 2, 2012, Rachel Godfrey said…

Thanks for your comments Tom - glad you found the article useful. Today, the poles for the cable line are being erected and off-site we're in the processing of looking more closely at the appropriate tariff for households (a lot of the data gathered in the baseline exercise is helping us with these calculations). Will be updating as things progress - apologies for my delay have been on annual leave in Zambia!

At 17:53 on January 17, 2012, Murphy Okpala said…

Thank you, Its good to be here

At 17:48 on April 14, 2011, A.S.M. Mashi-ur-Rahman said…
Yes it is better for both of us. Looking forward to here from your Bangladesh country office and also waiting to meet you at our MIDAS Office. May be we could find some opportunities to work together for the benefit of our target group.
At 10:25 on April 14, 2011, A.S.M. Mashi-ur-Rahman said…
I do not know yet the exact time and date. Please keep my mobnile number # +88-01711-842976. My office address: MIDAS, HOUSE-43, ROAD-16(OLD-27), DHANMONDI, DHAKA-1209, BANGLADESH. website: www.midas-bd.com.bd

What is the Facility Project is doing in Bangladesh?
At 18:35 on April 13, 2011, A.S.M. Mashi-ur-Rahman said…
Thanks for your comment and discussion with CEO of PUM. I am working for PUM-Netherlands and Representative, Bangladesh on behalf of MIDAS (www.midas-bd.com.bd). I am also the General Manager of MIDAS. We are taking PUM Assistance for MIDAS ongoing program - Technology Transfer for Private Sector Development. Bangladeshi SMEs are getting benefit of this program with the PUM Senior Expert Setvices. CEO of PUM will visit Bangladesh in the first week of May 2011 to know Bangladesh more to extent more assistance.
At 12:26 on November 19, 2010, Adebayo Oyewole said…
Thank you Tom! Looking forward to the collaboration.
At 16:17 on October 13, 2010, Soji Apampa said…
 
 
 
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