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RCT and market systems: an opportunity to gain insights

The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) programme in the Myanmar garments market is fortunate to be planning a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) as a significant component of our interventions. How are we fortunate? I think there are at least three ways:Locally generated and rigorous evidenceEvidence for the link between decent jobs and the increased profitability of garment manufacturers is at the heart of BIF's theory of change.This evidence is critical for garment factory owners and managers to…See More
Feb 16
Tom Harrison posted a blog post

RCT and market systems: an opportunity to gain insights

The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) programme in the Myanmar garments market is fortunate to be planning a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) as a significant component of our interventions. How are we fortunate? I think there are at least three ways:Locally generated and rigorous evidenceEvidence for the link between decent jobs and the increased profitability of garment manufacturers is at the heart of BIF's theory of change.This evidence is critical for garment factory owners and managers to…See More
Jan 23
Lee H. Babcock commented on Tom Harrison's blog post Towards a unifying theory of everything....
"To your query I believe inclusive business and market systems are two sides of the same coin….but perhaps we need to change the denomination of that coin.  Your conditions regarding market viability, collaboration and demand have…"
Jan 12
A blog post by Tom Harrison was featured

Towards a unifying theory of everything....

Does inclusive business and a market system approach ever collide?  Or are they two sides of the same coin, in which case what is the unifying theory of everything (as Stephen Hawking might have it)?  These are questions I am currently tussling with.In recent years I have worked on both sides of this theoretical divide, if indeed there is a divide.  In the BIF pilot we looked primarily for…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
Country Interest
Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia, India, Bangladesh
Issues of Interest
Impact assessment, Value chains, Donor coordination
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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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RCT and market systems: an opportunity to gain insights

The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) programme in the Myanmar garments market is fortunate to be planning a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) as a significant component of our interventions. How are we fortunate? I think there are at least three ways:

Locally generated and rigorous evidence

Evidence for the link between decent jobs and the increased profitability of garment manufacturers is at the heart of BIF's theory of…

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Posted on January 23, 2015 at 10:27

Towards a unifying theory of everything....

Does inclusive business and a market system approach ever collide?  Or are they two sides of the same coin, in which case what is the unifying theory of everything (as Stephen Hawking might have it)?  These are questions I am currently tussling with.

In recent years I have worked on both sides of this theoretical divide, if indeed there is a divide.  In the BIF pilot we looked…

Continue

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Careful choices - how BCtA companies use partnerships

Partnerships between companies in the same value or chain, or between companies and non-traditional partners such as NGOs or government agencies, have been a feature of inclusive business for some time.  What is now becoming clear is that some companies are becoming much more sophisticated about when and how to use such partnerships – and when not partner at all. This is one of the insights that I had recently when part of the team reviewing BCtA’s portfolio, and helping to write…

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Posted on October 10, 2014 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Myanmar: ready for inclusive business?

“We want to move out from the family own business to become a proper business. We want to get better technology to improve the quality of the product. When investment levels increase, production levels will also increase”. 

This was what a business owner told me in December 2012 on a visit to Myanmar to assess the country’s inclusive business potential.  It captures many important features of the private sector there. 

The vast majority of businesses are small and family…

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Posted on May 11, 2014 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

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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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