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:
Evidence for the link between decent jobs and the increased profitability of garment manufacturers is at the heart of BIF's theory of…Continue
Posted on January 23, 2015 at 10:27
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
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…Continue
Posted on October 10, 2014 at 18:00 — 1 Comment
“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…Continue
Posted on May 11, 2014 at 9:30 — 2 Comments