In the early 2000’s I was seconded to a large multi-national company to work on an exciting inclusive business (IB) project that the company’s chief executive had recently announced to the world at a major conference. With a UN organization playing a convening role, the project was designed as a partnership that would transform small holder farming.
After 6 months of toil, my colleagues and I found that we had made no progress and we were sent home. Not long after that the CEO was…Continue
Posted on May 12, 2016 at 9:00
Tangail is a small town by Bangladeshi standards. From the main street it is a short drive to a quiet lane lined with bamboo fences on either side, but busy with people walking and children playing. Opening a gate, you reach a small compound with half a dozen modest buildings. This is the home of Bijoy Switches, a small business making their own range of household electrical components.…Continue
Posted on November 20, 2015 at 15:30
The launch of the Connect to Grow programme reminds me of the great value of business-to-business mentoring. A number of years ago I helped to manage a programme in which highly experienced business owners would volunteer to spend time with entrepreneurs running SMEs in developing countries. When trying to capture the essence of what these volunteers had to share, we decided that the word ‘seasoned’ captured it best.
The word ‘seasoned’ to me carries the connotation of having lived…Continue
Posted on September 14, 2015 at 17:30
This month’s Editor’s Choice is the Business Innovation Facility’s ‘Guidelines for Market Selection, Diagnosis and Intervention Planning’ published on the new Business Innovation Facility website at bifprograme.org http://www.bifprogramme.org/. I should declare straight away that am fully…Continue
Posted on August 17, 2015 at 9:30