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“Scaling up Social Innovations through Partnerships: Government, Innovators & Investors” on 25th and 26thJune, 2015 at Hyderabad.

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- Interact, connect and network with participants coming from a wide spectrum of organisations (financers, mentors, entrepreneurs,…


Added by Dr. Y. Malini Reddy on May 25, 2015 at 8:23 — No Comments

The Zambia Report - Feb-15 (ColaLife)

We are now back from a great 4 weeks in Zambia. It was eventful. This blog post contains the headlines - both the Top Ten Good News stories and Bottom Six Bad!

Jane and I arrived at Lusaka airport within 30 minutes of each other from two different directions. Jane had travelled direct from the UK, via Dubai, where she had been reporting to our Trustees, showing The Cola Road film at SOAS, and attending a workshop on…


Added by Simon Berry on May 21, 2015 at 12:33 — No Comments

Video Tutorials for Inclusive Business

This is Jose, Spanish filmmaker. We make videos for non profits.
After 5 weeks of heat and dust on a farm in the Gambia, it's been a reward to finish production of two video tutorials.
We want to share them here. 
They describe the process of making soap and jam with simple materials and cheap ingredients.

The Video Series “How to make money in Africa” aim to give business advice to young Africans. Produced by Awareness Photography for…


Added by JOSE LUIS MEJIAS on May 16, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

GLG Launches 2015 Social Impact Fellowship Applications

I am excited to spread the word-- GLG has launched the second year of the GLG Social Impact Fellowship with this call for applications! Please share this opportunity with clients, peers, and friends to help us identify our next class of amazing social sector leaders.

GLG's Social Impact Fellowship gives curious and ambitious nonprofit and social enterprise leaders access to our unparalleled membership, at no cost. GLG Social Impact, and especially the Fellowship, makes the kind of…


Added by Rachel Wald on May 13, 2015 at 21:36 — No Comments

The evolution of the BoP market in Latin America and the Caribbean

It has been more than ten years since we first read about the base of the pyramid (BOP) and the large and virtually untapped market represented by this socio-economic segment. People at the BOP in Latin America and the Caribbean live on less than $10 a day, but they have benefited from the region’s economic…


Added by Lina Salazar O. on May 13, 2015 at 14:40 — No Comments

The BASE III Forum and the evolution of the BoP market in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Base International Forum, organized by the Inter-American Development Bank’s Opportunities for the Majority Programme will take place from the 29th of June to the 1st of July 2015 in Mexico City. The objective of the Forum is to bring together leaders who are promoting and developing market-based business models that provide quality goods and services to the Base of the Pyramid in Latin America and the Caribbean.…


Added by Practitioner Hub on May 13, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Transforming market systems: the BEAM Exchange offers a fresh angle on scale and sustainability for inclusive business

One year ago, Beyond the Pioneer deftly described the challenge of getting inclusive businesses to scale. Despite a flourishing of market-based solutions to global poverty, Harvey Koh and colleagues pointed out that social enterprises all too often encounter major structural and regulatory obstacles to growth and replication.  

Realising businesses’ potential to fight…


Added by Mike Albu on May 13, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

How are entrepreneurs overcoming the barriers to public-private sector collaboration in India

The importance of policy and working with the government in creating an enabling environment for inclusive business was a recurring theme at the Global Sankalp Summit 2015. In fact, the Summit was deliberately held in New Delhi for the first time this year (after six years in Mumbai) to ensure Indian government participation, sending a strong message that the private and public sector need to work hand in hand to improve development outcomes and maximise impact.



Added by Lara Sinha on May 12, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Policy for Inclusive Business - Publication Highlights

Policy for Inclusive Business is a vast but important topic - the role that policymakers and governments can play in facilitating the growth of inclusive business has become increasingly apparent and there are numerous case examples that demonstrate this. …


Added by Beatrice Othol on May 11, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Government and policy in inclusive business: when a market systems approach will be helpful

I am returning to this topic because I think that any discussion of the role of government and policy in inclusive business will benefit from understanding better how IB contributes to a transformation in a specific market system, and indeed vice versa.

While all market systems programmes do not involve innovation by an individual company (or a group of companies), many do.

It is also the case that an inclusive business innovation may flourish without any change in…


Added by Tom Harrison on May 11, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Editor's choice May 2015: WSUP's Urban Water Supply Guide

My editor’s choice this month is ‘The Urban Water Supply Guide: Service delivery options for low-income communities’.  The guide was produced by Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) in 2014, and I want to highlight it because I believe it presents an excellent template for us all to follow when producing this kind of guide. …


Added by Tom Harrison on May 11, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

G20 develops a framework on Inclusive Business Policies

In December 2014, the Turkish G20 Presidency proposed to initiate work on the role of the private sector in development from the viewpoint of inclusiveness in business. Representatives of member states endorsed the proposal. They agreed that the G20 could develop a G20 framework on inclusive business, incorporating specific principles/guidelines and a set of policy options for the private sector, G20 and non-G20 countries and International Finance Institutions.

The G20 is a forum of…


Added by Christina Gradl on May 11, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

The positive, negative, and less obvious ways that governments affect inclusive business growth

The story of how governments affect inclusive business growth is not a simple one.  Moaning about government regulation and red tape simply does not do justice to a complex field.  Increasingly we see a host of positive and negative influences of government and policy, some more explicit than others.  What strikes me is that the positive influences of government are becoming more evident in the IB landscape, and the most significant influences of government are probably the least evident…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on May 11, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Governments in Social Impact Investing – What’s Next on The Global Agenda?

Governments: potential leaders in shaping social impact markets

Social impact investing is the provision of finance to organizations and funds addressing social needs with the explicit intention to generate a measurable social, as well as a financial return (OECD 2015, Social Impact Investment: Building the Evidence Base).…


Added by Koenig on May 11, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Inclusive business: An innovative policy choice for stimulating job creation

Policy making in developing countries seems to be dominated by the political imperatives of palliatives and quick fixes. Without palliatives the people rapidly lose interest, lose hope and turn against their political heroes. Without quick fixes, the opposition finds it easy to attack the performance of a new government and shake the faith of the electorate leading to the same end result. So what should governments do when interested in stimulating job creation to pull masses of their…


Added by Soji Apampa on May 8, 2015 at 19:00 — No Comments

Public Policy and promotion of Inclusive Business: Colombia´s approach

Colombia (in South America) has challenging social indicators. According to recent data, 30,6% of the population is poor and the Gini coefficient is 0,539. Not surprisingly, the fight against poverty is a priority issue on the Colombian public agenda. In recent years the approach has been changing and now includes a strong involvement of the private sector through social innovation and inclusive business.

First, a public structure

Colombia has a clear structure to…


Added by Jenny Melo on May 8, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Government, inclusive business and donor facilitation

Inclusive economic growth

As development practitioners our primary goal is poverty reduction, and economic growth is essential (but not sufficient on its own) to achieve this. As illustrated below (Porter & Ketels, 2003), this requires a vibrant and competitive private sector, enabled by a progressive and responsive public sector.  …


Added by Karen Smith on May 8, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

What role for the private sector in financing the new sustainable development agenda?

Unmet investment needs in the SDGs are estimated in the range of USD 3-7 trillion a year in developing countries alone with an annual gap estimated at about USD 2.5 trillion (see UNCTAD or the UNTT). Not everyone agrees on costing the SDGs (see this…


Added by Marcos Athias Neto on May 7, 2015 at 18:30 — No Comments

EVENT INVITATION: Today's Social Innovations - Tomorrow's Market Shifts (Berlin, May 18th)

A silent revolution is underway, initiated by social entrepreneurs — pragmatist visionaries who are challenging prevalent business motives and methods to invent market-based solutions to eradicate social injustice. They expand markets for existent products and services to new market segments in frontier markets. Furthermore, their (initially socially oriented) innovations caused several significant market shifts in the past years – like the sharing economy – and will continue to do so in the…


Added by Michael Vollmann on May 7, 2015 at 15:49 — No Comments

Ten years of SEED Awards (2005-2015): A rich experience in promoting entrepreneurship for sustainable development

On 20 April, ten years ago, five start-up entrepreneurs from Bolivia, Cambodia, Madagascar, Nepal and Nigeria travelled to New York to attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). They were to receive the first SEED Awards for their innovative approaches to advance sustainable development at the…


Added by Amelie Heuer on May 6, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

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