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Three ways to make your supply chain more climate resilient

Your business sells products that depend on agricultural commodities. You have built a great brand, you have a loyal and expanding customer base and great relationships with your providers. But is your supply chain really sustainable? Can climate change affect your business?

Most of the debate and focus in Europe and the US has been on how to mitigate climate change. Yet you keep hearing of bad harvests, conflicts, disasters that make life hard for your suppliers, affect quality and…


Added by Martha Djourdjin on November 27, 2015 at 19:34 — No Comments

Learning by doing – testing models for rural electrification in India and Uganda

Originally posted on, Juliane Nier and I report on how businesses in India and Uganda are learning from each other about the scale-up of decentralised renewable energy technologies.

CDKN recently brought together two of its Business Partnerships projects for a three day workshop in Delhi. The purpose of this workshop was for the businesses involved to share and learn from each other’s experience…


Added by Susannah Fitzherbert-Brockholes on November 23, 2015 at 11:58 — No Comments

Partnership brokering in action: how Bijoy Switches became an inclusive SME

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.…


Added by Tom Harrison on November 20, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

“My Home, Your Business - Affordable Housing Solutions for Low-Income Communities in Nigeria“

In 2008, for the first time in human history more people around the world lived in cities than in the countryside. By 2030, 60 percent of the world´s population will be living in cities. Especially in emerging and developing countries, the proportion of the population living in cities is…


Added by Jennifer Hauke on November 17, 2015 at 15:28 — No Comments

Women as Inclusive Business partners: How companies benefit from engaging women

'Women as Inclusive Business partners’ is an initiative by BoP Innovation Center and its strategic partner ICCO Cooperation. It is built on the recognition that there is a business case for the private sector to actively engage low-income women in their value chains; as producers, processors, employees, distributors or consumers. Such business can be profitable and contribute to a company’s overall objectives, and at the same time help to meet the needs and serve the interests of women in…


Added by Nelleke van der Vleuten on November 17, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

How can gender focused enterprises overcome deep-rooted cultural challenges?

If you are a woman attending a business conference or event, you will, more often than not, find yourself in the minority amidst a large number of men. I have found that this is a common occurrence regardless of the theme of the event or the city where it is taking place. So it was heartening to walk into UnLtd India and GSEN’s annual social entrepreneurship summit in Mumbai last month to find as many if not…


Added by Lara Sinha on November 15, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Samunnati Financial Services - Providing Financial Access to Agri Value Chain Players

Started in November 2014 in Thiruvannamalai, Samunnati is a financial services intermediation company that provides innovative financial products & services to the agriculture value chain players in remote parts of Tamil Nadu. Samunnati has been using Artoo’s Financial CRM technology solution since its inception. Sowmya talked to …


Added by Sowmya Suryanarayanan on November 15, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

November 2015 Editor's Choice: Cut out the middle man? Why bother if you can secure good seed instead

I have long seen agribusiness as an arena with high potential but weak performance to date within inclusive business.  I’m beginning to change my mind about the lack of performance. This month’s Editor’s Choice, ‘Smallholder Farmers and Business’  - by Hystra is one reason why, as is…


Added by Editor's Choice on November 13, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Tackling the Sustainability Challenge

For organizations like UnLtd India in the social entrepreneur support space, sustainability (either through market means, grant support or a combination of both) is a buzzword that we are confronted with often. But truthfully, it is something that we at UnLtd India, an incubator…


Added by UnLtd India on November 13, 2015 at 9:58 — No Comments

The gender impact of AECF projects

When women do better, economies do better”—Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Davos, addressing the issue of inclusive growth.

An analysis of the gender impact of the AECF would require detailed household level data to review impacts on gender roles, control of assets and behaviour at a household level. The Fund Manager’s team are continuously exploring ways to further improve the data we collect and report on the gender impact of AECF funded…


Added by Emily Mbiriti on November 12, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Milk and money Tapping into women's hidden economies - in a smart way!

Engro Foods is a large agribusiness company in Pakistan and one of…


Added by Christina Gradl on November 12, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Why SPRING, why business, why girls?

At SPRING we have a very specific focus: identify and support high growth businesses across East Africa and South Asia whose products or services can help girls between the ages of 10-19 to learn, earn, and save without harm. Our goal is to reach at least 200,000 girls living in extreme…


Added by SPRING Accelerator on November 11, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Uganda: Keeping marginalised girls in school by economically empowering their parents

The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC), launched in 2012, is investing £300 million in the education of a million of the world’s poorest girls to expand their opportunities and improve their lives. 37 projects are working in 18 countries to enable girls to learn, through improved schools, better teaching and greater community engagement

A number of these projects were selected on criteria that related to the innovation that they would…


Added by Clare Convey on November 11, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

It makes business sense to work with and for smallholder farmers. But a balanced and stable relationship is essential to ensure that everyone grows and thrives

Imagine, for a minute that you are a small farmer. You have between half an acre and 3 hectares of land, to feed a large family. Your parents were farmers before you, and your children, at least some of them who won’t leave for the city in search of better incomes, are likely to become farmers too, on an even smaller land if they have to share the little you have.

Your whole life, you have worked as hard as you could, and yet you are still poor, and still entirely depend on things…


Added by Jessica Graf on November 10, 2015 at 8:27 — No Comments

Addressing the gender divide through inclusive business

The women are seated around a large table, in a conference room in a run-down hotel on the edges of Kisumu in Kenya’s west. There are twelve of them, all entrepreneurs with dreams, ideas and ambitions, with business ideas ranging from banana imports from Uganda and arranging weddings, to selling phone cards from a kiosk and growing tomatoes. In fact, many of these women have more than one business idea – sometimes, given the opportunity, there is no end to their innovative thinking. What if…


Added by Carolina Olson on November 10, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Cutting down trees for survival: How women can provide an alternative source of energy

Author: Anais Mangin, Partnerships Specialist at SEED - Promoting entrepreneurship for sustainable development

"Then the refugees came and started to cut down trees and soon there was no forest left, (..) The locals also chopped trees and made charcoal to sell to the refugees."  (UNHCR, 1996)

While this quote is almost 20 years…


Added by Carolin Ehrensperger on November 9, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Inclusive Innovation - Part 2: Context matters

In the coming months BoP Innovation Center will share insights on their inclusive innovation journey via blog posts on their experience in developing innovation in BoP markets.

Read the first post by Nicolas Chevrollier …


Added by Gerwin Jansen on November 6, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

“I enjoyed the IB Accelerator bootcamp and found the ‘Pitch canvas’ very useful”

Recently the Inclusive Business Accelerator platform organized an online 'Pitch your Inclusive Business' bootcamp and the three best performing participants won a personal coaching session with pitch coach David Beckett. One of the three winners is Rocio Perez Ochoa of Bidhaa Sasa (second person from the right in…


Added by Bertil van Vugt on November 6, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Inspiring female CEOs in African agri and food industry

The African food and beverage market is projected to triple to $1 trillion by 2030. Growing market demand can be addressed by local and regional entrepreneurship and more productive and business oriented agriculture. The 2SCALE program builds on these opportunities and supports business propositions from local entrepreneurs, farmer cooperatives, traders and processing firms. Partnerships are being built resulting in agribusiness clusters and commercial value chains that can compete…


Added by Irmgard Jansen on November 5, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

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