Protecting communities from landslides by planting vegetation in Colombia; reducing traffic jams via an online platform in Vietnam or recycling empty printer cartridges to relieve landfills, reduce carbon emissions and create jobs in South Africa. Such as these three winners of the SEED awards - Fundacion Huellas Verdes,…Continue
Added by Bertil van Vugt on July 21, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments
*Farming & Agriculture
*Community online marketing hub
*Fashion, Design, Parlor & Beauty Services
* Gym & Fitness Center. (Gent’s &Ladies)
*Health service & Medicine Point
* Kindergarten school & Live Library for documentary.
Added by Mohammad Shamsuzzaman on July 15, 2015 at 23:30 — No Comments
From June 29th to July 1st the third version of Base Forum took place in Mexico City; the first was in São Paulo, Brazil in 2011 and the second in Medellin, Colombia in 2013. The forum is organized by Opportunities for the Majority, from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in order 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.…Continue
Added by Roberto Gallardo on July 13, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments
The Producer Company Act 2002 was born by incorporating a new Part IX A in the Companies Act, 1956 through an amendment Bill introduced by Ministry of Company Affairs based on the report submitted by High Powered Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Y K Alagh.
The Producer Company Act has spirits of cooperative principles and yet it allows freedom to act independently like any other private business without government’s interference. The Act…Continue
Added by Sanjay Kumar Gupta on July 11, 2015 at 18:30 — No Comments
This month’s Editor’s Choice features a new IDB report which was launched at the recent BASE III Forum. The report, which surveys the change in the BoP market in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last decade, is called ‘A Rising US$750 Billion Market: Unlocking Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid.’ It tells a compelling story about the rise in…Continue
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When my partners and I first traveled to Haiti almost five years ago, we had an idea that we thought might help a country reeling from a humanitarian disaster that wasn’t growing near enough food to feed itself.
Biochar—sustainably produced charcoal added to the soil in order to boost productivity, increase water retention, and sequester carbon—seemed like a great tool to help Haitian farmers sustainably grow more food, earn more money, and help the country get…Continue
Added by Eric Sorensen on July 10, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments
CEMEX and the $300 house project would like to invite you to participate in the "Global Affordable Housing Workshop" during the 2nd Global BOP Network Summit in Burlington, Vermont on July 17th. We will share lessons learned and best practices about i) business models (financial products), ii) partnerships, and iii) metrics.
To showcase some affordable housing approaches, the Managing Director & CEO of Tata Housing, Mr. Brotin Banerjee and the CSR Global Director of…Continue
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Matchmaking is notoriously difficult to do, with few successful examples and participants often leaving events with unmet expectations. We decided to have a very focused and targeted event that brought the right mix of people together to connect and explore replication opportunities. Our focus was on creating an initial contact, our hypothesis was that if this happened successfully, match-making and pairing up between successful IB’s, second movers and partners would more likely happen…Continue
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In July 2015 the Practitioner Hub is exploring the inclusive business sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. The region’s history, populations and geography have created unique conditions and challenges for inclusive business on the continent- with 405 million people earning under $10 a day, 45% of which earn under $4 a day, there is both the need and opportunity for innovative business models to have a positive impact on the region’s development.
Below are some useful…Continue
Added by Anne Salter on July 10, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments
The Base of the Pyramid (BoP) is a broadly used term in social entrepreneurship and economic development literature, but for those who are new to the topic it could be confusing when used alongside other terms such as poverty or inequality. According to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) the BoP refers to those whose daily per capita income is 10 USD or less. In Latin America 405 million people live at the Base of the Pyramid, which represents 70% of the total…Continue
When Acumen first started exploring Latin America, specifically Colombia and Peru, as a new geography for investment nearly 18 months ago, we knew we needed to take a hard look at the root causes of poverty unique to the region in order to figure out where and how our scarce resources could be best utilized. Although I was born and raised in Colombia, the complexity of…Continue
Added by Virgilio Barco on July 9, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments
Over the last three decades, Jamaica has undergone major socio-economic changes. A number of government’s fiscal and monetary policies designed to improve the economy have engaged the majority of Jamaicans in a painful process, and most businesses, large and small, have felt the effects of the high cost of and low access to capital, the declining value of the Jamaican dollar and worrying levels of crime and violence. Coupled with the problem of coping in this dynamic local economy, is the…Continue
Added by Sandra Glasgow on July 9, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments
Authors: Daniele Cesano, Adapta Sertão, Thais Corral, Adapta Sertão & Carolin Ehrensperger, SEED
Access to water is not only about meeting basic human needs; it is critical to sustainable development, too. For instance water is essential for agriculture and industry; it is a source of energy and also makes up an integral part of transport systems in many countries. One person needs to drink two to four litres of water every day, but the quantity of virtual water embedded…Continue
Added by Carolin Ehrensperger on July 9, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments
By: Dr. Armin Bauer, Principal Economist and coordinator of the Inclusive Business initiative in the ADB
ADB and IADB are working together to promote inclusive business in Latin America and Asia:
BASE FORUM III: On 31 June to 1 July 2015, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) organized their third regional forum on private sector investments for the Base of the…Continue
Added by Armin BAUER on July 9, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments
In this previous post, I explored the role of the public sector in the promotion of inclusive business in Colombia. It’s true that the topic is present in the public agenda. However, it would be unfair to ignore the important role that the private sector has had in the exposure and implementation of the topic.
Colombia’s private sector has…Continue
Added by Jenny Melo on July 8, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments
By Alejandro Sáez Reale
Espacio Negocios Inclusivos
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (ENI Di Tella)
When discussing generating inclusive businesses, not all possibilities have to be reduced to start-ups ventures or starting enterprises from the very beginning. Actually, much can be done when big companies want to go inclusive and incorporate…Continue
Added by Espacio de Negocios Inclusivos on July 8, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments
Greater efficiency, certification and reduced losses for small-scale farmer cooperatives and other rural enterprise can represent a major positive impact on their income and livelihoods.
The opportunity arises as food processors and retailers globally are looking to farmer organisations and rural entrepreneurs to take on initial post-harvest processes such as cutting, washing, packing and cold storage, allowing a greater volume and quality of output to meet rapidly growing demand for…Continue
You have not yet heard of the Responsible and Inclusive Business Hubs (RIBH)? Then now is the time to do so! The Responsible and Inclusive Business Hubs (RIBHs) provide interested companies with knowledge, networks and support in sustainable development to pilot both profitable and sustainable business models. With that, partners discover ways to integrate low-income communities into their value chain and to affiliate CSR activities close to their core business. Current…Continue
Added by Maite Deuchert on July 7, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments
The world of business is changing, where once profits were a sufficient measure of success, now innovative businesses are seeking methods to create greater impact. At the same time, organizations and communities are seeking financially sustainable solutions to social and environmental needs. Minka-Dev transforms these needs and market inefficiencies into opportunities by linking them with market tendencies to create inclusive business models. This process…Continue
Added by Alexandra Alden on July 6, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments
It’s now been four months, not including the small relapse, in early February, since I have been off coffee- see blog of 22nd February 2015. That smell which drags you into the coffee shop first thing in the morning. The caffeine that your body just can’t wake up without. Those extra spoons of sugar, in my case, which makes it just that sweet with that special taste of coffee to gulp down and feel invigorated to start the day.
No more for me. None of that. I took…Continue
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