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Building Inclusive Value Chains

Authors: Mareike Grytz, Inclusive Business Action Network & Carolin Ehrensperger, SEED

How can people living at the base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) be integrated into global value chains and improve their livelihood on a long-term perspective? One answer clearly is: by fostering Inclusive Business Models (IBM).

Making value chains more inclusive via IBM has taken the classic value chain approach to a new, yet distinctive level. Inclusive Business Models explicitly focus…


Added by Carolin Ehrensperger on August 27, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

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Added by Practitioner Hub on August 27, 2015 at 13:18 — No Comments

Join our BoP Sector Dialogue on Health (Buenos Aires, Sept. 25th)

Bringing Health Care Solutions to Low-income Markets (Register here>>)

BoP Sector Dialogue at the Ecosystem Day of the 2nd Globalizer on Economic Inclusion in Latin America

September 25th 8:30am-6pm - BUENOS AIRES (…


Added by Michael Vollmann on August 24, 2015 at 14:32 — No Comments

Education and Innovation: The need for public-private sector partnerships in Latin America

I met Alejandra, a feisty advocate for Argentine students and workers, at a recent conference on youth employment. Short hair, tall and skinny, she was dressed in a simple t-shirt with her union’s acronym emblazed in large black letters. “Higher education is a basic right!” she emphatically said to me, and…


Added by Graham Day on August 18, 2015 at 23:30 — No Comments

Helping inclusive businesses measure performance and social impact

One afternoon under the grey skies of India’s monsoon season, Prashant, a collection officer with Mahindra Rural Housing Finance, sits with one of his customers at her home in a remote village in the state of Maharashtra. A few months ago, the customer took a housing loan from Mahindra to build a new home. As the lady invites Prashant into…


Added by Tomohiro Nagasaki on August 18, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Webinar brief: How to redefine business success?

In preparation for the 3rd Changemaker Leader Summit to be held on 29th and 30th September in Mexico City we are conducting a series of webinars that address the central themes of the summit.

The first of these webinars was held on July 28th and had as a central theme the challenges and lessons of becoming a B corporation. Daniela Bertoglia, Manager of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Natura Chile, a multinational…


Added by Jenny Melo on August 17, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Editor's Choice August 2015: BIF Guideline's for Market Selection, Diagnosis and Intervention Planning

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   I should declare straight away that am fully…


Added by Tom Harrison on August 17, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Is $8 a month affordable for the BoP? Or why do our eyes glaze over small numbers?

They say eyes glaze over when there are multiple zeros on a number.   Mine do.

I contest that we are at risk of doing the same on low numbers –  a risk that eyes glaze over when we talk a dollar a day, two dollars a day,  four dollars a day per person, or 5 cents per litre, per toilet visit, per mobile top-up.   How many of us assume that anyone living on mere dollars a day is dirt poor, and anything costing a few cents is dirt cheap?  I do, but to understand affordability, the…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on August 16, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Creating Green Businesses in the Mediterranean

The green business sector is rapidly growing worldwide, in the United Nation’s Environment Policy (UNEP) ‘Green Economy Report’ tourism and waste management were both identified as part of the ten pillars of a green economy. The global waste market from collection to recycling is currently valued at $410 billion a year, while tourism is valued at$1 trillion. Within the tourism industry there is a growing trend towards sustainable tourism with over a third of travelers stating they…


Added by Alexandra Alden on August 13, 2015 at 22:00 — No Comments

The next challenge for impact investing: Scaling up support to early stage social enterprises

Authors: Bertil van Vugt, Inclusive Business Accelerator and Mirko Zuerker, SEED

The growth and success of green and inclusive business models with high impact potential is central to the challenges many emerging economies are facing. These enterprises not only spur development and market growth, but also ensure the preservation of the very base of our global economy – environmental and social resources. Thus, these small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may just be the…


Added by Mirko Zuerker on August 13, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Making Housing affordable for the BoP

In 2008, for the first time in history, more people lived in cities than in rural areas. Due to the urban growth in developing countries this trend is expected to even increase. In 2050, about 66% of the world’s population is estimated to live in cities.

At the same time, slums in urban areas keep growing. Two years…


Added by Mareike Grytz on August 13, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Solar Serve: a clean cooking revolution in Vietnam

We spoke to Bich Tan, manager at Solar Serve, to find out how they are helping people on a lower income access cleaner cooking stoves, providing jobs and what they now need to scale their business.


1. What does your business offer to your clients? What is the core value proposition?



Added by Practitioner Hub on August 11, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

ProPlanet: stemming the tide of 70% waste to landfill in Colombia

We spoke to Natalia Uribe, General Manager at ProPlanet, to find out how they are preventing recyclable materials ending up in landfill and making useful, environmentally friendly products as a result.

1. What does your business offer to your clients? What is the core value proposition?           …


Added by Practitioner Hub on August 11, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Provoke, discuss, and act – Perspectives from the BoP Global Network Summit (July 16-17, 2015)

The second BoP Global Network Summit took place on July 16 and 17 in Burlington, Vermont. The Summit was organized by Enterprise for a Sustainable World (ESW) and University of Vermont (UVM) in collaboration with the BoP Global…


Added by Filippo Veglio on August 10, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Introducing the Business Innovation Facility - phase two

Following the success of the Business Innovation Facility (BIF) Pilot, which ran from 2010 to 2013, the programme was scaled up for a further five years, from 2014 – 2019 in three focus countries: Burma (Myanmar), Malawi and Nigeria.

What does BIF do?

BIF provides technical assistance (and some grant funding) to businesses and other market players with the aim of addressing constraints in selected markets, to make them more…


Added by Olivia Elson on August 10, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

15 SEED winners ready to raise funds at Nairobi Investor Forum

Meet 15 selected SEED winners who will pitch their enterprises at the Investor Forum on 8-9 September in Nairobi, Kenya. See an overview of the ventures below!

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,…


Added by Bertil van Vugt on July 21, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

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Added by Mohammad Shamsuzzaman on July 15, 2015 at 23:30 — No Comments

Key takeaways from the BASE III FORUM

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.…


Added by Roberto Gallardo on July 13, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Will Producer Company Act Change Farmers’ Fortune?

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…


Added by Sanjay Kumar Gupta on July 11, 2015 at 18:30 — No Comments

Editor’s choice July 2015: Unlocking Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid

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…


Added by Tom Harrison on July 11, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

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