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TRINE - Seeks Regional Manager (East-Africa)

Department: TRINE Project Team

Location: East-Africa, preferably Nairobi or Dar es-Salaam Job Title: Regional Manager

Reporting to: Andreas Lehner, COO & Founder

TRINE is a start-up based in Gothenburg, Sweden,…


Added by Hanna Lindquist on May 23, 2016 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Addressing the Renewable Energy Financing Gap in Africa to Promote Universal Energy Access

Improving electrification rates in Sub-Saharan Africa is widely regarded as a strategy that can help the sub-continent to reduce inequality and promote sustainable economic growth. However, most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have their own unique challenges and opportunities to improving access to electricity.

I would like to bring to your attention a paper that I authored titled “Addressing the Renewable Energy Financing Gap in Africa to Promote Universal Energy Access: Integrated…


Added by Dumisani Chirambo on May 22, 2016 at 8:30 — No Comments

Editor’s Choice, May 2016: the multi-stakeholder partnerships guide

‘Multi-stakeholder partnership’   It’s a mouthful of a phrase and not very business friendly.  But just because it sounds like jargon, it doesn’t mean businesses don’t need them - and need to know how to navigate them.

So my Editor’s Choice this month is a guide to Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, or MSPs.   It’s not short, but it is practical.  It’s called The MSP Guide.

What it…


Added by Editor's Choice on May 17, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

Partnerships: distracting dead-end or sustainable solution?

I can't turn my head without hearing either how difficult partnerships are, or how essential they are.

I've just come off a webinar conversation with Ted London who argued that inclusive businesses need a Chief Ecosystem Director in the leadership team, because business success will depend on strategically selecting and creating external partnerships.  A mistake made by many…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on May 17, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

Looking for more resources on partnership and inclusive business?, the online searchable database of more than 1,400 publications, now has over 150 documents on partnerships, including 16 added in the past week.

There are several resources co-authored by the Practitioner Hub team:

  • Know how page Know how pages share practical knowledge about how to get something done as opposed to 'know-what' -…

Added by Practitioner Hub on May 17, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Supply Value Chain in Zambia

The horticultural sector is poised to be one of the most successful sectors within the agricultural industry in Zambia but smallholder farmers are hindered by limited access to markets, finance, farm inputs and a lack of knowledge. A reliance on traditional and inefficient farming methods, unsuitable fertilizers and minimal farm machinery mean that yields are limited and livelihoods insecure. These difficulties are compounded by a lack of infrastructure.…


Added by Choongo Chibawe on May 16, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

Inclusive business partnerships - insights from the Ugandan oilseed sub-sector

Inclusive business (IB) has won its place as one of the latest buzz words in the development arena. Definitions may vary, but a widely held view is that inclusive business involves the deliberate effort by companies and business entities to explicitly include the base of the pyramid[1] both as customers and/or service providers, often with the aim of alleviating some social ill that is restricting the development of a specific location. For the development…


Added by Rowena D K Namatovu on May 16, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Soul-selling vs. sustainability

Benefits and risks of corporate partnerships for NGOs

Work with a local NGO! This is widespread advice for companies that seek to do business with low-income people in the developing world. That NGOs are interested in these partnerships is often taken as a given. It is not. 

Indeed, there are plenty of examples of corporate-NGO partnerships.  In Brazil, World Vision and Danone cooperate to identify and train women vendors for Danone’s door-to-door sales model. Grameen has…


Added by Christina Gradl on May 12, 2016 at 18:30 — No Comments

Building an IB Ecosystem for the Ugandan Tourism Sector through Multi-Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships

For most, Uganda has never been synonymous with ‘tourist hotspot.’ Unlike its neighbor to the east, Kenya, a recent history of political instability and rebel-controlled national parks do not make for an ideal international tourist destination.  Despite the underdevelopment of the industry, tourism ‘is happening to Uganda’ (to quote one local stakeholder) and relevant actors have the opportunity to shape the development of this nascent industry in ways that benefit both businesses and…


Added by Jessica Scholl on May 12, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

We would like to work with you to achieve economic growth

Funded by the UK government, Connect to Grow is an enterprise growth and partnership initiative that creates win-win partnerships between enterprises in south Asia and Africa with those in India.

The concept is simple: harness the incredible potential of India’s more advanced small- and medium-sized enterprise landscape offering affordable innovation to support the growth of enterprises amongst all of the UK’s Department for International Development’s (DfID)…


Added by Daniel on May 12, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Partnering for mutual benefit not dependency

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…


Added by Tom Harrison on May 12, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Are public-private partnerships essential for inclusive business development?

Setting up a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to tackle development issues might be one of the last options any party should consider. This is my current personal sense based on my work within the PPPLab, which looks at how to how to make such partnerships more relevant and effective. Most PPPs take at least 18 months to become functional, processes are often slow, there are clashes of culture and style between private and public ways of working, and…


Added by Joost Guijt on May 12, 2016 at 7:30 — No Comments

Public-private partnerships – are we missing the point?

Whether you like them or dislike them, public-private partnerships (PPPs) are talked about … a lot. From the World Bank’s PPP Knowledge Lab to USAID’s Global Development Alliances to the UN-backed International Forum for PPPs for Sustainable Development they have become a pervasive aspect of…


Added by Jodie Thorpe on May 11, 2016 at 22:30 — No Comments

SAB Miller Zambia’s Wholehearted Embrace of Partnering

At a recent Business Call to Action (BCtA) high level business breakfast meeting, Mr. Ezekiel Sekele, Corporate Affairs Director for SAB Miller Zambia spoke to the gathering about the global conglomerates sustainable development approach through what it calls the 'Prosper strategy'.  He also emphasized the fact that the cornerstone of this overarching approach, critical to the company’s future success is stakeholder partnering.   The aim of the breakfast meeting was to discuss how inclusive…


Added by Andrew Chishiba Kambobe on May 11, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments

Partnerships as a Stepping Stone for Developing Sustainable Inclusive Businesses

What do a fertilizer company, an industrial sack manufacturer and a construction group have in common?

[photo] LINK brokers partnership between Stefanutti Stocks Construction Company and ADPP NGO in Mozambique to create a network of training/certification centers.  

Most companies in Mozambique don’t talk about…


Added by Todd Kirkbride on May 11, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Scaling impact through partnerships: from simple models to rich strategies

This blog was co-authored by Floortje Jacobs and Jan Ubels from SNV

Scaling up, scaling out, scaling deep, scaling wide, scaling across, vertical scaling, horizontal scaling… There has been a lot of ‘buzz’ around scaling impact in international development. The concept has been brought to the forefront in the last decade, since development effectiveness has become a key priority for donors, governments and development agencies. International organisations such as the UNDP,…


Added by Floortje on May 11, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Impactful Partnerships. Reflecting on what makes a successful partnership that will drive change, impact and opportunity for all

Let’s just start with the principle that you don’t always need to have a partnership to create an inclusive business. However, effective inclusive business initiatives which involve partners recognise the power of strategic partnership to move the gage on outcomes in order to achieve lasting impact. In doing so, partners can thoughtfully identify and leverage the capacities and assets of multiple parties for mutual…


Added by Mark Ingram on May 11, 2016 at 6:00 — No Comments

Women Empowering Women

In celebration of International Women’s Day this March, we turn the spotlight on three amazing impact enterprises, which we have had the pleasure of working with.

Led by women entrepreneurs,…


Added by Impact Investment Shujog on May 10, 2016 at 4:22 — No Comments

Use of Partnerships in Haiti for Distributing Solar Lamps

In 2009 SAFICO, a private company, decided to try to develop the market for solar lamps in Haiti with the hope of eventually making a profit.  We called the new line MicamaSoley and started importing Barefoot Power products, later we added dlight design, OmniVoltaic and BBOXX.  We were already manufacturing and distributing mattresses on the local market but we realized that we needed a different kind of distribution method for…


Added by Tom Adamson on May 9, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

The Challenge Facing the Kenyan Housing Sector

The recent disaster of a six-storey building collapsing in Huruma, Nairobi that resulted in loss of lives and casualties has raised some very serious questions on the state of the housing sector in Kenya. To be able to address these issues, let us first begin by quoting the constitution of our…


Added by SIB Kenya - The Knowledge Center on May 9, 2016 at 7:53 — No Comments

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