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May 2011 Blog Posts (15)

Promise and Progress for Market Based Solutions in Africa: New report in Gateway

A new report "Promise and Progress: Market-Based Solutions to Poverty in Africa" has just been added to the Resource Gateway.

The report, published by the Monitor Group, is a comprehensive analysis of financially sustainable enterprises that address challenges of poverty in Africa and the outcome of a 16-month research project on the operations of 439 enterprises in nine…


Added by Inclusive Business Hub team on May 26, 2011 at 8:35 — No Comments

Inclusive Business and Partnerships - Prospects for Bangladesh

Chief executives from leading Bangladeshi companies met with NGO leaders in Dhaka on Wednesday 12th May.  The meeting, convened by CARE Bangladesh and the Business Innovation Facility, was the culmination of the Responsible Business Program Bangladesh (RBPB).  The aim of the evening was to talk about how partnerships can contribute to successful inclusive business (or co-profiting, as…


Added by Tom Harrison on May 25, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

Innovations Against Poverty meets innovators at Globe Forum 2011

Around 500 people participated at this year’s Globe Forum on 11 May in Stockholm to explore opportunities and ideas on “Business Innovation for Sustainable Growth”.


The 1 day conference looked at many existing and upcoming business opportunities, ways to develop and support sustainable cities and opportunities to support innovation and private sector development in developing countries.


After being announced at Globe…


Added by Innovations Against Poverty on May 25, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

Social business, impact investing and much more

It is now two weeks since I attended Sankalp, but I think I’m still reeling from spending two days in Mumbai with hundreds of social entrepreneurs, investors and companies pursuing inclusive business.   To give you a flavour, have a look at this session that was taped for a TV show.  Great fun, but also very serious in its intent. …


Added by Tom Harrison on May 24, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments

Look to Africa: Inclusive Business Opportunities for the Future

Business is always looking for the next exciting place to invest.  A new report  by Business Action for Africa and Earnst & Young suggests that this place is Africa.  As it’s title suggests, ‘The New Africa: Emerging Opportunities for Business in Africa’ neatly outlines why business is good for Africa and why Africa is good for…


Added by Emma Doherty on May 23, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

Measuring poverty outreach and change in poverty status

I work for the MicroLoan Foundation (, a not-for-profit microfinance institution providing small business and agricultural loans, training, ongoing support and the facilitated access to savings to poor women in Malawi, Zambia and Namibia.


As part of a programme on Social Performance Management (ensuring that the right clients are being provided with appropriate services in the right way) we…


Added by Daniella Hawkins on May 20, 2011 at 17:49 — 1 Comment

Crowdsourced Intelligence for Inclusive Business in Nigeria

Nigeria’s population of some 150 million people forms a huge crowd.

According to a 2010 NORAD report, “among those who live below the 1 USD per day poverty line, over 65 percent are women. Between 1970 and 2000, Nigeria’s Gini coefficient jumped by about one-third, and the richest ten percent controls 40 percent of the country’s wealth and its poorest 20 per cent has a share of just 4.4 percent …. The prevailing economic conditions are characterized by a rural economy in extreme poverty,… Continue

Added by Soji Apampa on May 18, 2011 at 22:14 — No Comments

Leading Inclusive Business - How to create Win-Win Partnerships


Business Innovation Facility conducted a series of events in collaboration with the Responsible Business Promotion in Bangladesh (RBPB) project of CARE Bangladesh. The series began with two separate workshops for the business and development sector partners identifying the challenges of working with the other. More details can be found in my blog titled…


Added by Parveen Sultana Huda on May 18, 2011 at 18:16 — No Comments

Listening to Zambian businesses as IAP is launched in Lusaka

Listening to Zambian businesses is the best way to refine and define effective ways to support their inclusive business (IB) investments.  This was evident last week, when Her Excellency Marie Andersson de Frutos, Swedish Ambassador to Zambia, Andrew Kambobe and I launched Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) in…


Added by Andrew Smith on May 13, 2011 at 14:43 — No Comments

Innovations Against Poverty generates great interest among entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs, researchers and corporate representatives, in total 117 persons, gathered at the launch event in Stockholm at the end of April to get more information about the Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) programme and listen to entrepreneurs as well as multinational companies that are already active innovating and implementing inclusive business models in developing countries.…


Added by Innovations Against Poverty on May 12, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments

What do you buy when you are poor?

I'm sure this link will make you think of experiences you've had that are similar -


There are always fascinating perspectives on why people act the way they do, or buy what they buy.  Given the choice between batteries…


Added by Andrew Parker on May 10, 2011 at 11:43 — 1 Comment

Oxfam, Coke & SAB collaboration: insightful rather than exciting, but a good way to move ahead

Shaping and sharpening the development impact of business is an exciting field.  Sometimes understanding that impact is more painstaking than exciting.  But painstaking detail can insightful, and guide us to the next challenge and change.  

The recent collaborative report from Oxfam, Coca-Cola and SAB Miller is just one example: insightful rather than exciting, but undoubtedly useful, and not only for these organisations.   ‘…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on May 9, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Sustainability through Profitable Inclusive Business

Those of you who have been lucky enough to work with both businesses firms and non-Government organizations – are aware I am sure, that they do not talk the same language. Sometimes they find that their value systems are so different and their ways of working are so far apart – they would never be able to work together as partners. Fortunately (some might say Unfortunately!) for us at Business Innovation Facility – we are trying to get these two types…


Added by Parveen Sultana Huda on May 6, 2011 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Editor's Choice, May 2011: Partnering for Inclusive Business in Bangladesh

Businesses and NGOs are pushing beyond their traditional comfort zones as they develop new ways to partner with each other for inclusive business.  This month’s Editor’s Choice is a new overview, written specifically to help NGO and company staff think through their options and approaches.



Added by Editor's Choice on May 5, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

The curse of the concrete cows

Milton Keynes, the English new town near which I grew up, was once described by a family friend as “the place where people live behind hedges”. The expanding suburbs of Lusaka, where iSchool has its offices, look superficially similar, except that here people live behind concrete walls.

Some of the homes enclosed by these walls are home to Lusaka’s elite – not just whites, but also what expatriates describe, in a characteristically British misuse of the term, as the growing African…


Added by Andrew Gray on May 4, 2011 at 20:30 — No Comments

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