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Featured Blog Posts – September 2011 Archive (8)

Inclusive businesses succeed by investing in customer education & supplier training

Last week in Washignton DC, CEOs and senior executives from successful inclusive businesses were brought together by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and highlights of their business model shared in a new report.   One of the strong themes…

Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on September 26, 2011 at 23:00 — No Comments

It’s the business model that counts - in the IFC investment portfolio

The business model is what matters to make inclusive business work, according to the International Finance Corporation (IFC).   20% of the solution is technical, and 80% rests with business model innovation.


This perspective was explained by Toshi Masuoka, Director of their Inclusive Business Model Group, in Washington last week.   Inclusive business (IB) models tend to be ‘high touch’ – requiring relatively intensive engagement, which increases the opportunity cost.  So…


Added by Practitioner Hub on September 26, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

Microcredit: does it work?

Microcredit has long been thought of as the best answer we have to the problem of global poverty. Through small loans and access to finance services, microcredit promised to spur entrepreneurship and give people the means to lift themselves out of poverty. Since the foundation of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1976, the sector has boomed with governments and international development institutions investing millions in programmes and schemes all over the world.  




Added by Emma Doherty on September 23, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

Nourishment or Toxin: A Critical Appraisal on the Food Adulteration Issue in Bangladesh (Part A)


Use of chemicals in daily essentials in Bangladesh is a much talked about topic in the media and within the civil society. Many articles and reports published widely in the national newspapers and academic reports to address this issue and to mitigate the problem. Responsible government authorities like Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), Bangladesh Standard Testing Institute (BSTI) and concerned ministries also recognize this as potential threat to human health and promise to revert…


Added by Md. Abu Yousuf on September 21, 2011 at 11:19 — 3 Comments

Twelve innovative entrepreneurs get funding from the Swedish government

In the first round of grants from the Swedish Innovations Against Poverty programme twelve organisations have been granted funds up to 20,000 euros. These companies are innovating within the fields of energy, agriculture, water, sanitation and financial services.

Since April this year, Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) is operating the…


Added by Innovations Against Poverty on September 16, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

Provocation:Just how inclusive is inclusive business?

Nothing gets you thinking like a good provocation.  This …


Added by Practitioner Hub on September 8, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments

Familipreneurship: A comprehensive approach of Entrepreneurship

First I would like to take the opportunity to briefly introduce myself. After graduating with honors in English literature from Rajshahi University of Bangladesh I started my professional career as a banker with Bangladesh Krishi Bank ( since January/2001 (it’s the largest specialized public bank dedicated for poverty reduction, rural development, microfinance and govt. declared and directed incidental services with all…


Added by SM Mijanur Rahman on September 7, 2011 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Editor's Choice, Sept 2011: Investing in Clean Energy for the BoP - what you need to know

If you are operating, selling, innovating or investing in the Base of Pyramid energy market, this month’s Editor’s Choice has analysis that you probably need.   Power to the People; Investing in Clean Energy for the BoP in India, illustrates the investment potential of the clean energy sector by delving into sub-sectors,  products, prices and consumer trends.

US$2.1 billion per year is one answer:  the…


Added by Editor's Choice on September 5, 2011 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

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