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All Blog Posts Tagged 'BIF' (28)

When does 'innovative' business become 'unconventional'?

Innovation is at the heart of inclusive business, but when does ‘innovative’ become ‘unconventional’?

How about when it delivers something unusual, like breeding insects for human consumption? That’s the focus of Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) grantee ICCO, who is developing a whole value chain for breeding,…


Added by Suzanne Krook on April 1, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

April 2014 Editor's Choice: Disrupt or be disrupted: how business models are transforming the world

“Disrupt or be disrupted”.

That’s one of the key messages in a new report by SustainAbility looking at business model innovation. In particular, the report focuses on innovation in the context of sustainability and how different game-changing innovations are being born from the pressing need for more sustainable approaches to production and consumption.

Innovation is…


Added by Suzanne Krook on April 1, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Join BIF's network of consultants

The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) wants to build up the network of consultants that we collaborate with - so if that could be you, read on! 

You may have also missed this point in the flurry of great learning that is still emerging from the BIF pilot, but BIF is still very much here - although exploring new ways of working in our post-pilot form. We are up and…


Added by Tom Harrison on March 12, 2014 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

Enough with the success stories…what about the failures?

When it comes to starting a social enterprise, things rarely go to plan. This was the key finding in our review of the Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) portfolio last year, and is echoed in the recently released Business Innovation Facility (BIF) findings. …


Added by Suzanne Krook on February 18, 2014 at 23:25 — No Comments

Approaching the end of the BIF pilot - an update from the M&E team

The objectives of BIF's Monitoring & Evaluation system are:

  • to learn more about the results of Inclusive Businesses, and the processes involved, so as to share this with others interested in this subject;
  • to learn more about the role and value of the Facility, so as to be able to report lessons from piloting this approach to catalysing Inclusive Businesses through use of donor funds;
  • to improve our own operations as we go, by responding to feedback and…

Added by Adriano Scarampi on October 9, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Get your solar power business up and running

Are you someone who believes that solar power can solve the problem of getting cheap, clean energy to people living off the grid in developing countries? Do you believe that a solar lighting enterprise has great ‘inclusive business’ potential but are unsure about how to get started? If so, our latest Spotlight publication on…


Added by Lara Sinha on May 16, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

The Business Innovation Facility in 2013: will we generalise at our peril?

2013 promises to be an exciting year for the Business Innovation Facility (BIF), as we move into our final year.    At least final year for BIF 1.  A second version of BIF  is already on the drawing board.

As our direct support to inclusive business ventures in Malawi, Zambia, Nigeria, India and Bangladesh wraps up, we will focus more on assessing and sharing results.

BIF has a mandate to share lessons about inclusive business:  about what works and what doesn’t at the level of…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on January 14, 2013 at 22:00 — No Comments

High expectations of entrepreneurs, hard assessments by BIF and IAP: 2 new reviews

Just how big is the gap between what entrepreneurs say they will achieve, and what happens in practice?  And in the absence of a crystal ball, what tools and criteria do we use to assess the likely trajectory?


These questions are addressed in  two analyses recently published by the Business Innovation Facility, in its Portfolio Review at the end of…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on September 9, 2012 at 10:41 — 1 Comment


In Nigeria, emphasis has traditionally been placed on the oil and gas sector of the economy in terms of income…


Added by Christianah Adekeye on March 14, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

What are the potential impacts of climate change on the agriculture sector in Malawi, and how can agribusinesses respond?

This was the central question addressed during a recent BIF workshop held on 1st March in Blantyre, Malawi.  The workshop, targeted at local agribusinesses, was delivered by members of PwC UK’s Sustainability and Climate Change team.

The event was well attended with representatives from Exagris, Universal Industries, GTC, Illovo, Eastern Produce, Nali, and Malawi Mangoes .Non business representatives included NASFAM, Concern Universal, VSO, EU Global Climate Change…


Added by Jack Steege on March 5, 2012 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Gramin Suvidha Kendra: The first impressions

As part of the BIF team in India, Intellecap is currently providing consultancy support to a new BIF project working with Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) to review the operating model of its Gramin Suvidha Kendra (GSK) inclusive business model and develop a…


Added by Pallavi Shrivastava on February 9, 2012 at 16:25 — 1 Comment

Supporting inclusive business: what have we learnt so far?

The Business Innovation Facility is piloting a new approach to supporting inclusive business. A ‘pilot’ is only useful if it generates lessons.  So, after one and a half years of operation in five countries, we are starting to share some preliminary lessons about this approach.


Lessons about how companies implement inclusive business are elsewhere on the Hub.  These lessons are about how business and development programmes can facilitate inclusive business by working…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on January 10, 2012 at 17:37 — 2 Comments

Executive Roundtable on Inclusive Business Models - November 2011, Lagos, Nigeria

The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) in collaboration with The Convention on Business Integrity (CBi) organized an Executive Roundtable on…


Added by Oluwayemisi Soile on January 9, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

126Ha getting ready for Bananas and Mangoes in Malawi

It has to be said that when Karen Smith, BIF Malawi country manager, and I visited the 126Ha site that Malawi Mangoes (MM) have secured for their banana plantation in early December last year, there was very little to see! However, it didn’t take much imagination to understand the potential for this big thinking business start up.  …


Added by Carolin Schramm on January 5, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

Views of Practitioner Hub members

We seek your views and feedback to help us improve the Practitioner Hub.  The Hub has grown and evolved a a great deal in the past year, but there is alot further to go.  So every member is receiving an email this week from Keystone Accountability, seeking your views.

We have commissioned Keystone to conduct this survey because they are an indepdendent organisation skilled in analysing networks and how they cater to members's needs.  They will also help us benchmark our own results…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on December 1, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

Don't be a bad cook: BIF Nigeria roundtable on inclusive business

At the BIF event in Lagos last week, Professor Ayoola of the Farm & Infrastructure Foundation made a very funny, yet equally astute, critique of some forms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).  I can’t relate this as amusingly as the Professor, nor can I retain some of the Nigerian specific content that tickled his audience, yet it went something…


Added by Tom Harrison on November 30, 2011 at 18:30 — 3 Comments

BIF-supported project in the Guardian: CARE rural sales programme, Bangladesh

Published yesterday in the Guardian as part of the 2011 International Development Journalism Competition, 'The "Avon" ladies of Bangladesh" looks at the Rural Sales…


Added by Inclusive Business Hub team on November 23, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

DFID announces scale-up funding for BIF

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) today announced the scale-up of the Business Innovation Facility with an additional £2.5 million in funding, bringing the total budget of the project to £5.5 million.  The news came at a breakfast event hosted by the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), where Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell pledged greater DFID support for the private sector in the context of the UK’s development…


Added by Inclusive Business Hub team on November 10, 2011 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Half time - the BIF team meets in Bangladesh

With roughly 1.5 years left in the pilot, the BIF team met in Dhaka last week to review progress and agree on implementation strategies for the coming years. After an initial meeting in London last year, many of the country team members based in our five pilot countries, UK based team members, alliance partners and DFID met…


Added by Carolin Schramm on October 31, 2011 at 12:30 — 3 Comments

Bringing markets closer to farmers – register for BIF co-hosted webinar

Multi-commodity exchange of India’s Gramin Suvidha Kendra Initiative

Thursday, 29 September, 2011 

9:00 am NY/2:00 pm London/3:00 pm Johannesburg/6:30 pm New Dehli

Webinar will last approximately one hour.



Added by Inclusive Business Hub team on September 7, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

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