The sanitation market in a rural context offers very different challenges to the urban setting. The blog by Simon Brossard of Hystra, outlines the next generation of sanitation businesses, and provides a good overview of both urban and rural models with practical examples.
Having reviewed a range of rural sanitation initiatives, as part of wider work for the World Bank on…Continue
Added by Carolin Schramm on April 11, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments
What is the role of business in addressing the Global Sanitation Crisis? The crisis is clear - 2.4 billion people without access to improved sanitation is unacceptable. Solutions have been more elusive. In 2014 a group of global businesses, with an interest in ensuring universal access to sanitation, came together with key stakeholders to provide a business view on potential solutions to activate and accelerate universal access to sanitation by 2030 – the UN Sustainable…Continue
Added by Alexandra Knezovich on April 11, 2016 at 5:30 — No Comments
In early March, several of the Connect to Grow team visited Dhaka, where we were hosted by BRAC, for our third launch event – previous events had taken place in Nairobi and Delhi – our best yet.
Despite a hartal (political strike) being announced for the day and thus restricted movement and heightened security, we had an excellent turnout with almost 80 participants drawn from business and organisations that support business. After presenting…Continue
Added by David Irwin on March 16, 2016 at 6:38 — No Comments
Tangail is a small town by Bangladeshi standards. From the main street it is a short drive to a quiet lane lined with bamboo fences on either side, but busy with people walking and children playing. Opening a gate, you reach a small compound with half a dozen modest buildings. This is the home of Bijoy Switches, a small business making their own range of household electrical components.…Continue
Added by Tom Harrison on November 20, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments
The social enterprise Mobile Movies applies a combination of entertainment and education in rural areas in Bangladesh. The enterprise organizes networks of agents that bring together…
Added by Irmgard Jansen on September 14, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments
For eons, the world has been fragmented by conflict over divided beliefs (religious violence), divided boarders (wars over territories), divided power (battles for resources). Governments, politicians and donor agencies have peacebuilding as their number one agenda, taking a top-down approach and repeatedly asking: ‘How can we resolve conflict? How can we accelerate recovery? How can we avoid the next World War?’
Maybe, we have been limiting the dialogue by asking the wrong…Continue
Added by Natasha Garcha on September 11, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments
While working on an assignment recently, I drew a graph collecting data from the World Bank website. It gave an interesting picture of the population dynamics of Bangladesh.
It is quite inevitable that being a developing nation with a rising middle class and per capita income, Bangladesh (which recently achieved lower middle- income status) is well…Continue
Added by Nazib H. Chowdhury on September 2, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments
It’s now been four months, not including the small relapse, in early February, since I have been off coffee- see blog of 22nd February 2015. That smell which drags you into the coffee shop first thing in the morning. The caffeine that your body just can’t wake up without. Those extra spoons of sugar, in my case, which makes it just that sweet with that special taste of coffee to gulp down and feel invigorated to start the day.
No more for me. None of that. I took…Continue
Added by Maher Anjum on July 6, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments
Jamie Oliver is one of the best-known chefs today, mixing traditional British food with world cuisines to create healthy, nutritious meals that are easy for anyone to master. He is the star of TV shows, author of several books, and has various restaurants worldwide. In the northern Bangladeshi village of Mitapukur, however, people have never heard of him. Even if they have, they may not like the dishes he cooks: they’re simply not spicy enough! The goal of our cooking competition last April…Continue
Added by Aline Kraemer on June 2, 2015 at 19:30 — No Comments
Every morning, Lipi cycles down the dusty roads of Mitapukur, a small village in northern Bangladesh, balancing a bag filled with products on her shoulder. Lipi is one of the 160 Nutritional Sales Agents that was trained by the PROOFS (Profitable Opportunities for Food Security) project, an initiative of the three NGOs ICCO, iDE,…
Added by Aline Kraemer on June 2, 2015 at 19:30 — No Comments
A silent revolution is underway, initiated by social entrepreneurs — pragmatist visionaries who are challenging prevalent business motives and methods to invent market-based solutions to eradicate social injustice. They expand markets for existent products and services to new market segments in frontier markets. Furthermore, their (initially socially oriented) innovations caused several significant market shifts in the past years – like the sharing economy – and will continue to do so in the…Continue
Added by Michael Vollmann on May 7, 2015 at 15:49 — No Comments
The successful Dhaka Apparel Summit, held in December 2014, concluded that Bangladesh's Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industry is aiming at doubling its current capacity, whilst addressing workplace related issues.
GreenGrade's UpSkill aims to complement existing commitment of organisations eager to transfer essential knowledge on social compliance among RMG managers across the country.…
Added by Maher Anjum on February 16, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments
Wow....mobile money, a brand new 'sector' that began only six to seven years ago, is something that everybody seems to be talking about. There are 250+ platforms in developing countries and numerous institutions/initiatives such as Gates Foundation, G20, USAID and many others have rapidly rushed in trying to find how best to leverage this exciting payments/finance distribution channel on behalf of development and financial inclusion. Most of these 250+ platforms have not yet turned a…Continue
Added by Lee H. Babcock on January 9, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments
After the Rana Plaza tragedy an year and half ago, 24th April 2013, the question of how ethical compliance can be integrated in the day to day operations of garment factories has led GreenGrade Solutions to the creation of UpSkill, an e-learning platform that raises awareness levels of compliance and labour standards within the Bangladeshi garment sector. Its core aim is to raise compliance awareness among managers in factories and add value…Continue
Added by Maher Anjum on October 26, 2014 at 22:30 — No Comments
“Consumers at the Base of the Pyramid will spend 10-50 times more on ‘fair and lovely’ (a fairness cream) than on buying clean water.”
I was born and brought up in Bangladesh, yet this was ‘news’ to me! The company, which set up water plants to provide clean water to the rural community for a minimum rate, at least ten times lesser than the market price in the city, had a tough time due to this unconventional spending…Continue
Added by K Zunaed Rabbani on July 15, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments
Micro-franchising "has its roots in traditional franchising, which is…Continue
Added by Alexa Roscoe on June 3, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments
The Institute for Managing Sustainability, together with eleven partner organisations from across Europe, Africa and Asia, kicked off a new global online expert community dealing with business impacts on development – The Expert Crowd. The Expert Crowd is an…
Added by Adele Wiman on May 21, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments
In order to end up with severe power crisis and to enrich grass-roots with social media recreation in the developing world British Bangladeshi Mainul Islam, graduated from University of Bath (international development) and London Metropolitan University (Social Research), invented a novel solar energy device that will have high impact on international development with the establishment of social enterprise and inclusive business.
Added by MAINUL ISLAM on May 14, 2014 at 12:47 — No Comments
When Mohammed Khan, a local businessman in the Indian city of Hyderabad, read in his newspaper that there was an entire neighbourhood of professional beggars with no access to school, he resolved to build one. Not only that, he managed to persuade the parents that classes for their children were worth paying for. Charging as little as 100 rupees a month, Khan’s Royal Afhaam Islamic English High School is a recent addition to a burgeoning phenomenon in education that is gradually emerging…Continue
Added by Aline Kraemer on May 12, 2014 at 21:00 — No Comments
The problem that Bangladesh garment industry is facing is a twofold issue. It’s not about compliance factories only rather the brands that die for lower price clothing is equally responsible for this perpetual tragedy going on for years. Only in the United States alone clothing industry generates $284 Billion in revenue annually but how much this brands are willing to pay for the labor that makes them ever mounting revenue? Global…Continue
Added by Mohammad Ruhul Kader on May 11, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments