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All Blog Posts Tagged 'Bangladesh' (66)

Partnership brokering in action: how Bijoy Switches became an inclusive SME

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.…


Added by Tom Harrison on November 20, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Mobile Movies helps to boost sales volumes in PROOFS

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

IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge: Where Capitalism and Peacebuilding Converge

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…


Added by Natasha Garcha on September 11, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Urbanization: Shaping preferences of Bangladeshi consumers

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…


Added by Nazib H. Chowdhury on September 2, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Quenching the thirst- similarities between coffee growers & garment manufacturing

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…


Added by Maher Anjum on July 6, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

How the PROOFS team set out to find Bangladesh’s Jamie Oliver

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…


Added by Aline Kraemer on June 2, 2015 at 19:30 — No Comments

Innovation on Wheels: How the PROOFS project is changing gender roles and nutrition education in rural Bangladesh

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

EVENT INVITATION: Today's Social Innovations - Tomorrow's Market Shifts (Berlin, May 18th)

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…


Added by Michael Vollmann on May 7, 2015 at 15:49 — No Comments

Boosting Knowledge Transfer in the RMG Sector in Bangladesh

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

Mobile Money and Farmers at the BoP! 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…


Added by Lee H. Babcock on January 9, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

The UpSkill Story: Improving compliance and labour standards in the Bangladesh garment sector

UpSkill Story

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…


Added by Maher Anjum on October 26, 2014 at 22:30 — No Comments

Understanding the purchase behavior of the BOP market: What they need and what we think they need

 “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.”[1]

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…


Added by K Zunaed Rabbani on July 15, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Micro-franchising for development: The example of Krishi Utsho in Bangladesh

The development world has long embraced micro-finance, and there is a lot of hype about micro-entrepreneurs, but what exactly is a micro-franchise?

A micro-what?

Micro-franchising "has its roots in traditional franchising, which is…


Added by Alexa Roscoe on June 3, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

GLOBAL VALUE: get involved in the Expert Crowd and contribute to improving the ways we measure and manage impact

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

Unique Solar Energy Device invented in London




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

The Business of Basic Education: Unleashing the Potential of Private Schools for the Poor

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…


Added by Aline Kraemer on May 12, 2014 at 21:00 — No Comments

Social Startup ‘FairWear’ aims to change the Game for Bangladesh Garment workers

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…


Added by Mohammad Ruhul Kader on May 11, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Asia: Embedding Inclusive Business

Even though most Asian countries have experienced a remarkable economic growth in the last few years, in some cases as a result of industrialization processes, many low-income people in these countries have not improved their living standards and still struggle with their day-day living. Many of…


Added by Javier Ayala on May 9, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Saif Rashid awarded as Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

Saif Rashid, an inclusive business model expert and rural enterprise specialist-also the founding director and CEO of JITA Social Business Bangladesh Ltd, has been awarded by prestigious Schwab Foundation- a World Economic Forum associated Initiative as one of the most outstanding social entrepreneurs of the year 2014! It is a pride for Bangladesh as Saif stands as the only entrepreneur from the nation getting this recognition in 2014. In past years, only very few…


Added by Parveen Sultana Huda on March 27, 2014 at 21:01 — 3 Comments

Is it really so hard to be socially and environmentally responsible and make a profit?

The Bangladeshi rug-making initiative ‘Connecting Extreme Poor Women to the Export Markets’ shows that it needn’t be.

The back story? Local entrepreneur with social conscience struggles to grow his rug-making business without resorting to a sweatshop approach; international value retailer looks for sustainable source of responsibly produced craft-type products. Step in Care Bangladesh who are committed to rural sourcing and an inclusive business approach to poverty…


Added by Louise Flynn on September 9, 2013 at 7:58 — No Comments

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