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
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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
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…Continue
Added by Javier Ayala on May 9, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Louise Flynn on September 9, 2013 at 7:58 — No Comments
Cholo Kheli> An eclectic evening of film, fashion & music exploring the establishment of knowledge economy & creative industries in Bangladesh.
1- Panel Discussion on Sustainable Fashion
2- Showing of 'The Machinist' by the Rainbow Collective
3- Music sets from State of Bengal & Pandit G…
Added by Maher Anjum on September 6, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments
In our latest BIF insider” Scaling Inclusive Business – Why do some successful IB pilots fail to scale”, Jack Newnham identifies and examines seven broad reasons why some inclusive businesses do not go to scale. The publication draws on a range of examples (mostly not related to BIF), illustrating which hurdles could and…Continue
Added by Carolin Schramm on September 2, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments
As I was chatting with an acquaintance of mine about possible project funding - he directed me to an interesting project being piloted by Grameen Communications in partnership with Toyota Foundation. I found the pilot to be very interesting and thought I would share it here.
Added by Parveen Sultana Huda on August 20, 2013 at 22:31 — No Comments
It’s Friday and that means garbage day in Emmarentia in Johannesburg. In the competitive world of recycling, that equals a 3 – 4am start for most recyclers. Recycling in South Africa has a strong SADC (Southern African Development Community) flavour to it, with Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique well represented. Many sleep in the city to save on transport costs and to get a head start on the competition. It is estimated that each household bin is handled by 2-4…Continue
Added by Tielman Nieuwoudt on August 8, 2013 at 20:24 — No Comments
I'm looking for ideas - possibly from other sectors - for a project I'm designing in Sierra Leone using mobile phones and radio to improve access to justice for women, girls and their communities. Ideas from other sectors as well as justice would be gratefully received!
Added by Sarah Maguire on June 28, 2013 at 12:25 — No Comments
Here is an interesting summary of our joint workshop initiated by CARE Bangladesh, supported by iDE Bangladesh, Market Development Forum, BIF and organized by Renaissance Consultants Ltd. This article was published in the monthly news magazine called the Bangladesh Brand Forum.
Added by Parveen Sultana Huda on May 14, 2013 at 14:07 — No Comments
The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) offers two types of support:
Added by Carolin Schramm on May 3, 2013 at 12:05 — No Comments