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Innovations Against Poverty's Blog (19)

From Paper to Practice: Introducing the IAP Knowledge Exchange Report 2013

This blog was written by Suzanne Dagseven, Innovations Against Poverty.

In the third and final year of the IAP pilot period, we’ve had the chance to evaluate the progress, challenges and achievements of IAP grantees who have been implementing their IAP funded initiatives over the past year or so. It’s been interesting to see how things work out in these early stage inclusive businesses as they take their ideas from…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on November 18, 2013 at 10:48 — No Comments

Day 13: Worlds apart, times two

 

In a group interview with some of the workers of the Copperbelt Forestry Company (CFC) it was indicated that the review of the stove was not as overwhelmingly positive as the Emerging Cooking Solution(ECS) affiliates had suggested. Perhaps the consumption pattern is different, maybe they find it challenging…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on September 4, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Day 12: Possible improvement points for the Innovations Against Poverty programme

 

As some might be aware, the IAP programme is a pilot programme. One of the purposes of the programme is for Sida to explore the option of a challenge fund, and provide them with information on how they might tweak it to serve their intended purpose. One niche area that that IAP addresses (which I’m personally very fond of) is very early-stage support to businesses.

Many small grants are given to companies that most…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on September 3, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Video interview with MAKIT: Ruby Cup distribution to women in Kenya

In a new video interview, Innovations Against Poverty speaks to Maxie Matthiessen, Managing Director of Ruby Cup, a company marketing a sustainable, long-term menstrual cup to women in Kenya.  We find out how the product can forge ways out of poverty for women, how targeting higher market segments creates word-of-mouth marketing and why building trust and aspiration is key to product success.

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on February 4, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Video interview with Sanergy: Bringing sanitation to the slums of Nairobi

In a new video interview, Innovations Against Poverty speaks to David Auerbach, Co-Founder of Sanergy, about the company's business model for slum sanitation.  We find out about how the company identifies its FreshLife operators to operate toilets in the slums of Nairobi, how innovation has contributed to the business and how customers input has shaped the product. 

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on February 4, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Video interview with Sunny People: mobile charging for the rural poor

In a new video interview, Innovations Against Poverty speaks to Johan Beckman, Founder and CEO of Sunny People, and Malcom Marega, Operations Manager, about what makes Sunny People's solar-powered chargers unique, how they are marketed to low-income people and how the company works with rural entrepreneurs to distribute the product. 

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on February 4, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

New from IAP: A guide to our assessment criteria

Innovations Against Poverty's newly released Guide to IAP assessment criteria outlines how applications and concept notes are reviewed and assessed against a set of five eligibility criteria:

  • Commerciality
  • Development effects
  • Cost-sharing…
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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on February 23, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

IAP project in the press: the story of Lotus Foods

Specialty food business Lotus Foods was awarded a small grant to scale up its sustainable rice initiative in IAP's first funding round last year.  The company has now been profiled in Specialty Food Magazine, part of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, in a recent article entitled…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on January 10, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

IAP first round project analysis

In November 2011, the first round of projects to receive support from Innovations Against Poverty were selected for both small and large grants. The IAP team has analysed these projects to determine their key characteristics including geographical and sectoral spread, size and type of applicant organisations, and main beneficiary groups. The main findings of this analysis are summarised in two-page summary.…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on January 9, 2012 at 17:45 — No Comments

Two IAP projects showcased in UNFCCC good practice database

Two IAP-funded projects have been featured in a database of case studies devleoped by the UNFCCC under its Private Sector Initiative. The database showcases HiNation's solar lighting initiative in Zambia and…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on December 14, 2011 at 15:48 — No Comments

More companies apply for funding

Innovations Against Poverty received 236 applications when the second application window closed end of November. 108 small grant applications and 122 concept notes for large grants were submitted from 40 countries.

Find out more here.

Added by Innovations Against Poverty on December 9, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

IAP News: Nine innovative entrepreneurs get funding from Sweden

In a press release issued on November 14, Sida has announced that it will be awarding grants of up to 200,000 euros to nine organisations under the Innovations Against Poverty programme.  These companies are active within the fields of agriculture, energy, food, health, sanitation and waste.  The…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on November 15, 2011 at 13:00 — No 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…

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

14 Concept Notes selected to submit full applications for large grants

Of the 68 Concept Notes that IAP received, 14 have now been selected to submit full applications for large grants. Key messages about the applications include:

 

•IAP received 68 Concept Notes for large grants.
•21 different countries of origin are represented amongst the applicants.
•21 of the organisations applying are headquartered in Sweden.  With 9 applications, Zambia is the most frequently recurring developing country. Approximately 73% of…
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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on August 1, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

12 projects selected for small grants from 89 applications

12 projects have been selected for small grants within the first round of IAP support. Key messages about the applications received include:

  • IAP received 89 applications for small grants.
  • Among the organisations applying for funding, 17 different countries of origin are represented.
  • The majority of the applying organisations (39 applicants), have headquarters in Sweden; among development countries, Zambia, with 14 applications, is most frequent.
  • There…
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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on July 15, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

Busy times for Innovations Against Poverty

May was a busy and exciting first month for Innovations Against Poverty (IAP): Its launch in April with the very first application window being opened, followed by participation at the Globe Forum 2011, and hosting of workshops for potential applicants in Stockholm and…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on June 16, 2011 at 18:43 — No Comments

Innovations Against Poverty meets innovators at Globe Forum 2011

Around 500 people participated at this year’s Globe Forum on 11 May in Stockholm to explore opportunities and ideas on “Business Innovation for Sustainable Growth”.

 

The 1 day conference looked at many existing and upcoming business opportunities, ways to develop and support sustainable cities and opportunities to support innovation and private sector development in developing countries.

 

After being announced at Globe…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on May 25, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

Innovations Against Poverty generates great interest among entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs, researchers and corporate representatives, in total 117 persons, gathered at the launch event in Stockholm at the end of April to get more information about the Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) programme and listen to entrepreneurs as well as multinational companies that are already active innovating and implementing inclusive business models in developing countries.…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on May 12, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments

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