An African inclusive business is in the final stages of developing an exciting and revolutionary new product. However, the work has been long and tiring, there is great pressure to get a product to market before the initial funding runs out, and motivating staff is an increasing challenge...
The country has materialistic culture and most people are extremely short-term in their outlook. The company can afford to pay its staff slightly better than the public sector…Continue
Posted on February 7, 2013 at 5:57 — 1 Comment
A common challenge for inclusive business practitioners, much debated at last November's BIF team week in Malawi, is defining their field. If inclusive business is business activity that expands opportunities for the poor, doesn't any business operating in a poor country (or, arguably, elsewhere) count as an inclusive business? And if not, why not?
One way to tackle this question is to turn it around and examine the counterfactual: are there businesses in developing countries…Continue
Posted on January 29, 2013 at 14:30 — 1 Comment
The debate in Zambia around a new Companies Bill has caused worried looks on the face of at least one inclusive business entrepreneur. The proposed legislation would severely curtail the activities of foreign owned firms, limiting their ability to borrow money locally and the sectors in which they could operate. The most extreme provisions of this bill may never get passed into law, but the mere possibility was enough to trigger The Economist Intelligence Unit last month to…Continue
Posted on December 14, 2012 at 9:26 — 4 Comments
On a group of islands in the South Pacific, the pre-industrial age ended quite suddenly in 1942. As the American military manoeuvred to block the Japanese advance into the Pacific, rural villagers who had previously considered the iron nails with which they banged together their huts to be the height of modern technology suddenly found their islands overrun with aeroplanes, trucks, machine guns, electricity, Coca-Cola and all the amenities needed to support a modern army of a hundred…Continue
Posted on November 19, 2012 at 19:30