I recently had a fascinating few days comparing data and results across three inclusive business portfolios: the Business Innovation Facility pilot (2010-2013), Innovations Against Poverty pilot (2011-2013) and Business Call to Action (5 years old and on going). I'd worked on BIF for four years, and IAP for three, leading their M&E, and with BCtA for the last 4 months reviewing progress of their members. So the data is based on years of rich engagement with 3 contrasting portfolios,…Continue
Posted on October 21, 2014 at 17:00
Can start-ups scale? Can social enterprises reach sufficient millions of people to really crack problems of poverty? This question has been around for many years. Now first answers are emerging.
A crop of ‘breakthrough’ social enterprises are emerging. They are growing fast, securing investment and partners, and reaching millions of people. Of course they do not prove that all social enterprises scale, but they certainly show that they can. This month,…Continue
Posted on October 15, 2014 at 19:30 — 1 Comment
With inputs from Joe Shamash
In which sectors is inclusive business flourishing? Which are showing strongest performance in terms of revenue or reach to the Base of the Pyramid? Why are Health and Energy initiatives reporting slow progress, yet demonstrating high reach? Is Financial Inclusion the easiest success story?
Posted on September 22, 2014 at 5:00
Inclusive businesses come in all shapes and sizes. If you're operating one business, you probably know what the key performance indicators are. But if you're running a portfolio of several, how can you compare large and small, start-up and mature? At the least, it's comparing apples and oranges. At worst, it's trying to compare fruit and widgets on the same scale.
Nerdy or not, it feels like Christmas to me when other organisations share their monitoring system. We all face similar…Continue
Posted on July 20, 2014 at 12:00