It's lucky my living room floor is quite large. One evening, about two years, I started to tabulate the main sectors of the grantee businesses in the Innovations Against Poverty portfolio. What started as a simple job for a table in a report became an intelligence puzzle with paper strewn across the floor. The businesses didn't fit into sector boxes. So I used the floor to map them all out,…Continue
Posted on April 1, 2014 at 16:30
Pilot project are done to learn. So over the four year pilot of a donor approach to supporting inclusive business with technical assistance, what was learnt?
The short answer is, a lot. The Business Innovation Facility pilot (2010-end 2013) generated a host of lessons about the value of donor-funded technical support to inclusive business, and the value of inclusive business progression to donor objectives. The results are written up in…Continue
Posted on March 11, 2014 at 15:00
Success in inclusive business depends on getting the business model right. But so far there is little known about which business models work, how long the journey takes to develop inclusive business, what success looks like, and what role technical support plays. Today the BIF team are delighted to provide our answers to those questions.
Of course there is no single answer and no simple solution, but drawing from 3.5 years of engagement by the Business Innovation Facility with over…Continue
Posted on January 30, 2014 at 9:30
I have just been looking at a great website, http://www.admittingfailure.com. It's not focused on inclusive business, but it is very relevant to all our discussions about inclusive business. The title of this blog comes from them. Failure matters, a lot, because we need to learn from it and not repeat it.
They even have a 'how-to' guide on how to 'fail forward' and offer services to help business and others to diagnose and learn from…Continue
Posted on January 11, 2014 at 10:00 — 2 Comments