The phrase “let’s make a plan” for me represents the eternally positive spirit of the corner of Africa in which I live. In tricky sub-saharan terrains everything can, and does, break or go wrong. But rather than bitching and blaming someone else, someone will say – “we’ll make a plan” – and this engenders a warm fuzzy feeling that all will be ok. Somehow, with pieces of string and borrowed bits and bobs, a plan will indeed be made. There…Continue
Posted on May 24, 2013 at 8:30 — 1 Comment
Duncan White explains the figures behind this flier in more detail in his recent blog. The flier was designed to communicate the key points of the MEGA scheme to attract donor support for this innovative social enterprise approach to managing a number of micro-hydro schemes at Mulanje mountain in Malawi. The plan is to provide grid access to over 35,000 individuals as well as…Continue
Posted on May 2, 2013 at 15:30
When we held our NGO / private sector workshop back in November in Malawi, the unwritten assumption was that NGOs could play a valuable role in helping link the private sector to smallholder suppliers. NGOs have naturally been stepping into this gap since their social programmes mean they are already working closely with communities who need assistance with growing their livelihoods. This role…Continue
Posted on February 28, 2013 at 16:00 — 6 Comments
Last Monday BIF Malawi invited participants from the NGO and private sector communities for a workshop in Lilongwe, many of whom have been involved in BIF activities to date and have a strong interest in inclusive business. The event was designed to debate partnering in the agribusiness sector but also to facilitate networking and illustrate some relevant and innovative projects.
Posted on November 20, 2012 at 8:21