Recently, I presented at a Business Fights Poverty/Business Innovation Facility (BIF) event at Unilever House on “How to get right products to the right consumers”. I touched upon a few of our BIF projects from the India portfolio. As I was putting together my presentation for this event, I started looking for a common thread across all the projects that we supported, and not surprisingly, innovation through the use of technology emerged as a big theme across all our projects. Use of…Continue
Posted on July 1, 2013 at 12:00 — 1 Comment
We all know that Inclusive Business is good for businesses and for communities: and that the impact on people at the base of the pyramid populations can be far reaching. But, amidst all the focus on doing good, we often leave the question of commercial returns unanswered or only half answered at best. But, if we truly want businesses to embrace the idea of Inclusive Business and have private sector lead the way, then the conversation around commercial returns is crucial.
Posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:30 — 1 Comment
One would think that with all the attention being paid to and the plethora of literature available on the topic of distribution channels and strategies to reach underserved income segments and geographies, most problems would have been long solved. However, going by the experiences of those of us at BIF working directly with the companies that are facing these problems, most cookie-cutter solutions do not work. Companies either give up or get frustrated after repeated…Continue
Posted on April 11, 2013 at 18:37 — 3 Comments
In an article for The Guardian, a prominent Indian social entrepreneur and investor argues that the real social enterprises are those that choose to struggle at the margins to make more impact with few resources but with the resolve to make a difference. In this article, he concludes that social enterprises need a nurturing ecosystem, access to intellectual capital that…Continue
Posted on October 20, 2011 at 11:59 — 1 Comment