Partnerships between companies in the same value or chain, or between companies and non-traditional partners such as NGOs or government agencies, have been a feature of inclusive business for some time. What is now becoming clear is that some companies are becoming much more sophisticated about when and how to use such partnerships – and when not partner at all. This is one of the insights that I had recently when part of the team reviewing BCtA’s portfolio, and helping to write…Continue
Posted on October 10, 2014 at 18:00 — 1 Comment
“We want to move out from the family own business to become a proper business. We want to get better technology to improve the quality of the product. When investment levels increase, production levels will also increase”.
This was what a business owner told me in December 2012 on a visit to Myanmar to assess the country’s inclusive business potential. It captures many important features of the private sector there.
The vast majority of businesses are small and family…Continue
Posted on May 11, 2014 at 9:30 — 2 Comments
The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) wants to build up the network of consultants that we collaborate with - so if that could be you, read on!
You may have also missed this point in the flurry of great learning that is still emerging from the BIF pilot, but BIF is still very much here - although exploring new ways of working in our post-pilot form. We are up and…Continue
Posted on March 12, 2014 at 17:30 — 2 Comments
This blog is the fourth in a mini-series called 'Success' in inclusive business published in partnership with Business Fights Poverty.
‘What, no cash?’ is what some business managers thought when they first heard the offer of technical assistance from the Business Innovation Facility.
‘Technical assistance can help…Continue
Posted on February 6, 2014 at 14:00