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Daniel Wulbern commented on Tom Harrison's blog post Myanmar: ready for inclusive business?
"Tom - Thank you for this interesting post. I would like to add a couple of thoughts to the discussion based on our experience working in Myanmar.A unique feature of investing in and scaling Myanmar businesses is the potential for reputational risk.…"
May 13
Parveen Sultana Huda commented on Tom Harrison's blog post Myanmar: ready for inclusive business?
"Very insightful comments and analysis. I want to remind you about one quote made by someone in Bangladesh (sorry I forgot who it was!) - but he said when you are in an ecomony as poor as Bangladesh - any business is inclusive business as it engages…"
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Myanmar: ready for inclusive business?

“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 owned, as is this one. …See More
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Myanmar: ready for inclusive business?

“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 owned, as is this one. …See More
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Projects Manager
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I manage operations and projects for the Business Innovation Facility
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Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia, India, Bangladesh
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I am a sustainable development professional with 20-years experience in the NGO and development finance sectors. An accredited broker of cross-sector partnerships, a major interest of mine is the contribution that the private sector can make to addressing poverty and disadvantage.

In recent years I have performed assignments for UNDP's private sector division, IBLF, World Vision, VSO, and the Netherlnds Government among others. The range of activities that I support include advising on organisational partnering strategy, facilitating meetings and workshops, brokering new or existing cross sector partnerships, and reviewing partnerships in order to learn how to increase their impact.

In earlier parts of my career I worked for CDC and for NGOs such as VSO. I have lived and worked in Tanzania, Malaysia, Malawi, Zambia and Uganda and made frequent work-related visits to Ghana, Ethiopia, South-Africa and India among many others.

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Myanmar: ready for inclusive business?

“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…

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Posted on May 11, 2014 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Join BIF's network of consultants

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…

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Posted on March 12, 2014 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

'Success' in IB: What, no cash? Does technical assistance really help inclusive business?

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…

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Posted on February 6, 2014 at 14:00

With thanks to the companies who worked with BIF

We live in a world where it is very difficult to be completely transparent.  Any organisation that might at some stage be subject to media scrutiny is coached in how to answer media questions politely but blandly. They also generate their own material, which is carefully designed to present the company only in a good light.

Perhaps in frustration, any misstep that a company makes and is brought to light, is then reported in an exaggerated way, and out of context, so that it can become…

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Posted on January 30, 2014 at 6:30

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At 7:35 on March 5, 2013, Bernard Kelontii said…

Tom, you have fascinating character which I know you have been a blessing to many in African Continent. How about extending your expertise over to Africa's cousins in the South Pacific - Papua New Guinea another former colony of UK.

We need people of your humour and understanding to set up facilities as you have done for the African continent.

I am always dreaming of having to assist rural population to look at ways to alleviate poverty and to involve them to become rural enterprenuers without losing them.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) needs your help and you can assist. The country blessed with mineral resources yet remain poor in terms of income per capita.

Would you consider lending a helping hand to facilitate and set us off?

Bernard Kelontii

At 3:09 on March 2, 2013, MD. BELAYET HOSSAIN said…

HELLO TOM

Global Agro Resources Incorporation in Bangladesh involves in agri-business since last 10 years, established contract farming for produce high quality exportable potatoes and sesame seed. We have engaged about 10,000 farmers through Syngenta Foundations and some individual contract farmers in north bengal areas in 7 districts all potato growing areas in Bangladesh.

Attached please find some picture for your reference.

Md. Belayet Hossain

CEO

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At 10:05 on March 2, 2012, Rachel Godfrey said…

Thanks for your comments Tom - glad you found the article useful. Today, the poles for the cable line are being erected and off-site we're in the processing of looking more closely at the appropriate tariff for households (a lot of the data gathered in the baseline exercise is helping us with these calculations). Will be updating as things progress - apologies for my delay have been on annual leave in Zambia!

At 17:53 on January 17, 2012, Murphy Okpala said…

Thank you, Its good to be here

At 17:48 on April 14, 2011, A.S.M. Mashi-ur-Rahman said…
Yes it is better for both of us. Looking forward to here from your Bangladesh country office and also waiting to meet you at our MIDAS Office. May be we could find some opportunities to work together for the benefit of our target group.
At 10:25 on April 14, 2011, A.S.M. Mashi-ur-Rahman said…
I do not know yet the exact time and date. Please keep my mobnile number # +88-01711-842976. My office address: MIDAS, HOUSE-43, ROAD-16(OLD-27), DHANMONDI, DHAKA-1209, BANGLADESH. website: www.midas-bd.com.bd

What is the Facility Project is doing in Bangladesh?
At 18:35 on April 13, 2011, A.S.M. Mashi-ur-Rahman said…
Thanks for your comment and discussion with CEO of PUM. I am working for PUM-Netherlands and Representative, Bangladesh on behalf of MIDAS (www.midas-bd.com.bd). I am also the General Manager of MIDAS. We are taking PUM Assistance for MIDAS ongoing program - Technology Transfer for Private Sector Development. Bangladeshi SMEs are getting benefit of this program with the PUM Senior Expert Setvices. CEO of PUM will visit Bangladesh in the first week of May 2011 to know Bangladesh more to extent more assistance.
At 12:26 on November 19, 2010, Adebayo Oyewole said…
Thank you Tom! Looking forward to the collaboration.
At 16:17 on October 13, 2010, Soji Apampa said…
 
 
 
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