I recently had a fascinating few days comparing data and results across three inclusive business portfolios: the Business Innovation Facility pilot (2010-2013), Innovations Against Poverty pilot (2011-2013) and Business Call to Action (5 years old and on going). I'd worked on BIF for four years, and IAP for three, leading their M&E, and with BCtA for the last 4 months reviewing progress of their members. So the data is based on years of rich engagement with 3 contrasting portfolios,…Continue
Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on October 21, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments
The Innovation and Technology for Development Centre at the Technical University of Madrid has recently completed a two-year research study on new collaborative models for addressing gaps in access to services for the most poor and vulnerable. These arrangements offer…Continue
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Can start-ups scale? Can social enterprises reach sufficient millions of people to really crack problems of poverty? This question has been around for many years. Now first answers are emerging.
A crop of ‘breakthrough’ social enterprises are emerging. They are growing fast, securing investment and partners, and reaching millions of people. Of course they do not prove that all social enterprises scale, but they certainly show that they can. This month,…Continue
Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on October 15, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments
How does one break down and analyse an inclusive business portfolio as large and diverse as Business Call to Action’s? The 94 BCtA member companies that have set up inclusive business initiatives range from global corporate conglomerates set up many decades ago, to early-stage social enterprises operating in just one area. So when it came to analysing the data for the BCtA flagship report…Continue
Added by Lara Sinha on October 14, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments
Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) drive job creation and economic diversification, and are critical for development. Unfortunately, small companies too often stay small. Despite great business models, they do not grow to be medium-sized or larger and are…Continue
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Making growth sustainable: co-creating solutions through social and green entrepreneurship was the overall title of this year’s SEED Africa Symposium, organised by SEED in collaboration with a variety of partners. What are the innovative small, micro and medium sized enterprises (SMMEs) that drive the change to sustainable development? How can linkages between social and green enterprises and businesses be strengthened for greater innovation and impact? What barriers do they face and…Continue
Added by Anais Mangin on October 13, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments
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
Added by Tom Harrison on October 10, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments
The Breaking Through, Inclusive Business and the Business Call to Action report reviews the progress made by 94 inclusive business initiatives towards providing benefits to people at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) while achieving commercial success. So two of the first questions on our list for this review were:
Added by Joe Shamash on October 10, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments
€2 million equity investment lays groundwork for scaling renewable energy asset finance and distribution in East Africa
SolarNow, the Uganda-based solar asset finance company, has closed its most recent equity round, raising €2 million from Novastar Ventures and Acumen, to help meet massive demand for high-quality solar technology in East Africa.
Providing a range of modular 50-500 Watt solar home systems and DC appliances through a franchise model to…Continue
Added by Florent Renders on October 10, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments
A groundbreaking report assessing patients who use ZHL emergency ambulance service in India is now public. Whether you work in health, stoves, fertiliser or anything else, this report has relevance, because it demonstrates how to understand more about who your clients are, how poor they are, how many women are reached, and why different client groups engage with the business.…Continue
Added by Editor's Choice on October 9, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments
The first concern of organizations working on issues of sanitation, is based on the principle of preserving respect for the human person during defecation, rather than the future of the consequence of this biological need: fecal matter.
Following this principle, defecation in the open was banned for defecating in place of comfort in an enclosed area. For the past 70 years all these technical provisions preserve some privacy, comfort, but never provided solve the real problems of…Continue
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Government regulations are typically seen as a barrier to business in base of the pyramid markets. But the Business Call to Action’s report Breaking Through highlights a number of cases where government support is helping inclusive business start-ups to quickly reach scale.
Datawind is an Indian company that manufactures low-cost data tablets. At only $35, its Aakash tablet is putting the internet into the…Continue
Added by Suzanne Krook on October 8, 2014 at 20:43 — No Comments
By becoming BCtA members, our companies commit to improving the lives of low-income populations through commercially viable business models. The work of BCtA members benefit people at the base of the pyramid (BoP) in many sectors, from agriculture to energy to education to health and nutrition.
Our first flagship report, Breaking Through…Continue
Added by Tomohiro Nagasaki on October 8, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments
‘Teach a man how to fish‘ or, as in this case, ‘ride a bike’, espouses the core aim of the founders of a social and green enterprise that is intent on improving the living standards of rural Mozambicans. Maputo-based Mozambikes wants to help fight poverty by providing affordable,…Continue
Added by Jona Liebl on October 8, 2014 at 10:39 — No Comments
From Mobile Solar Computer Classrooms to Novel Baobab Products: Green Entrepreneurship is Thriving Across Africa and Beyond
Last month Nairobi played host of one of the largest gatherings of start-up social and environmental enterprises in Africa, as the 41 SEED Awards Winners were celebrated at the 2014 SEED Africa Symposium.…Continue
Added by Anais Mangin on October 8, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments
The briquetting plants are used to provide the green, economical and cheaper bio fuel briquette that is commonly known as white coal within the industries. This fuel briquette may be a useful energy supply of the natural biomass waste released from the agricultural and forestry wastages.
The biomass briquettes…Continue
Added by Deepi Makwana on October 7, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments
The headline for business aiming for positive social impact is often total number of beneficiaries reached - either as suppliers, consumers, employees or entrepreneurs.
But how best to document the assumptions and calculations behind these headline numbers? Two different methods can lead to two very different figures - companies could choose to report just direct customers or multiply by household size to get a grand total. And 'direct customers' could be based on actual records, or…Continue
With Tomohiro Nagasaki, Impact Measurement consultant, Business Call to Action
Business Call to Action (BCtA) was founded in 2008, with the conviction that businesses can play a key role in reducing poverty, by providing access to quality goods and services to people at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP), or by including them in their value chains as suppliers, employees, or entrepreneurs. There was great excitement around the…Continue
Added by Suba Sivakumaran on September 24, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments
Through the biomass briquetting press project, the top quality energy resource briquettes are made that is used for the electricity and power generation. The most good thing about those briquettes are made from bio waste materials so they are eco friendly rather than the fossil energy fuels.
As all types of the biomass residues have potential to provide energy and their…Continue
Added by Deepi Makwana on September 23, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments