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Biomass Briquetting Plant Creates Pollution Free Atmosphere

To create healthy and pollution free ambiance, we've to form a lot of use of the renewable resources. Biomass could be a nice natural resource that's used for the energy production because it has a lot of energy production capability than alternative fuels. So, the biomass briquette is that the fuel made up of the biomass waste and residues that is additionally a high capability energy resource accustomed create healthy setting.

The procedure of…


Added by Deepi Makwana on September 1, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Protecting People and Property from Lightning Damages

The human civilization has moved forward in great strides over the centuries. During the dawn of the civilization, man used to be a weak animal – in terms of its ability to protect itself from the strikes of nature. But that has changed significantly with the passage of time. The world of technology has advanced significantly with time. Hence, different types of instruments have emerged, which have helped the human race to do away with the danger from nature and be safer than before. In…


Added by Stuart Parker on August 28, 2014 at 18:08 — No Comments

Call for Volunteers for the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

Making Cents International is currently accepting applications to volunteer at the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit. Volunteering at the Summit is a unique opportunity for those who are interested in gaining (1) Practical experience in the field of youth economic opportunities (2) Insights into the practical results and learnings from some of the most innovative and impactful positive youth development methodologies; (3) Exposure to leaders at global development organizations.…


Added by Chelsea Babcock on August 28, 2014 at 16:32 — No Comments

The circular economy and opportunities for small businesses

By Francesca Culcasi from SWITCH-Med, Josephine Kohl and Anais Mangin from SEED

Current ways of production and consumption are not sustainable, disregarding the efficient use of natural resources, the minimization of toxic materials and the emission of waste. However, green alternatives become more and more visible and enterprises in emerging and developing countries are innovating with greener products and services.  They are playing an important role in…


Added by Francesca Culcasi on August 27, 2014 at 9:01 — No Comments

Greengrade initiates innovative technology platform 'UpSkill' on ethical compliance for Bangladesh's garment sector

Successful launch of technology platform UpSkill

“There are world class garment factories in Bangladesh, but we need to bring all factories up to this standard. Supporting UpSkill is part of our efforts to help improve safety and working conditions in the

industry. The beauty of this project is how it uses tablets and other…


Added by Maher Anjum on August 26, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Early stage impact investing: a call for action

By Louise Gorman and Anais Mangin – SEED, hosted by adelphi research (  

The exponential growth of small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) in Africa, Asia and Latin America has contributed significantly to the burgeoning green economy. Every year more and more small and green entrepreneurs are creating innovative ways to produce sustainable products and services that are having wide-reaching social and economic…


Added by Anais Mangin on August 17, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments

Why investing in young people is a win-win

12th August is International Youth Day, with this year’s focus on mental health. The causes for mental health issues are varied and complex. One factor that can play an important role in someone’s well-being is whether or not that person is employed. This is particularly relevant for today’s young people, with global youth unemployment figures still skyrocketing despite a general tendency towards economic recovery in most countries.

Unemployment does not only impact on someone’s…


Added by Emili Budell on August 13, 2014 at 14:44 — 1 Comment

How Women Entrepreneurs are contributing to the Green Economy

Particularly women are increasingly perceived to play a significant role in realising the transformation to a greener economy and poverty reduction in countries with developing economies. Various studies confirm the direct and indirect impact of women entrepreneurs. Raising female employment could impact a country’s GDP by a growth rate of up to 34%. Women also contribute to the greater availability of human resources of a country´s green industry by investing household income in…


Added by Anais Mangin on July 31, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Portfolio tracking of inclusive business: dealing with apples, pears and indices

Inclusive businesses come in all shapes and sizes.   If you're operating one business, you probably know what the key performance indicators are. But if you're running a portfolio of several, how can you compare large and small, start-up and mature? At the least, it's comparing apples and oranges. At worst, it's trying to compare fruit and widgets on the same scale.

Nerdy or not, it feels like Christmas to me when other organisations share their monitoring system.  We all face similar…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on July 20, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Understanding the purchase behavior of the BOP market: What they need and what we think they need

 “Consumers at the Base of the Pyramid will spend 10-50 times more on ‘fair and lovely’ (a fairness cream) than on buying clean water.”[1]

I was born and brought up in Bangladesh, yet this was ‘news’ to me! The company, which set up water plants to provide clean water to the rural community for a minimum rate, at least ten times lesser than the market price in the city, had a tough time due to this unconventional spending…


Added by K Zunaed Rabbani on July 15, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

JULY EDITOR’S CHOICE: What can we learn from 5,000 organisations about the beneficiaries they reach?

 Agricultural and artisanal sector businesses typically source from around 400-500 suppliers, but the fastest growth in the supply base happens after 15-19 years of operation.  For businesses selling to consumers,  those in South Asia are reaching hundreds times as many clients as those elsewhere.   Growth rates of suppliers and clients are typically low -  except in the Financial Sector where client growth is well into double digits.

These are just three of the interesting trends…


Added by Editor's Choice on July 14, 2014 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Measure Poverty, Do Better: How objective, household poverty data can drive better strategies for development practitioners

Hundreds of nonprofit organizations, busineses, and investors around the world are concerned with reducing global poverty. Every day, the leaders that run these programs must make decisions that influence their program’s strategy, outcomes, and impact. To make the best decisions possible, these leaders need the right information. One key piece of information: beneficiary poverty data.

Objectively measuring poverty among beneficiary households can help development…


Added by Julie Peachey on July 14, 2014 at 12:22 — No Comments

Complex, Costly, Irrelevant, Risky? Demystifying Results Measurement

Measuring results is important. We all know it. We all say it. We don’t do it.

Why not? Maybe because results measurement is scary.

It’s a big, hairy beast, and we are afraid to come close to it.    

Do any of these scary ideas sound familiar to you?


Scary Idea 1:…


Added by Christina Gradl on July 12, 2014 at 11:49 — No Comments

12 Good Practices in Measuring the Results of Development Partnerships: New report launched!

Most of us believe that partnerships work, but we don’t really have the proof. Much more importantly, we don’t know how they work and how their performance can be improved.

Public-private development partnerships are a promising means for implementing new solutions for…


Added by Christina Gradl on July 12, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Combining advanced technology AND local methods & experience => Success

I have a waste network and experience from developing products and meeting customers demands. Among many important factors, the process includes 2 of the most important factors

a) Listning to the customer and carefully taking into consideration, her needs.

b) Proving the result…


Added by Kristina Linhardt on July 11, 2014 at 15:29 — No Comments

Mobile is a Means, Not an End: How Root Capital uses mobile for impact data and client services

Photo: An enumerator interviews a supplier to a Kenyan Root Capital client.

Root Capital is a nonprofit agricultural lender that seeks to improve farmer livelihoods by providing credit and financial training to small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Africa and Latin America.…


Added by Asya Troychansky on July 10, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Designing for Tough Conversations

In February, the Amplify program launched our first of ten innovation challenges. We asked people from around the world one question: How might we make low-income urban areas safer and more empowering for women and girls?

Like any other human-centered design project, our Amplify challenge began with research. While thousands of individuals around the world—entrepreneurs, students,…


Added by Shauna Carey on July 9, 2014 at 23:30 — No Comments

Are inclusive business models key to a positive World Cup legacy in Brazil?


With the 20th FIFA World Cup in full swing, all eyes are on Brazil. Latin America’s economic powerhouse (and the 7th largest economy in the…


Added by Emili Budell on July 9, 2014 at 15:53 — No Comments

Makit: Engaging with the BoP in Kenya


Moving to Kenya in 2011 is one of the most exciting steps we have taken as a company, here at Makit. On the one hand, it gave us the opportunity of getting to know our potential users and beneficiaries, learning about how they managed their…


Added by Amaia Arranz on July 6, 2014 at 22:00 — No Comments

Listening to customers is critical for success

Listening to customers and understanding their needs is a critical part of any inclusive business development. Many of the organisations supported by Sida’s Innovations Against Poverty programme are in this stage of listening to and learning about customers living at the base of the pyramid (BoP). This early-stage research…


Added by Suzanne Krook on July 4, 2014 at 9:18 — No Comments

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