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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

Text to Change: Striving for social impact while overcoming data collection challenges

Striving for social impact while overcoming data collection challenges

Victoria Nakato

In my job as program assistant at the Text to…


Added by Claudia Cornelisse on July 2, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Acumen's Lean Data Initiative

(Photo: Ali, a customer of Esoko Networks, an Acumen investee) 

This year Acumen launched the Lean Data Initiative, which is experimenting with more cost- and time-efficient ways to collect data on our investees’ customers. We know the impact investing and social…


Added by Rohit Gawande on July 1, 2014 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

A Fresh New Look for the Fresh Life Toilet!

Fresh Life Operator Agnes holding the new look urine-diverting squat plate

2.5 billion people in the developing world lack access to hygienic sanitation and clean water. Sanergy is a social enterprise based in Nairobi - Kenya where 8 million people in…


Added by EDITH KARIMI on June 30, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Creating Jobs and Redefining Climate Finance in Africa/Malawi

Most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa face significant challenges in-order to achieve the essential requirements for sustainable development such as reducing poverty, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), changing unsustainable and promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production, and protecting and managing the natural resource base of economic and social development. Poverty remains one of the most important social challenges on the continent with gender…


Added by Dumisani Chirambo on June 26, 2014 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

The BEAM Exchange: Help design it to meet your needs!

In April, DFID and SDC contracted a consortium led by PwC to develop and manage a new knowledge-exchange called the BEAM Exchange that will replace the M4P Hub website in September 2014. The aim of BEAM is to not only serve the M4P community, but the wider community of practitioners, policy makers, and researchers working to create inclusive businesses and market-systems (broadly defined). More information on BEAM is available here:…


Added by Ashley Aarons on June 26, 2014 at 13:33 — No Comments

Global Rush To Briquette Machine Threatens To Bring Fuel Shortages

In order to protect an environment, look for the new economic growth point, the whole world is engaged in energy conversation and emission reduction projects, starting the utilization and development of biomass or other waste material is the key source industry of national policy.

Briquette machine can be divided into jumbo 90 briquetting machine, super 70 briquetting machine, crusher, hammer mill and flash air dryer. For…


Added by Deepi Makwana on June 24, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Building a client-focused business model; not just products and services to meet client wants and needs

AMK client officer returning from a client visit

"We will never be a leader in client service" a senior AMK manager told me. Indeed in the competitive Cambodian microfinance market many clients might…


Added by Anton Simanowitz on June 20, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Coffee: The Canary in the Coalmine for Climate Change

Nicolas Pineda, a coffee farmer and member of the 190-member cooperative Montaña Verde in Honduras

Note: This piece originally appeared on The Skoll World Forum website as part of a series on…


Added by Willy Foote on June 18, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

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