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Future Startup Q & A with the Founder of Bangladesh women's initiative Maya

Ivy Huq Russell, a former investment banker, founded Maya with a vision to empower women through giving them access to information and a shared community. She is also the Managing Director of Maya. As a venture Maya is very interesting in a sense that…


Added by Mohammad Ruhul Kader on November 25, 2014 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Save Natural Resources Through Briquette Press

Natural resources are features of the environment that are important to save for future use. Conserving natural resources is very essential today. One way to save the natural resources is to use renewable biofuel briquettes. This briquette is produced through a biomass briquette machine in a natural manner.…


Added by Deepi Makwana on November 23, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

IFC and Inclusive Business: Learning from What Works


By Eriko Ishikawa and Kathleen Gaertner Mignano of International Finance Corporation (IFC)

About 4.5 billion people in developing countries are low-income, living on $8[1] a day or less. They are the so-called base of the economic pyramid and constitute a $5 trillion consumer market. While case studies abound on many of the well-known multi-nationals trying to break into this market, the success of local businesses has often been lost in the…


Added by Eriko Ishikawa on November 19, 2014 at 1:30 — No Comments

Overcoming the challenges of improving financial inclusion

Increasing access to formal financial services for low-income people is seen as a key enabler for people to improve their lives and escape the poverty trap. So much so, that many are campaigning for  financial inclusion to be one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals beyond 2015. With 2.5 billion people still ‘unbanked’ across the…


Added by Lara Sinha on November 12, 2014 at 5:30 — No Comments

Five strategies for scaling up inclusive business at the base of the pyramid

By Tomohiro Nagasaki and Lara Sinha

As with any business venture, inclusive business initiatives seek to scale up once they get their initial business models right. Scaling inclusive business initiatives means driving further commercial growth as well as reach to a greater number of people at the base of the pyramid (BoP).

However, there is no silver bullet for scaling up an inclusive business model.…


Added by Tomohiro Nagasaki on November 10, 2014 at 23:30 — No Comments

Briquette Press Can Produce Eco Green Power From Bio Waste

The biomass briquetting plant is environment friendly fuel producing technology that used for green energy and power generation. The manufacturer of the biomass briquette plant known as white coal briquettes helps in power generation in producing industries and power plants in an environment and economical way.…


Added by Deepi Makwana on November 10, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

What drives inclusive business, and what gets in the way? The key commercial drivers of Business Call to Action initiatives and the challenges they face.

There is often debate, ranging from the enthusiastic to the sceptical, about what drives companies to do good while doing business.   Reviewing the Business Call to Action portfolio was a chance to ask entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs themselves about the commercial drivers for operating inclusive business.

The Business Call to Action network brings together 94 companies seeking to…


Added by Joe Shamash on November 10, 2014 at 9:36 — No Comments

Editor's Choice November 2014: what is really driving companies to invest in sustainable and inclusive business?

This month’s Editor’s Choice explores companies’ own perspectives on Sustainable  and Inclusive Business.  It’s a rare glimpse probing inside the company structures and lingo,   to see what drives and what impedes company engagement.

Growth for Good or Good for Growth is a new report by Monitor Institute, Citi Foundation and The Fletcher School at Tufts University. …


Added by Editor's Choice on November 9, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

The most common challenges faced by inclusive businesses

Over the last four years, over 150 companies have answered a similar set of questions about the challenges they face in implementing their inclusive business.   The companies range from concept stage start-ups within the Innovations Against Poverty Portfolio to MNCs pursuing a business model at the base of the pyramid in the Business Call to Action portfolio.  But despite the variation in size, sector and maturity, some common themes appear.

The challenge most often selected (from a…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on November 9, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

Creating jobs through skills development: Lessons from BCtA

For most people living on a few dollars a day, a job or entrepreneurship opportunity is one of the surest ways out of poverty. But finding a job is not easy. Millions of people are excluded from the workforce because they lack the skills, or the means, to find work in the formal sector.

A key challenge is the low level of skills, capacity and knowledge in these base-of-the-pyramid markets. Potential employees do not have the skills that employers…


Added by Suzanne Krook on November 4, 2014 at 23:00 — No Comments

Inclusive Business Action Network: Connecting the Dots in the Inclusive Business Ecosystem

A jungle of inclusive business support – plentiful, but hard to get through

Inclusive business support has been growing more quickly than ferns in a rainforest as more and more successful models have been documented and gaps for support identified. Across sectors, regions, and sizes of companies, inclusive businesses can enjoy more backing than ever before from governments, development organizations, local institutions, funders, and other actors.



Added by Alyssa Rivera on November 3, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Social and green enterprises – how to create enabling frameworks to increase their contribution to sustainable development?

Over the last four years SEED has hosted a series of unique multi-stakeholder fora focussed on the Green Economy and Africa - the SEED Symposia - where each year innovative and promising start-up enterprises, that won a SEED Award for their remarkable…


Added by Amelie Heuer on October 29, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

The UpSkill Story: Improving compliance and labour standards in the Bangladesh garment sector

UpSkill Story

After the Rana Plaza tragedy an year and half ago, 24th April 2013, the question of how ethical compliance can be integrated in the day to day operations of garment factories has led GreenGrade Solutions to the creation of UpSkill, an e-learning platform that raises awareness levels of compliance and labour standards within the Bangladeshi garment sector. Its core aim is to raise compliance awareness among managers in factories and add value…


Added by Maher Anjum on October 26, 2014 at 22:30 — No Comments

The Impact Programme – Market Survey

Information, as they say, is power. Nowhere is this truer than in business and finance. Most new business ventures will involve an element of risk or a leap of faith. However, the better calculated that risk, or the more accurately measured the leap, the better the chance of success. Which is why, the Impact Programme, a programme funded by the UK’s Department of International Development and delivered in partnership with CDC and the Global Impact Investing Network, is launching a…


Added by Liz Patterson on October 23, 2014 at 19:52 — No Comments

Harnessing the potential of Baobab to provide Mozambican women with new income opportunities

Harnessing the potential of Baobab to provide Mozambican women with new income opportunities

They are one of the most visually-enthralling trees on the planet. The ancient Baobab – endemic mostly to semi-arid regions of tropical Africa including Mozambique – can live for over 1000 years. Sometimes called the ‘tree of life’, indigenous communities have relied on Baobabs for shelter, food, medicine, clothing and raw materials for generations.

A neglected and under-utilised…


Added by Jona Liebl on October 23, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Comparing inclusive business results across three portfolios

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,…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on October 21, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

Partnerships for innovation in access to basic services

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…


Added by Leda Stott on October 21, 2014 at 14:08 — No Comments

Time to start challenging our assumptions that start-ups can’t reach scale

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,…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on October 15, 2014 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Two types of inclusive businesses: It's not just size that matters

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…


Added by Lara Sinha on October 14, 2014 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Growing Up: Why Innovative Finance is Key to Scaling and Replicating MSMEs

This blog was co-authored by Aline Krämer, co-founder and director at Endeva.

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…


Added by Alyssa Rivera on October 13, 2014 at 21:30 — No Comments

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