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Women and the Business Call to Action

The UNDP’s inclusive business programme Business Call to Action is a strong advocate of using the private sector to advance the empowerment of women at the base of the pyramid.

This was demonstrated at the event they held in March 2014 with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation called ‘Turning inspiration into action: Next steps for the private sector to empower…

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Added by Lara Sinha on September 10, 2014 at 10:06 — No Comments

Editor’s Choice, September 2014: Designing for the BoP - a Business Fights Poverty report

What are the key factors to keep in mind when designing products and services for the BoP? What  are others doing and what lessons have they learnt?    Business Fights Poverty explores some of the answers in its Report on their Design Expo 2014.

The report, based on crowd sourcing and discussions between experts at BFP’s week long Design Expo in June 2014, is full of ideas on designing, reaching and serving BOP markets.

The insights outlined in the report are not radically new…

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Added by Editor's Choice on September 9, 2014 at 23:10 — No Comments

UNDP launches a new inclusive business report reviewing the portfolio of the Business Call to Action

A new report coming out about 94 inclusive businesses is due to be published on September 24th, at the Business Call to Action’s Annual Forum, a side event to this year’s General Assembly. The report will map the progress of BCtA’s 94 initiatives and marks a turning point in the BCtA Alliance.

The report, co-written by UNDP’s  Business Call to Action (Suba Sivakumaran and Tomohiro Nagasaki) and Ashley Insight (Caroline Ashley, Lara Sinha, Suzanne Dagseven and Tom Harrison)…

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Added by Suba Sivakumaran on September 9, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Empowering Women: Going Beyond the Economics

Women are important to business around the world. They do not only make the majority of consumer decisions, they have also proven to be an excellent return on investment when companies put emphasis on them as employees or producers. For example, microfinance organizations have observed over and over that women are better at repaying loans in a timely way and less likely to default. One comparison of gender specific lending conducted by the Sinapi Aba…

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Added by Alyssa Rivera on September 9, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Go far, go together: how multinationals and social enterprises can team up to replicate impact in women's empowerment

Cracking open a cold Coca-Cola is a moment enjoyed by people all over the world: the Coca-Cola Company sells over 500 still and sparkling beverage brands in more than 200 countries at a rate of upwards of 1.8 billion servings a day. Not only do people in every corner of the globe enjoy the beverages as refreshment, but the company also creates hundreds of thousands of jobs and business opportunities for farmers, suppliers of goods and services, manufacturers and bottlers, artisans, and many…

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Added by Alyssa Rivera on September 9, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Why are women missing from Inclusive Business in Malawi?

I have worked in the Inclusive Business field for around four years now in Malawi, so when I was asked to write a blog on empowering women through Inclusive Business I thought I would be able to find some practical examples from my experience to draw on. I was surprised to find that between myself and my colleagues we could not think of one successful example! So now the question we must ask ourselves is why?…

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Added by Georgina Turner on September 9, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

Women at the heart of farming

In 1985 when my parents migrated from Hong Kong to Sydney (Australia), they not only moved their whole life to a different country, but they also made a significant career change. A cleaner and a seamstress both set out to become farmers for the first time in their lives.

Neither of them had any experience with working in agriculture, but due to having relatives working within the market gardening business, it was an easy foot in the door for them to start work as soon as they arrived…

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Added by Elisa Chan on September 8, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Launch of Yawama Kids

Yawama Kids- A concept developed by Underbaraclara and Anna Lidström



I am proud to launch a children's collection with Clara Lidstrom, one of Sweden’s largest bloggers and Anna Lidström, an established designer and stylist. Our philosophy at Yawama of Sweden…

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Added by Nicola Eriksson Fackel on September 8, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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

Early stage impact investing: a call for action

By Anais Mangin – SEED, hosted by adelphi research (www.seedinit.org)  

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 impacts on the world’s…

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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…

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

How Women Entrepreneurs are contributing to the Green Economy

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 the well-being…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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