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Impact Forum 2014 - From Niche To Mass

First Global Social Finance Forum Across Continents

Impact Forum 2014 is the premier gathering of…

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Added by Angela Ng on April 24, 2014 at 11:04 — No Comments

The Business Innovation Facility is looking for a new Deputy Country Manager for BIF Burma (Myanmar). Apply as soon as possible.

The Business Innovation Facility is looking for a new Deputy Country Manager in Myanmar.

Please see the job description and application intructions below:

Burma_Job%20Description_Deputy%20Programme%20Manager_FINAL.pdf

Interested persons are requested to…

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Added by Charley Miller on April 14, 2014 at 12:12 — No Comments

One year of the Impact Programme: Progress and baseline findings

This blog was written by Liz Patterson, Lead on Social Impact Investment at DFID. 

Last week, the Impact Programme launched two new reports: The Annual Report 2013 and The Impact Programme Market Baseline Study. 

These two summary reports highlight the progress that the programme has made over its first year of…

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Added by The Impact Programme on April 14, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Selling at the BOP: A Mobile App for Sale Agents

The following blog post is about a new app we’ve been working on called CommSell, which is focused on supporting local sales agents in small and medium enterprises. Click here for a  full video demo of the CommSelll prototype, including details about the business model…

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Added by Fiorenzo Conte on April 7, 2014 at 1:16 — No Comments

[UPDATED TIME] Upcoming Webinar with Making Cents International: Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship: What Works, Where, and Why?

[UPDATED TIME] Today’s global youth population is the largest in history. 15 to 24-year olds make up one-quarter of the world’s working population but represent HALF the world’s unemployed. For many, self-employment is the only option. Many initiatives exist to promote youth entrepreneurship, but robust evidence of what works in which context is lacking.

Youth Business International (YBI), Restless Development and War Child, with funding from the UK Government’s Department for…

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Added by Chelsea Babcock on April 3, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

Ruby Cup + Indiegogo = #brainpower

How do you feel when you get your period? Maybe you feel a bit moody, or spotty, or you get cramps. Perhaps you feel pretty much the same as the rest of the month. Or you may be one of those women that enjoy it and see it as another sign of their femininity.

Unfortunately, for thousands of girls living in poverty around the world, ‘period issues’ are more serious than that. According to a study by UNDP in 2008, in many parts of the world girls miss up to 20% of their school time…

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Added by Amaia Arranz on April 2, 2014 at 11:30 — 3 Comments

When does 'innovative' business become 'unconventional'?

Innovation is at the heart of inclusive business, but when does ‘innovative’ become ‘unconventional’?

How about when it delivers something unusual, like breeding insects for human consumption? That’s the focus of Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) grantee ICCO, who is developing a whole value chain for breeding,…

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Added by Suzanne Dagseven on April 1, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Sector labels don't work for unconventional innovative business

It's lucky my living room floor is quite large. One evening, about two years, I started to tabulate the main sectors of the grantee businesses in the Innovations Against Poverty portfolio. What started as a simple job for a table in a report became an intelligence puzzle with paper strewn across the floor. The businesses didn't fit into sector boxes. So I used the floor to map them all out,…

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Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on April 1, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

April 2014 Editor's Choice: Disrupt or be disrupted: how business models are transforming the world

“Disrupt or be disrupted”.

That’s one of the key messages in a new report by SustainAbility looking at business model innovation. In particular, the report focuses on innovation in the context of sustainability and how different game-changing innovations are being born from the pressing need for more sustainable approaches to production and consumption.

Innovation is…

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Added by Suzanne Dagseven on April 1, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Meet the businesses being honored as "Best for the World"

All over the world, companies focusing on the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit are making it their mission to use business to solve social and environmental problems. This year, B Lab has honored 92 companies from 15 different countries as being not just best in the world, but Best for the World. From a …

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Added by Elizabeth Freeburg on March 31, 2014 at 18:29 — No Comments

JGE PROMOTIONS -BOTSWANA

CONTACT JGE PROMOTIONS  FOR

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

QUALITY ASSURANCE-QUALITY CONTROL SERVICES

TRAINING AND MENTORING SERVICES

PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION

PROJECT TESTING AND COMMISSIONING AGENTS

Added by JOSEPH MOJALEFA MABUTHO on March 31, 2014 at 18:19 — No Comments

Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014- Saif Rashid

Saif Rashid, a hybrid business model expert and rural enterprise specialist-also the founding director and CEO of JITA Social Business Bangladesh Ltd, has been awarded by prestigious Schwab Foundation- a World Economic Forum associated Initiative as one of the most outstanding social entrepreneurs of the year 2014! It is a pride for Bangladesh as Saif stands as the only entrepreneur from the nation getting this recognition in 2014. In past years, only very few…

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Added by Omar Serniabat on March 30, 2014 at 8:17 — No Comments

Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference

SAVE THE DATE!  The 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference will take place Oct. 6-8, 2014 in Washington, DC. The eighth annual conference ­­­­­­­­­­­– featuring two spotlights and five learning tracks – will convene practitioners, policy-makers, funders, corporate citizenship professionals, educators, and youth leaders working to increase economic opportunities for young people. Exchange knowledge, lessons learned, jobs, and funding opportunities. Sign-up for the Conference…

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Added by Chelsea Babcock on March 28, 2014 at 19:28 — 1 Comment

Creating green jobs in South Africa and the impact of social and green grassroots entrepreneurs.

The green economy has taken hold in South Africa, and innovative products and services are being introduced by entrepreneurs even at the grassroots. But for these to grow and enhance their impact, more bridges need to be built between supporting finance, research, and skills building institutions and social and environmental enterprises. These enterprises can be instrumental in creating jobs and livelihoods while at  the  same  time  offering  business  solutions  to  environmental …

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Added by Anais Mangin on March 28, 2014 at 16:33 — No Comments

Saif Rashid awarded as Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

Saif Rashid, an inclusive business model expert and rural enterprise specialist-also the founding director and CEO of JITA Social Business Bangladesh Ltd, has been awarded by prestigious Schwab Foundation- a World Economic Forum associated Initiative as one of the most outstanding social entrepreneurs of the year 2014! It is a pride for Bangladesh as Saif stands as the only entrepreneur from the nation getting this recognition in 2014. In past years, only very few…

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Added by Parveen Sultana Huda on March 27, 2014 at 21:01 — 3 Comments

GreenGrade: Recruiting for UpSkill Project

UpSkill is an e-learning platform whose primary objective is to raise awareness of compliance and labour standards within the garments sector in Bangladesh.



UpSkill is a project developed and initiated by GreenGrade. The UpSkill project has received funding from DFID's 'The Global Value Chains Initiative'.



UpSkill is presently looking to recruit for several posts in Bangladesh. For full details please go to: www.greengrade.… Continue

Added by Maher Anjum on March 15, 2014 at 18:51 — No Comments

GreenGrade: Recruiting for UpSkill Project

UpSkill is an e-learning platform whose primary objective is to raise awareness of compliance and labour standards within the garments sector in Bangladesh.



UpSkill is a project developed and initiated by GreenGrade. The UpSkill project has received funding from DFID's 'The Global Value Chains Initiative'.



UpSkill is presently looking to recruit for several posts in Bangladesh. For full details please go to: www.greengrade.… Continue

Added by Maher Anjum on March 15, 2014 at 18:51 — No Comments

Inclusive Business Forum sets the stage for Swedish collaboration

The Inclusive Business Forum in Stockholm held by Inclusive Business Sweden and Sida on February 20, attracted over 120 participants from business, civil…

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Added by Carolina Olson on March 14, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

A wealth of opportunities for donor engagement with business

William Smith is a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute.

It is obvious to some but controversial to others. Why should donors engage with business? A recent visit to a large scale mining operation reinforced to me why the argument is clear. The mine has deep and widespread impacts on the economy and society of the region where it operates.  Employment generated…

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Added by William Smith on March 13, 2014 at 9:13 — No Comments

Join BIF's network of consultants

The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) wants to build up the network of consultants that we collaborate with - so if that could be you, read on! 

You may have also missed this point in the flurry of great learning that is still emerging from the BIF pilot, but BIF is still very much here - although exploring new ways of working in our post-pilot form. We are up and…

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Added by Tom Harrison on March 12, 2014 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

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