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The closing date for submissions to the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize is approaching fast!

Submit your application before February 28th 2015 and win up to CHF 500'000!…


Added by Inès Burrus on January 29, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Why 2015 Will Be the Year for Global Development Leaders to Support African Impact SMEs

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There are interesting developments underway in Africa. The vast continent repeatedly made news in 2014 for being home to seven[E1]  of the world’s fastest growing economies, and drew…


Added by Charisma Murari on January 28, 2015 at 5:26 — No Comments

Jobs and skills in Africa - or 'Blundering about in the Dark!"

I have been doing some short-term research as part of support for a small NGO working in 6 SSA countries and helping them to develop their strategy for the next 3-5 years.  They support local partners in delivering different combinations of training, tools, working space, shared resources and access to micro-finance.  The objective is to enable women and men to develop small businesses and increase their income, in both rural and urban areas.

The objective was to…


Added by Robin Stafford on January 27, 2015 at 15:59 — No Comments

RCT and market systems: an opportunity to gain insights

The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) programme in the Myanmar garments market is fortunate to be planning a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) as a significant component of our interventions. How are we fortunate? I think there are at least three ways:

Locally generated and rigorous evidence

Evidence for the link between decent jobs and the increased profitability of garment manufacturers is at the heart of BIF's theory of…


Added by Tom Harrison on January 23, 2015 at 10:27 — No Comments

Frugal Innovation for Low-Income Markets

Frugal innovation is considered by many to be one of the key solutions that enables enterprises to access low-income markets in developing countries.

Such kind of innovation responds to limitations in resources as well as to constraints in low-income markets by turning these challenges into market opportunities. By…


Added by Perzen Patel on January 23, 2015 at 7:31 — No Comments

Editors’ Choice January 2015: On Innovators and Pinballs

Our Editor’s Choice this month couldn’t be a sharper contrast – and challenge – to our monthly theme. Counting how many people at the Base of the Pyramid are reached by an inclusive business is the topic of two new publications, and blogs by entrepreneurs on the Hub. Forgetting about direct reach and doing better to value indirect results – influencing other businesses and indeed competitors – is the theme that is central to ‘…


Added by Editor's Choice on January 22, 2015 at 7:54 — No Comments

Position Announcement: West Africa and East Africa Liaisons

After a successful start to the GIIN’s global liaison program in Europe, soon to be followed by South Asia, we are looking to hire additional consultants on annually-renewable contracts. The GIIN is seeking two liaisons, one to be based in West Africa and one in East Africa.  The…


Added by Global Impact Investing Network on January 21, 2015 at 17:54 — No Comments

Do you know who counts as living at the 'Base of the Pyramid'?

And do you know how many conflicting definitions there are?  Many!

The 'original' definition of the Base of the Pyramid (IFC/WRI 2007) uses an income level that is several times higher than international poverty lines used by organisations such as the World Bank, in Africa and Asia.   

Poverty lines are confusing for many because they are set in purchasing power parity not current dollar terms - for good logical reasons, but who expects an entrepreneur to start doing…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on January 21, 2015 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Counting numbers reached at the Base of the Pyramid: A Checklist

Inclusive businesses working at the Base of the Pyramid are often asked (and often ask themselves) ‘How many people does your business reach?’ The question appears deceptively simple.

Another FAQ is, ‘How do they benefit?’ This one seems tougher.

Finding clear answers to these two questions can help organisations to measure and improve social impact, and strengthen their business propositions. Understanding clients is an important step in product design, marketing, pricing,…


Added by Joe Shamash on January 21, 2015 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Consumer Insights on Sanitation – Upping the Usage of Fresh Life Toilets

At Sanergy, we provide hygienic, accessible and affordable sanitation in the informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya. Currently, our network of 620 toilets branded as Fresh Life, are generating over 26,000 uses every single day. We are the largest provider of hygienic sanitation in the areas that we…


Added by EDITH KARIMI on January 20, 2015 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Impact assessment approaches - observations on some changes in the last 3 years

A lot can change in 3 years – or a little.  In January 2012, the headlines were about ongoing violence in Syria and atrocities by Boko Haram in Nigeria.  Sadly, these same issues still dominate the news in January 2015. But how have impact assessment approaches changed in that time – a lot or a little?

3 years ago - in January 2012 - I prepared a paper on social impact assessment tools.  The paper, which you can download…


Added by Alice Chapple on January 20, 2015 at 14:14 — 1 Comment

More Measurement Among Impact Investors in India

The impact investing landscape in India has grown quickly over the last decade. In 2000, $1.17 million was injected into social enterprises in India; in 2011, this rose to $250 million per annum, according to a recent Intellecap report. 

While dollars invested are relatively easy to measure, impact is much less so.…


Added by Wei Wei Hsing on January 19, 2015 at 17:49 — No Comments

Using mobile-enabled technologies for collecting data and managing client relationships

Knowing your customers and communicating with them in a timely, cost-effective way is crucial for any business. Because we maintain long-term relationships with our clients, communication is a top priority for Juhudi Kilimo. Our loan officers often travel long distances to reach rural farms, and information gathered from our farmer clients can get lost, if it is not captured quickly and correctly.

Juhudi Kilimo is an award-winning Kenyan social enterprise that provides asset…


Added by Kulsoom Ally on January 19, 2015 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Interview With Jerry Nicholson And Fiona Nicholson of Tindercapital & OPEN Accelerator [Part 01]

Jerry Nicholson and Fiona Nicholson are the husband wife duo behind the wonderful impact investment firm Tindercapital and awesome accelerator program called OPEN Accelerator for rural entrepreneurs in Bangladesh. Jerry & Fiona came to Bangladesh four years ago to pursue their dream: supporting people with dreams of making ideas happen, especially in…


Added by Mohammad Ruhul Kader on January 19, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Briquetting Machine Is The Simplest Way To Making Briquettes

The biomass briquetting machine helps in stumbling many environmental hazards and global warming problems by offering eco fuel briquettes. The briquettes are the coal which is made-up through the recycling of the bio waste. The recycling of any types of bio waste materials not only assists in cleaning the environment but financial profit also.



Added by Deepi Makwana on January 17, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

The Inclusive Business Accelerator launches online bootcamp about marketing and distribution

Entrepreneurs who are working in low-income markets can now apply for a special online bootcamp starting in March. This bootcamp is a service of the recently launched Inclusive Business Accelerator. The deadline for applications is February 15th.

The topic of the online bootcamp is ‘marketing and distribution to the BoP’, as behavioural  change and…


Added by Bertil van Vugt on January 15, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Changemakers Day on Youth Employment in Africa

It is with great pleasure that Ashoka, in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, invites you to attend a Changemakers Day to kick off the Globalizer Summit on Youth Employment in Africa.

This one-day collaborative event will be held on…


Added by Michael Vollmann on January 14, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Mobile Money and Farmers at the BoP! money, a brand new 'sector' that began only six to seven years ago, is something that everybody seems to be talking about.  There are 250+ platforms in developing countries and numerous institutions/initiatives such as Gates Foundation, G20, USAID and many others have rapidly rushed in trying to find how best to leverage this exciting payments/finance distribution channel on behalf of development and financial inclusion.  Most of these 250+ platforms have not yet turned a…


Added by Lee H. Babcock on January 9, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Towards a unifying theory of everything....

Does inclusive business and a market system approach ever collide?  Or are they two sides of the same coin, in which case what is the unifying theory of everything (as Stephen Hawking might have it)?  These are questions I am currently tussling with.

In recent years I have worked on both sides of this theoretical divide, if indeed there is a divide.  In the BIF pilot we looked…


Added by Tom Harrison on January 7, 2015 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Sankalp Africa Summit is back in Nairobi for its second edition!

*Keep following @SankalpForum on twitter for discounts and select networking sessions.

Great things happen when unique meeting opportunities are created and silos are broken. At Sankalp Forum, early stage entrepreneurs are at the heart of what we do, and we see them closely as they…


Added by Charisma Murari on January 7, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

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