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DAY 1: What you need to know about plastics.

Plastic #1

Polyethylene Terephthalates (PET) stand out as one of the most used plastics in consumer products, largely used for water and pop bottles, and some other packaging. The production intent is for single use; there is a risk of leaching and bacterial growth with repeated use. PET is difficult to decontaminate, and proper cleaning requires harmful chemicals. PET may leach carcinogens.

Recycling Process: PET is crushed and then…

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Added by Wecyclers on December 15, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Smokeless Briquettes From Biomass Briquette Press Machine

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.…

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Added by Deepi Makwana on December 15, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

WECYCLERS: RECYCLING WHERE EVERYBODY WINS

Wecyclers works in partnership with the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to give households a chance to capture value from their waste while providing a reliable supply of materials to the local recycling industry. Wecyclers collects recyclable waste, including plastic bottles, plastic bags, and aluminum cans, at the household level using low-cost bicycle-powered collection vehicles called “wecycles”. Wecyclers rewards households with redeemable points based on the volume and quality…

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Added by Wecyclers on December 10, 2014 at 17:31 — No Comments

Enjoy your stay, make a difference: how inclusive business is transforming tourism

This blog post was co-written by Christian Pirzer and Christina Tewes-Gradl

In 2012, 1 billion tourists travelled across borders, compared to 25 million in 1950. Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide, and it’s growing most quickly in emerging and developing countries. Currently, UNWTO calculates that tourism is responsible for 9% of global GDP, for over 1 in 11 jobs and for USD 1.3 trillion in global exports annually.

A new study by GIZ and Endeva…

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Added by Alyssa Rivera on December 10, 2014 at 15:56 — No Comments

New Spotlight compares inclusive business results across three portfolios

I recently had a fascinating week 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). The data is based on years of rich engagement with 3 contrasting portfolios, each with an exciting - but different - array of innovative businesses.

IAP grantees were mainly start-ups trying to secure the right business model and…

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Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on December 9, 2014 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Catalysing Inclusive Energy Markets: Lessons Learned

Energy is the bedrock of sustainable development – impacting health, education and earning opportunities – yet nearly two billion people across the world lack access to reliable and affordable power. For the last 14 years our charity, Shell Foundation, has been trying to work out what can be done to spur the growth of “inclusive” markets to serve low-income consumers, and generate socio-economic, health and environmental benefits at scale, with access to energy a core focus.

Over this…

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Added by Richard Gomes on December 9, 2014 at 4:00 — 1 Comment

Inflection Point

These are exciting and challenging times for the inclusive business community. Interest and momentum are growing.  We are seeing more and more enterprises seeking to build viable business models to serve the base of the pyramid (BoP).  Aid agencies, foundations, impact investors, non-profits and other development sector players are increasingly…

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Added by Ted London on December 8, 2014 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Aavishkaar Impact Report 2014: A Unique Perspective to Defining Impact

We started Aavishkaar with the belief that creating ventures in remote geographies would serve the needs of excluded communities and hence significantly impact society. Our faith in this simple thesis has gained strength over time and is evident in our recently released Annual Impact Report 2014.

Aavishkaar’s investment thesis defines impact as Aavishkaar's ability to take the risks of supporting disruptive ideas and building them to scale as businesses. Inherent to our impact thesis…

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Added by Vineet Rai on December 8, 2014 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Editor's Choice December 2014: A Roadmap for the BoP Domain

“Nowadays it seems as though almost every entrepreneur, company leader, non –profit manager, and development community professional in the [BoP] domain talk about how well their BoP initiatives are doing.  From these discussions it would appear as though BoP endeavours enjoy a tremendous success rate.  All that is needed is just a little more money perhaps, and they will have cracked the code to financial sustainability and scalability, as well as generating substantial positive social…

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Added by Editor's Choice on December 6, 2014 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Replicate what works! Three actions to accelerate innovation in 2015

This year we saw a lot more of the same. More energy kiosks setting up shop. More smallholder inclusion efforts. More micro-franchises selling health goods and solar lamps.

This is not a bad thing. To the contrary! The time is ripe to learn from what works and replicate it. Innovation does not end after the…

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Added by Christina Gradl on December 5, 2014 at 19:17 — 1 Comment

Looking forward: The way ahead after the launch of the Inclusive Business Action Network

The launch of the Inclusive Business Action Network, which took place from 18-20 November in Berlin, once again highlighted the fantastic variety of initiatives and approaches to support inclusive businesses and gave a glimpse of where we can get to by joining our efforts. Featuring businesses, investors, bi- and multilateral development institutions, initiatives, consultants,…

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Added by Arne H. Theissen on December 5, 2014 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Scaling investments in Inclusive Business

1.      The opportunity: investing in Base of the Pyramid markets

More than four and a half billion people earn less than eight dollars a day. They are value demanding consumers, resilient and creative entrepreneurs, producers, business partners and innovators. Engaging these groups in sustainable and profitable business is key to improving their livelihood and economic growth. Inclusive business contributes to poverty reduction through the inclusion of low income…

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Added by Myrtille Danse on December 5, 2014 at 9:30 — 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…

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Added by Charisma Murari on December 5, 2014 at 8:42 — No Comments

Transforming poverty reduction through innovation

The Innovations Against Poverty, run as a pilot challenge fund by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), is a clear example of how Sida uses innovative financial mechanisms and partnership with the private sector as a force for change. By the end of December 2013, more than 60 entrepreneurs were funded in 26 countries in a wide variety of sectors. Today from Stockholm as we review the pilot, it is important to look back and talk about how failure and learning can be…

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Added by Carmen López-Clavero on December 3, 2014 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Will Budget 2014 create an enabling ecosystem for enterprises?

During the recent launch of a news outlet in India, former chairman of Microsoft India, author and impact investor Ravi Venkatesan opined that enterprises catering to low-income markets were no longer part of ‘Act 2’. “It has grown into a legitimate class of entrepreneurship, not something you do after you make your first billion,” he said. 

Such for-profit enterprises catering to low-income markets are increasingly gaining traction in India. However, despite the significant…

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Added by Perzen Patel on December 2, 2014 at 5:40 — No Comments

Inclusive Business is reaching the mainstream but the focus needs to remain on impact and people

Looking back: Inclusive Business is about to enter the mainstream

When asked on how inclusive business has developed over the last years I can only say: “It skyrocketed!”. I still remember having difficulties in finding a professor at my German University, not even 10 years back, who would accept Social Entrepreneurship as a serious topic for my diploma thesis. Today, there is a well-developed academic landscape with own research institutes, specialized professorships and an…

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Added by Michael Vollmann on December 1, 2014 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

[MES2015] Conference: Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply

The Microenergy Systems Research Group at the Technische Universität Berlin, the BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore and the Berkeley Rural Energy Group at UC Berkeley, California, invite you to the MES 2015…

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Added by Liisa Andersson on December 1, 2014 at 10:06 — No Comments

Briquette Press Is Used In Developing Countries

Today, waste management is considered as a global issues in front of us. The climate mitigation, earth pollution and soil degradation through the waste substances are becoming the major issues in many developing nations. If the bio waste generated from the industrial, residential and agricultural areas are reused, then all the waste management and pollution related issues can be…

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Added by Deepi Makwana on November 30, 2014 at 10:27 — No Comments

INCLUSIVE BUSINESS AND VALUE CREATION: A WIN-WIN FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIETY A new executive education program to help you contribute

How to develop innovative business models in order to address access to goods and services for a larger population?

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Added by Michael Vollmann on November 27, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

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…

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

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