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July 2011 Blog Posts (10)

How to be a good partner

My sister in law is a writer, and while she is now a successful author of short-stories she has also done a lot of writing for a wide variety of trade and travel magazines.  She always complains that ‘everyone thinks they can write’, under-valuing the expertise that professional writers have. In fact, magazine writers need highly developed skills in how to write to a style, such as text that is bright and breezy and also conveys a lot of information. 

It is rather the same with…

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Added by Tom Harrison on July 21, 2011 at 17:22 — 1 Comment

Support companies or change the business context? One BIF perspective

My colleague, Jonathan Said, and I were travelling between Lilongwe and Blantyre last week by National Coach, to save fuel and avoid queues at the pumps here in Malawi. The pleasant drive through the dry winter (well, winter by Malawi standards) countryside gave us a chance to debate alternative strategies to assist Malawi’s private sector growth.



I’ve been involved in projects which look at real, practical problems of shipping product from A to B, quality control on products…

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Added by Andrew Parker on July 20, 2011 at 11:49 — No Comments

12 projects selected for small grants from 89 applications

12 projects have been selected for small grants within the first round of IAP support. Key messages about the applications received include:

  • IAP received 89 applications for small grants.
  • Among the organisations applying for funding, 17 different countries of origin are represented.
  • The majority of the applying organisations (39 applicants), have headquarters in Sweden; among development countries, Zambia, with 14 applications, is most frequent.
  • There…
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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on July 15, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

Extreme Caution when dealing with Inclusive business



         I'm sorry if the title of this article sounds a little gloom and doom, because it’s not meant to be provocative or even create the slightest amount of spark or controversy. It’s just that I think economics is an ignored area of expertise when we deal with inclusive business. There seems to be this general idea amongst the public,…

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Added by Rahat Haque on July 12, 2011 at 20:00 — 9 Comments

Social Business: reply



Social business in my understanding, is a business that is designed solely for the purpose of resolving a social or environmental problem that deters development and growth. Hence like any other business, a social business must thrive for economic efficiency and must have an aim to achieve a profit but keep in mind that finances should not be taken as the only indicators of success for a social…

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Added by Jawad Islam on July 11, 2011 at 23:17 — No Comments

Editor's Choice, July: connectivity, business potential, and rapid growth in 'Digital Africa'

Village youth on Facebook, undersea cables linking Africa to the virtual globe, mobile innovation, democracy in the ether, Google in Swahili, Amharic and Zulu, predictions of a $25 internet-enabled phone, business opportunities for the giants, such as Nokia, and for the micro-operators, such as hawkers shifting from selling pirated DVDs to entertainment bundles on memory cards.  All these and more are coved in this month's Editor's Choice - "…

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Added by Editor's Choice on July 6, 2011 at 17:52 — 1 Comment

Private-Development Sector Partnership: What's in it for the Private Sector?

In my previous blog I briefly mentioned the importance of the private sector in the RSP project. I’d like to talk a little more on this topic.

 

So why do private sector companies sign up to CARE’s Rural Sales Program? What’s in it for them?

 

In short they see it as the perfect opportunity to penetrate emerging markets - a whole new cluster of consumers. This opportunity didn’t previously exist. A lot of rural households don’t live within the range of large…

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Added by Matt Badenoch on July 4, 2011 at 12:10 — No Comments

Social Business Day

The 28th of June 2011, was the start of Social Business day; an endeavor started by none other than the Nobel laureate Professor. Md. Yunus. Coincidentally, it is also the birthrate of the professor himself, Happy Birthday Professor. The conference held talked about how with the help of social business, the Millennium Development Goals can be achieved. Among present were different members of the Grameen family, dignitaries, students, government officials and prominent…

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Added by Jawad Islam on July 4, 2011 at 6:22 — 5 Comments

Finance for Business

At a corporate forum in Nairobi, Kenya, in March 2011, an official of the International Finance Corporation (IFC, World Bank Group) remarked that there was more money available to businesses in Africa than good projects to absorb them. To many of the forum participants, the statement seemed like an exaggeration. When I was tasked, therefore, by BIF a few weeks later to identify potential sources of funding for an innovative venture in Nigeria, I had a real opportunity to…

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Added by George Manu on July 4, 2011 at 1:27 — 8 Comments

How Does One Explain Inclusive Business? Theoretical Efforts of My Maniacal Mind.

         

 

        We know inclusive businesses are beneficial for the society because they include the less fortunate sectors of the society in the business value chain. But still, this information is too generic and some amount of confusion lingers. One of the most effective ways to tattoo the…

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Added by Rahat Haque on July 3, 2011 at 3:00 — 1 Comment

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