The top four challenges facing decentralised solar rural mini-grids
India’s energy starved villages are in dire need of affordable, safe, convenient, and clean energy to meet their growing demand. Solar energy could help meet this demand through the myriad decentralised off-grid products it offers. However, most of these products have limited applications (lighting and cooking), and have their own set of challenges to scale. Solar mini-grids – independent… Continue
Added by Rashi Agrawal on April 25, 2013 at 10:30 —
The final round table of the series of events, which have been arranged by Renaissance Consultants, funded by CARE Bangladesh, and supported by MDF and GIZ, was held in the last week in Dhaka. The round table was targeted at finding constraints of private sector companies in selling products in the BoP market.
The participants of the round table were discussing about issues related to understanding of the BoP market, when Mohammad Ehsanul Haque, Regional Business Manager of d.light… Continue
Added by Shamema Akther Shamme on April 24, 2013 at 9:30 —
Measuring Impact, for Impact
5.30 – 7pm, 1 May 2013
1 Basinghall Avenue, London, EC2V 5DD
Visit the event page.
More and more companies are interested in measuring their socio-economic… Continue
Added by Practitioner Hub on April 23, 2013 at 15:30 —
Business in the Community, the business led responsible business charity is researching the future of the UN Millennium Development Goals and the Post 2015 development agenda. We have a number of opportunities that would be of great value to the users of the Practitioner Hub:
MDGs Post 2015 Research
The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire in 2015, and the debate on what should follow them is underway. Many businesses are seeing business… Continue
Added by Clare Jenkinson on April 22, 2013 at 14:00 —
The use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to deliver UK aid has been multiplying and looks set to increase in the coming years.
The single term "PPP" can refer to a wide range of different initiatives, some of which can have complex structures. For example, PPPs in international development have both a donor government such as the UK and a host government receiving UK aid as the public sector partners, but often the donor governments often channel their money…
Added by Beck Wallace on April 19, 2013 at 9:52 —
Earlier this year Endeavor Insight, the research arm of Endeavor, cited evidence indicating that when faced with tradeoffs between social and financial goals, entrepreneurs who lead social enterprises should prioritize financial goals. Linda Rottenberg, CEO of Endeavor, posting on the Harvard Business Review,… Continue
Added by Tom Adams on April 18, 2013 at 20:00 —
By Abiodun S. Momodu and Garba Bala Magaji
Energy is of strategic importance to economic development at both the micro and macro levels as a major driver for economic growth. Makamashi Energy is a business seeking to achieve three core objectives in this sector: making a profit; helping poor households through the provision of briquettes as an affordable energy source; and mitigating the negative… Continue
Added by Abiodun S.Momodu on April 17, 2013 at 17:00 —
An interesting new report has been released by the DCED on lessons from experience of donor partnerships with business, including the Business Innovation Facility in its sample et. Its focus is specifically on partnerships that involve sharing costs (and risks), including co-investment, with the objective of promoting PSD and economic opportunities. …
Added by Simon Martin on April 12, 2013 at 17:30 —
Organizations operate within an ecosystem made up of stakeholders that have different levels of influence on their operations. An organization’s ability to effectively identify and interact with stakeholders who make up its ecosystem, leveraging it to achieve organizational goals is a skill that delivers competitive advantage in a constantly evolving marketplace. This skill is even more critical in the marketing of social goods/products which requires behavioural change for mass adoption.… Continue
Added by Murphy Okpala on April 12, 2013 at 13:17 —
One would think that with all the attention being paid to and the plethora of literature available on the topic of distribution channels and strategies to reach underserved income segments and geographies, most problems would have been long solved. However, going by the experiences of those of us at BIF working directly with the companies that are facing these problems, most cookie-cutter solutions do not work. Companies either give up or get frustrated after repeated… Continue
Added by Nisha Dutt on April 11, 2013 at 18:37 —
We recently held Knowledge Sharing and IAP Information sessions in Lusaka on the 25th and Chipata in the Eastern Province of Zambia on the 27th April. The events were jointly hosted between the Business Innovation Facility (BIF) and Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) with their primary purpose being marketing/outreach for the upcoming 5th cycle deadline for IAP grants in the 30th of April 2013. We are however also taking every opportunity in these… Continue
Added by Andrew Chishiba Kambobe on April 10, 2013 at 15:30 —
Visitors to the Hub topped 4,000 in both February and March, for the first time since we were established. In March there were 4,700 unique visitors. As the monthly running cost of the Hub in March was approx £4,700 this marks a milestone: £1 per visitor.
Is that good value? For you the user? For the taxpayers (to DFID and Sida) who fund the Hub? We’d be delighted to hear your thoughts.
The Hub does not set out to simply maximise traffic. We have a clear niche in… Continue
Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on April 10, 2013 at 15:00 —
There have been excellent replies to the discussion posted our Hub Editor on Business Fights Poverty, about lessons from inclusive businesses in sanitation. The experience of BIF and IAP projects has been enriched with ideas from other sanitation projects and providers.
View the discussion here: …
Added by Practitioner Hub on April 2, 2013 at 13:54 —
Why are price-cutting and radio adverts NOT a good investment for companies selling innovative products to BOP consumers? Why throw your solar lantern on the floor to encourage sales ? Why are unsatisfied customers the key to market growth? And a better bet than donor-funded marketing campaigns?
These questions are all answered in an excellent new guide to 'Marketing Innovative Devices… Continue
Added by Editor's Choice on April 2, 2013 at 13:00 —
“No, probably I won’t purchase this”- we were surprised. This is the reply of one mid-aged government employee whom we interviewed last week in Dhaka while conducting our survey for feasibility study of commercial fortified biscuit. Fortified biscuit was previously produced by factories for the sole purpose of School Feeding Program (SFP); however, this survey has been conducted to understand the market demand for fortified biscuit in commercial level.
This kind of straightforward… Continue
Added by Md. Nazmul Hasan on March 29, 2013 at 11:00 —
Web and Editorial Administrator, Inclusive Business Hub
(Part-time, with potential to go full-time)
About the project: The Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business is a website and online community for anyone developing a business that delivers both commercial return and… Continue
Added by Practitioner Hub on March 27, 2013 at 16:30 —
As 3S Shramik, we feel that slum sanitation does not only mean providing toilets where there is scarcity of facilities , rampant cases of open defecation or even in the maintenance of existing toilets through providing cleaning services but in achieving total sanitation in all areas of the lives of the people living in slums or informal settlements.
Time and time again we insist that education is an important tool that should be used hand in hand with any intervention being done… Continue
Added by Rajeev Kher on March 25, 2013 at 11:00 —
"If we want to do business model innovation, that’s big medicine. It will require we throw away some of the stuff that has made us successful. And it will touch almost everyone. If we’re going to take that on, the CEO must take a heavy hand."
Mike Shipulski, in a blog entitled 'Innovation Eats Itself'.…
Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on March 23, 2013 at 12:04 —
Creative Distribution Models for the base of the pyramid: How Eco-fuel Africa is changing the lives of marginalized mothers in Uganda by turning them into micro-retailers of clean fuel briquettes
Meet Prosy, a 28-year old mother of three beautiful girls. Prosy is a school drop-out and her husband left her for another woman. Prosy has no past business experience. She can’t read or write. She has never left her village. All she knows is a life of misery and lack of opportunity.… Continue
Added by SANGA MOSES on March 22, 2013 at 18:00 —
One of the main challenges to last mile reach in rural areas is the cost of setting up physical infrastructure. Given this scenario, it was exciting to undertake a study on what allied services could potentially be offered through the vast, pan India retail fuel station networks of oil marketing companies. The aim of exploring this opportunity is twofold – address the needs of fuel customers and the surrounding rural community while also building brand strength, customer stickiness and… Continue
Added by Ratna Sinroja on March 22, 2013 at 17:18 —