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All Blog Posts Tagged 'Bangladesh' (55)

Understanding the purchase behavior of the BOP market: What they need and what we think they need

 “Consumers at the Base of the Pyramid will spend 10-50 times more on ‘fair and lovely’ (a fairness cream) than on buying clean water.”[1]

I was born and brought up in Bangladesh, yet this was ‘news’ to me! The company, which set up water plants to provide clean water to the rural community for a minimum rate, at least ten times lesser than the market price in the city, had a tough time due to this unconventional spending…

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Added by K Zunaed Rabbani on July 15, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Micro-franchising for development: The example of Krishi Utsho in Bangladesh

The development world has long embraced micro-finance, and there is a lot of hype about micro-entrepreneurs, but what exactly is a micro-franchise?

A micro-what?

Micro-franchising "has its roots in traditional franchising, which is…

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Added by Alexa Roscoe on June 3, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

GLOBAL VALUE: get involved in the Expert Crowd and contribute to improving the ways we measure and manage impact

The Institute for Managing Sustainability, together with eleven partner organisations from across Europe, Africa and Asia, kicked off a new global online expert community dealing with business impacts on development – The Expert Crowd. The Expert Crowd is an…

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Added by Adele Wiman on May 21, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Unique Solar Energy Device invented in London

 

 

 

In order to end up with severe power crisis and to enrich grass-roots with social media recreation in the developing world British Bangladeshi Mainul Islam, graduated from University of Bath (international development) and London Metropolitan University (Social Research), invented a novel solar energy device that will have high impact on international development with the establishment of social enterprise and inclusive business.   

Added by MAINUL ISLAM on May 14, 2014 at 12:47 — No Comments

The Business of Basic Education: Unleashing the Potential of Private Schools for the Poor

When Mohammed Khan, a local businessman in the Indian city of Hyderabad, read in his newspaper that there was an entire neighbourhood of professional beggars with no access to school, he resolved to build one. Not only that, he managed to persuade the parents that classes for their children were worth paying for. Charging as little as 100 rupees a month, Khan’s Royal Afhaam Islamic English High School is a recent addition to a burgeoning phenomenon in education that is gradually emerging…

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Added by Aline Kraemer on May 12, 2014 at 21:00 — No Comments

Social Startup ‘FairWear’ aims to change the Game for Bangladesh Garment workers

The problem that Bangladesh garment industry is facing is a twofold issue. It’s not about compliance factories only rather the brands that die for lower price clothing is equally responsible for this perpetual tragedy going on for years. Only in the United States alone clothing industry generates $284 Billion in revenue annually but how much this brands are willing to pay for the labor that makes them ever mounting revenue? Global…

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Added by Mohammad Ruhul Kader on May 11, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Asia: Embedding Inclusive Business

Even though most Asian countries have experienced a remarkable economic growth in the last few years, in some cases as a result of industrialization processes, many low-income people in these countries have not improved their living standards and still struggle with their day-day living. Many of…

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Added by Javier Ayala on May 9, 2014 at 9:30 — 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

Is it really so hard to be socially and environmentally responsible and make a profit?

The Bangladeshi rug-making initiative ‘Connecting Extreme Poor Women to the Export Markets’ shows that it needn’t be.

The back story? Local entrepreneur with social conscience struggles to grow his rug-making business without resorting to a sweatshop approach; international value retailer looks for sustainable source of responsibly produced craft-type products. Step in Care Bangladesh who are committed to rural sourcing and an inclusive business approach to poverty…

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Added by Louise Flynn on September 9, 2013 at 7:58 — No Comments

Cholo Kheli > 24th September 2013, Rich Mix, London

Cholo Kheli> An eclectic evening of film, fashion & music exploring the establishment of knowledge economy & creative industries in Bangladesh. 



1- Panel Discussion on Sustainable Fashion

2- Showing of 'The Machinist' by the Rainbow Collective

3- Music sets from State of Bengal & Pandit G…

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Added by Maher Anjum on September 6, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

The challenges of going to scale - a BIF perspective

In our latest BIF insider” Scaling Inclusive Business – Why do some successful IB pilots fail to scale”, Jack Newnham identifies and examines seven broad reasons why some inclusive businesses do not go to scale. The publication draws on a range of examples (mostly not related to BIF), illustrating which hurdles could and…

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Added by Carolin Schramm on September 2, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Social Services on Wheels

As I was chatting with an acquaintance of mine about possible project funding - he directed me to an interesting project being piloted by Grameen Communications in partnership with Toyota Foundation. I found the pilot to be very interesting and thought I would share it here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh-Ht1wr3Vk

Added by Parveen Sultana Huda on August 20, 2013 at 22:31 — No Comments

Garbage day – the recycling industry

It’s Friday and that means garbage day in Emmarentia in Johannesburg. In the competitive world of recycling, that equals a 3 – 4am start for most recyclers. Recycling in South Africa has a strong SADC (Southern African Development Community) flavour to it, with Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique well represented.  Many sleep in the city to save on transport costs and to get a head start on the competition. It is estimated that each household bin is handled by 2-4…

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Added by Tielman Nieuwoudt on August 8, 2013 at 20:24 — No Comments

Mobile justice

I'm looking for ideas - possibly from other sectors - for a project I'm designing in Sierra Leone using mobile phones and radio to improve access to justice for women, girls and their communities. Ideas from other sectors as well as justice would be gratefully received!

Many thanks


Sarah

Added by Sarah Maguire on June 28, 2013 at 12:25 — No Comments

Workshop in Bangladesh for Developing a Sustainable Supply Chain

Here is an interesting summary of our joint workshop initiated by CARE Bangladesh, supported by iDE Bangladesh, Market Development Forum, BIF and organized by Renaissance Consultants Ltd. This article was published in the monthly news magazine called the Bangladesh Brand Forum.

 

Added by Parveen Sultana Huda on May 14, 2013 at 14:07 — No Comments

The longer the better?

The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) offers two types of support:

  1. “Long Projects” - Long term technical support (in general between three and six months).
  2. “Short Projects” - Short term technical support (in general up to 20 days) provided to an individual business or a cluster of organisations, e.g. via workshops

The impact…

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Added by Carolin Schramm on May 3, 2013 at 12:05 — No Comments

The Overlooked Insight of Bangladeshi BoP Market

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…

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Added by Shamema Akther Shamme on April 24, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Accenture Development Partnerships new Impact Report - a nod to cross-sector partnering with BIF's ACI project

I am sharing see the latest Impact Report summarising some recent ADP projects and viewpoints on key organisational and programmatic challenges in the sector. There are summaries for the key domains - Health, Education, Financial Inclusion etc - and the report also highlights three important trends close to your collective inclusive business hearts:

  • The changing and expanding role of business in development;
  • The continuing potential of technology to increase the impact…
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Added by Simon Martin on March 4, 2013 at 17:17 — No Comments

The Perfect DNA for Inclusive Business

“Just what kind of company has the perfect DNA to implement and scale up Inclusive Business models?” This is the million dollar (or in this case, Pound Sterling) question. This should be, or already is one of the questions we in the Business Innovation Facility (BIF) intend to answer from this pilot phase of the project which seems to be racing to the end, especially in Nigeria where we just kicked off about 60% of our long term projects within last 2 months. #hectic!

BIF is a…

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Added by Murphy Okpala on February 15, 2013 at 14:46 — 1 Comment

Farmers making smart decisions in Bangladesh

Farmers are smart. I have always thought so, and that was the only conclusion that could be reached from a meeting I had with farmers in Bangladesh last month. As we sat on a mat with a group of farmers who are part of the…

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Added by Tom Harrison on February 7, 2013 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

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