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…Continue
Added by Louise Flynn on September 9, 2013 at 7:58 — No Comments
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…
Added by Maher Anjum on September 6, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Carolin Schramm on September 2, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments
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.
Added by Parveen Sultana Huda on August 20, 2013 at 22:31 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Tielman Nieuwoudt on August 8, 2013 at 20:24 — No Comments
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!
Added by Sarah Maguire on June 28, 2013 at 12:25 — No Comments
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 Business Innovation Facility (BIF) offers two types of support:
Added by Carolin Schramm on May 3, 2013 at 12:05 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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:
Added by Simon Martin on March 4, 2013 at 18:17 — No Comments
“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…Continue
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…Continue
In Bangladesh, BIF has worked with Agora, one of the large Retail Chain stores owned and managed by Rahimafrooz Group, a large renowned conglomerate. Details of that project can be seen in the link but briefly our intervention was targeted towards the capacity building of their SME suppliers to deliver better quality and more quantity of fresh produce to match the…Continue
Added by Parveen Sultana Huda on December 24, 2012 at 19:29 — No Comments
The Making It magazine website features the first of a series focusing on remarkable companies that are making waves in the areas of green industry and sustainable development.
The article turns the spotlight on the Viyellatex Group, the Bangladeshi textiles and apparel manufacturing company.
In Good Business: Viyellatex, K. M. Rezaul Hasanat, Chairman and CEO of the Viyellatex Group, tells…Continue
As we try and support commercial businesses to help them develop fortified biscuits for the retail market in Bangladesh - we are trying to draw on lessons learnt from various other nutrition related projects in Bangladesh. For example you can read a write up of the Grameen - Danone Joint Venture trying to produce and sell fortified yogurts to the…Continue
An eminent Economist made a thought provoking comment today about the future of the Ready Made Garments (RMG) industry in Bangladesh, which earns us the majority of our foreign export income. He said that the Global Value Chains of RMG will soon squeeze the SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) RMG factories out of…Continue
When I was in Myanmar recently I bought a poster entitled: ‘The food that shouldn’t eat together’. On this I learn that such combinations as star fruit and chocolate, plum and green peas, land crab and mushroom or cucumber and ice lolly should not be used in food combinations.Continue
“We can do this [contract farming] we just need to start somewhere" – ACI Agribusiness Director
In order for any new business venture to be successful, it must be built on the awareness of what has been attempted, what has succeeded, and most importantly, what has failed. In early 2012, ACI (Advanced Chemical Industries) based in Dhaka,…Continue
Added by Laurin Rennell on November 19, 2012 at 18:03 — No Comments
Most poor households in the rural areas of Bangladesh do not have enough food to feed their children. That is why after the children reach a certain age (between 5 – 7); they are sent to work. Most of the times, they do not get any wages – but they get three meals a day. Gradually, they begin to get some money for their labor, as they go further and further away from any opportunity to go to school. They remain illiterate most of their lives and their income potential remains very low even…Continue
Added by Parveen Sultana Huda on August 9, 2012 at 17:47 — No Comments
It is great to hear that since the BIF Supplier Capability Development project completed its second phase in March of this year, Agora have made some really fantastic progress. All of their suppliers have now been interviewed and assessed using the Capability Assessment Tool, and the training is now in progress to support them…Continue
Added by Emma Jane Wardle on August 7, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments