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From Paper to Practice: Introducing the IAP Knowledge Exchange Report 2013

This blog was written by Suzanne Dagseven, Innovations Against Poverty.

In the third and final year of the IAP pilot period, we’ve had the chance to evaluate the progress, challenges and achievements of IAP grantees who have been implementing their IAP funded initiatives over the past year or so. It’s been interesting to see how things work out in these early stage inclusive businesses as they take their ideas from…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on November 18, 2013 at 10:48 — No Comments

Day 13: Worlds apart, times two

 

In a group interview with some of the workers of the Copperbelt Forestry Company (CFC) it was indicated that the review of the stove was not as overwhelmingly positive as the Emerging Cooking Solution(ECS) affiliates had suggested. Perhaps the consumption pattern is different, maybe they find it challenging…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on September 4, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Day 12: Possible improvement points for the Innovations Against Poverty programme

 

As some might be aware, the IAP programme is a pilot programme. One of the purposes of the programme is for Sida to explore the option of a challenge fund, and provide them with information on how they might tweak it to serve their intended purpose. One niche area that that IAP addresses (which I’m personally very fond of) is very early-stage support to businesses.

Many small grants are given to companies that most…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on September 3, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

IAP Travel Journal - new blog series from the field!

Coming soon: The IAP Travel Journal!

IAP team members Ruth Brännvall and Mårten Genfors visit inclusive businesses in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia and share reflections, photos and observations in this upcoming blog series. Stay tuned for daily updates from the field!

Added by Innovations Against Poverty on August 7, 2013 at 10:07 — No Comments

Video interview with MAKIT: Ruby Cup distribution to women in Kenya

In a new video interview, Innovations Against Poverty speaks to Maxie Matthiessen, Managing Director of Ruby Cup, a company marketing a sustainable, long-term menstrual cup to women in Kenya.  We find out how the product can forge ways out of poverty for women, how targeting higher market segments creates word-of-mouth marketing and why building trust and aspiration is key to product success.

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on February 4, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Video interview with Sanergy: Bringing sanitation to the slums of Nairobi

In a new video interview, Innovations Against Poverty speaks to David Auerbach, Co-Founder of Sanergy, about the company's business model for slum sanitation.  We find out about how the company identifies its FreshLife operators to operate toilets in the slums of Nairobi, how innovation has contributed to the business and how customers input has shaped the product. 

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on February 4, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Video interview with Sunny People: mobile charging for the rural poor

In a new video interview, Innovations Against Poverty speaks to Johan Beckman, Founder and CEO of Sunny People, and Malcom Marega, Operations Manager, about what makes Sunny People's solar-powered chargers unique, how they are marketed to low-income people and how the company works with rural entrepreneurs to distribute the product. 

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on February 4, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

IAP Innovation Conference and Awards

Innovations Against Poverty is organising its very first conference on Monday 26 November, 2012 and for entrepreneurs, incubators and business pracitioners to meet, share and learn. There will be a morning seesion for IAP portfolio companis and any other social business operating on…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on October 29, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

IAP Spotlight on innovation: simple strategies to boost innovation in your business

What is innovation? What kind of innovation drives successful inclusive business? Discover the simple strategies and approaches that lead to more innovative business in the first Spotlight from Innovations Against Poverty.…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on September 5, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

IAP and BIF entrepreneurs on stage at the international, high-level conference Stockholm+40

Find out more about IAP and BIF entrepreneurs on stage at the international, high-level conference Stockholm+40 here.

Added by Innovations Against Poverty on April 27, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

IAP live streamed event - Thursday 15 March

Innovations Against Poverty, the new challenge fund by Sida, had a successful start last year with hundreds of entrepreneurs getting engaged and nearly 30 companies receiving financial support. The funding and outreach is now increasing to also target middle income countries in the Middle East and North…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on March 12, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

New from IAP: A guide to our assessment criteria

Innovations Against Poverty's newly released Guide to IAP assessment criteria outlines how applications and concept notes are reviewed and assessed against a set of five eligibility criteria:

  • Commerciality
  • Development effects
  • Cost-sharing…
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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on February 23, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

IAP project in the press: the story of Lotus Foods

Specialty food business Lotus Foods was awarded a small grant to scale up its sustainable rice initiative in IAP's first funding round last year.  The company has now been profiled in Specialty Food Magazine, part of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, in a recent article entitled…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on January 10, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

IAP first round project analysis

In November 2011, the first round of projects to receive support from Innovations Against Poverty were selected for both small and large grants. The IAP team has analysed these projects to determine their key characteristics including geographical and sectoral spread, size and type of applicant organisations, and main beneficiary groups. The main findings of this analysis are summarised in two-page summary.…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on January 9, 2012 at 17:45 — No Comments

Two IAP projects showcased in UNFCCC good practice database

Two IAP-funded projects have been featured in a database of case studies devleoped by the UNFCCC under its Private Sector Initiative. The database showcases HiNation's solar lighting initiative in Zambia and…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on December 14, 2011 at 15:48 — No Comments

More companies apply for funding

Innovations Against Poverty received 236 applications when the second application window closed end of November. 108 small grant applications and 122 concept notes for large grants were submitted from 40 countries.

Find out more here.

Added by Innovations Against Poverty on December 9, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

Ten new IAP project summaries now on the Hub

Summaries for ten IAP small grants projects are now available on the Hub.  These projects cover a range of areas including renewable energy, mobile technology, health and food production, and will be implemented in countries across Africa and Asia. 

 

Visit the IAP projects page for a full list and links to each project summary.  You can also download pdfs of the summaries at the…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on November 23, 2011 at 10:12 — No Comments

IAP News: Nine innovative entrepreneurs get funding from Sweden

In a press release issued on November 14, Sida has announced that it will be awarding grants of up to 200,000 euros to nine organisations under the Innovations Against Poverty programme.  These companies are active within the fields of agriculture, energy, food, health, sanitation and waste.  The…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on November 15, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments

25 November IAP deadline – strengthen your application with our top tips

The window for grant applications to Innovations Against Poverty will close on 25th November.  With this deadline drawing nearer, we have put together some essential tips on what makes a strong application.

If you are a prospective applicant, be sure to check your application against these simple points and click on the links below for more detail.

Here are a few of our top tips that emerged from recent BIF/IAP events in Zambia:

1.     Provide…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on November 4, 2011 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Upcoming deadline for applications to Innovations Against Poverty: 25 November 2011

The next deadline for applications to Innovations Against Poverty is 25 November this year. Find out more about how to apply here and visit the IAP webpages for further information and latest news.  IAP provides financial assistance with small…

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Added by Innovations Against Poverty on October 4, 2011 at 13:30 — 10 Comments

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