Functional Impact Investing Ecosystems Reduce Risk

Impact investors are typically seen as part of the supportive ecosystem inclusive businesses require to start, succeed and go to scale. The second Frankfurt Round Table on Social Finance on June 4, 2013, in Frankfurt, made it clear that impact investors themselves need a supportive ecosystem to reduce costs and risks of investments. The round […]

Beyond income: Understanding the BoP from an access to development perspective

No matter how much practitioners agree on quantifying the Base Of the Pyramid (BOP) based on their access to development and basic needs, we still seem to be loosing the battle against income threshold fundamentalists. Beyond the traditional controversies calculating purchasing power parity (PPP) income measurements, due in part to the lack of comparable basket […]

Commercial Food Processing Entrepreneurs Sierra Leone

I am lucky enough to just arrive at the right time of the year: The month of Independence Day. The Independence Day is a huge event for all Sierra Leoneans and a lot of activities, street celebrations and cultural events are coming with it. This gives me the opportunity to dive into the commercial world […]

Business Booster Project Sierra Leone

Wednesday, 17th April 2013, 18:00 local time: Arrival at the airport in Freetown. Add to it 5 more hours for taxi, waiting, the slowest ferry ride I have seen in my life and another taxi, that’s the time I arrived in downtown Freetown, Sierra Leone. But even though transport and a whole lot of other […]

2013 Series: Measuring Impact, for Impact, London

On Wednesday, 1 May, Business Fights Poverty convened an event with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Business Innovation Facility on “Measuring Impact, for Impact” in London. The event was hosted by Standard Chartered. The event was moderated by Simon Maxwell, Senior Researcher, Overseas Development Institute. The speakers are listed below, along […]

The BIG Smallholder Opportunity

By Dian Hollman, Program Officer, GIZ and Christina Gradl, Founder and Managing Director, Endeva Over the past few years, agriculture has returned to the center stage of the development agenda – particularly as price fluctuations and demographic growth aggravate the challenge of food security. A staggering 870 million people, 12 percent of the world’s population, […]

Resources for practitioners: inclusive business models in the energy sector

We are delighted to launch a new series of monthly Editorial Specials, in which we highlight our favourite resources on business and development. As the concept of inclusive business takes root and people move from ideas into action, an increasing number of sector-specific reports on inclusive business models have begun to come out. This month, […]