Inclusive business, once a small niche, suddenly affirms the potential for a successful and sustainable economic transformation. What makes inclusive business so productive for managing the transformation? It enables companies to make a difference on 3 levels: global, organizational and personal. An example from our work on circular economy illustrates our approach. “The focus on marginalized groups led […]
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In our work at Endeva, we come to realize the huge potential of inclusive business for a successful transformation. Not only does it focus our attention on people that remain excluded from opportunity, and hence creates significant value. It also gives us the models and the mindset to realize this potential. Going forward, we will […]
Sustainability standards have improved transparency and good practices in supply chain over the past 40 years. Yet, they have arguably done little to improve the lot of poor people within these supply chains. For example , while 22% of cocoa is certified as sustainable today, cocoa farmers still remain in poverty In Cote d’Ivoire, 78% […]
Inclusive Business is an innovative way to alleviate poverty through financially sustainable and scalable business solutions. Alas, to tackle the problem of poverty, these solutions need to happen at large scale. Replication is one way to multiply the impact of proven models. Meet & Multiply is Endeva’s approach to facilitating replication. Meet Meet & Multiply […]
Like mermaids, hybrid inclusive business solutions combine the best of two worlds: they achieve social objectives that are typically within the realm of public sector with market-based approaches at home in the private sector. This mixture comes with limitations: while hybrid inclusive businesses have revenues from customers, these do not fully cover the operating and […]
Bringing essential services to the poor, whether in remote rural areas, provincial towns, or in the slums of megacities, is a great challenge for governments in developing countries. Endeva has supported the World Bank’s Innovation Unit to systematically assess innovative business models that provide products and services to the poor, thus better understanding how to […]
How to minimize the risk of negative market distortion in private sector engagement of donors? Negative distortions may arise when donors confer market advantages to individual companies, such as financial benefits, knowledge and networks. While private sector engagement strategies typically try to distort markets in positive ways to bring about pro-poor change, negative distortions may […]
The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development Working Group on Digital Health, co-chaired by the Novartis Foundation and Intel, has launched a new report. ‘The Promise of Digital Health: Addressing Non-communicable Diseases to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage in LMICs’ includes practical recommendations and best-practice examples to help countries realize the potential of digital health to fight […]
In the first edition of a new inclusive business online magazine, published by our partners from the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN), thought leaders and entrepreneurs explore what progress has been made in terms of customer centricity at the base of the pyramid. The edition digs into questions like: Why do inclusive business ventures put […]
Don’t miss BCtA’s 8th Annual Forum ‘Technological Disruption in the World of Inclusive Business’ taking place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on 28 September. Digitalisation holds untold potential to boost inclusive and sustainable growth globally. At the same time, digitalisation is disruptive, changing familiar structures and expectations of the […]
Worldwide, 5.6 million children die annually before reaching the age of 5 – often from preventable causes: Among them, diarrhea and respiratory diseases and the lack of access to proper health care for pregnant women and newborns as important contributors to the still too high child mortality rates. Which roles can community-based health services and […]
This blogpost was authored by Bertil van Vugt from VC4A and originally posted on the VC4A website. The Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Lagos, Nigeria, and NaiLab in Nairobi, Kenya, have announced the startups that will take part in the Make-IT Accelerator programme in each country. Make-IT in Africa is a 2.5-year project (2017-2019) that focuses […]
We are entering an age of massive technological disruption and social upheaval. Having celebrated Endeva’s 10 year anniversary in 2017, we are getting ready for our next decade of work in a fast changing world. Here are our 4 New Decade’s Resolutions: 1) Add technology. Technological innovations enable business solutions in markets that have so […]
Last month we carried out an experiment. We wanted to see if we brought together a small carefully selected group of people into a fun and interactive, co-creation process, could we come up with concrete ideas on how tech can help achieve the SDGs by 2030. The answer was a resounding yes! The drone track […]
On October 18 and 19, ninety people went on tours through Berlin’s buzzling innovation scene and collaborated in a design thinking process. In 5 tracks, they explored technology-enabled opportunities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (For more detail, see our blogs on precision agriculture, AI-enabled BoP market data, intelligent diagnosis, drones for the last […]
“Go Natalia!”, “Group 4 rules” and more cheers show up behind the speakers. The crowd cajoles after every pitch. After 1,5 days of intense collaboration, the energy is still high. No, this is not startup night. It is the finale of Inclusive Innovation 2030 a new initiative by Endeva and partners to curate systems change. […]
The first day started with a tour through Berlin – and through the future of agriculture. At the end of day two, we had planted the seed of this vision: an integrated platform that would unleash the productivity of smallholder farmers. This post describes the journey of the precision agriculture track at the ii2030 even […]
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are increasingly seeing the importance of incorporating business thinking to achieve their development goals. A few pioneers have already carved out their roles in the inclusive business space, either as partners of companies, as intermediaries, investors, or even as entrepreneurs. In our peer-to-peer workshop, NGOs exchanged experiences on the various roles they […]
At our ii2030 event taking place this week in Berlin, we will discuss how artificial intelligence can be used to create more reliable market information, which in turn aims to unleash invesments in low-income markets. To learn more, read our latest blogpost How many people live in Kibera?
For a long time, Kibera was considered the biggest slum not only in Nairobi, but in all of Africa, with allegedly over 1 million inhabitants. The 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census counted 170.070 inhabitants. In 2010, UN Habitat estimated Kibera’s population at 500.000 to 700.000. Such is the quality of data for many, if […]
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