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Why inclusive business is key for successful transformation

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 […]

Happy new year from the Endeva team!

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 […]

Gaming towards the future of sustainability standards

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% […]

Replicating the replication of Inclusive Business

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 […]

3 misconceptions about hybrid inclusive business solutions

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 […]

Reaching the Last Mile – Our research for the World Bank

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 […]

New report for DCED: How to minimize risks of market distortions?

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 […]

New report: The Promise of Digital Health

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 […]

How is digital technology used to advance inclusive business? Join BCtA at the UN General Assembly in New York!

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 […]

Join the workshop on Oct 15 with Save the Children to develop opportunities for multi-stakeholder partnerships

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 […]

CcHub and Nailab announce cohorts of the first Make-IT Accelerator

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 […]

4 Resolutions for our Next Decade

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 […]

ii2030 – what’s next? Read our latest blogpost to find out!

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 […]

ii2030: Systems change in the making

“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. […]

Read the newsletter: The role of NGOs in inclusive business

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 […]

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 […]