In the last couple of years, developing organizations across Europe have initiated IB programs to scale private sector engagement in Base of the Pyramid markets. Recently, discussions between these organizations resulted in a common recognition that more collaboration between the organizations could accelerate the impact of our joint IB agenda.
In this context, BoP Innovation Center and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a combined meeting in The Hague on April 20, with practitioners and policy makers who work closely together aiming to share lessons learnt, to identify opportunities and priorities, and to agree on how to move forwards together.
Dr. Christina Tewes-Gradl, co-founder and managing director of Endeva, took part in the discussion to find areas for greater cooperation among BOP Learning Labs and governments in Europe. One key area of collaboration that emerged from the meeting was the development of a common standard for advisory services for inclusive businesses, based on the methodologies of European BOP Learning Labs and others. Endeva is part of a working group of the Inclusive Business Action Network to move this topic ahead.