There is a famous African Proverb that says "To go fast you must alone, but to go far you need to go with others" there is need to the add a modern twist to this adage which is "go with others who are like minded and have the same desire to achieve cohesion". This article is intended to look at the importance of like minded individuals or entities coming together for the singular purpose of achieving economic growth and human development.
Research, Feasibility Studies and Initiatives
This report summarises the findings from the first phase of the ‘From Islands of Success to Seas of Change’ learning initiative on scaling inclusive agri-food markets. The initiative aims to improve understanding of how agri-food markets can contribute, at a significant scale, to food security and rural poverty reduction while still building profitable commercial relations.
The official launch of the IB Forum for the Western and Southern Region took place on the 10th of December 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Bulawayo.
The event was opened by the Mayor of Bulawayo, His Worship Mayor M. K. Moyo. The event attracted close to 70 participants from academic and research institutions, private companies, agricultural producer associations, government, NGOs and individual entrepreneurs. In addition, four umbrella bodies namely, BSDCZ, ZNCC, ABUZ and Empretec brought several members.
The Programme for the Launch was as follows:
The Inclusive Business Forum of Zimbabwe was established as a collaboration between SNV Zimbabwe and the Business Council for Sustainable Development Zimbabwe (BCSDZ), with the generous support of the Ford Foundation. At present the IB Forum has over 70 member organisations. Membership includes organisations within the following sectors:
How mobile technology helps tackle age-old challenges - Connected Agriculture. Posted by Editor's Choice Posted by Editor's Choice on November 2, 2011 - The Practioner Hub For Inclusive Business and Business Innovation Facility
It is not often that a set of promising practical solution are posed to challenges as deep and ingrained as those facing smallholder farmers and inclusive business. ‘Connected Agriculture, this month’s Editor’s Choice, highlights 4 critical ways in which mobile technology can benefit farmers and agribusiness.
If you are operating, selling, innovating or investing in the Base of Pyramid energy market, this month’s Editor’s Choice has analysis that you probably need. Power to the People; Investing in Clean Energy for the BoP in India, illustrates the investment potential of the clean energy sector by delving into sub-sectors, products, prices and consumer trends.
How are entrepreneurs providing safe water to people at the base of the pyramid? What types of solutions, what business models, and how can they scale?
These questions are well addressed in this month’s Editor’s Choice: Access to Safe Water for the Base of the Pyramid; Lessons Learned from 15 case studies (http://businessinnovationfacility.org/profiles/blogs/editor-s-choice-apr...).
Healthy Competition can save lives through shared value - Global healthcare companies are adapting to meet the needs of the developing world while turning a healthy profit.
Health technology companies are beginning to view patients in low- and middle-income countries as customers to be competed for
A Study on Inclusive Growth - Closing the Commitment Gap
For a decade now, advocates for the poor in the world’s emerging economies have been urging companies to seek new markets among the have-nots, the left outs, the far away. The argument runs something like this: Not only would such initiatives bring social and economic benefits to the globe’s lowest-income segments; in addition, large swaths of the poor from today’s emerging markets will form the backbone of tomorrow’s middle class.
A Study of 18 Inclusive Business Initiatives - Scaling innovation for an emerging middle class