Markets don't address the needs of smallholder farmers. To remain competitive, these farmers will have to join forces with other smallholders and the external community will need to assist them by encouraging and enabling the formation of farmers' organizations.
Measuring Client Health Outcomes Using Simple Indicators: Data collection is the easy part; the next test is helping organizations analyze, interpret
The Microcredit Summit Campaign is hoping financial services providers and others will use the “health outcome performance indicators” (HOPI) to assess the health and well-being of clients and their families, and believes wide usage of the HOPI could create short- and long-term value for practitioners, social investors and donors, raters and other actors.
Regulators as Customers: Positive, negative, and subtle ways governments are affecting Inclusive business – and vice versa
Moaning about government regulation and red tape simply does not do justice to the complex field of inclusive business. Caroline Ashley sees a host of positive and negative influences of government and policy, and explores how inclusive businesses are influencing their local and state governments.
One man’s trash is another man’s ticket to a healthier planet. Or to an early grave. Yet we’re seeing more innovations at the nexus of waste and commerce.
Creating an Efficient Funnel for Inclusive Business: How agri-processors, farmers, food banks and the government are blending an alliance
Minka-Dev helped a growing food ingredients company in Colombia connect with smallholder farmers. The authors, both from Minka-Dev, detail the process, which involves not only farmers, but also food banks, government and business players.
Most Viewed, Most Shared Posts for September: Why Vitanna called it quits, Yunus unvarnished and the SME puzzle
The trend on NextBillion during September was authors speaking the plain truth: a social entrepreneur sending out a clarion call for honesty; Muhammad Yunus chastising those who would benefit personally from microfinance; and an inside look at the inability of small firms to access adequate financing.
New Partnership to Advance Research on Sustainable and Inclusive Business: Announcing a new report and partnership between the Citi Foundation, Tufts University and Business Fights Poverty
The Citi Foundation, Tufts University and Business Fights Poverty have launched a new partnership, along with a new report: Growth for Good or Good for Growth? The study explores how sustainable and inclusive business activities are changing business.
Smart Loan Products, Smarter Lending Approach: Kazakhstan’s Asian Credit Fund serves the country’s financially underserved, rural poor
There’s a dramatic income gap between rich and poor in Kazakhstan. Recognizing this, in recent years Asian Credit Fund (founded in 1997 by Mercy Corps) has been targeting the country’s most remote areas, adapting its products to the rural context, with a sustainable twist.