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Beth Jenkins
Harvard Kennedy School-IFC

A nearly 10-year veteran of the BOP business space, Beth Jenkins is a fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School’s CSR Initiative,a consultant to IFC’s Corporate Advice Department, and an advisor to UNDP’s Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative.Beth previously directed the CSR Initiative’s Economic Opportunity Program, analyzing, documenting, and disseminating inclusive business activity together with partners such as the International Finance Corporation, United Nations Development Programme, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and NGOs and companies around the world. Earlier in her career,she was responsible for developing and disseminating risk management concepts and capabilities at Booz,Allen,Hamilton, with special emphasis on the strategic risks companies face as a result of social, environmental, and international development issues. She also spent five years working on base-of-the-pyramid business models in theinformation& communications technologyand housing sectors at the World Resources Institute and Ashoka. She is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Kennedy School.

Articles by Beth Jenkins

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    Reconciling Social Motives and Profitable Means

    Reconciling social motives with profitable means of achieving them is a fundamental, underlying tension - a constructive one, I think - in the development through enterprise space. We’re far short of consensus, but more and more people seem to buy the "why" and the "whether." What we’re discussing is increasingly the "how." This was reflected...

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    Franchising in Frontier Markets

    Last week, I attended a workshop on "Franchising in Frontier Markets" hosted by IFC and the John Templeton Foundation. More than 50 investors, consultants, and practitioners using franchise-based methods to serve BoP markets participated in what turned out to be a very interactive day - very few presentations, and lots of talking...

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    Can Big Companies Drive Development through Enterprise? President Clinton and CEOs Weigh In

    Yesterday I heard former US President Bill Clinton, as well as Coca Cola and ADM’s CEOs talk about ways big companies can "create value for business and society" on a panel moderated by Brookings Institution VP and former UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervi?. The panel was hosted by Brookings and the Clinton Global Initiative in Washington DC.

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    Guest Post: Could ?GIM 2.0? Enable Scale through Policy Innovation?

    In 2008, UNDP?s Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative released its first report, Creating Value for All. It is now considering its next steps, "GIM 2.0". While awareness and interest in inclusive business seem to be growing, few inclusive business models have actually achieved scale. What is the role of initiatives like GIM in this context?

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