Articles by Ekta Jhaveri
Closing the Gap: Identifying Key Challenges for the Missing Middle SMEs in Francophone West Africa
Many small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries fall into the “missing middle”: They're too big for microfinance and too small or risky for traditional finance. To better understand this sector and how to support it, the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) commissioned studies on the entrepreneurial ecosystems of Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Togo. WDI's Ekta Jhaveri discusses the research with Julia Kho, knowledge manager at TripleJump, an investment management and advisory services firm that manages DGGF’s Investment Funds Local SMEs effort.
Indian Farmers Hate Tomatoes: Why this social enterprise is helping them connect to larger customers
Because of high variability in prices and a lack of storage, Indian farmers sometimes prefer to trash the tomatoes than sell at low prices. Social enterprise Krishi Star is partnering with farmers to develop farmer-owned processing units, connecting them with the wider market.
Special Series (Part 3): BPO for the BoP : The trials and successes of an early-stage Impact Sourcing Service Provider in Africa
Impact Sourcing Service Providers (ISSPs) constitute a critical component of the emerging Impact Sourcing space. ISSPs are business process outsourcing (BPO) organizations with the specific social objective, often outlined in their mission, to hire workers from poor and vulnerable communities to perform BPO work. ISSPs are emerging in rural areas as reaction to rising costs in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities in developing countries.
- Education, Technology