From Subsistence to Entrepreneurship: Attracting a younger generation to the pasture over the city, with respect and improved income
Historically, farming has been considered a peasant occupation. It was about subsistence, not profit. However, everything from effective pruning to water management to additional cash-yielding activities such as bee-keeping, are making the agricultural sector much more attractive to younger workers.
For the past two and a half years, The Rockefeller Foundation has been supporting work to foster the development of Impact Sourcing – outsourcing jobs for poor or vulnerable people without the opportunity for alternative employment. With a $512 billion, and growing, global outsourcing market, this work seeks to enable more equitable growth by allowing youth in Africa to tap into potential job opportunities.
Special Series (Part 4): BPO for the BoP – Work+Study=Job: Understanding of employment impact of a mid-stage Impact Sourcing Service Provider in Africa
As we continue to profile innovative Impact Sourcing Service Providers (ISSPs), this post focuses on Daproim Africa, a mid-stage firm based in Nairobi, Kenya. Daproim, which was has been in operation since 2006, is on a mission is to provide high- quality business process outsourcing services that are geared to providing jobs and ensuring a transformational impact.
In the countries that have some incarnation of the “graduation program” targeting the ultra-poor that BRAC began first experimenting with in the 1990s, communities themselves are also grappling with the question: Where are the poor? It’s a question that large scale aid agencies, impact investors, social enterprises, multinational companies and others ask on a regular basis. So, we thought those stakeholders and others would benefit from learning a bit more about our process.
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.
In part one of this series, we defined Impact Sourcing and some of the factors accelerating its growth. Now, let’s look a little deeper into the two key trends driving interest in the space and whether these can be married through Impact Sourcing in a manner that drives benefit for both the BPO industry, as well as poor and vulnerable communities in emerging economies.
Special Series (Part 1): BPO for the BoP – defining Impact Sourcing and its potential to boost employment opportunity
Impact Sourcing, also known as socially responsible outsourcing, is an exciting and emerging space within the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. Through work performed by the William Davidson Institute and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, this series explores the challenges and potential for impact sourcing to alleviate poverty for millions of people in a sustainable manner through job creation and employment.
In the last two years, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has increasingly focused on supporting social entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa region as a way of tackling the region’s socio-economic challenges that cause poverty.
- North Africa & Near East