A few months ago, I was invited by the Nestlé Creating Shared Value team in Mexico to participate in a visit to their dairy producers in Aguascalientes, Mexico. We left bright and early for this day trip, which turned out to be an eye-opening experience.
Technology changes lives. From the LED light bulb to the flush toilet, inventions make societies healthier, safer and more productive. However, many inventions created in industrialized economies struggle to adapt to emerging markets, and do not deliver social impact to those living at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP).
Seems every time you turn around, there’s a new impact incubator or accelerator aimed at social enterprises in developing countries. But that doesn’t mean they’re any good. Read the full article here.
Picture your favorite startup company operating in the developing world.
Has anyone ever invested equity and provided support to early-stage companies in West Africa in a sustainable manner for amounts as low as EUR 50,000? Why not and why is it so hard?
This fall, a number of impact finance publications have been released by groups such as the Global Development Incubator, the World Economic Forum (WEF), and the G7 which I think are propelling the impact investing sector forward--and moving beyond the initial overblown rhetoric about this sector as a cure-all for global social challenges.
Mixed messages and poor leadership coming from across government has failed South African entrepreneurs and economic growth, and there’s a vital need to improve access to IT and teachers’ skills in order to enthuse youngsters about technology and to encourage them to pursue careers in the field.
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and the Argidius Foundation in Switzerland have announced Investisseurs & Partenaires, an impact investment group dedicated to growing small businesses in Africa, as the winner of the inaugural Argidius-ANDE Financ
NEW YORK—September 29, 2014 — The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and the Argidius Foundation—a charitable foundation promoting businesses as a way to mitigate poverty—have a