BLOCKCHAIN: BRINGING IDENTITY TO FACELESS FARMERS

The blockchain principle that underpins cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, offers an enormous opportunity for smallholder farmers in developing countries to improve their economic prosperity and livelihoods. A blockchain is a database, or digital ledger, which is distributed across widespread and...


A WOMAN’S WORK IS NEVER DONE – FROM DAWN TO DUSK

It is the crack of dawn when Elizabeth wakes for her morning prayers at 5:30 am. She is roused by the first birds chirping for the day and starts to get her seven children ready for school. Once the children are on their way, her farm work begins where Elizabeth cuts a trench with a practiced swing...


THERE’S NOTHING BLAND ABOUT VANILLA

Recently Business for Development explored vanilla as a potential crop for farmers in PNG. It turns out vanilla is not that boring at all. Vanilla is a high value, easily transportable, nonperishable crop capable of growing well PNG. Sounds great for a project set in a remote region. However,...


DESIGN FOR DEMAND

When planning a community development program based around agriculture, a good place to start is at the end and work backwards. That is, the designer should consider the final market and assess its outlook before determining the product the communities in need could grow. I am currently designing a...


RESILIENCE IS FUNDAMENTAL

Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong outlined on Tuesday her vision for the future of the Australian aid program, and what a Labor government would do if they were to win the next election. Broad ranging in nature, four of the themes highlighted can be summed up in one word – resilience. That is,...


HOW MANY USES CAN YOU THINK OF FOR A PAPERCLIP?

This question is often used to test divergent thinking, your ability to think creatively. And creative thinking is a crucial part of what we do at Business for Development. Organisations often approach us seeking assistance with tricky community development problems – for example, a mining company...


CHEERS DIAGEO!

The Kwale Project has been growing high-quality white sorghum as an income earner during rotation cropping. Most locals use sorghum as a staple food crop, but it’s also used in animal feed, sweetener, ancient grains for bread concoctions, as a gluten-free alternative to wheat and … beer....


WINNER AT THE 2017 NEW VISION FOR DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Business for Development is proud to announce that they are one of the winners of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the World Bank Group, and the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) New Vision for Development award. These institutions have recognised that economies and businesses...


AGENCIES, GOVERNMENTS, DONORS, LEND ME YOUR EARS

 2018 will mark the ten year milestone of when the World Business Council for Sustainable Development coined the phrase inclusive business. For much of the past ten years, the inclusive business discourse has focused on challenging the private sector to commit to taking up inclusive business...


WHAT IS THE BUSINESS CASE FOR INCLUSIVE BUSINESS?

Why should a business with a principal duty to its own commercial outcomes, invest in something like inclusive business? Firstly, there is an opportunity to achieve shared economic advancement. Inclusive business is not about charitable donations, it is about the exploration of viable commercial...