A Tale of Two Summits

It is funny what a difference a year makes. It was only in September 2016, when ironically China was holding the G20, the world seemed a little more open towards trade, more inclusive and optimistic. With this year’s G20 summit in Germany fast approaching, clearly mass migration, terrorism,...


Outside the mine gate: Empowering women through inclusive business

Research has shown that mining investments can catalyse economic growth and reduce poverty in developing countries.  While large-scale mining typically contributes a significant amount economically at the national level this contribution does not automatically flow down to the local level. Resource...


What is the LINC model?

There are around 450 million smallholder farmers on earth who are currently close to the point of general subsistence. They live on less than US$2 per day and farm on about 1-1.5 hectares of land where they generate enough income and food to meet their basic needs. With this land, they typically...


Knowledge is Power. The Inclusive Business Practitioners Hub.

Knowledge is a powerful factor that enables people and organisations to achieve great results. It is key to unlocking complex chaotic issues, such as international development, where we face compounding environmental economic, political and social forces which make it nearly impossible to solve....


Investing in female smallholder farmers is smart economics. The Guardian.

As the sole breadwinner for her family, and a female smallholder farmer in Kenya, life is tough for Charity. She survives by harvesting crops to sell in the local market, making about $500 (£400) per annum. That is enough, just, to feed her three children and get them to school. If a disaster such...


The power of purpose for FMCG. The Inclusive Business Practitioners Hub.

As a Marketing Communications Manager, I have worked in FMCG communications for several years. In early 2000, the trend was to focus was on “the single-minded proposition”. Drummed into my head was, what is the one thing that is going to get the average supermarket shopper to buy this product....


Business leaders need to stop navel gazing and act responsibly. The Guardian.

I was excited when this year’s major theme for Davos was announced as Responsive and Responsible Leadership. I expected to see many sessions focused on how the world’s business leaders could take ownership of solving the myriad of global challenges within their power. Reading (and now reviewing)...


How partnering between NGOs and business can keep both organisations ahead of the curve. ACFID.

The commercial reality for businesses means there is significant pressure to be ahead of the curve in every aspect of operations – market insight, supply chain management, human resources, finance … If not their product offer or operations can become obsolete. The same is true for NGO’s,...


Winner of the 2016 Shared Value Award – Project to Watch

In October 2016, Business for Development’s Kwale Project was awarded Project to Watch from the Shared Value Project. Business for Development sees itself as a broker of inclusive business for smallholder farmers and we look to partner with innovative businesses to leverage and create an...


Solving Poverty Through Market Linkages. AUSIMM The Bulletin.

Establishing a positive and lasting relationship between mine companies and communities through economic empowerment As a result of a livelihood program supported by Base Titanium Ltd, a Kenyan farmer is able to make more money, feed their family and support their children in school. In...