Together with Enviu and SNV, the BoP Innovation Center challenges entrepreneurs to come up with business concepts for products or services using human waste.
'What to do with Poo?' challenges you to come up with business concepts for products and services using the human waste that is collected in Nakuru County, Kenya. Submit the best and most innovative concept and work with inclusive business and innovation experts to execute.
- 21 million Kenyans use unsanitary or shared latrines and 5.6 million have no latrine at all and defecate in the open
- Around 50% of the 415000 people in low-income areas of Nakuru County in Kenya lack access to adequate sanitation facilities
Currently a local project, called the Sanitation Program, is set up to solve these issues. This is good news, but one of the issues the Sanitation Program will face, is the completion of the value chain they create: collecting, transporting and processing human waste. What to do with all the tonnes of human waste they will process? That is where the What to do with Poo? Challenge comes in!
From this week the online portal OndernemenInOntwikkelingslanden.nl is live.
The portal is an entry point for Dutch entrepreneurs interested to do business in growing middle-class markets in developing countries. The portal gathers knowledge and information on sustainable trade in developing countries in one place. You can also read the stories of successful international entrepreneurs.
Do you have ambitions to do business across the border? Visit OndernemenInOntwikkelingslanden.nl
OndernemenInOntwikkelingslanden.nl is developed by different organizations such as Partos, VNO-NCW, MKB-Nederland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agentschap NL and NCDO, among others.
The first milk collection center of FC Wamco (FrieslandCampina Nigeria) has reached its full capacity. Nine months after its launch, two tanks of 2000 litres each are filled with Fulani milk every other day. The Fulani communities bring their milk to the collection center, from where FC Wamco transports the tanks to the factory in Lagos.
In front of the milk collection center, a market is emerging. Villagers are trading with FC-staff, motorbike transporters and fulani pastoralist women. Even services to charge cell phones.
Our marketing expert Wendy van der Klein visited Hystra's presentation of their new report on marketing strategies for the BoP. Read her blog post about the insights and the inspiring story of Suraj Wahab.
The Dutch Financieel Dagblad (Financial Times) published an article about sustainable trade and development aid (in Dutch). Some critics believe international trade and development aid do not go hand in hand. This article, written by the program manager of MVO Nederland (CSR The Netherlands) addresses the criticism. Although doing business with the poor needs to be monitored, there are good and profit-making examples of sustainable trade.
The BoP Innovation Center is looking for a communication intern. You will assist in the process of redesigning and restructuring our website, and the overall activities of implementing the communication strategy.
Do you want to assist an organization that addresses poverty issues in a business-minded way? Do you want to help us structure and organize our internal organisation? And do you want to learn within a young and dynamic organization that has a large domestic and international network? Then please read the function description and required qualifications and send us your CV!
The BoP Innovation Center and Nyenrode Business University signed a three-year cooperation agreement.
On Wednesday January 23rd , 2013, Myrtille Danse, CEO of the BoP Innovation Center and Prof. Dr Leen Paape, Dean of Degree Programs & Research and member of the Executive Board of Nyenrode Business Universiteit have signed a three years cooperation agreement between the two aforementioned organizations.
The cooperation is articulated around three pillars:
Social entrepreneurship aimed at market-based solutions to poverty in developing countries needs to be fostered. Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship Program (Ashoka FEC) and the BoP Innovation Center join efforts for system change in target sectors such as food, energy and water.
Last year's event on implementing inclusive innovation started a good conversation on who is able to innovate at the Base of the Pyramid. Social entrepreneurs have the advantage of being flexible and innovative, larger established larger companies are more likely to achieve impact. Combined, different types of organizations can partner up to transform sectors at scale.
The BoP Innovation Center is looking for a Senior BoP Innovation Specialist who will be the lead professional in managing BoP projects in East Africa and is able to strategize and realize inclusive innovations in the Agrifood sector. We are looking for professionals living in Kenya, since the innovation specialist will be stationed in Nairobi, Kenya.
NextBillion.net published a blog post by the BoP Innovation Center, exploring how MNCs and social entrepreneurs can leverage their strengths to reach the BoP. While MNCs often lack the flexibility to truly innovate, social entrepreneurs find it difficult to have their innovations reach scale. Who has more potential to implement inclusive innovations?
Rutger Bults, matchmaker at the BoP Innovation Center, wrote the piece based on the outcomes of the 2012 event on implementing inclusive innovations. Dr. Al Hammond from Ashoka was keynote speaker at the event, and provided a brief commentary on the blog.
Two publications of a series of five on inclusive innovation are now available online. The series covers several challenges in developing something new with impact together with low-income groups. The publications are based on experiences in three seperate pilots. In these pilots, one of the roles of the BoP Innovation Center is to capture learnings. These learnings help us increase the amount and improve the quality of inclusive innovations. It also provides leverage to change the landscape, accelerating the impact and number by taking away finanial- and policy related barriers.
Read more about how we learn on this blogpost.
The first publication sets the scene on inclusive innovation. What is the latest theory and practice? How to go from ideas to opportunities?
The second publication is about BoP Insights. How to gain market insight when data is largely not available or unreliable? How to deal with cultural, and environmental differences? BoP insights unravel characteristics of the BoP system and BoP individuals. They guide the development of inclusive innovations by understanding daily tensions, coping strategies and the decision-making processes.
To view or download the publications, go to the publication section on the website.
On Monday 22 October, Fokko Wientjes, Director Corporate Sustainable Development at DSM, delivered the second lecture in the SID 2012-2013 Lecture Series. In a discussion on 'The Private Sector as an Investor for Development' he explained his threefold message of: Public-Private Partnerships / Innovation / Scale. If we can create a Golden Square of collaboration, not only between governments and the private sector, but also with civil society and science, it is possible to come up with innovative solutions to the growing global problems. When the difficult process of creating a partnership is finished, it needs to be scaled up to have a large impact.
Myrtille Danse, Executive Director of BoP Innovation Center, led the discussion afterwards.
Growing SMEs: I'ts time to invest!
November 15, World Forum, The Hague
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the future in leading emerging markets to sustainable growth. By creating jobs and income, they are crucial to the economic and social development of these countries. On 15 November, over 400 entrepreneurs, investors and SMEs practitioners from all over the world will gather during the Growing SMES conference, an event organized by BiD Network and MVO Nederland to stimulate the development, growth and finance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets.
BoPInc CEO Myrtille Danse attended the Global Compact corporate event of the sustainable development summit Rio+20. Together with Andre van Heemstra, chairman Global Compact Netherlands, she was panellist during the session on transformational partnerships. (Read her blog Innovation at Rio+20)
Five business interventions to achieve social impact, financial sustainability and scale
BoP Innovation Center & Global Alliance on Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Improving food and nutrition security through better availability,accessibility, and utilization of food and food products is a complex challenge. After all, it involves a sector where key activities (such as the production, distribution and consumption of food and the identification of food markets) are largely in the hands of private enterprises. Involved as consumer, producer or entrepreneur, for the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) population, interventions by the privatesector in the food value chain can increase the income of the actors in the chain, increase the availability of food products, make food products more affordable, or increase the â€“ nutritious â€“ quality of food. Interventions will ultimately contribute to improving the availability of and access to nutritious food and food products.
TNO progamme develops market based solutions in developing countries
How to manage a household with an income below 2 dollar a day? How to handle the increased food demand of 70% in the coming 40 years? These questions are relevant on a daily basis for the people of Madagascar, Mali and many other developing countries. The 21st centuryâ€™s challenge is to strengthen strategies for sustainable growth and livelihood. BoP Inc.'s partner, TNOâ€™s Innovation for Development Programme, develops market based solutions that boost economy and create social wealth in developing countries. In order to empower the four billion people with lowest incomes. Always in co-creation with local and European public and private partners.
'Everybody has to be able to use energy in 2030'; a diverse group of civil society organisations from Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, call on EU leaders to commit to eradicating energy poverty and achieving universal energy access by 2030. With a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, as the region most acutely affected, the group calls for increased political will to deliver energy for all and the quantity and quality of EU funding to make this a reality.
Innovative Opportunities in the dairy value chain
On January the 26th GAIN (partner of BoP Inc.) and DSM (project partner of BoP Inc.), two key partners of Amsterdam Initiative against malnutrition (AIM), brought together in Nairobi more than 70 representatives from organizations and companies working along the dairy value chain, from production to distribution to consumers.
TIer-IV towns' disposable income share has increased to match the contribution of the metropolises
Hindustan Times, Mumbai, December 25, 2011
"Tier-IV is no longer a poverty market as small towns are catching up with urban centers in terms of disposable income and consumption," said Kirti Prasanna Mishra, from the local Indian partner of the BoP Innovation Center MART, pioneers in rural market research.
The BoP Innovation Center has signed an MoU with MART on September 30, 2011 in Noida, India. Established in 1993, MART is a pioneer in the rural domain and over the years has also developed as the Leading Consultancy and Knowledge based organization on Emerging Markets.
DGIS Program: 1rst workshop on pro-poor innovation cycle
In the frame of the DGIS project â€œ3 pilots for Pro Poor Innovation (3P4PPI), the BoP Innovation Center organised the first workshop of a series of 4, to share its learnings about the innovation cycle with policy makers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economics, Agriculture and Innovation.
Those workshops aim to build new insights on private sector engagement in Base of the Pyramid markets, leverages on the learnings gathered around pilots developed in
On July 1st, Myrtille Danse, director of the Base of the Pyramid Innovation Center (BoPInc) and Sjef Ernes, director Aqua for All, signed a multi-year contract. The contract confirms their successful cooperation in a marketing research on opportunities for the water sector at the BoP market, the so-called Hystra study.
At the latest provocation ('Making Markets work for the Poor') from IIED and Hivos, held in Brussels last week (22 June), a group of around 60 policymakers, academics and development practitioners gathered to discuss, among other things, the role of CSR in achieving development goals such as poverty reduction and the empowerment of small-scale farmers.
Harvard Business Review
January - February 2011
The capitalist system is under siege. In recent years business increasingly has been viewed as a major cause of social, environmental, and economic problems. Companies are widely perceived to be prospering at the expense of the broader community.