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Launch of First Regional Report on Africa Commissioned by GIM and Undertaken by AFIM

Launch of First Regional Report on Africa Commissioned by GIM and Undertaken by AFIM

The first regional report on Africa commissioned by Growing Inclusive Markets initiative and prepared by African Facility for Inclusive Markets was launched on May 10, 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa. Download report: Realizing Africa’s Wealth – Building Inclusive Businesses for Shared Prosperity.

Launch of IICPSD and Regional GIM Report for Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Launch of IICPSD and Regional GIM Report for Eastern Europe & Central Asia

The first GIM regional report, “Business Solutions to Poverty – How inclusive business models create opportunities for all in Emerging Europe and Central Asia” was launched on March 11, 2011, in Istanbul.

Q&A with GIM Advisory Board members and book authors Ted London and Stuart Hart

Q&A with GIM Advisory Board members and book authors Ted London and Stuart Hart

The GIM Initiative introduces a new book, “Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid”, by GIM Advisory Board members Ted London, University of Michigan, and Stuart L. Hart, Cornell University.

Case study: Orascom Housing Communities in Egypt

Case study: Orascom Housing Communities in Egypt

Orascom Hotels and Development (OHD), a developer of high-end housing communities entered into the field of low-income housing communities by establishing a new company: Orascom Housing Communities (OHC).

GIM Releases New Videos Featuring Southern Entrepreneurs

GIM Releases New Videos Featuring Southern Entrepreneurs

Equipped with flip cameras, GIM Research Fellows filmed some of their field visits and interviews, providing direct insights from the entrepreneurs behind the GIM case studies.

Case Study: Wind, Water for Life (VEV)

Case Study: Wind, Water for Life (VEV)

Wind, Water for Life (Du Vent, de l’Eau pour la Vie- VEV) is a small company in Senegal providing long-term repairs for wind pumps used to pump water in villages.

Case Study: GiroNil

Case Study: GiroNil

GiroNil was established in January 2005 in Cairo, Egypt, as a joint venture, a public-private partnership of local and international banks and financial institutions, to develop and implement a shared cashless (giro) payment system targeted to the large unbanked low-income population.

Mondi Paper Recycling in South Africa: Outsourcing the Supply Chain

Mondi Paper Recycling in South Africa: Outsourcing the Supply Chain

Mondi Recycling, a stand-alone unit of Mondi Packaging South Africa, is the country’s largest paper recycler. Case study available.

Case Study: A Little World Financial Services

Case Study: A Little World Financial Services

Indian company A Little World is  facilitating safe and efficient mobile-banking in rural India by offering a secure, low‐cost technology driven delivery platform for financial services through special mobile phones.

GIM Launches First National Report in Colombia

GIM Launches First National Report in Colombia

On October 26, 2010, in Bogota, Colombia, the Presidential Agency for Social Action and International Cooperation, UNDP, and Colombia Líder have officially launched the first national GIM Report.

GIM report Creating Value for All now in Japanese

GIM report Creating Value for All now in Japanese

The Japanese version of the GIM report Creating Value for All: Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor has been published.

GIM Actors Base

New Center Launched in Turkey

  • Established in March 2011 in partnership with the Government of Turkey
  • Acts as a Southern-based International Centre of Excellence to engage the private sector in addressing development challenges
  • Focuses on research & advocacy, knowledge management, public-private partnerships, and capacity building

Business Call to Action (BCtA)

  • Global multi-stakeholder initiative launched in 2008 that encourages companies to develop innovative business models that meet the MDGs
  • Over 20 member companies to date, including The Coca-Cola Company, Ericsson, Microsoft, Cadbury and many more
  • Opportunity for companies to showcase results at high-visibility events around the globe

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Creating business and market opportunities for Africa’s poor is key to advancing sustainable development in the region, says new UNDP report commissioned by GIM and undertaken by AFIM

Creating business and market opportunities for Africa’s poor is key to advancing sustainable development in the region, says new UNDP report commissioned by GIM and undertaken by AFIM

Participate in a UNDP survey on the support landscape for inclusive business in Africa!

If you or your organization supports inclusive business initiatives through raising awareness, capacity building, funding, involvement in policy-making, research, or in any other way: Make your support for inclusive business known by participating in our survey – or providing expert input in an interview! Survey participants will be featured in a UNDP database which will be disseminated [...]

GIM Expert Featured in Fox Business: Who Needs Cash? Online Banking for the World’s Poorest

Excerpt. For full article, please use this link. “Players in the financial-services industry are traveling to the world’s most cash-rich locales, scouring rural villages in an effort to tap an untouched market where some 2.4 billion people have yet to open a bank account. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that there’s a tectonic shift [...]

GIM delivers a keynote speech at the Sixth World Water Forum: Testing solutions for water products at the BOP must take a multi-product approach, instead of a single product-driven approach

GIM delivers a keynote speech at the Sixth World Water Forum: Testing solutions for water products at the BOP must take a multi-product approach, instead of a single product-driven approach In a keynote presentation at the Japan Water Forum Side Event at the Sixth World Water Forum, Marseille, 14 March 2012, Sahba Sobhani (Growing Inclusive [...]

Beyond microfinance: Can government cash transfers scale up financial access for the poorest?

Beyond microfinance: Can government cash transfers scale up financial access for the poorest? From Business Fights Poverty, written by Sahba Sobhani and Subathirai Sivakumaran, Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative, UNDP What next after microcredit? The last few years of news scandals in the microfinance arena has created a gap in the credibility and viability of providing effective, [...]

UNDP official stresses role of private engagement in development, new era demands more knowledge-sharing and expertise

Washington—Major changes in the multilateral landscape have paved the way for new partnerships and a concrete, recognized role for the private sector in development, UNDP Assistant Administrator for External Relations and Advocacy Sigrid Kaag said here. “The geopolitical and multilateral landscapes have changed, creating new opportunities to partner and co-create,” Kaag told a panel discussion [...]

First mobile money cash transfer for housing repairs kicks off in Haiti

Haiti’s earthquake-affected households started to receive cash installments through the first ever mobile money transfer mechanism to support post-disaster housing reconstruction. Over the next three months, 1,000 low-income households will be receiving monetary subsidies totalling  US$500 to purchase high-quality construction materials at certified stores. The initiative is part of the ‘Community Support Centres for House Repairs’, a [...]

GIM calling for Case Writers for Inclusive Business Models in Liberia

The ‘African Facility for Inclusive Markets’ (AFIM) is a regional private sector and inclusive market development programme for poverty reduction in Africa. Based in Johannesburg, it is supported by UNDP’s Private Sector Division and Regional Bureau for Africa. As part of its objective to increase the capacity of regional organizations, governments, and other stakeholders to [...]

Call for Papers-Matching Cultures and Markets for Inclusive Development

The oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy 2012 provides PhD students and young scholars working on poverty, sustainable development, and the informal economy from an Organisation and Management Theory perspective a platform to present and discuss their on-going research projects with fellow students and senior faculty. The 2012 academy focus, “Matching Culture and Markets for Inclusive [...]

GIM calling for Case Writers on Inclusive Business Models in Ghana

The ‘African Facility for Inclusive Markets’ (AFIM) is a regional private sector and inclusive market development programme for poverty reduction in Africa. Based in Johannesburg, it is supported by UNDP’s Private Sector Division and Regional Bureau for Africa. As part of its objective to increase the capacity of regional organizations, governments, and other stakeholders to support [...]

GIM calling for Case Writers on Inclusive Business Models in Ethiopia

The ‘African Facility for Inclusive Markets’ (AFIM) is a regional private sector and inclusive market development programme for poverty reduction in Africa. Based in Johannesburg, it is supported by UNDP’s Private Sector Division and Regional Bureau for Africa. As part of its objective to increase the capacity of regional organizations, governments, and other stakeholders to support [...]

GIM calling for Case Writers on Inclusive Business Models in Burkina Faso

The ‘African Facility for Inclusive Markets’ (AFIM) is a regional private sector and inclusive market development programme for poverty reduction in Africa. Based in Johannesburg, it is supported by UNDP’s Private Sector Division and Regional Bureau for Africa. As part of its objective to increase the capacity of regional organizations, governments, and other stakeholders to [...]

GIM Reports Informing OECD/DAC Report on ‘The Role of the Private Sector in the Context of Aid Effectiveness’

The Working Party on aid effectiveness hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has initiated work on the private sector in the context of aid effectiveness with a view to better understand the role of aid as a catalyst to support effective private sector contribution to development. Building [...]

Establishing a Specialty Coffee Brand by Building Capacity of Farmers and Middlemen in Indonesia: New GIM Case Study Released

About the authors Hidemi Yoshida is an associate professor of the Hosei Graduate School of Environmental Management and the Faculty of Humanity and Environment of Hosei University in Tokyo. Her research areas include microfinance, social entrepreneurship, and poverty alleviation through CSV (Creating Shared Value). She published the Japanese Version of the GIM Report “Creating Value [...]

Providing Business Education via Distance Learning in Afghanistan: New GIM Case Study Released

About the authors Kathrin Hamm worked as Managing Director of the Afghan German Management College where she was responsible to build up the operations across Afghanistan. Under her leadership the college was distinguished by the UNESCO and formed to a profitable social enterprise, serving more than 400 Afghan students with a strong focus on women [...]

GIM Research Fellow

Wafa Elgarah is an Assistant Professor at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane in Morocco with a PhD in Management Information Systems. She has written two GIM case studies on renewable energy in Morocco

 

UNDP Private Sector Division

UNDP’s Private Sector Division promotes the development of inclusive, pro-poor markets by:
  1. providing policy advice and capacity-building that help governments create an enabling regulatory climate for private enterprises
  2. integrating local producers with domestic and global value chains
  3. facilitating private-sector investments in affordable goods and services for the poor
  4. promoting small-scale entrepreneurship
  5. developing multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

About GIM

The Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM) Initiative is a UNDP-led global multi-stakeholder research and advocacy initiative that seeks to understand, enable and inspire the development of more inclusive business models around the globe that will help to create new opportunities and better lives for many of the world’s poor. By doing so, GIM contributes to human development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).