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How to Grow a Successful Enterprise Development Programme

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How to Grow a Successful Enterprise Development Programme

Time: January 16, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Location: 20 Cavendish Square
City/Town: London W1G 0RN
Website or Map: http://snipurl.com/28b7fpg
Event Type: 2014 series
Organized By: Business Fights Poverty
Latest Activity: Jan 20, 2014

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This event marked the launch of a new report by the Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative (CSRI) and Business Fights Poverty: “Sustaining and Scaling the Impact of Enterprise Development Programmes”, which draws on SABMiller’s experience to show how strengthening the underlying business ecosystem around an enterprise development programme can enhance sustainability and impact.




  • Jane Nelson, Director, Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative
  • Andres Penate, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, SABMiller Latin America
  • Vincent Maphai, Corporate Affairs and Transformation Director, South Africa Breweries
  • David Elliott, Head of Profession, Private Sector Development, DFID
  • Christine Svarer, Head of Private Sector Engagement, CARE International


Chair: Graham Baxter, Adviser, Business Fights Poverty


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Comment by CONILH de BEYSSAC Bernard on January 7, 2014 at 7:26

This is a very interesting discussion... I will challenge a bit some of the basis on the "question". Poverty has a strong (but not restricted to) Relationship with economic activity (or businesses or enterprises) for sure. the informal sector demonstrates everyday hos "poor" people are creatively engaged in economic activities for their survival or for their livelihood... the "economically active poor" as some of us are calling them... meaning that there are probably some economically "non-active" poor.


My first question is: what will be the focus on this discussion? creating economic activities for "non-active poor" (inclusion) ? developing existing activities for economically-active poor (that might include non-active poor as employees or generating new opportunities for them as suppliers or retailers or...)? securing and maintaining informal businesses viability (reducing vulnerability before even thinking about growth)? Stimulating informal and innovative businesses (increase freedom to choose and opportunities for all)?


Fundamentally what is the focus? create new enterprises (income opportunities)? business growth/development (and why growth? is growth a fundamental characteristic of a business or entreprise?)? if yes, what do we mean by "development"?


if this is related to economic inclusion and poverty reduction, what kind of "enterprise development" are we looking for? what would be a "success" in that regard? what will be the difference from any "successful" informal economic activity?


This might not be the focus of the proposed discussion: maybe the discussion want to focus on the development of the "business ecosystem"? I like this very much, coming from an ecologist background... what would be an inclusive business ecosystem? what should be its functionalities? what type of "actors" have to participate to this ecosystem and with which types of Relationship (commercial, institutional, for-free?)? and for which "values" (socioeconmic impacts, socioeconomic performances, other benefits and advantages such as "freedom to choose" or "agency"...)?


in summary I will be happy to discuss what is a "success" and what "development" means for us, for the BoP, for a sector, for a country...?


and finally what will be "new" compared to what the informal sector is doing for billions of people since thousands of years spontanesouly with or without any support?

Comment by John kimani on January 8, 2014 at 9:26

The question of  access to affordable housing especially for low/lower middle income families in urban areas could also be discussed.Our desire/passion as a small scale social enterprise  to make an impact in our community around Nairobi by providing affordable homes for sale to these category has been hampered by lack of access to affordable financial yet the buyers are interested.We believe economic empowerment and development of communities cannot be said to take root if they cannot qualify for a home because the capitalistic approach of the purely private sector housing providers/banks makes it difficult.Its important for social enterprises engaged in this sector are empowered to be able to make a difference.  Yunus of Grammen bank made an impact because he was willing to trust the poor and low income members of his community.

Comment by Business Fights Poverty on January 13, 2014 at 13:34

A number of people have asked whether this event will be webstreamed.  The event will not be webstreamed, but we will publish a video recording shortly after the event.

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