"BOP design needs to take into account not just how best to help women, but also how to to avoid harming them. Research shows that initiatives can backfire, either through violence, social isolation, or capture of income. Engaging men as…"
"Gender is CRUCIAL, and, generally speaking, totally ignored. Just selling women cook stoves and cleaning products may full a market gap, but it also reinforces gender stereotypes. Women need a whole range of products, and women at the…"
"In addition, there's a lot of talk on models to sell to the BOP, but much less on how best to source from them. This is a huge gap. But it’s also very challenging to do because BOP producers tend to be quite small…"
"One of the biggest challenges facing innovators is how to involve women in BOP distribution systems in a meaningful way. Generally, it’s much easier to involve women at the lowest levels (e.g. saleswomen) rather than at higher levels of…"
"In addition, microcredit may be overhyped, but that there is still a lot of innovation going on in the field of microfinance more broadly, for example in microinsurance. Right now it’s mostly life insurance as this is easiest…"
"Micro-franchises are a hugely undervalued tool for improving livelihoods at the BOP. Development people work a lot with micro-entrepreneurs, but this approach is hard to scale as it relies on working with individuals and often has huge…"
"Hi Vincent, great question. CARE works with cooperatives in dozens of countries world-wide, and often we find that there are as many challenges as opportunities. On the one hand, cooperatives offer a way to make value chains more…"
"Hi everyone, My name is Alexa Roscoe and I am a Private Sector Advisor at CARE International. My team partners with companies to develop product and services which help end poverty and empower women. We work with companies like…"
"Hi Kumar, I think your comment is spot on. There is a lot of need for experimentation before we can the models that work, which is one reason that rewarding (or, in the short term subsidizing) models can be one useful actions for…"
"Thanks Alexa for the hard hitting post. Inclusive business in my experiences need patient capital i.e. initialisation support without which these businesses may not take shape in the first place...these can come from plethora of sources - angel…"
The first event in the 2013 Event Series will focus on bridging the financing gap in agricultural value chains. Convened by Business Fights Poverty, the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Citi, the event brings together a panel of industry experts to explore the potential of large…See More
Alexa's experience ranges across the public, private and non-profit sectors and 30 countries worldwide. Currently, as Private Sector Advisor with CARE International, Alexa designs and evaluates inclusive business programming with the UK Department for International Development, the European Union, and private sector partners in the global food and beverage, garment, and finance industries. Previously she worked in ethical sourcing with the extractives industry consultancy Estelle Levin Ltd. and with the Skoll Award-winning social enterprise Verite.
Her specialties include:
-ethical sourcing and value chain development;
-human rights and business; and
-inclusive business impact evaluation.
Alexa holds a MSc Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science.