"Partnerships between business and the development community will flourish when there are shared objectives at the every level, plus routine and transparent feedback mechanisms to quickly share success stories; flag risks; and address…"
"To chime in, digital is revolutionizing the way we deliver impact. Living Goods has partnered with Medic Mobile to develop a smartphone-compatible mobile application that tracks the performance of community health workers. We put a smartphone in the…"
"Some of the key drivers for innovations to reach scale sustainably would be strong governance and a clear mission / vision. Often, organizations try to do too much on the path to scale… From a social enterprise perspective, this often…"
"Innovation is an essential ingredient for achieving the SDGs. The fact that deeply entrenched social issues have persisted beyond the MDG era is itself a sign that there is a need for new, fresh ideas that bring together the very best of the…"
"Hi Everyone. I'm Carey Carpenter, Partnerships Manager for Living Goods. I currently oversee our partnership with CARE International in Zambia, where we are collaborating to set up a social enterprise focused on availability of and access to…"
"We also see frequent challenges in the public sector around supply chain management, which results in frequent stock-outs of essential life-saving products. We are trying to address life-or-death challenges of availability by ensuring our branches…"
"As with most problems, the best solution will come from identifying and capitalizing on synergies between the public and private sectors. In our case, we are a complement to government systems, helping them fill gaps to achieve their Millennium…"
"Wow! Love the red/green post-it note idea. It sounds like a very effective way to silence the naysayers by clearly identifying potential roadblocks up front, and creatively/collaboratively showing that every problem has a solution. Thanks for…"
"Simon - Do you have any advice for building those public sector partnerships? One thing we continue to focus on in country is ensuring that our agents are not only highly trained, but that they also have the blessing of the Ministry of Health."
"To achieve better health outcomes at the base of the pyramid, you need both the right product and the right delivery system to get it to the end customer. We definitely see a plethora of awesome products out there, but a real need for effective,…"
Living Goods supports networks of micro entrepreneurs who go door to door educating customers and selling life changing products like essential treatments for childhood diseases, clean cook stoves, solar lights, fortified foods and high efficiency cooking fuel. We are building a sustainable distribution platform for community health. We recently received some very promising RCT evaluation results from our research partners at JPAL indicating the Living Goods model is reducing u5 child mortality by over 25%. We currently operate in Uganda and Kenya and support partners adapting and scaling similar models in several other countries.
Topics on my radar:
Base of the Pyramid, Health, Inclusive Business Models, Measuring Impact, Nutrition, Partnerships, Technology