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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Thank for some great conversations and points raised . Micro-enterprises are key to building resilience and sustainability for large firms, but also for society at large. If you would like to learn more and continue the discussion, please feel free…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Agree with your comment about extensive investment burden - one thing we have seen is that when the government catalytic funding is fully utilised and dries up, often the micro-enterprises fail shortly afterward. For me this speaks to the…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Another example is the Accenture Corporate Citizenship, Accenture Development Partnerships and University of Notre Dame Partnership in Uganda and South Africa. We have employed a hub and spoke model where we invest in renewable infrastructure for…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"An example of effective collaboration we had the privilege of working with is the Barclays GSK Partnership in Zambia, where they used new routes to market and used community health workers to deliver health (pharmaceutical, consumer, livelihoods…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Andres your point here is interesting - part of the divide between the "haves" and the "have-nots" is not necessarily completely psychological in terms of self esteem, but also related to role models and having an…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"ElAne you are spot on - many companies don't realise the embedded cost of getting the needs assessment wrong - having the guidance of this report to ensure companies start at the beginning (to quote Steven Covey)is so important. Setting…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Gerry, You raise an important point here - working in communities with disparate gender roles and issues requires not only upliftment of women and girls through education and opportunities, but also education of boys and men to accept the…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Catalina, This is such  human approach - I love it. With the very best of intentions, some programmes forget that they are really helping people to uplift their lives - the impact must be real and tangible to them and should be…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Importantly, a key factor that limits current approaches is the enabling environment that must be created by governments. The slow impact of advocacy and the state change process in providing infrastructure, policy and enabing mechanisms for rural…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Many miss the opportunity to work side-by-side with competitors as partners, in a collaborative approach to solving a challenge they are both facing – a ‘market-system’ approach is not only better for the micro-enterprise, but…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"The limitations of current approaches are linked mainly to understanding the needs of the micro-enterprise and a siloed in-and-out approach. Some others include perceived competitiion between themselves and traditional competitors."
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Accenture Development Partnerships has delivered over 325+ partnership related projects where corporates, donors, governements and communities come together to achieve a joint outcome. Over this time we have been advocating the move from…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Measure impact : Many ventures fail based solely on the metircs they measured. What some performace management processes often fail to acknowledge or attempt to measure is the direct vs. Indirect imapct that they are having. In terms of pure…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Co-ordinate effetively : As alluded to my comments on value proposition, many corporates and development agents approach micro-enterprise inclusion in a siloed manner. They typically think of value for their own organisation and not…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Establish the value proposition : When working both with commercial organisations as Accenture Strategy or with development sector agents as Accenture Development Partnerships we come across the same challenge, but from opposite…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Jolene Dawson replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion How can we strengthen collaboration in support of micro-enterprises in value chains?
"Indentify ‘ Market-system’ roles, capabilities and incentives : From the corporate poitn of view, with the best of intensions, base assumptions are made in terms of available infrastrucuture, existance of relevant…"
Sep 29, 2016

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Global Agriculture Lead for Accenture Development Parnerships
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http://accenture.com/adp
About my work:
Accenture Development Partnerships works with leading international development organizations to address the world’s social, economic and environmental issues. By delivering the power of Accenture’s global capabilities and experience, we help our clients develop sustainable, innovative and market-based solutions to maximize value while driving measurable impact. Our work touches the heart of the human condition. Accenture Development Partnerships tracks the latest market innovations and technologies and applies them to areas of need around the globe such as access to healthcare, energy, education and skills, finance, and water and sanitation. We build lasting relationships and convene uncommon partners across public, private and nonprofit sectors. It’s about tossing aside yesterday’s distinctions about who does what and how, and coming together to drive lasting social change.Accenture Development Partnerships offers a range of services to the development sector centered around four key areas. Our best work happens when we thread strengths in these areas together to provide complete solutions at scale.
Topics on my radar:
Agriculture, Base of the Pyramid, Education, Enterprise Development, Finance and Investment, Health, Measuring Impact, Partnerships, Women and Business
Other Topics on my radar:
Energy Access

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