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Meki Batu Union’ s vegetable shops re-opened!

Written by Hiwot Shimeles, BoP Specialist Ethiopia Only six months ago Meki Batu Union (MBU) thought making profit with their retail vegetable outlets was nearly impossible. The Union faced several challenges when running these shops, from getting accurate and timely market information to managing employees and…

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Angus Deaton – Nobel Prize winner

By Arno Maatman, Project Director of 2SCALE. Angus Deaton is the Dwight D. Eisenhower professor of economics and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. I didn’t know this, I looked it up on Wikipedia. But I do know…

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Searching for rough diamonds

Written by Frank Kitonga, BoP Marketing Specialist Since I started my work for 2SCALE one of the things that has caught me is the need to use a tool, e.g. business model canvas, to help local companies developing winning business strategies. Whilst that is true…

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Inclusive business in beer: 2SCALE’s support to local sourcing for breweries

By Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE. Seven partnerships in the portfolio of 2SCALE focus – at least partially – on local sourcing for breweries.. We partner with SOCIA for instance, a medium-sized company in Benin that produces maize-grits (which looks like very tiny couscous) for…

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Additionality, leverage and impact in public private partnerships: not so easy at all

Written by Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE. 2SCALE is funded by DGIS. True. Our partnerships however are financed by DGIS, through 2SCALE and our private partners. Our partners are committed to inclusive business, and their co-investment is one aspect of such commitment. We call this…

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Launching ‘Supermom’s’, a new product targeting the BoP market

By Arno Maatman, Project Director 2SCALE Early July 2015, I joined the launch of a new product called Supermom’s produced by GUTS AGRO; one of our lead partners in Hawassa, Ethiopia. We arrived a little too late (one hour, sorry again!), because of a field…

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Bring around change with 2SCALE partnerships

2SCALE aims to create partnerships between farmer groups and private firms leading to inclusive development. To make partnership development even more effective, it’s important to identify and monitor the change processes generated by these partnerships and, where needed, modify the terms of inclusion of smallholder…

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Local level capacity strengthening and action go hand in hand

Written by Dr. Toon Defoer, senior advisor and leading 2SCALE’s capacity strengthening component ICRA developed tailor-made capacity strengthening plans for the Psaltry and FrieslandCampina partnerships. These are based on needs assessments and deal with issues that are considered key for both the lead firm of…

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Partnering for inclusive business

Written by Arno Maatman, project director 2SCALE. A few weeks ago, I visited South West Nigeria to participate in a series of core partners meetings, one on dairy with FrieslandCampina WAMCO and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and one on cassava…

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Action-research in support of 2SCALE

Written by Arno Maatman, project director of 2SCALE.  I am not sure if I want to remember why it took us so long, but I am extremely happy that a full-fledged research program in support of 2SCALE has effectively started towards the end of 2014….

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