Shane Heywood

Musings on market-oriented approaches to International Development

Non-uniform: Consumer Choices and the BOP

Despite similar low levels of income, low-income households have different product preferences and different shopping styles. Do development practitioners need a reminder of this? Different folks, different strokes While working … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

The “1099” / “Sharing” economy and Social Impact: When ‘good’ jobs go ‘bad’?

“For many people in emerging markets, a reliable job is the most effective means of escaping poverty.  Steady jobs change lives” [EY Growth Services] Sharing is not always caring Deliveroo, … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dollar Shaving Club and Social Enterprises: Can one learn from the other?

A changing dynamic in Consumer-facing businesses has meaningful implications for Social Enterprises   Changing times My earliest shaving experience was around the age of 13. After 10 minutes, reeling from … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

What Mr. Trump has right about (formal) remittances

Recently, Donald Trump explained that in order to help pay for a wall that would separate the United States from Mexico, he would  threaten to  take all remittances sent to … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Expanding the realm of re-imagination: looking beyond South Africa to…Ethiopia

Possibly running the risk of over-use, ‘re-imagining’ has captured the keystrokes and the voices of corporate, public and social organizations. From how I understand it, the phrase seeks to capture … Continue reading

June 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Risky business: the dangerous myth of the ‘risk-averse’ small –holder farmer

Betting the farm. Literally. At least a few men and women have made a bet which in one stroke changed their fortune. George Soros is one example whose bet against … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

More than ‘Cool Runnings’: Social Enterprises in the Caribbean (and Africa)

To some, the Caribbean brings to mind beaches or even a movie of questionable appeal about an unexpected group of men in a bobsled. It may be less common, though, to … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Is preschool a waste of time for children in the developing world?

Tears and excitement often make an appearance on a child’s first day in school. Adults are also sharing excitement – and maybe tears – about preschool, although in a different … Continue reading

December 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

SMS, Sugar and Apps: Portents of Africa’s potential

‘Hopeless continent or Basket Case’ Only a bit more than a decade ago, it was quite common to find an unending and consistent view of Sub-Saharan Africa as a ‘hopeless … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lowered expectations

In the early-mid 2000’s, and with continued fervour since then, ‘Social Enterprise’ and ‘Social Impact’ have become increasingly prevalent terms. Among a growing class of freshly-minted graduates and young professionals, … Continue reading

November 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

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