Shane Heywood

Musings on market-oriented approaches to International Development

Category Archives: BoP

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

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

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

Ode to a Black boy. A Latin American girl. An Asian child.

In Forbes, Gene Marks wrote an article titled “If I Were a Poor Black Kid.” In essence, the piece was a hopeful – if somewhat “pull your socks up” – … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

“How the World Failed Haiti,” an Irishman, and Self-Help

In Voudou – a religion developed in Haiti based on African roots – Papa Legba controls the crossroads, or the communication, between Man and what most followers of the Judeo-Christian … Continue reading

September 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

Why Farmers Don’t Share and How (Hopefully) to Fix It

There is a widely accepted story (gospel, even) that farmers (particularly those in rural areas) eagerly share information. The belief is that neighbours, in the bucolic hills and valleys of … Continue reading

July 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

What Enterprises Need to Do for the World’s “New” Billion Poor Individuals

Two decades ago, 93% of the world’s poorest people lived in low-income countries (LICs). Today, according to the Center for Global Development, 72% of the world’s poorest people live in … Continue reading

June 10, 2011 · 1 Comment

Who are You Calling Bottom of the Pyramid?

Most people don’t like to be at the bottom or base of anything. Bottom of the list. Bottom of the barrel. Bottom feeder. On top of that, most people would … Continue reading

January 7, 2011 · 5 Comments

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