Shane Heywood

Musings on market-oriented approaches to International Development

Category Archives: Business

Apparently, What’s App can help to sell soap in Indonesia…

While technology can help firms engage and employ people from low-income households in the developing world – of course, there are watch-outs.  Around summer of 2015 in an African country, … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Beer and Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa: What’s next?

“We want subsistence farmers more involved in the value chain,” says Andy Wales, head of Sustainable Development at SABMiller Beer and Farmers While interacting with 20+ smallholder farmers in Kenya, … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 1 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

Let there be light: rural electrification in Asia and Africa

In some parts of the world, the sun is the most reliable source of light for many households. At night, entire families learn how to clean and eat with light … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

Yes, but can you do it again? Repeatability and social impact

Successful shots from the middle of the basketball court. Businesses that release the right product at the right time at the right price, with ensuing profits. Books that strike a … Continue reading

August 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

Social Enterprises, Band-Aids and Refugee Camps: Uncomfortable Similarities, Meaningful Differences

In 2008, disputes after a federal election led to substantive political violence in Kenya. Three years later, after 600,000 people were displaced by the violence, 200,000 of those victims – … Continue reading

July 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Who The Shoe Fits, Make Them Wear It: Why Would Free Shoes for the Needy Be a Bad Thing?

Since the mid to late 1900s, Clarks have been a popular brand of shoes in Jamaica. By no means is this brand indigenous – it originated from the United Kingdom. … Continue reading

June 24, 2011 · 2 Comments

From Invisible to Visible: Empowering Female Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa

What if you found yourself guilty of a foible so evident in the actions of others? What if in trying to enable others to achieve growth, you find that it … Continue reading

May 7, 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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