Shane Heywood

Musings on market-oriented approaches to International Development

Category Archives: Social Entrepreneurship

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

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

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

Enterprises Acting As Businesses are the Most Powerful Force for Social Impact

This post is part of a three part series on which enterprise model is best placed to successfully improve livelihoods in the developing world. For a catch-up, please read the … Continue reading

June 4, 2011 · 1 Comment

Wrong Approach and Wrong Model: Social Enterprises and the Delivery of Goods and Services to Low-Income Consumers

Last week in a visit to low-income farmers in rural Kenya , one farmer recounted that he was only able to yield a limited amount of maize for sale because … Continue reading

May 16, 2011 · 2 Comments

Marketing or Misleading: the Promotion of Development Oriented Organizations

I remember, as a teenager, looking at myself in the mirror. After nights of wearing a durag, I only had a canyon-like crease on the crown of my head. Sadly, … Continue reading

February 23, 2011 · Leave a 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

Mortished has More (Light) to Shed…..

“There is a danger of expecting the results of the future to be predicted by the past.” John Keynes Carl Mortished, in “Tycoons, give your billions to businesses, not charity” … Continue reading

December 18, 2010 · Leave a comment

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