Shane Heywood

Musings on market-oriented approaches to International Development

Tag Archives: international development

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

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

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

The Wire: improving remittances to the developing world

From the parable of the Prodigal Son to songs in Reggae music, a common narrative exists about a youth, departing the childhood home and squandering precious funds abroad. However, outside … Continue reading

August 21, 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

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

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

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

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