2014/08/29

Microfinance as a Catalyst for Industry and SME Growth (Panel discussion during the Asia Microfinance Forum - Shanghai, 4-8 August 2014)



Microfinance as a Catalyst for Industry and SME Growth (Panel discussion during the Asia Microfinance Forum - Shanghai, 4-8 August 2014)
The International Finance Corporation (IFC)
India


«Innovative microfinance products have led to great advances in agriculture, renewable energy, and the informal economy, and SMEs (small to medium enterprises) are acknowledged to play an important role in job creation that directly benefits the poor. How can micro-entrepreneurs best be transitioned into SMEs, and how can MFIs help these important players grow and prosper?»





2014/08/28

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program



Community Development Block Grant Program
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
via Center for American Progress
United States


«CDBG funds have made a difference in the lives of millions of people across the country. Between 2004 and 2013, CDBG economic-development activities—such as technical assistance and training to microenterprises—have helped create or retain more than 421,183 jobs. Last year alone, these activities employed approximately 28,000 workers in new or ongoing jobs. This is illustrated through efforts in Arlington, Texas, where CDBG funds helped create a new workforce-development center in 2004, which serves more than 5,000 employers and job seekers yearly and includes rooms for workshops and seminars.»






2014/08/27

Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) Programme



Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) Programme
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Switzerland


«The Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) programme is a management-training programme with a focus on starting and improving small businesses as a strategy for creating more and better employment in developing economies and economies in transition. With an estimated outreach of 4.5 million trainees, continuously growing network of more than 17000 trainers and 200 Master Trainers in 2500 partner institutions, SIYB is one of the biggest global management training systems used for the support of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) currently on the market. Initially developed in the 1980ies, it has now been translated into more than 40 languages and introduced in more than 100 countries.»






2014/08/26

The Filipino work spirit of bayanihan (teamwork)



The Filipino work spirit of bayanihan (teamwork)
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) of the Republic of the Philippines
via Manila Bulletin
Philippines


«“Bayanihan” is a Filipino term which refers to a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective and is widespread in the Philippines. “We believe that achieving productivity means harnessing the Filipino spirit of ‘bayanihan’ (teamwork) in the workplace based on a commonly-shared ISTIV Values applied to work systems by both owners and workers, especially among micro, small, and medium enterprises,” said Baldoz [the DOLE Secretary]. ISTIV is an acronym for Industrious, Systematic, Time-conscious, Innovative and Strong Value for Work Bayanihan Training – a human resource strategy for quality and productivity rooted on the five ideal attributes of a productive worker. [...] “What makes the DOLE’s productivity strategy more unique from the rest is that all our productivity advocacy and capacity-building interventions are offered free to MSMEs (micro small and medium enterprises),” said Baldoz.»





2014/08/25

«Newsletter L&I» (n.º 18, 2014-08-25)



Setores estratégicos (Brasil)

Financiamento Reembolsável [web] [intro]

Programa Nacional de Plataformas do Conhecimento (PNPC): «Programa do governo pretende estimular a inovação e o desenvolvimento» [web] [intro]

Zich Moysés Junior, Diretor do Complexo Industrial do Ministério da Saúde: «A saúde é o setor mais associado à inovação depois da indústria da defesa» [web] [intro]

Plano Inova Empresa [web] [intro]



Sectores estratégicos (Portugal, África lusófona)

Programa Director de Inovação, Competitividade e Empreendedorismo (PD-ICE) para a Associação de Desenvolvimento do Ceira e Dueça (DUECEIRA) [web] [intro]

Habitat de Inovação Empresarial em Sectores Estratégicos – HIESE [web] [intro]

Setores estratégicos da cidade de Lisboa [web] [intro]

Projeto Alvos Estratégicos (PAE) [web] [intro]



Sectores estratégicos

MITTIC (Modernización e Innovación Tecnológica con base TIC) [web] [intro]

«La CEA considera que la minería en Andalucía es un sector estratégico para la recuperación económica» [web] [intro]

Sectores estratégicos del Estado español y Ministerios/Organismos del sistema competentes [web] [intro]

Programa Estratégico de Consorcios de Investigación Empresarial Nacional (CIEN) del Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI) [web] [intro]



Secteurs stratégiques

«L’éducation : un secteur stratégique» (Lettre du SG du SATEF à Mme la ministre de l'éducation) [web] [intro]

«La Mer, un secteur stratégique pour la France: Une nouvelle stratégie pour les ports français» [web] [intro]

Secteurs-clés dans le Luxembourg [web] [intro]

Éthiopie - le tourisme, clé du développement [web] [intro]



Key sectors

«Retail & wholesale: key sectors for the European economy» [web] [intro]

«The EU pharmaceutical industry is of strategic importance to the European economy» [web] [intro]

Investing in top sectors - Government of the Netherlands [web] [intro]

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) - Strategic Basic Research Programs: CREST [web] [intro]





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2014/08/22

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) - Strategic Basic Research Programs: CREST



Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) - Strategic Basic Research Programs
Japan


«CREST: Pursuing Team-Oriented Research that Strives to Generate High-Impact Seeds of Innovation. JST establishes Research Areas based on the strategic sectors set by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and appoints a Research Supervisor to leads each Research Area. JST calls for proposals in each Research Area, after which the Research Supervisor selects research projects and manages the Research Area by coordinating research plans (including research funding and organization of research teams), exchanging opinions with Research Directors, providing advice on research, evaluating projects, and so on. CREST is a team-oriented research program aiming to generate breakthroughs with a significant impact on the development of science and technology and providing tangible benefits to society.»





2014/08/21

Investing in top sectors - Government of the Netherlands



Investing in top sectors - Government of the Netherlands
The Netherlands


«Agri-food, Horticulture and propagation materials, High Tech, Energy, Logistics, the Creative Industry, Life sciences, Chemicals and Water. These are the sectors in which the Netherlands excels globally and are a government priority. Another area of focus is head offices.»






2014/08/20

«The EU pharmaceutical industry is of strategic importance to the European economy»



«The EU pharmaceutical industry is of strategic importance to the European economy»
Belgium


«The Commission Staff Document identifies the main challenges for the European pharmaceutical industry, such as : new and old - believed to be already defeated - health threats, high R&D costs, issues related to intellectual property, increased competition in the global marketplace, constraints in public budge, ethical behaviour, and demographic change. [...] As a first step the Commission intends to organise an event in autumn 2014 in order to prepare future policy decisions by bringing together relevant decision makers from public European and Member States’ administrations responsible for industrial competitiveness, health, research and innovation with patients, healthcare professionals, trade unions and industry representatives.»






2014/08/19

«Retail & wholesale: key sectors for the European economy»



«Retail & wholesale: key sectors for the European economy»
Jonathan Reynolds and Richard Cuthbertson - Report produced by the Oxford Institute of Retail Management (OXIRM), Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
United Kingdom


«The European Commission views both retailing and wholesaling as key sectors: “The retail and wholesale sectors have an essential role to play in stimulating growth and job creation […] they are among the key sectors that can drive the transition to both a more sustainable economy and consumption patterns.”»





2014/08/18

«Newsletter L&I» (n.º 17, 2014-08-18)



Base da pirâmide (Brasil)

Remya Jose, 14 anos. Ela é a inventora da máquina washing-cum-exercise [web] [intro]

Stuart Hart analisa a evolução do conceito de negócios para a base da pirâmide [web] [intro]

«Lucrar é sobreviver. O conceito de Inovação Social e geração de valor distribuído» [web] [intro]

«Qual o time dos sonhos da inovação?» [web] [intro]



Base da pirâmide (Portugal, África lusófona)

Action Tank Portugal [web] [intro]

Fundação Lusitânia está a apostar nas Zonas Especiais de Economia Social de Mercado (ZEESM) porque acredita que «é bom negócio combater a pobreza» e que «criar riqueza» é mais importante do que «fazer dinheiro» [web] [intro]

«Chineses querem comprar todo o projeto de Oecussi (Timor-Leste)» [web] [intro]

ACEGIS – Associação para a Cidadania, Empreendedorismo, Género e Inovação Social [web] [intro]



Base de la pirámide

Innovación en el acceso a servicios básicos [web] [intro]

Socialab [web] [intro]

15 proyectos sociales seleccionados por UnLtd para el programa GameChangers 2014 [web] [intro]

CAD – Centro de Alianzas para el Desarrollo [web] [intro]



Base de la pyramide

OOLUX [web] [intro]

Arnaud Mourot, directeur d'Ashoka France, Belgique et Suisse: «Transformons les problèmes sociaux en opportunités» [web] [intro]

«Schneider Electric a formé plus de 50 000 personnes aux métiers de l’énergie dans le cadre de son programme d’accès à l’énergie BipBop (Business, Innovation, People at the Base Of the Pyramid)» [web] [intro]

«Le cas Danone, ou comment l’innovation sociale peut aider une multinationale à se réinventer»: Danone communities [web] [intro]



Base of the pyramid

The Poorest Four Billion Matter To Business [web] [intro]

Key lessons from three pilots for pro-poor innovation. BoP Innovation Cycle - The process of innovation to create inclusive business [web] [intro]

«Youth Teach Kids A Lesson on joy of giving»: Dhakshina [web] [intro]

«5 Insights From Social Entrepreneurs On How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty» [web] [intro]





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2014/08/15

«5 Insights From Social Entrepreneurs On How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty»



«5 Insights From Social Entrepreneurs On How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty»
Fast Company, Ashoka UK Director Mark Cheng
United Kingdom


«The challenge is immense. The typical base-of-pyramid customer lives in a remote rural village, in a cramped hut with no clean running water, electricity, or indoor toilet. The household is typically illiterate, unreachable by traditional marketing channels, has no savings or access to affordable credit, and is dangerously vulnerable at any moment to disease, injury, or natural disaster. And yet a new kind of entrepreneur is springing up who sees things differently, for whom business is the best way to fight poverty. [...] They want to change the world. Here are some of the strategies they’re using to do just that: 1: Recruit and empower local change makers [...] 2: Build a Movement, not Market Share [...] 3: Embrace Competition [...] 4: Motivate with mission, not money [...] 5: Maximize distribution, not profits»





2014/08/14

«Youth Teach Kids A Lesson on joy of giving»: Dhakshina



«Youth Teach Kids A Lesson on joy of giving»: Dhakshina
Dhakshina via The New Indian Express
India


«Dhakshina believes in the power of youth and its potential to transform society with all its team members below 22 years of age and from different parts of the country as far as North East, Odhisha, Delhi, Bihar etc. Their work is not only so much about social innovations and empowerment but also about involving young people right from schools to do this. In their one year of existence they have taken up five projects across different geographic and demographic dividends of the country. It varied from empowering and inspiring students of the schools in Cochin through talks to distributing blankets to the tribes of Jharkand and Paper Back projects using unused book pages for challenged children of Delhi all with the common defining factor of youth. [...] [Dhakshina is] a proactive youth forum. [...] Initially it was a Facebook page wherein you could post your concerns and dreams about future and society.»






2014/08/13

Key lessons from three pilots for pro-poor innovation. BoP Innovation Cycle - The process of innovation to create inclusive business



Key lessons from three pilots for pro-poor innovation. BoP Innovation Cycle - The process of innovation to create inclusive business
BoP Innovation Center
Netherlands


«This is the fifth and final publication of series on inclusive business. The series is based on experiences and insights from the implementation of three seperate innovation pilots. These pilots form the Three Pilot for Pro-Poor Innovation (3P4PPI) program. Together with our partners, we capture learnings from the pilots, to improve the quality and enabling environment for future pilots. The BoP Innovation Cycle represents the iterative phases of the process of developing inclusive product and service innovation. Developing innovation at the Base of the Pyramid requires a specific approach. The cycle goes from identifying an opportunity to bringing it to scale. Key business dimensions of a BoP venture are developed over the course of each phase.»






2014/08/12

The Poorest Four Billion Matter To Business



The Poorest Four Billion Matter To Business
Ashoka
United States


«Here are four ways more investment in the base of the pyramid (BoP) population would benefit businesses large and small, from social start-ups to multinational corporations, all around the world. 1: The BoP represents a huge, untapped consumer market. 2: The BoP is an engine for growth. 3: The BoP is bursting with innovation. 4: Engaging the BoP is good public relations.»





2014/08/11

«Newsletter L&I» (n.º 16, 2014-08-11)



Mitos e inovação (Brasil)

Os mitos sobre inovação que atrapalham a criatividade [web] [L&I]

Falsos dilemas nas metas de inovação [web] [L&I]

O mito da inovação na cultura empreendedora brasileira [web] [L&I]

Inovação raramente é uma invenção [web] [L&I]



Mitos e inovação (Portugal, África lusófona)

[Ignite#5Tecnológico], Bruno Silva, "Inovação & Tecnologia: Mitos e Considerações" [web] [L&I]

Somos treinados desde cedo a não inovar [web] [L&I]

Punir o erro inibe a inovação [web] [L&I]

Não te deixes levar pelos coros de igreja! [web] [L&I]



Mitos e innovación

Innovación educativa. El mito de la edad [web] [L&I]

Innovación - conceptos, proceso, mitos y realidades [web] [L&I]

The Social Commerce ¿Mito o Realidad? [web] [L&I]

Y la innovación era esto... vivir, simplemente [web] [L&I]



Mythe et innovation

Le mythe de la startup [web] [L&I]

Luc Ferry - L'innovation destructrice [web] [L&I]

Peut-on encore innover dans le management ? [web] [L&I]

L'innovation n'est pas seulement technique [web] [L&I]



Myths and innovation

Mohan Sawhney on Innovation Myths [web] [L&I]

PJ on the Eve of Unnovation [web] [L&I]

Market Opportunity & Innovation: Debunking the Innovation Myth [web] [L&I]

Innovation Isn't 'Creativity,' It's a Discipline You Manage [web] [L&I]





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2014/08/04

«Newsletter L&I» (n.º 15, 2014-08-04)



Mapas de inovação (Brasil)

Rede de mapeamento genético de doadores de medula óssea - Rede Brasil de Imunogenética (RBI) [web] [intro]

MapaStartUp [web] [intro]

Mapeamento de laboratórios e núcleos de pesquisa na Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) [web] [intro]

Diálogos Setoriais União Européia Brasil: Design Social como ferramenta criativa de transformação [web] [intro]



Mapas de inovação (Portugal, África lusófona)

Arquitetos pelo Mundo: mapeo colaborativo de arquitectos emigrantes [web] [intro]

Mapeamento, Memória, Política - Exposição de Luís Palma [web] [intro]

Mapeamento de Serviços de Inovação fornecidos por Universidades a Empresas [web] [intro]

ECOPHARMAP - Ecofarmacovigilância de cinco medicamentos relevantes: mapas de contaminação em Portugal [web] [intro]



Mapas de innovación

Mapeo Integral del Genoma del Salmón del Atlántico [web] [intro]

La Fábrica de los Sueños - Colección 2015 en el 50 aniversario de Pronovias. Mapping 3D de Eikonos Servicios Audiovisuales para el desfile de presentación [web] [intro]

Incubadora de Empresas para Emprendimientos Innovadores en el Departamento de Maldonado (Uruguay) [web] [intro]

OpenStreetMap - OpenStreetMap España [web] [intro]



Cartes d'innovation

Carte complète enseignement supérieur, recherche et innovation en France [web] [intro]

Initiation au Mind Mapping des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises des Pyrénées Atlantiques [web] [intro]

Usages pédagogiques du Mindmapping dans l’éducation [web] [intro]

Kaledo® V4R1, la nouvelle version de la suite logicielle de création textile de Lectra [web] [intro]



Innovation maps

A revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain by the BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) [web] [intro]

The Global Poverty Mapping Project [web] [intro]

IPPSI: Knowledge Innovation Mapping (KIEM) [web] [intro]

Mapping Innovation in American Regions [web] [intro]





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2014/08/01

Mapping Innovation in American Regions



Mapping Innovation in American Regions
U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration, Purdue Center for Regional Development, the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, and other research partners
United States




«Much of today’s successful economic growth hinges on attracting or cultivating jobs that characterize the “innovation economy”—firms and occupations relying on talented workers whose skills are based on significant knowledge, insight and creativity. Innovation-based economic growth in rural America, however, has long lagged that in the nation’s metropolitan areas. To address this gap, the U.S. Economic Development Administration sponsored this project to develop new tools to support strategic economic development planning in rural regions. The goal of this work is to help rural planners assess their region’s comparative strengths and weaknesses with respect to fostering innovation-based growth. The project's data and tools, however, can be used equally well in any type of region—urban, exurban, metropolitan or custom-based depending upon need and purpose. The Innovation Index is an overall measure reflecting a region's innovation capacity and activity.»