on September 3, 2010
This collection of articles comes from the 2005 "A Conference on Global Poverty: Business Solutions and Approaches" at the Harvard Business School. I've copied the Table of Contents below.
I was pleasantly surprised by several aspects of this collection. For one, the papers are relatively well written and easy to read, given the content area. Perhaps this comes from the business focus of the participants conference, where being succinct and clear is critical.
There is broad coverage of approaches by multinational corporations (MNCs) in developing countries. I don't see a lot of this in the writings on poverty alleviation--I see much more on microfinance--and so it was informative to see the various activities going on by MNCs. I have a sense that there's great potential for impact here because of the MNCs ability to scale and efficiently draw together resources.
I particularly like how several of these papers are based on case examples. In addition, I found the section on "Building the BOP Value Chain" to be especially insightful when thinking about how to scale social ventures for broader impact.
One more thing: several of the Powerpoint Presentations that go with articles in the book can be found online, if you search for this: hbs A Conference on Global Poverty: Business Solutions and Approaches.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART 1: Just who are the poor?
1 Microcredit and Poverty Alleviation Strategy for Women: Who Are the Customers?
2 Understanding Consumers and Retailers at the Base of the Pyramid in Latin America
3 Marketing Programs to Reach India's Underserved
PART 2: Meeting the Poor's Basic Needs
4 Brcko and the Arizona Market
5 Health Services for the Poor in Developing Countries: Private vs. Public vs. Private and Public
6 Fighting AIDS, Fighting Poverty: Customer Centric Marketing in the Generic Antiretroviral Business
7 Meeting Unmet Needs at the Base of the Pyramid: Mobile Healthcare for India's Poor
8 Patrimonio Hoy: A Groundbreaking Corporate Program to Alleviate Mexico's Housing Crisis
9 Energizing the Base of the Pyramid: Scaling-up Successful Business Models to Achieve Universal Electrification
10 Utilities and the Poor: A Story from Colombia
11 The Expansion of Public Services into Poor Areas: The Case of Piped Gas in Cuartel V - Moreno
PART 3: Building the BOP Value Chain
12 MULTIAHORRO: Barrio Store
13 Photography and the Low Income Classes in Brazil: A Case Study of Kodak
14 The Complex Business of Serving the Poor: Insights from Unilever's Project Shakti in India
15 Creating strong businesses by developing and leveraging the productive capacity of the poor
16 ITC's e-Choupal: A Platform Strategy for Rural Transformation
17 Nestlé's Milk District Model: Economic Development for a Value-Added Food Chain and Improved Nutrition
PART 4: BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP MODELS
18 Building New Business Value Chains with Low Income Sectors in Latin America
19 Developing Viable Business Models to Serve Low-Income Consumers: Lessons from the Philippines
20 When Giants Discover the Disadvantaged: Managerial Challenges and Success Factors in Building Capacity to Serve Underserved Markets
Part 5: ROLE OF GOVT. AND CIVIL SOCIETY
21 The Role of Financial Institutions in Revitalizing Low-Income Neighborhoods
22 Houses for the Poor and New Business for Banks: The Creation of a Market for Affordable Housing
23 The South African Financial Sector Charter: A Supplementary Market Framework to Achieve Affirmative Action
24 How Social Entrepreneurs Enable Human, Social, and Economic Development
25 Hybrid Value Chains: Social Innovations and the Development of the Small Farmer Irrigation Market in Mexico
26 Entrepreneurship and Poverty Alleviation in South Africa
27 A Gentler Capitalism: Black Business Leadership in the New South Africa
PART 6: MEASURING SUCCESS
28 Microfinance: Business, Profitability, and the Creation of Social Value
29 Alleviating Global Poverty through Microfinance: Factors of Financial, Economic, and Social Performance
30 Strong Double Bottom Line Banking
31 H&R Block's Refund Anticipation Loans: Perilous Profits at the Bottom of the Pyramid?
32 When is Doing Business with the Poor Good - for the Poor? A Household and National Income Accounting Approach
on June 29, 2007
This work is a seamless compilation of information from the corners of the globe detailing innovative new approaches to the alleviation of global poverty through creative efforts in the private sector. Beyond useful and insightful facts and information, this book goes on to organize and present the knowledge in a framework that serves to effectively establish the context of global poverty and therefore the efforts to alleviate it. Because of this context-building framework, as a reference material, this volume is greater than the sum of its parts.