After months of deliberating, site visits, evaluations, and hard decisions, the Development Marketplace, and its partners in the India Country Office and IFC's South Asia Inclusive Business Models Group, are proud to announce the winners of the 2014 India Development Marketplace...
From 200 to 22, the 2014 India Development Marketplace Finalists have been announced!   The launch of the 2014 India Development Marketplace was an immense success. During the three week call for proposals, we received almost 200 applications from social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions...
A family in India looking down from a terrace.
The world is becoming a global economy so how can the people living in isolated places in the world participate? Social entrepreneurs from around the world have created marketplaces to help bring the skills and arts of even the most isolated to the world. It also helps people -- particularly women...
Portrait of a woman in the desert.
The projects submitted to the India DM 2013 competition included a very rich and diverse range of products and services targeted to impact the "base of the pyramid" in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Launched in January, there were over 190 proposals submitted...
Woman in an office at a computer.
More often than not, “we” criticize the “system” for being corrupt; yet it is simply a reflection of what we make of it. For example, what would happen if “we” decided never to collect bribes from users in our health service system? Or if we implemented and...
Old man with a newspaper  talking to a young girl in front of a harbor.
The Development Marketplace and Skoll are partnering to host a dialogue on Egypt's future. Egypt’s revolution is far from over, and the future of the country still hangs in the balance. The way forward is uncertain, but in a recent policy paper published by the Brookings Institute, experts...
Photograph of the Egypt DM grantees.
      35 organizations set to transform agriculture and handicrafts markets into engines of employment   CAIRO, June 17, 2013 –The Egypt Development Marketplace (DM) program today awarded grants of $800,000 to 35 organizations to contribute to job creation in the...
Man getting water from a canal in Egypt.
This is another entry in a series of articles we are posting to describe the current outlook for social enterprises working on critical issues in Egypt. The series is based on interviews with leading figures in the social entrepreneurship sector in Egypt and the MNA region.   There is an...
Spices for sale at a market in Morocco.
Before the Arab Spring, numerous Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries appeared to be performing well on several developmental fronts, showing impressive growth rates and improving business climate indicators. However, many of those who took to the streets believed that this growth only...
Portrait of two children against a wall.
Thousands of schoolchildren in the northwest region of Cameroon are benefiting from a co-investment schoolbook program established by Knowledge for Children (KFC), a Cameroon-Dutch based non-governmental organization (NGO).   Despite high enrollment rates, one in two students in Cameroon...
School children horsing around.
We begin 2012 with an overview of key developments in social entrepreneurship in 2011. As we scan the landscape we note four key findings of 2011 as the field continues to mature. The underlying trends continue to point to the idea that everyone can be responsible for advancing change and impact....
Portrait of a man.
DM2009 Winner, Masagni, adopted the Maya Nut Institute's "Healthy Kids, Health Forests Maya Nut School Lunch Program" in Nicaragua's Miskito indigenous communities. See more information on this DM project.   This article was originally published on http://ourworld.unu.edu/, for the...
Portrait of a woman.
High rates of youth unemployment across the Middle East and North Africa were a major catalyst for the Arab Spring revolutions. To help address this pressing issue, the Development Marketplace is preparing for a country-level competition in Egypt early next year.    The proposed DM...
Group of people at a wall covered with notes.
Every fall at Social Capital Markets (SOCAP), the who’s who of impact investing and social enterprise convene in San Francisco to network and share stories about topics like market-based solutions to poverty, social stock exchanges, and just how much capital is waiting to be deployed to solve...
Egyptian man making a basket.
The competition will support social enterprises that address job creation, poverty alleviation and rural development in Egypt. The focus will be on the agriculture supply chain and handicrafts sectors. Stay tuned for more information and details coming in the next few weeks.   The Egypt DM...
Portrait of a boy.
In mid-May Bill Drayton of Ashoka visited the World Bank to present his thinking on Hybrid Value Chains (HVC). In a recent article published in the Harvard Business Review, Drayton and Ashoka-colleague Valeria Budinich warned that “if you are not thinking about HVC collaboration, you’ll...
Portrait of two smiling boys.
  A U.S. congresswoman from Arizona was shot. The entertainment industry was getting Golden Globe awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press. The White House was preparing for a visit from China’s president. The people of Southern Sudan were announcing preliminary results of a vote for...
Two lines of people waiting.
How can one go to scale? This is the continuous challenge that confronts all successful social entrepreneurs. For Grupo EOZ in Mexico, there were a few key elements behind their answer: a combination of funding, partnerships and publicity, much of it due to its participation in a national TV...
Man planting seedlings.
In 2008 Development Marketplace competition, Helvetas was among the 22 winners with its proposal on "Riverbed Farming for Landless and Land Poor." The project has now entered its third season of cultivation.   Cultivation is done on large tracks of dry riverbeds in the Tarai region...
Adult hand holding a baby's hand.
  A Development Marketplace winner, the Pachamama Coffee Cooperative (PCC), was featured in the New York Times not too long ago. Its newest initiative CoffeeCSA.org found its roots in humble beginnings. Springing from the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement which...
Illustration of the Nubian Vault house.
The WB team were welcomed to Boromo (a province of Bales located two hours from Ouagadogou) by a team from Association La Voute Nubienne; a French non-governmental organization (NGO) with field offices in Burkina Faso. Their team is composed of 11 Burkinabes and a French...
Portrait of a cow.
The Rural Milk Collection project of DM2006 has been running successfully for two years. The project was to demonstrate the ISAAC Solar icemaker as a method of providing ice and refrigeration to rural farmers. The main findings of the project are that the system is an appropriate technology for...
A collage of logos.
Traveling with the India DM 2011 team, meeting social enterprises that were trying to breakthrough the traditional mold of development, I was struck by the way technology was being leveraged. It came through as such a critical tool – an enabler that could, single handed, shift the equation...
Photo of a stack of boxes with words on their sides used as event signage.
The Mini DM program on Governance was announced last December through a joint press conference of the Word Bank office, British Embassy and British Council. The first phase of the program (submission of proposals) closed at the end of January, which ended as a buoyant harvest season: 146...
Children in a classroom.
If Einstein had to write his famous equation in the context of the changes in Bihar it would translate into:   EDUCATION = MATH * COMMUNICATION * CURIOSITY (and probably have a 3rd C as another element for ‘Confidence’!!)   Gyanshala’s innovative pedagogy and Chaitanya...