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While rural energy access investments – like mini-grids – can be expected to transform local economies, this doesn’t happen automatically. Catalysing local enterprises and raising incomes through productive uses of energy often requires extra measures, to overcome barriers such as gaps in local people’s skills or financial resources.

In large parts of the world, small-scale farmers, traders and processors are constrained in their business operations due to a lack of finance. Farmers want to be paid immediately, but traders do not have the ready cash to buy their produce. Traders need working capital so they can buy and transport produce, but lack the collateral to get loans. Processors cannot get the money they need to buy equipment or ensure a steady supply of inputs.

Top entrepreneurs selected for the Green Pioneer Accelerator in Kenya & South Africa

Impact Amplifier, Growth Africa, VC4Africa and Hivos are pleased to announce the entrepreneurs selected to participate in the 2015 Green Pioneer Acceleration Program.

The Green Pioneer Accelerator is a comprehensive business accelerator that seeks to support early stage enterprises contributing innovative solutions to environmental issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and degradation of soils. 11 committed entrepreneurs were selected for the program in Kenya and 12 entrepreneurs for the program in South Africa.

Report of Expert Round Table on Dutch aid context

Two months ago, an expert round table on the Dutch aid context took place at the Nutshuis in The Hague. Coordinator of the Hivos Knowledge Programme, Josine Stremmelaar, took part in this expert meeting.

In this paper, value chain finance (VCF) is understood as 'finance based o the relationship between two or more actors in the value chain, either directly (one actor provides credit to another) or indirectly (one actor obtains credit from a financial institution based on a sales relationship with another actor).

New Donors, New Investments: New Development?

On January 27, 2012, the International Development Studies of Utrecht University organised its eight knowledge for development seminar. The seminar aimed to critically assess the meaning of development in the context of contemporary transformations such as the increased involvement of giants like India and China in development cooperation and the increased role of southern countries in international investment flows. Some key questions were: How do these new relations influence the notion of development? What type of ‘development’ are they providing? What are the geopolitical implications of the new South-South and South-North relations? And: What do these new realities imply for development after the Millennium Development Goals? This reports gives a summary of the presentations and discussions during the day.

Many of the people attending the 2012 Earth Summit (Rio+20) in June see promise for sustainable development through private-sector initiatives — and expect that improved links to markets can reduce poverty among half a billion small-scale farmers who feed much of the developing world. But most of the ‘inclusive business’ models already set up to do that are reaching only a narrow minority of farmers. To get the future right for the other 90 per cent, policymakers, businesses and nongovernment organisations must ask the right questions. Instead of thinking about how to make markets work for the poor, we must look at how the poor make markets work for them.