The Business Innovation Facility

We work across Malawi, Myanmar and Nigeria to make markets more inclusive and generate increased incomes for the poor, whether producers, consumers or employees.

Where we work

The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) is currently working in multiple markets across three countries - Malawi, Myanmar and Nigeria - as well as through two global funding 'windows'. 

Click on the link below to learn more about where we're working, who we're working with and why.

 

Projects

Shwedagon Pagoda

Consultation on tourist guiding in Myanmar: towards a policy change

Stakeholders are calling for change in Myanmar’s Tourist Guiding industry to improve the quality and availability of guiding services.

Tourism Product & Package Innovation Competition

Stimulating the creation of innovative and inclusive tourism products and packages in Myanmar, to increase the competitiveness of national tour operators.

Strengthening relationships between Myanmar garment factories and buyers

Facilitating relationships to improve labour standards and develop specialised services to support industry development and growth.
I realise that if I change my behaviour and take the time to show others HOW to do things, I can get better results.

Garment Factory Training Participant, Myanmar

Resources

IMPROVING PROFITABILITY & WORKER WELFARE IN MYANMAR GARMENT FACTORIES [Myanmar Language]

During 2015 and 2016, BIF provided Human Resources (HR) and productivity training and consultancy to five garment factories in the Yangon region. This paper describes the rationale for providing the training, how the training was carried out, the positive impacts achieved, as well as the lessons learned – these will be especially useful for factory owners and managers considering implementing similar training in their factories.

Do No Harm Toolkit for the Tourism Industry

This toolkit presents a background to conflict, peace and Do No Harm in the context of the tourism sector, followed by practical analysis templates to help tour operators and companies approach their business activities in a manner that promotes positive relationships with, and limits the risks of causing harm to, local people and places.

A Little Loom

This community tourism product, supported by BIF's Product & Package Innovation Competition, is training a new generation of hand loom silk weavers in order to preserve this traditional craft.

Lunch at the Farmer's Hut

BIF's Product & Package Innovation Competition is supporting this new dining experience for visitors to Myanmar's famous Inle Lake. In a traditional stilt village surrounded by floating gardens, farmers of Inle Lake serve up authentic Intha dishes, using locally grown ingredients.

Inle Horse Club

This business, which offers visitors the chance to explore the Inle Lake region on horseback, was awarded support through BIF's Product & Package Innovation Competition.

Touching Moments

This tourism product, which BIF is supporting through the Product & Package Innovation Competition, offers visitors the opportunity to stay and experience village life in Myinmahti, Shan State.

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