BIF Pilot Resources

MEGA: A commercial approach to off-grid power in rural Malawi

The first light bulb was lit at Lower Bondo on Mulanje Mountain in mid-2013, generated by a micro-hydro power scheme operated by MEGA, Malawi’s first operational private energy company. Read about MEGA’s journey to find a commercial yet affordable energy solution for rural households, with ambition to scale across other off-grid communities.

Commercialising cassava: New opportunities for Universal Industries and Malawian smallholders

The crop is low-value, farmers lack links to formal markets, processing needs to happen 48 hours post-harvest, partnerships need improvement, and a viable production line depends on high consistent volumes. Read how and why Universal Industries, a Malawian snacks manufacturer, is tackling such challenges and has operationalised a new factory and smallholder sourcing model for cassava.

The JITA sales network: An inclusive business on the rise

The transition from an NGO-run programme to a profitable company took JITA less than 2 years. Read how Jita has maintained its core social focus - recruiting marginalised rural Bangladeshi women as rural distributors of consumer goods – while building in commercial growth, diversification, and achievement of break-even ahead of schedule in 2013.

Inclusive business in practice

Summaries of seven case studies from the Business Innovation Facility Portfolio

Review of the Business Innovation Facility Portfolio - Year 1

Presents the findings across the aggregated portfolio at the end of the Business Innovation Facility’s Year 1. (June 2011)

The value of technical assistance in supporting inclusive business: Lessons learned to date

Provides the initial lessons learned to date on the Business Innovation Facility’s experience providing technical assistance to inclusive businesses. (July 2012)

Review of the Business Innovation Facility Portfolio - Year 2

Presents the findings across the aggregated portfolio at the end of the Business Innovation Facility’s Year 2 (July 2012)

Review of the Business Innovation Facility portfolio - Year 3

Assesses the results and trajectories of inclusive businesses at the end of the three year pilot. (December 2013)

The Monitoring and Evaluation System of the Business Innovation Facility

Takes an in-depth look at the projects in the IAP portfolio in 2013 - how far have they come in reaching their commercial and development goals? What have been the key opportunities & challenges? Click here for a three page summary. (November 2013)