The Business Innovation Facility

We work across Malawi, Myanmar and Nigeria, as well as through two global funding windows, to make markets more inclusive and to 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

Business Partnerships Fund

The Business Partnerships Fund will provide support to multinational companies to develop projects that generate commercial value whilst also improving the lives of the poor in developing countries.

Company-Led Window

The ‘company-led’ window applies the Market Systems approach but selects markets to investigate based on an alternative entry point: companies that are innovating.

Healthcare Tablet Development

Developing an electronic tablet suitable for use in developing contexts that can be used as a healthcare tool to enable better management of patient information and diagnostics.

Resources

RCT findings from a garment factory upgrading programme in Burma

As part of its work in Myanmar's garment market, BIF provided garment factories with training on productivity and human resource management. The effectiveness of this training was measured through a randomised controlled trial led by an independent academic institution. This paper presents the findings from the RCT and associated lessons learnt which may be of particular interest to donor programmes considering a similar intervention.

BIF Myanmar inclusive tourism products map

This map provides the location and details of tourism products and packages supported with grants and technical assistance through BIF's Tourism Product and Package Innovation Competition.

Malawi's Growth and Development Strategy

Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy aims to transform Malawi from a country predominately focused on imports and consumption to a country focused on exports and production. Following the successful completion of the Business Innovation Facility (BIF1) pilot project in 2013, phase two was launched in October 2013, with Imani Development as the project implementer. BIF2 used a systemic approach to market development, supporting commercially sustainable innovations which seek to enable market access among the poor

How to maximise the benefits of garment factory training for your business, your workers and the industry

A 'how to' guide for garment factory managers and owners demonstrating the business case for investing in factory improvement services, and outlining some practical steps on how to implement change and access support.

BIF Toolkit - How to Set Up a Travel Hub [Myanmar Version]

Are you interested in setting up a Travel Hub? Read on! A Travel Hub is a place where visitors can get accurate information about accommodation, transportation, local activities and, where appropriate, Myanmar-wide travel. Travel Hubs are located in places that tourists typically congregate - coffee shops, motorbike rental shops or restaurants. They are designed to provide an additional stream of revenue to a business that already has a reliable client base of tourists. Furthermore, host businesses benefit from enhanced marketing, capacity building for staff and potentially becoming part of a nation-wide network.

The Business Case for Factory Improvement Services in Myanmar [Chinese language]

As part of its work in Myanmar’s garment sector, BIF provided garment factories with training and consulting services on productivity and Human Resource (HR) management. Fourteen factories participated in the training, the headline results of which are detailed in this two-page document.

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