The report highlights our vision of how emerging technologies can trigger a set of big shifts to help Africa leapfrog and combat its development challenges. Our research indicates that although early evidence of these shifts is already visible signaling the beginning of Africa’s innovation journey, signiﬁcant whitespaces currently exist. The report identiﬁes these key innovation whitespaces based on scanning of 100 technology use cases in Africa.
As firms seek new avenues for growth in emerging markets – strategies for tapping into “new
and underserved” markets have been on the radar of almost every major mass-market focused
firm. Comprising both urban slums and rural areas, these markets are exciting to firms, and for
Approximately 4.5 billion low-income people globally represent an annual
purchasing capacity of US$ 5 trillion (PPP), with India, East Africa and South East Asia
accounting for a sizable chunk of this market.
A John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Intellecap report, launched at the Dasra Philanthropy Week 2016, looks at the scope of private actors in philanthropic giving and impact investing and what needs to be done to help these people in eventually aiding India’s transition to a more robust and equal society. The report focuses attention on four funder groups, namely, UHNIs and HNIs, corporates, Indian diaspora and retail givers/investors, and looks at how they are engaging with giving and impact investment.
East Africa is expected to be the fastest growing region in the entire African sub-continent in 2016 and consequently, over the last decade, the region has seen a splurge in foreign direct investment and entrepreneurial activity. Intellecap’s research in East Africa finds that impact enterprises engage with the low income population across three levers: Access, Ability, and Knowledge. Access enterprises provide critical products and services among the low income and underserved population.
This report documents findings from research on the emerging impact enteprise landscape in Papua New Guinea. This report was commissioned by UNDP and compiled by Intellecap (a globally-recognised specialist research group that specialises in SME, entrepreneurship and start-ups) titled Seeding Social Enterprise in Papua New Guinea. The report sets out the challenges and opportunities for SMEs in six key sectors of the economy that have a major impact on the lives of the majority of the population – agriculture, energy, health care, finance, education and water and sanitation.
Low cost healthcare delivery (LCHD) has progressed considerably in India. National Rural Health Mission’s (NRHM) reforms have led to improvements in key health indicators such as institutional deliveries, out-patient cases, complete immunization, availability of diagnostic and family welfare services and disease control programmes. However, the country’s healthcare market continues to face challenges of affordability, availability and quality. Also pertinent questions still persist:
Intellecap's Searchlight research and analysis tracks urban poverty trends in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. This issue covers topics like innovations to solve India's urban water issues at the BoP, engagement models for sanitation, and the challenges unqualified quacks pose to the long term health of the urban poor.
Sixty per cent of the population in India does not have a bank account, and more than 50% farmers in the country do not get access to any kind of institutional credit. Setting-up and operating a bank branch is very expensive and challenging. Service providers and financial institutions have experimented with multiple technology platforms, but the platform that seems to have attracted the most attention has been the mobile phone. Despite mobile phones being ubiquitous, the potential growth of financial inclusion through mobile phones (mobile money) has been very slow and patchy.