Photo: SABMiller. 4e participant and her mentor, Peru.
To mark Global Partnership Week (www.p3.co), join us for a live, online discussion of ways to achieve greater scale and impact in our efforts to strengthen small businesses.
The CSR Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School and Business Fights Poverty recently completed a report on SABMiller’s new 4e Path to Progress program in Latin America—a partnership with FUNDES and the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank that aims to empower nearly 200,000 small retailers at the base of the pyramid by 2020.
The report identifies emerging lessons and key strategic questions facing 4e on the journey to scale. Many of these are common to enterprise development programs across regions and industry sectors, and we know that other organizations, in addition to ourselves, have some of the same questions—and their own valuable experience and insight to share.
Please join us on Tuesday, March 10, 10:30-11:30am Eastern Time / 2:30-3:30pm GMT to explore the following questions, exchange your insights, and help spark some new ideas:
- What is the business case for companies to help strengthen the small businesses in their value chains?
- How can technology be employed to increase scale and impact at a reduced cost per participant?
- Where do policy drivers most need to change to enable small businesses to succeed, and how can companies and their development partners influence these drivers?
- What is the scope for broader alliances of companies, donors, governments, and civil society organizations to work together to strengthen small businesses?
This event is part of a one-week special with SABMiller on helping small businesses thrive. Click here to read the blogs in the series.