With regard to examples of what works, I’m really proud of the great work Andres, Cata and others in our SABMiller Latin America business have achieved through the 4e Camino al progreso programme, working collaboratively with the Inter-American Bank, FUNDES and other partners. I had the pleasure of seeing this programme in action and the impact that it is having on the ground in Colombia. It was here that I realised how much these entrepreneurs are really local heroes.
I can also see in Peru, the work they have undertaken to support small retailers is really moving towards the ‘market system’ approach highlighted in the report.
They are developing skills for smaller retailers, increasing retailer access to mobile financial services, and helping strengthen the broader financial infrastructure – all in collaboration with other sectors and companies. This has generated both commercial and social impact.
The approach taken in Latin America has really helped inform and inspire other parts of our business, including Europe, on how we can drive more collaborative approaches to retailer development. I’ve been very happy to borrow with pride the approach!
Richard Gilbert said:
Thanks for the great discussion. Let’s move on to our final question:
Q3. What are the key challenges that limit collaboration across companies, governments, civil society organisations and donors? What are examples of effective collaboration and what has made them successful?