2015 was a memorable year for BoP Innovation Center. We celebrated our five year anniversary and we said goodbye to the ‘founding mother’ and director Myrtille Danse. She started the organization in 2010 with two employees and a strong vision. Currently, the organization employs 28 people all over the world. Although our headquarters is in the Netherlands, we are proud to have people on the ground where it matters most: Ghana, Benin, Kenya, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
2015 was not only memorable because of the organizational changes we’ve been going through. Our people have also worked on exciting activities, resulting in excellent results. For example, in Kenya we worked for Unilever in an exciting project aimed at leveraging mobile technology for behavioral change. In Ethiopia, we introduced a brand new product, accompanied with a micro-franchise distribution model, which provides the highly needed nutrition for expectant mothers and for babies. The distribution model for this product gives Ethiopian women the chance to build their own micro-enterprise. For the Inclusive Business Accelerator, we have laid the foundations for the future. The online platform is up and running, assisting more than 180 ventures across 37 different countries with the required ‘ammunition’ to scale up their business. Part of that ammunition are the ‘Inclusive Business’ and ‘Inclusive Innovation’ Toolkits we have developed, of which we are very proud.
Read our annual report for the exciting activities and results we’ve worked on in 2015.