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Cases
by Sam Aflaki, Andrea Masini
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2014  Product ID#: 1-429-384  Length: 20pages
1st Place Winner - 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. The founder and CEO of African Solar Rise (ASR), a NGO providing solar energy solutions in Tanzania—is faced with the question of how to scale up his organization’s operations. Doing so requires that two fundamental challenges are addressed: (i) how to improve supply chain operations and last-mile distribution in underdeveloped rural Tanzania, and (ii) how to solve the financial issues faced by the company and its potential customers.
by Asad Aziz, Yolanda Sarason, Grace Hanley
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2013  Product ID#: 1-429-329  Length: 16pages
This case won Third Place in the 2013 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. The case examines growth decisions for ayzh, a social venture focused on providing products that improve maternal health in base of the pyramid countries. The case revolves around the decision challenges created when an opportunity for global e...
by R. Ryan Nelson, Carl P. Zeithaml, Gardner Bell
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2013  Product ID#: 1-429-330  Length: 20pages
1st Place - 2013 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. BTPN is a mid-size bank in Indonesia with a successful business model that also creates positive social change (following its mission to “Do Good and Do Well”). The Bank’s president, Jerry Ng, is faced with the dilemma of how to grow the business: Should BTPN expand its micro-lending to include the productive poor a the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP)?
by Vandana Jayakumar, Dr. Nagendra V. Chowdary
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2015  Product ID#: 1-429-428  Length: 20pages
Honorable mention in the 2015 Next Billion competition. Chenetha Colour Weaves (CCW) is a 100% weaver-owned social enterprise. The company has its is retail store, Karghaa in the high-end neighborhood of Banjara Hills, Hyderabad in the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh. CCW CEO Sudha Rani wants to scale CCW’s Karghaa ...
by Paul Godfrey
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2013  Product ID#: 1-429-331  Length: 16pages
Honorable Mention in the 2013 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. The case describes the founding and growth of Community Enterprise Solutions (CE Solutions), an NGO working at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) in Guatemala. Founder, Greg Van Kirk’s experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala allowed him to identify several opportunities for entrepreneurial businesses designed to employ local workers, attract more tourist dollars into the Ixil region, and work towards community development.
by Mary Conway Dato-on, Silvia Cacho-Elizondo
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2014  Product ID#: 1-429-386  Length: 20pages
3rd Place Winner - 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. A consultant to the Mayan gum growers consortium has only three months to prepare the launch of the first organic biodegradable gum at BIOFach, the world’s largest organic tradeshow. The consultant has to build a brand story and identity (i.e. name, logo, sl...
by Gautam Kaul, Lauren Foukes
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 05/2011  Product ID#: 1-429-172  Length: 13pages
Fourth Place Winner of the NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition Kevin Jones, cofounder of social investment firm Good Capital, is considering possible expansion strategies for Good Capital. He has three main options: raising a second fund, expanding their SOCAP conference to help develop the impact investing industry, and increasing the reach of The Hub, work places for socia...
by Jacen Greene, Theodore Khoury, Cindy Cooper
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2015  Product ID#: 1-429-425  Length: 20pages
Second-place winner of the 2015 NextBillion competition. Grameen Intel, a Bangladeshi-based joint venture between the Grameen Trust and Intel Corporation, is a social business that develops and delivers new technology products and services to base of the pyramid (BoP) customers. Grameen Intel bases its impact assessme...
by Daniel Fogel, Michael Nestor
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 05/2011  Product ID#: 1-429-170  Length: 23pages
Fifth Place Winner of the NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition Henry Smith, Director of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, has been encouraged by the Habitat for Humanity headquarters to begin building affordable, environmentally sustainable homes, which seem to be attracting much donor and foundation support. Smith must decide if and how to facilitate this new strategy, t...
by Felipe Perez Pineda, Carlos Martinez
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2014  Product ID#: 1-429-387  Length: 20pages
Honorable Mention - 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. The Peruvian NGO Healthy City combats the country’s solid waste problem through three programs: developing comprehensive sanitation projects alongside municipalities, empowering and funding small recycling businesses, and training students in best environme...
by Paul Mudde
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2013  Product ID#: 1-429-332  Length: 24pages
2nd Place Winner - 2013 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. Triple Quest, a joint venture between a manufacturer and a private investment company, is experimenting with different business models to distribute its proprietary Hydraid water filtration system. This case discusses the worldwide water crisis and the organizations involved in addressing it.
by Syed Abdul Samad
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 07/2010  Product ID#: 1-429-092  Length: 18pages
This case is featured as part of the Next Billion/WDI 2010 Case Writing Competition. It centers around International Development Enterprise India (IDEI) and its efforts to provide low-cost irrigation techniques to farmers at the Base of the Pyramid. First, the case gives some background about farming and landholding in...
by John Baker
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 07/2010  Product ID#: 1-429-097  Length: 14pages
This case is featured as part of the Next Billion/WDI 2010 Case Writing Competition. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) had just implemented a successful youth capacity-building pilot program that it was now considering scaling. By selecting unemployed youth as franchisors for successful local companies, IRC created a unique model of social enterprise by which the youth can l...
by Ryan Strauss, Oleksandr Svyryd, Vanina Farber Fuks, Hassan Wilson
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2015  Product ID#: 1-429-427  Length: 16pages
Honorable mention in the 2015 Next Billion competition. Maya Mountain Cacao and its holding company, Uncommon Cocoa, are growing rapidly. The companies are transitioning from an early stage to a growth stage and face critical decisions on what business ventures should be pursued next. Both entities must continue to max...
by Rodrigo Cuestas, Julian Chernyk
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2015  Product ID#: 1-429-424  Length: 20pages
First-place winner of the 2015 Next Billion competition. Haroldo Montealegre, CEO of MPESO, a mobile money social enterprise based in Managua, Nicaragua, founded his company as a means of extending financial services to the unbanked and underbanked citizens of the country. He is wondering if he should extend MPESO’s array of financial services for Nicaraguans or to expand his bus fare product to other countries.
by Geoffrey R. Archer, Sarah Proctor, Jennifer Vagg
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2013  Product ID#: 1-429-333  Length: 16pages
This case won Honorable Mention in the 2013 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. The case focuses on mechanisms for alleviating poverty and addressing food security issues through small scale farming in Tanzania. Simon Mkao, the protagonist, needs to choose a business model for expanding his small-scale mushroom farmi...
by G Shainesh, Suhruta Kulkarni
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2014  Product ID#: 1-429-385  Length: 12pages
The Karnataka Internet-assisted Diagnosis of Retinopathy of Prematurity (KIDROP) initiative at Narayana Nethralaya seeks to prevent blindness among prematurely born/underweight babies. Although diagnosis and treatment are simple and inexpensive, awareness among poor rural villagers is extremely low. The case finds the protagonist seeking to scale his model to increase awareness and reach the highest number of patients.
by Scott A. Moore, Ross Baird, Carol Gee, Peter Roberts, Philip Powell, Jacob Hiatt, Matthew Hutchens, Rocio Ortiz, Paul Clyde, Shilpa Gulati, Gopal Pai, Y. David Seo, Alice Zheng, Lauren Foukes, Gautam Kaul, Daniel Fogel, Michael Nestor
Product Type: Module  Publication Date: 05/2011  Product ID#: 1-429-180  Length: 93pages
Winners of an academic business case competition co-sponsored by the William Davidson Institute, Acumen Fund, and Ashoka, these cases deal with social enterprise and base of the pyramid issues. This collection includes the following: 1st Place: Village Capital: Using Peer Support to Accelerate Impact Investing 2nd Plac...
by Lindsey Hiebert, Kara Lille Sheppard-Jones, Taylor Valentine
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2015  Product ID#: 1-429-426  Length: 20pages
Third-place winner of the 2015 Next Billion competition. The hybrid organization Runa has built the world’s first guayusa tea supply chain in Ecuador, and the CEOs of the company have proposed a new hybrid structure to scale operations to Peru — Runa LLC (the business in Brooklyn, New York), its foundation, and an impact investor — giving the foundation a stable source of income.
by Philip Powell, Jacob Hiatt, Matthew Hutchens, Rocio Ortiz
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 05/2011  Product ID#: 1-429-169  Length: 23pages
Second Place Winner of the NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition SPBD Foundation is a microfinance organization with ten years of success in Samoa. SPBD has achieved financial self-sufficiency and a 98% repayment rate for its female borrowers. After successful expansion to the neighboring Polynesian country of Tong...
by Paul Clyde
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 05/2011  Product ID#: 1-429-173  Length: 21pages
Third Place Winner of the NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition STAR, a comprehensive mission hospital in India, is facing an impending decrease in donations, which currently comprise nearly 50% of total funding. Its founder, Gautam Vora, must consider altering its business model to adopt more sustainable financing mechanisms. To do so, he benchmarks three other hospitals that...
by Deborah Mendez, Steve Koch
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 07/2010  Product ID#: 1-429-090  Length: 18pages
This is the Next Billion/WDI 2010 Case Writing Competition Winner. This case explores the need to scale BoP initiatives in a cost-efficient manner to create a measurable positive impact on the lives of BoP consumers and the long-term financial performance of Nestle Venezuela. Nestlé Venezuela marketed a portfolio of ...
by Nathalie Laidler-Kylander
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 07/2010  Product ID#: 1-429-096  Length: 30pages
This case is featured as part of the Next Billion/WDI 2010 Case Writing Competition. In 2005, Sarah Symons and John Berger founded The Emancipation Network (T.E.N. Charities) to combat slavery and human trafficking. Though T.E.N accepted donations, the majority of its revenue came from Made By Survivors L.L.C, its wholly-owned subsidiary, which purchased handicrafts made by survivors and resold them in the U.S.
by Menaka Rao, U Dinesh Kumar
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 04/2014  Product ID#: 1-429-388  Length: 20pages
Honorable Mention - 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. D. R. Mehta has run the BMVSS, which gives the Jaipur Foot (an artificial prosthetic, free of cost to disabled people) for years as a one-man show. Now the organization needs a successor. With Mehta leaving, would the sustainability of the organization be ...
by Peter Roberts, Carol Gee, Ross Baird
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 05/2011  Product ID#: 1-429-171  Length: 15pages
First Place Winner of the NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition Bob Pattillo is the founder of a firm that invests in for-profit companies that also seek social and environmental impact, but it has been difficult for Pattillo to find start-up social enterprises. So, Pattillo developed Village Capital, an innovative investment strategy that uses peer support cohorts of entrepren...
by WDI Publishing
Product Type: Reference  Publication Date: 06/2012  Product ID#: 1-429-277  Length: 35slides
This is the slide deck presentation from the June 21, 2012 webinar entitled "Case Writing for Business Education: Selecting aTopic/Developing Objectives". It contains 35 slides and was created by Marc Robinson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Outreach/WDI Publishing, a division of the William Davidson Institute at the Uni...
by Venkataramani Srivatsan
Product Type: Case  Publication Date: 07/2010  Product ID#: 1-429-095  Length: 18pages
This case is featured as part of the Next Billion/WDI 2010 Case Writing Competition. It centers around Ziqitza Healthcare Limited, a private ambulance company in India which just secured its first governmental contract with the state of Rajasthan to serve its 56 million inhabitants. The case opens with a detailed overview of company background and business model, then discusses the...
 
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