Thematic areas

Economic empowerment

Micro, small & rural enterprise | Value chains | Sustainable agriculture

Local enterprise development in rural and semi-rural regions can provide sustainable solutions that also make agricultural supply chains more efficient. This can help make agriculture an economically remunerative activity and enhance rural farm and non-farm livelihoods. Businesses in semi-urban and urban areas can develop market linkages with producers and support enterprises in rural areas. The key lies in business activities that build local talent and capacity. For the corporate sector, inclusion of the base-of-pyramid (BoP) segment as both consumers and producers can deliver a multiplier effect on economic and social empowerment, while enhancing business sustainability. Farmer aggregation through new models including farmer producer organisations (FPOs) and upstream linkages with small and medium enterprises (SMEs), clusters and large companies offer a wide range of opportunities. Inesa works on at various levels of this value chain.

Access to social infrastructure and public services

Healthcare | Energy | Water | Sanitation | Education

There are several innovative initiatives addressing the problems of inadequate availability, unequal access, poor quality of services, and ground challenges in last mile delivery. It is entrepreneurial zest with a change-making goal that leads to transformative approaches for enabling affordable access to healthcare, water and sanitation, energy and education. The question is of replication and scale. Cross-sector collaborations make eminent sense, for example among various across the healthcare value chain and with the government, which is the largest network of rural healthcare delivery. Community-based models for energy, water and sanitation are also being deployed by several social enterprises. Inesa can help build organisational capacities, network outreach and partnerships for sustainability and scale.