INCLUDE Platform

The kick-off meeting for the research consortium ‘How Inclusive Business Strategies can Contribute to Inclusive Development in Sub-Saharan Africa’ was held at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in Rotterdam on 22 October 2014. The integration of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in business models is often seen as a way of enhancing sustainable development. This action-oriented research project explores the characteristics of inclusive business models and the critical factors for effectively implementing such models through PPPs in a variety of African contexts (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania).

Headed by Professor Rob van Tulder, the research consortium comprises some 30 Dutch and African organizations and is firmly grounded in academia, the private sector, government and civil society. Representatives of 18 partners, mainly from the Netherlands, attended the kick-off meeting. As the majority of the African partners were not able to be present, a similar meeting will be organised by the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) in Tanzania in 2015.

A major objective of the meeting was to explain the research project to the consortium partners. Attention was paid to the meaning of inclusiveness and the multiple roles of the partners in the project. The partners will be the subjects of the research, as well as conducting surveys within their organizations and participating in training provided by RSM. Expectations about outcomes and the selection of priority sectors and issues were also discussed, as well as planning for 2014–2017. New entrants and the management organization of the consortium were considered and the consortium agreement was signed.

Please check the PowerPoint presentation of the Research Model here.

Read the report of the kick-off meeting here.

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