Beyond credit – the emergence of high-impact, cost-effective business development services
as they have now come to be called) can generally neither achieve a large scale of impact nor be delivered cost effectively. Two important developments in recent years demonstrate the need for a return to a more balanced approach, with an enhanced role for BDS. First, recent evidence suggests
that there are serious limitations to the developmental impact of such credit, delivered without business and technical advice. Second, some innovations in the design and delivery of BDS projects indicate that these can be made more cost-effective and have greater impact than has until now
been thought possible.
- Appropriate technology – is it right for small business?
- Crossfire: We need to be cautious about accepting CSR funding for economic development initiatives since benefit to disadvantaged producers may not be the ultimate goal
- Crossfire: ‘There can be no deep and sustainable development without collective action’
- Crossfire: ‘Private sector engagement in smallholder value chains’