Is the development sector up to date?
As the world changes, approaches to development need to keep up. Poverty is increasingly concentrated—as nations grow, certain populations are left behind. There are growing expectations on local governments and businesses to address the rising tide of inequality. Many are on the front lines, pioneering new approaches--using cost-recovery models, social entrepreneurship, and impact investment. In order to reach the bottom billion, we need solutions that can scale sustainably.
On March 23-24, 2015 BRAC Social Innovation Lab hosted the 3rdFrugal Innovation Forum on the theme of “Pushing the boundaries of development”. We brought together leading development practitioners, impact investing experts and social entrepreneurs from the Global South to explore financially sustainable solutions for the development sector in the post-2015 era.
Learn more about 2013 and 2014 Frugal Innovation Forum.
The forum took place at BRAC Centre for Development Management (BRAC-CDM) in Savar, Bangladesh. On March 22, 2015 an exposure visit was arranged in Manikganj and Gazipur to give the participants a glimpse of Aarong and BRAC Dairy.
Pre-forum activities: Sunday, 22 March
1. Optional exposure visit to BRAC's social enterprises (Download the brochure)
3. Welcome dinner
|Day 1: Monday, 23 March|
|9:30-11AM||Frugal innovation & scaling sustainably: setting the stage|
|11:30-12:15PM||A new philosophy of development: Aavishkaar’s story|
|12:25-1:25PM||Panel 1: Scaling up frugal solutions in health||Panel 2: Building the next generations of entrepreneurs|
|2:30-3:30PM||Panel 1: Transitioning from non-profit to business thinking||Panel 2: Sustainable solutions to urban challenges|
|4-4:45PM||Workshop: Creating sustainable social change||Panel : Innovations in financing grassroots entrepreneurs|
|4:50-5:30PM||Technology as a sustainable platform for reaching the poor|
|5:30-6:00PM||What was my biggest breakthrough today?|
|7:00PM||Live music on the terrace|
|Day 2: Tuesday, 24 March|
|9-9:50AM||Unlocking the potential of impact investing|
|10:00-11PM||Panel 1: Sustainable innovations from Bangladesh||Panel 2: New models for financing development|
|11:30-12:15PM||Panel 1: Developing inclusive supply chains||Panel 2: How far we can go: eradicating extreme poverty|
|12:25-1:25PM||Case study: What does it take to scale social enterprises?||Panel: Exploring innovative models in education|
|2:30-3:15PM||Beyond CSR: innovative partnerships for social good|
|3:30-4:30PM||Reflections on building the world’s largest development organisation: discussion with BRAC’s founder|