Re-inventing Retail: 3 Innovative Ideas to Spur Inclusive Growth  

December 22, 2015

As we wrap up the year, we look back at what inspired the 11 innovations presented at the Symposium for Inclusive Growth in October. The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth co-sponsored the event in partnership with the Harvard Center for International Development and the World Economic Forum.

Part one: Interviews with three innovators working to create new models for engaging the retail sector in inclusive growth.  The interviews were originally published on the Harvard CID blog.

Re-Inventing the Corner Store

Q&A with Busi Radebe

Busi is the founder of iShipa, technology that will allow small business owners in South Africa to keep track of their sales and inventory management information.

Q: What was your inspiration?

When I started working on this project the focus was pretty much from a South African context, but when I looked at the request for proposals, it gave me the view that the problem I’m trying to solve is not unique to South Africa. Read more.


Unlocking Africa’s Full Retail Potential

Q&A with Adetayo Bamiduro

Adetayo Bamiduro drives customer acquisition and growth and leads the management team at MAX, a hyper-local on-demand delivery platform for businesses and consumers in urban Africa.

Q: What are you hoping to achieve?

What we are building essentially is a company called Max, but the whole concept is crowd-sourced on-demand delivery, for retailers and merchants in urban Africa. What we’re hoping to achieve is to create an infrastructure that allows merchants to be able to join the whole e-commerce revolution that’s going on across the world. You’ve seen Amazon in the US, you’ve seen Amazon in Europe as well, and a lot of e-commerce platforms in Europe. Read more.

Empowering Traditional Retailers to Drive Inclusive Growth

Q&A with Catalina Garcia

Catalina Garcia, Director of Communications and Sustainable Development for SABMiller Latin America, has spearheaded the “4e, Path to Progress” program, a $23 million commitment to help small retailers enhance their business and interpersonal skills, as well as their leadership potential in order to make their business grow and help them to improve their business environment. 

Q: What inspired you?

What inspired us was the opportunity to share with different actors of society. […] Our purpose with our program we are running with SAB Miller in Latin America and now in Africa is to transform and change the lives of many families, thousands of families in the region, that live in poor conditions. Read more

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