A review of 2016 as an IBA Certified Advisor

Nick van der Velde
By on January 26, 2017

It is a great start to the year for the Inclusive Business Accelerator Advisory: three of our advisors are now certified IBA advisors! One of them, Nick van der Velde from the BOP Innovation Center, reflects on his involvement with IBA during 2016. 

Part of being member at the BoP Innovation Center, I was honored to become an IBA certified advisor and to be trained as IBA (Master) Trainer. In 2016, I got the opportunity to apply my training in various trainings and workshops with a wide variety of clients across East Africa. These clients ranged from multinational to cooperative, and from local entrepreneurs to international consultants. On top of that, I was able to contribute to a online course on Behavior Change that was launched on the IBA Academy.

“The greatest value of IBA for me are the tools” 

The Inclusive Business Accelerator (IBA) offers extensive services for organisations, consultants and investors. Their services range of trainings tools and a vivid platform that connects various parties in the IB sector. Thee greatest value for me are the tools. IBA has developed two toolkits: the Inclusive Business Toolkit and the Inclusive Innovation Toolkit. Both toolkits cover several relevant ‘business-related’ tools and clear guidelines on how to use them when working with an organisation.

As example, when developing a new business strategy for an enterprise or cooperative it is vital to have a clear sense of your target group. In order to support ventures in getting a clear picture of their (future) customer, we build a persona: a fictive character that represent the target group, exhibiting typical behavior and attitudes towards a certain product/service. The IBA Toolkit has a tool on how-to-build a persona with an enterprise. This tool included examples, videos and guidelines that I am able to use while training consultants or enterprises.

“Working with local enterprises has provided me with much energy and inspiration”

Last year as a consultant I’ve been training companies and cooperatives in Nairobi, Nampula, Mbarara and Kasese. Especially working with local enterprises has provided me with much energy and inspiration. The type of companies ranged from cotton farmers cooperatives, porridge producers and dairies. It’s a true source of inspiration to work with these highly ambitious entrepreneurs, developing inclusive businesses in often challenging circumstances. Bringing such energy into a workshop, always resulted in an amazing experience with great mutual learnings.

By following up with the trainees, the results of their training are already visible. Several consultants are involved in the KMAP and 2SCALE projects. Also several enterprises have leveraged their training successfully. One examples is Smart Logistics Solution, who has been awarded a grant of $100.000 by GAIN as result of a business plan that featured content of the IBA workshops.

Thanks to BoPInc, IBA and all participants for making 2016 such a rewarding year!

ToC on Inclusive Innovation in Maputo, together with SEEDToC on Inclusive Innovation in Maputo, together with SEED

ToT on IB and II in UtrechtToT on IB and II in Utrecht

Training with Nyakatonzi (Cooperative) in Kasese, UgandaTraining with Nyakatonzi (Cooperative) in Kasese, Uganda

Training with Smart Logistics Solution (SME) in Machakos, KenyaTraining with Smart Logistics Solution (SME) in Machakos, Kenya

ToC on IB in Nairobi, KenyaToC on IB in Nairobi, Kenya

Training with UCCCU (Cooperative) in Mbarara, UgandaTraining with UCCCU (Cooperative) in Mbarara, Uganda

ToC in IB in Kisumu, KenyaToC in IB in Kisumu, Kenya