Along with our partners, Citi Foundation and NextBillion, GlobaLens is proud
to present the 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition Winners.
The NextBillion writing competition is dedicated to identifying, publishing,
and rewarding the writers behind the most instructive real-world business cases
of social entrepreneurship and market-based methods across a multitude of
The founder/CEO of African Solar Rise (ASR), a German NGO providing solar
energy solutions in Tanzania, must find ways to scale up the organization's
operations. One challenge is improving supply chain operations and last-mile
distribution in underdeveloped, rural Tanzania. Another challenge is how to
finance operations heavily reliant on donations, yet make solar energy
affordable to people who live on a few dollars a day. This case is appropriate
for courses about base of the pyramid, social entrepreneurship, supply chain,
Dr. Anand Vinekar launched the Karanataka Interet-assisted Diagnosis of
Retinophathy of Prematurity (KIDROP) initiative at Narayana Nethralaya, a
specialty eye-care hospital in India. Retinopathy ofPrematurity (ROP) affects
prematurely born babies and can lead to blindness. Though ROP diagnosis and
treatment were simple and inexpensive, awareness among the poor was low. Dr.
Anand looks to scale up the initiative and evaluates self-sustainable service
The Mayan gum growers consortium has only three months to prepare the launch
of the first organic, biodegrable gum at the world's largest organic food trade
show. The consortium, known as chicleros, challenges a consultant to build a
brand identity, as well as go-to-market strategy, to achieve margins high
enough to improve producer living conditions and enable long-term community
Since 2001, Healthy City - a Peruvian NGO - has been addressing the
country's solid waste problems via various recycling and other environmental
programs funded by international organizations. To become more financially
independent, Healthy City's founder, Albina Ruiz, created two consulting
entities but conflict had emerged between them due to overlapping functions.
Ruiz now contemplates how to strengthen the overall organization.
The Jaipur Foot is an artificial prosthetic provided free to the
underprivileged by BMVSS, a non-profit organization in India. D.R. Mehta, chief
patron, established BMVSS in 1975 and has run it for 37 years. But the
organization now needs a successor. Would financial sustainability be at stake
with Mehta's departure? And what about donor fatigue in India? Is it the right
time for the organization to expand?