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Winners!

First Place

African Solar Rise

Electrifying Rural Tanzania

Second Place

Narayana Nethralaya

Expanding Affordable Eye Care

Third Place

Genesis of a Green Brand in the Mayan Rainforest

Honorable Mention

Healthy City

Fostering entrepreneurship at the BOP

Honorable Mention

The Jaipur Foot

Challenges in leading a Free Service Org

2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition!


The Winners!

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 sectors.

African Solar Rise: Electrifying Rural Tanzania

- by Profs. Sam Aflaki & Andrea Masini, HEC Paris

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, and finance.

Narayana Nethralaya: Expanding Affordable Eye Care

- by Prof. G Shainesh & Case Writer Suhruta Kulkarni, Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore

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 models.

Genesis of a Green Brand in the Mayan Rainforest

- by Profs. Mary Conway Dato-on, Rollins College, and Silvia Cacho Elizondo, Pan-American University/IPADE Business School

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 sustainability.

Healthy City: Fostering Entrepreneurship at the Base of the Pyramid

- by Prof. Felipe Perez Pineda & Research Assistant Carlos Martinez, INCAE Business School

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: Challenges in Leading a Free Service Organization

- by Prof. U Dinesh Kumar & Case Writer Menaka Rao, Indian Institute of Management- Bangalore

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?

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