The Business Innovation Facility helps the development and uptake of inclusive business models by companies in developing countries.
DFID funded the pilot phase of BIF (2010 to 2013) supporting business innovation to promote inclusive development in low-income countries. The project supported profitable core business activity that delivered a high development impact; creating jobs, integrating local farmers and entrepreneurs in international supply chains and providing quality and affordable services to low-income consumers.
The second phase of BIF (2014 to 2019) is building on the successes of the pilot and is seeking to improve the lives of the poor in 3 countries (Burma, Malawi and Nigeria). BIF is exploring which products and services poor people use to earn a living e.g. growing pigeon peas in Malawi.
BIF works to identify and address constraints in selected markets, providing technical assistance (and some grant funding) to businesses, and others who play a role in these markets, such as local governments or non-governmental organisations. The project provides support to develop and replicate innovative business models that make markets more inclusive, resulting in greater opportunities, better access and improved growth for the poor and disadvantaged people who engage in them.
Sector: Private sector/business
Value of Funds: The value of funds is up to £100,000.
Focus Countries: Burma, Malawi, Nigeria
For more information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/international-development-funding/business-innovation-facility.