Learning on bright innovations with Unilever and BoP Inc in Bangladesh and Nigeria

Learning on bright innovations with Unilever and BoP Inc in Bangladesh and Nigeria

With support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Unilever and BoP Innovation Center (BoPInc) are able to continue their already existing collaboration in the project ‘Testing Innovations for Scaling Inclusive Distribution in Nigeria and Bangladesh’ (2019 to 2022).

The aim of the project is to improve access to essential personal and household products through inclusive distribution channels, which are foreseen to benefit BoP communities by: (1) providing them with improved access to basic nutritious food, sanitation and other products; (2) providing women in the community with income generating opportunities; and (3) contributing to the development of these regions by generating and testing innovations that are required to successfully scale rural distribution networks and sharing key learnings with the development and business communities.

To gain better understanding and enhance the developmental outcomes of the partnership, PrC facilitates a learning trajectory by conducting action research in and with the project. We work with the concept of impact pathways, which helps to think critically about the desired societal change and illustrates how complex processes of change will unfold over time. By explicitly theorizing and systematically monitoring, the learning trajectory aims to enhance the capacity of Unilever and BoPInc staff to monitor, assess and manage the generated change processes through their brokered local partnerships. PrC will publish the results from this action research trajectory to share lessons learned beyond the partnership to the wider public.