Category Archives: Philipines

Reflecting on this blog’s genesis after 5 years

By | August 20, 2013

I started this blog in late December 2008, in earnest and every day during the first prototype fieldwork for The Prepaid Economy project, one of the iBoP Asia Project’s first batch of Small Grant winners from the ASEAN region. For the first 5 months of 2009, this blog was on the mainpage of my website… Read More »

Mobile phones and China: Two concurrent factors of global urbanization of rural African market towns.

By | May 3, 2013

Do we need to play guess the country or will you take my word for it that three of these photographs are from the Visayas islands in The Philippines and other 3, that match, are from all over Kenya. This post was written by niti bhan and rss originates from

Published! Pathways Out of Poverty by iBoPAsia Project

By | September 1, 2012

Innovating with the BoP in Southeast Asia. The iBoP Asia Project has published the complete set of small grants funding innovation projects for those at the Bottom of the Pyramid in the ASEAN region. One of the first projects to win the Small Grants competition in 2008 was The Prepaid Economy Project: Understanding BoP household… Read More »

Mapping global seasonality: national times of abundance and scarcity?

By | June 4, 2012

Connecting some dots made me think of this exercise. If national governments are increasingly looking at ways to bridge the informal economy with the formal, in order to provide more inclusive benefits to their citizens and at the same time there’s an increasing focus on providing inclusive financial services to those outside of the formal… Read More »

Welcome to Bazaaristan: global informal economy being recognized

By | November 6, 2011

Across the globe, 1.8 billion people — a quarter of the world’s population — work off the books each day. They are paid in cash for the goods they sell and the services they provide, and due to their ubiquity, there’s a word for these merchants in nearly every language. As Robert Neuwirth reports, in… Read More »

Reflecting on managing retail at the BoP

By | June 28, 2010

When I think about my time in the Filipino village last year, the most significant learnings from the field are the ones I never really wrote about or pondered deeply at that time. They were too specific to retail, I felt, or business management, and while this shop was one of the sources of income… Read More »

Core values: business models meant to serve the BoP

By | June 25, 2010

(Republished from old Perspective 2.0 blog March 10th 2009) The biggest shock for me in the Phillippines was learning that airtime minutes purchased on a prepaid plan came with an expiry date. The smaller the amount the faster the expiration. For example, the lowest amounts of “load” that can be purchased are 10 or 20… Read More »