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Utilities at the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) Workshop
May 2, 2008
The emerging “base of the pyramid” (BOP) paradigm claims that new business models can allow multinational companies to profitably meet the needs of the poor in developing countries. This workshop seeks to examine the mutual challenges of utility services for emerging BOP business models, and of the BOP for dominant utility service designs. The aim is to improve academic research on the BOP, on one hand, and expand the range of possibilities for meeting key service needs, on the other.
This event brings together a small group of researchers analyzing utilities and the BOP, by means of such relevant topics as:
* alliances between business and NGOs (as key components of the BOP ecosystem)
* corporate social responsibility and BOP market development
* utilities and poverty alleviation
* organizational change and innovation
* implications of slums and urban development in developing countries
|10:00am||Utilities at the BOP|
|11:15am||Lessons from the Field||
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Garden of the Sea
|5:00pm||Reception||Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Garden of the Sea|
This event is sponsored by the Ahlers Center for International Business and AES Corporation.