I was few days in Paris last week to visit a couple of organizations and partners. I took this opportunity to also attend the event organized for the release of the report on Leveraging Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the Base of the Pyramid. This report has been developed by Hystra and TNO and I got invited because I was one of the interviewees.
First of all, I think it is a very valuable piece of work, and each use-cases is very well documented. So it worth reading it, or at least the very detailed executive summary. The research investigate 4 domains (finance, agriculture, education and health) and identify “successful” projects and entrepreneurs. The proposed classification (direct access, local agent aka intermediaries, and crowdsourcing) is interesting, and the grid used for the review is also worth considering. I also very much like the identification of success pattern, like the fact that all successful entrepreneurs needed a couple of years to test and find the best options for their project, or the fact that while proof of concept is the matter of a bright individual entrepreneur, a successful scale-up requires a multi-stakeholder partnership.
That said, I have few remarks and divergent views on some of the topics.