Each year PIA members work together to determine areas of common interest or need that cut across sectors and geographies. Members join working groups of interest, allowing them to tailor their participation in PIA to the priorities of their organizations. The groups focus primarily on addressing a knowledge gap of the group and in the field, with the goal of generating outputs that will serve as relevant, practical tools for PIA members and a broader audience. Each group is facilitated by MIT D-Lab and co-led by a PIA member.
Hybrid partnerships –i.e. collaborations between social enterprises, corporations, NGOs, or governments – are essential to scaling social business in Base of the Pyramid (BoP) markets. However, co-designing this type of partnerships can be challenging, as it requires a fine integration of the goals, resources, cultures and incentives of organizations that are inherently very different. Enticed by the promise of scale, social ventures can often hurry into hybrid partnerships without a sound and transparent business model that ensures an equitable ROI for all partners. This inevitably results in strained relationships that jeopardize the partnership sustainability and the potential for impact. How do we co-design partnership models where all partners - despite their diversity - have a shared understanding and buy-in for the value created, exchanged and captured within the partnership?
This learning lab will build upon the learnings of P-ACT
to create a framework that gives practitioners a disciplined approach to co-creating business models for hybrid partnerships. With a regional focus on East Africa, this lab will examine and distill lessons learned from a series of case studies where social businesses have partnered with corporations, NGOs or government to establish new or enhanced value chains for social products or services in BoP markets.