Business Action Learning for Innovation

Business Action Learning for Inclusion (BALI) has been developed by Linda Mayoux and Asel Kuttubaeva for Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme in Kyrgyzstan, funded by IFAD. RWEE currently focuses on strengthening women’s groups and associations, but will also work at indicidual level in 2019.

‘Bali-bali’ in Kyrgyz means ‘good job’. BALI adapts established PALS-based livelihoods and financial strengthening tools for business innovation by women’s groups and also individuals and households. It is a follow-on methodology for participants who are already familiar with the PALS and/or GALS methodologies.

BALI aims to:

  • Promote women’s business innovation and diversification of their opportunities within local economies. It aims particularly to help women diversify out of a narrow range of ‘female’ activities and products.
  • Enable women and low income men from all backgrounds to develop and implement realisable business and marketing plans based on their specific opportunities and challenges
  • Enable individuals, groups and projects to monitor progress towards these visions.

Drafts 2018

Tool 1 Business Innovation Vision_2018 participatory exercise based on soulmate visioning to brainstorm different types of innovative economic activities and/or products and prioritise viable and profitable innovations that could be looked at further.

Tool 2 Business Innovation Challenge Action Tree_2018 participatory exercise sharing experiences and ideas on production, marketing and human resource challenges in the different innovations and solutions and actions to address them.

Tool 3 Happy Business Tree _2018 an individual exercise that looks at the complementarities between women’s existing individual and household economic activities and the proposed business innovation to clarify expected contributions and benefits to women of their participation in the group. This aims to increase women’s commitment and motivation, and also make group leaders more aware of the views of members.

Tool 4  Business Innovation Market Map_2018 looks at existing and potential markets for products from the proposed innovation.

Took 5 Business Innovation Management Calendar_2018 a detailed cash flow projection that is tracked over time showing anticipated profits from the business innovation, profits from other activities and expenditures and financial costs. It also aims to clarify potential for savings and investment at different times of year. The same tool can be used by groups and organisations and also individuals.

Tool 6 Business Innovation Action Highway_2018 is an organisation level tool that provides a summary of progress on the projections for profits, marketing and human resource development from the business innovation activity.

See also Livelihood and Value Chain Toolkits: