Hello Waddah Fadul, in response to your questions for the expert feedback: 1. One idea could be to get in contact with Amnesty International who use satellite imagery in order to document their various human rights investigations. They could perhaps suggest you ways to get access to satellite images. Some information about their methodology and sources of data at: https://www.amnestyusa.org/the-story-behind-the-nigeria-satellite-images/ 1&3. The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is implementing the project SERVIR-Mekong which provides access to specific satellite imagery and analysis for policy makers in the fields of agriculture, land use, water, ecosystems, natural disasters (https://servir.adpc.net/about/what-we-do). There could be an exchange of information and expertise to support on technical aspects such as ways to measure grass quality. I hope this helps. All the best.
Hello Janet, in answer to your question: 1. In your opinion, what would be the most important considerations in adapting a business incubator program for use for NGOs and/or other non-profits? It is not clear to me if your idea aims at transforming Haitian non-profit organisations into businesses or maintain the same organisational structure while providing capacity building support, in which case, it is unclear where the business aspect fits. In the first scenario, a change in mindset is needed: instead of receiving funding from various sources to implement projects, the organisation will have to think of a way in which they can generate revenues in order to become economically sustainable. It implies that there is a need on the market that the organisation can fulfill and that somebody will be interested in paying for it. Basically, the organisation will have to create its business plan, so it has to discover or invent the business potential in their activities. Second scenario, maintain non-profit, but provide support: it is also a mindset change. The management and the staff can be trained to see their organisation as a business, their funders as their clients, their projects as the services they provide to their clients. 2. How do you build a base of local experts to help adapt and co-create incubation curriculum? What do you do if there is a lack of local experts? Can we create cross-cultural expert teams to upskill local experts? Your idea is based on reproducing the model from Nepal, so I think that is an opportunity: transfer of expertise from the specialists in Nepal to selected persons in Haiti. There are numerous online sources of information that can be used for free, such as online trainings on different aspects of social enterprises provided by https://www.plusacumen.org/courses or https://www.edx.org/course/subject/business-management A programme of mentorship/coaching can also be created by which you match a person from Haiti with an experienced business trainer or practitioner from anywhere in the world who can offer pro bono advice. You can try to get involvement from universities or businesses. 3. What are some business models to help make this incubation model financially self-sustainable, especially if users cannot pay for the incubation program? Some incubation programmes provide working/office spaces,meeting and events facilities. The participants will just direct the costs of rent in other locations to the incubation programme without incurring additional costs. In any circumstance, I think that the participants should pay at least a minimum amount. This will attract people who are motivated and be a signal against this culture of dependency you mention. Another possibility is to make partnerships with commercial entities who are interested in keeping abreast with new ideas on the market, in exchange of which they might agree to provide funding. Same type if commercial entities or even the Ministere du Commerce et de l'Industrie could be willing to co-finance either the whole incubation programme or individual business ideas.
Hi Eric, great idea and background work! if I may have a suggestion related to building trust between buyers and sellers, the app could include a simple system by which the sellers can be given reviews for reliability, quality of produce etc.