This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Base-of-the-Pyramid, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!


BOP as a concept has not taken off with corporates in Singapore, and has been dealt a blow with the departure of the Singapore offices of both IDRC (Canadian NGO) as well as FDC (Australian NGO). However, there is still great promise with the establishment of the BOP Hub as a global focal point.

See also BOP Events and BOP Articles.

Key People

Names are provided alphabetically, hyperlinked to LinkedIn where available, else Facebook. Expertise in this area is based on past or current experience, and if there is a link to Singapore in some way.

Jack Sim, Lee Huiwen, Pin Chin Kwok, Stefan Jacob

SG Initiatives

BoP Hub aims to utilize market-based approaches to provide essential goods & services and income opportunities for the Base of the Pyramid markets. It createa large-scale impact by building partnerships between proven social enterprises and corporations with strategic interest in the BoP. It also leverages the expertise of designers, consultants and sector experts and seek to bundle solutions from multiple sectors when possible.

The Grameen Creative Lab @ NUS is a partnership between the Grameen Creative Lab and the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre. The objective of the GCL@NUS Initiative for Social Business is to leverage the global resources and networks of the Grameen Creative Lab to promote and incubate innovation-based social businesses in Singapore that have the potential to generate scalable, sustainable social impacts in Emerging Markets, especially social groups at Bottom of the Pyramid.

World Toilet Organization has a BOP practice aimed at making sanitation highly affordable in the developing world. Innosight Ventures, based in India but with an office in Singapore, has a portfolio of several BOP businesses that are ready to scale.

BagoSphere is a vocational training company that provides affordable and effective training programs specifically catered for rural youths living at the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) to gain access to high value jobs.

Videos & Publications

The seminal book on the business case for BOP remains C.K. Prahalad’s The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid.

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