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The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Presents a Symposium on BOP
(In cooperation with the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT))
"Matching Technology and BOP Wants: From Good Intentions to Mutual Value Creation" on March 4, 2013

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Despite all the global technological advances in the last decades, a large share of the world population at the Base of the Pyramid (BOP), still struggles with addressing its basic needs. In the developing world, 4,000 children a day die from lack of access to clean drinking water, 80% of the developing world does not have access to electricity, and Kerosene use leads to 1.6 million deaths a year due to smoke inhalation or fire. Collecting water and firewood -primarily done by female members of the family or by children- is a daunting task in many regions across Asia and Africa.

In October 2012, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation initiated the project “BOP Technology Innovation and Products Incubation” in partnership with the UNDP. The project aims to identify technologies in the areas such as clean energy, water, ICT, agriculture, etc., conduct technology testing and collection of feedback in selected communities, and incubate promising technologies by matching corporations in developed countries and entrepreneur/corporations in the BOP. It tends to identify technologies that have high potential for commercialization, and analyze barriers as well as solutions in realizing their potential for development impact at BOP.

In line with the project, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Professor Ted London to discuss the current BOP market and existing barriers to bring Japanese technologies to developing countries. The panel session was moderated by Professor Seiichiro Yonekura from Hitotsubashi University, Institute of Innovation Research and was attended by Mr. Kiyoshi Mori from MITI and the program managers from the UNDP and ADB. It aims to bring together a group of academics, analysts, policy makers and practitioners to share their insights about BOP and the new ways to harness the power of private sector technology for human development in a mutually beneficial way.

Details of the event are as follows:
Dates & Time:
Monday, March 4, 2013, 15:00 to 18:00
*Registration begins at 14:30.
Venue:
Room "PROMINENCE Ⅱ" at ANA InterContinental Tokyo
1-12-33, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan
Program:
15:00-15:05Opening Remarks :
Junko CHANO, Executive Director for Programs, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
15:05-15:15  Welcome Remarks/Introduction:
Seiichiro Yonekura
Professor, Hitotsubashi University, Institute of Innovation Research
15:15-16:00Keynote Speech +Q&A
“BOP Market Today and Next Generation Business Strategies”
Ted London
Professor, Business Administration,
Ross School of Business
University of Michigan,
William Davidson Institute
16:00-16:15Introduction of SPF / UNDP Program
Mari Kogiso, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation
16:15-16:30Coffee break
16:30-17:30
Panel Discussion
Moderator:
Seiichiro Yonekura
Panelists:
Kiyoshi Mori, Director, International Projects Promotion Office, METI
Sahba Sobhani, Manager, Business Call to Action, UNDP
Armin Bauer, Principal Economist,
Regional and Sustainable Development Department (RSDD), ADB
Ted London
17:30-17:40Wrap up/Closing
Shuan SadreGhazi, United Nations University (UNU-MERIT)
Language:
English/Japanese (simultaneous translation provided)
Contact
  • Ms. Akasaka
    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
    Tel: 03-6229-5443 Email: bop_seminar@spf.or.jp
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Presents a Symposium on BOP
(In cooperation with the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT))
"Matching Technology and BOP Wants: From Good Intentions to Mutual Value Creation" on March 4, 2013

Closed.

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