Venture Failures

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Discovering new paths: A failure to see through the woods

GenevieveHughesBy Genevieve Hughes, Program Officer, WASH-Catalysts

This year, we launched a new initiative facilitating the transition strategy of a large NGO project in one Malawian district. Acting as a third-party facilitator between the NGO and the district government, we were tasked with addressing the institutional capacity needed to sustain the achievements made by the project. When our NGO partner faced constraints that halted their operations for many months, we reacted in the same way we do when our government partners face timeline setbacks. We failed to navigate new paths of action when faced with a familiar challenge manifesting through an unfamiliar partner.

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RonanODiscovering new paths: A failure to see through the woods
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Data talks: Understanding impact and communicating success

Uzair-jafferBy Uzair Jaffer, Project Manager, Mobile Business Clinic

Since 2013, Mobile Business Clinic (MBC) has been working all over Ghana to provide agribusiness managers the training and support they need to build the best businesses possible. In our third year as an organization, we have faced several major challenges, many of which were rooted in our failure to create a data-driven culture.

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RonanOData talks: Understanding impact and communicating success
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Assumption hunting: Learning from failure in the entrepreneurial context

GChan_jpgJHaley_jpgBy Jonathan Haley and Gordon Chan, Co-Venture Leaders, Business Development Services Africa (Ghana)
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Can we ever hope to apply what we have learned from failure when we are constantly moving forward into new and unfamiliar territory? Is this even a worthwhile exercise in the highly unpredictable context of social entrepreneurship?

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RonanOAssumption hunting: Learning from failure in the entrepreneurial context