“Businesses need to return to their core purpose and serve society”

Could the Coronavirus crisis be a reckoning for the corporate world? Rajesh Chandy, Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development was joined in conversation with Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Chair in Marketing at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School to discuss how companies are going to have to adapt to prevail in a post-COVID-19 world.

Leaders must take a responsible approach during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 is a test of an organisation’s purpose, resilience and the values of its leaders; this is even more profound and challenging for firms operating in emerging markets. Amit Mehra, Managing Director of Growth, Strategy, Innovation at Accenture joins Rajesh Chandy in conversation to discuss a systematic approach to growth, the advantage of digital tools and opportunity for developing countries.

The Wheeler Institute COVID-19 series: Exploring the impact of a pandemic on developing countries

We are seeking to understand, illuminate and offer solutions to the challenges created by COVID-19. Through the Wheeler Institute COVID-19 series, we want to identify the role of business in addressing these challenges, with a focus on the implications and actions for those in developing countries. 

Indirect marketing through adoption of home solar systems in East Africa

Evaluating a private-sector initiative to increase technology adoption Of the 14% of the world’s population that live without access to modern electricity, 95% live in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Studies have shown that clean-energy technologies such as solar-powered lighting and cook stoves can increase income and save household energy costs in emerging markets. Rooftop solar-technology…

Can user training increase technology adoption and enable women’s empowerment?

A field experiment on solar power adoption in off-grid Uganda Over a billion people live without access to modern electricity today, including 75% of the population of Uganda. Rooftop solar technology is providing a revolutionary alternative to grid-based electricity and has garnered great investor attention in the last few years, with studies showing that clean…

Ethnic favourtism in democracy

The political economy of land and labour in sub-Saharan Africa How resources and wealth are distributed among the population has fundamental implications for welfare. When markets and institutions fail, power relationships between groups shape allocation of resources and yield to inefficient outcomes. These issues are particularly salient on the African continent. Economic inequalities between ethnic…