Wheeler Institute for Business and Development

We create impact by identifying big challenges, applying business insights to help solve these challenges, and forging communities of learning and practice to implement large-scale and enduring change.

Workshop: Geospatial Analytics for Business

With: Giorgio Chiovelli and Sebastian Hohmann When: 19-20 March 2020 / 12:30 – 15:30 & 09:30 – 15:30 This non-for credit workshop introduced LBS degree programme students to Geographic Information System (GIS) methods and its application in business. The workshop placed emphasis on “doing GIS” for business – i.e., to capture and analyse any spatial data to inform business decision; visualize spatial pattern…

Workshop: Introduction to GIS Methods in Business Research

With: Giorgio Chiovelli and Sebastian Hohmann When: 16-18 March 2020 / 16:00 – 20:00 This non-for credit three-day course introduced researchers in Economics and related disciplines to Geographic Information System (GIS) methods. A highly demanded annual series, this course was the Wheeler Institute’s first ever teaching session on zoom that connected LBS PhD students and faculty with the University…

December 2019: Launch of the Africa List Business Barometer

In the largest survey of its kind, The Africa List Business Barometer reveals a high degree of confidence in the business environment across Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, despite ongoing challenges. Produced by The Africa List, a membership community of Africa’s rising private sector leaders, and developed in partnership with The Wheeler…

Business and Fragile States

State fragility drives some of the biggest problems in our world today: extreme poverty, mass migration, terrorism, trafficking, and more. Why are some countries ‘fragile’, chronically affected by insecurity and political and economic instability? How can private initiatives contribute to better outcomes? On 8 and 9 October, 2019 the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development…

Increasing the follow-up rate of patients requiring emergency high-consequence treatment

Improving poorer populations’ chances of getting necessary care The challenge A low attendance rate for urgent, high-consequence treatment is prevalent in the developing world. In poorer countries, ignorance about the illnesses people have, allied to the financial costs of attending for treatment, are two of the main reasons why they fail to show up for…

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…