Business Innovation Facility (BIF) is a project funded by UK Government (DFID), the purpose is to reduce poverty by facilitating access to commercial opportunities in markets for poor people as employees, producers or consumers.
BIF Myanmar provides Technical Assistance (TA) to companies to support them to innovate new core business activities and skills in selected market. http://www.bifprogramme.org/countries/myanmar

The Business Innovation Facility has started operating in Myanmar in September 2013.
This five year programme in Myanmar is delivered by HamsaHub.

BIF is currently working on three sectors-

  • Garment
  • Tourism
  • Bamboo

 

GARMENTS

BIF has three Interventions in Garment Sector. The purpose is to create more job opportunities and better job condition.

Intervention A

BIF will support 15 Model Factory to develop Good Job Model in Myanmar and measure the benefits to the factory. The factories are in different mix and some of the factories on board are nominated by Brands to participate in the program.

To deliver this intervention, BIF has assembled a team of specialist to deliver the training, and evaluate the training impact for the elaboration of a business case. Impactt, RBC and Tufts University will work alongside with BIF.

Impactt and RBC will deliver HR and Productivity training to BIF Model Factory Group and Tufts University will measure the result of the training.

The role of Impactt and RBC to the training : The experts are hired by BIF to deliver the training and train factories to increase the efficiency of HR and Productivity and measure the significant changes brought by the training for production, worker absence and turn over.

The role of Tufts University : To collect data and record the data from the changing performance of HR and productivity of 15 factories and analyze data. Their focus is on measuring job welfare in relation to increase HR and productivity performance, to prove and strengthen evidences of the good model to develop the Business Case.

Intervention B

Build the capacity of local HR and Productivity.

Intervention C

Facilitate the relationship between brands, MGMA and Factories.

 

TOURISM

BIF will work with tourism service providers to catalyze a market system change by promoting and supporting inclusive innovation and market linkages in the tourism sector. Our strategy identifies four interventions areas where BIF could facilitate a market change to enable poor people to benefit more effectively from the current and future growth of the sector. These interventions aim to address the gaps in the provision of the following products and services: tour guide training, product innovation, marketing & information and rural Bed and Breakfast (B&B).

Regular updates on BIF tourism related activities will be posted on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BIFTourism.

 

 

BAMBOO

Bamboo is considered the poor men’s timber.  Myanmar is ranked third in the world in terms of availability of natural bamboo forest.  Our work in the sector will look at both natural stocks and responsible plantations where people from the bottom of the pyramid will be involved as workers and producers.