Updated May 08, 2019

Lars Willi

The NEXUS Concept implements a social entrepreneurial approach with the aim to develop a rural region by creating positive social, ecological and economic effects. The result is a durable and scalable solution with a long-term impact.

The NEXUS Concepts implements a social entrepreneurial approach. The aim is the development of a rural region with positive effects on a social, ecological and economic level. All too often, the living and working conditions of already poor farming and fishing communities are getting worse and worse. The reasons are manifold: More frequent droughts, less fertile soil and a dramatic decrease in ...
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The NEXUS Concepts implements a social entrepreneurial approach. The aim is the development of a rural region with positive effects on a social, ecological and economic level. All too often, the living and working conditions of already poor farming and fishing communities are getting worse and worse. The reasons are manifold: More frequent droughts, less fertile soil and a dramatic decrease in fish stock. New knowledge, appropriate technologies and structures are needed to adapt to climate change, secure the livelihood and improve conservation. The NEXUS Concept equips villages with access to infrastructure and logistics for farming and fishing as well as to safe drinking water, clean energy and communication. It organizes the smallholders in cooperatives so they can become shareholder of NEXUS, ensures training and helps them to sell their products on the market. These efforts improve the living conditions and the management of natural resources some of the worlds' poorest regions. The project gives the rural population a new perspective, shifts additional added value to the region and creates jobs. The approach ensures long-term operation without the need to raise new funds on an ongoing basis. NEXUS is thus breaking new ground in development cooperation and combining public funds with donations and investments – thereby achieving a greater impact.
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

Feasibility studies have been conducted and business plans written for the projects. The buildings and infrastructure is built, both in Madagascar and Nepal. Now we are about the purchase, process and sell our first products in both countries.
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Focus Areas:

Transport & Supply Chains, Economic Growth and Trade, Environment and 1 MoreSEE ALL

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Implemented In:

Nepal and Madagascar

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2
Countries Implemented In
52,000
Customers
32
Employees
$1,500,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

The NEXUS Concept offers a new approach to sustainable development. It addresses the problem that most development projects depend on donations, tackle an isolated problem and have no long-term vision and durability. Financial solidity and an innovative revenue model are needed to be attractive for impact investors and create a lasting impact. To reach the SDGs by 2030 we need adaptive and inclusive business models and solutions that can be customized to the individual local context.

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Solution

The NEXUS Concept offers a holistic and inclusive business model. It aims to provide rural fishing and farming communities with access to basic infrastructure, modern technology, equipment, know-how and opportunities to enhance their income and livelihoods. The approach stands for self-sustaining model, is financially solid, offers a scalable concept and is inclusive as it engages with the local population and collaborates with the small-holders.

Target Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries are farming and fishing communities in rural BoP-markets. These often depend on middlemen to access seeds, material and markets and thus end up in a vicious poverty cycle. These communities are also most vulnerable to effects climate change, overfishing and decreasing natural resources or soil degradation. The NEXUS Concept offers them access to basic infrastructure, knowhow, better equipment, technologies and market access to sustainably improve their livelihoods.

Mission and Vision

The NEXUS Concept pursues an overarching and holistic approach that offers an alternative to traditional development aid by creating sustainable change in remote and underdeveloped rural communities. The infrastructure and services established enhance people’s living conditions and improve their income opportunities. By creating the missing link between local producers and a large-scale market and building on the triple-bottom line principle, NEXUS contributes to reaching the SDGs by 2030.

Competitive Advantage

Our USPs differentiate us from other development approaches. NEXUS stands for... ...aligned interests: Only when the smallholders succeed, NEXUS does. NEXUS takes risks and engages with the local population, it does not sell to the communities but collaborates. ...a holistic approach: The concept takes all aspects into consideration. The approach is aligned with a sustainable improvement of living conditions and across the entire value chain and does not only focus on one aspect of the life of a smallholder. ...local responsibility: The approach puts responsibility and empowerment into the hands of the local population. ...a tailored solution: The services can be adapted to local needs and conditions. ...a self-sustaining model: The model is financially solid and sustainably profitable, which enables unlimited possibilities for scaling. ...continuous development: The approach is continuously optimized thanks to a learning organization.

Planned Goals and Milestones

The NEXUS Concept is designed for rural farming and fishing communities - and these can be found worldwide. We want to scale the concept to sustainably develop BoP-markets locally, regionally and globally by enabling access to markets, technologies. equipment and know-how for disadvantaged regions and communities worldwide. The concept can be adapted to local contexts and circumstances by addressing the needs and challenges experienced by the rural population.
Funding Goal3,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted800
New Implemented CountriesBenin, Togo, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania

The Team Behind the Innovation

The NEXUS Concept is implemented by an interdisciplinary team with broad fields of expertise (among others): The female Director of the Madagascar project has a background in marine biology and experience in the development sector. The founder of NEXUS has worked inclusively in international business with a strong focus on water. One project manager brings along several years of experience in management consulting. The young female business developer spent several months in a project country.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN AND YOUTH

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Madagascar
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Nepal

Supporting Materials

Madagascar-Project-Description.pdf
NEXUS-Madagascar-Factsheet.pdf
NEXUS-Nepal-Factsheet.pdf