Knowledge Partners

iBAN blue collaborates with a core set of pioneering organizations that are committed to thought leadership and knowledge exchange in the inclusive business space. Our knowledge partners help us identify and share practical information and insights from inclusive business implementation. 

Our knowledge partners

African Food Changemakers

At AFC, we believe that small and medium-sized enterprises are the lifeblood of the food ecosystem in Africa. These enterprises are driven by visionary, dynamic and innovative entrepreneurs who operate as primary producers, aggregators, processors, distributors, finance and technology providers, chefs, coos, consultants and innovators – We call them Changemakers. Through the Africa Food Changemakers (AFC) Hub, we enable African entrepreneurs to start and scale resilient and sustainable agribusinesses that nourish Africa and the world.

We also believe that connections made through food are a powerful way to change narratives. We are committed to changing global narratives about Africa by celebrating Africa’s contributions to the global food ecosystem, showcasing our innovations and cooking methods, amplifying and scaling proudly African food and beverage brands, and ensuring that more people globally experience the diversity and richness of the Continent’s gastronomic heritage and exciting future.

Agribusiness Market Ecosystem Alliance

AMEA is a growing global network of members and strategic partners who have a shared interest. Our Vision is where farmers are receiving a living income for fair working conditions that inspires the next generation to invest in sustainable farming as a business. Our Mission is to transform the systems that support farmers organisations and agri-SMEs to create value for farmers and themselves. Our Approach is to provide a platform that enables stakeholders to learn, innovate and scale up the most effective ecosystem approaches for supporting farmers.

Asian Venture Philanthropy Network

As the only comprehensive funders' network in Asia, AVPN is a leading ecosystem builder for the social investment sector with 500+ members across 32 countries. AVPN’s mission is to catalyse the movement toward a more strategic, collaborative and outcome focused approach to social investing, ensuring that resources are deployed as effectively as possible to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future.

Business Call to Action

The Business Call to Action challenges companies to develop innovative business models that achieve commercial success and development outcomes. It is a multilateral alliance between key donor governments including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UK Department for International Development, US Agency for International Development, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Development Programme — which hosts the secretariat.

Business Fights Poverty

Founded over 10 years ago, Business Fights Poverty harnesses the power of collaboration to help business unlock new opportunities for social impact. Business Fights Poverty brings together the best people from across our network and beyond to help businesses tackle the social impact challenges they are facing right now. Accelerating progress towards the world envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goals, and defending the progress already made, means we must collaborate more deeply, more effectively and more urgently than ever. Business Fights Poverty is a Founding UK B Corp, reflecting the social mission and core values that sit at the heart of our organisation. B Corps are certified by B Lab to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

Corporate Venturing SDG

Corporate Venturing is a strategic approach by which companies can engage with entrepreneurs to bring new ideas and energy into the business. These partnerships provide a pathway to invest in innovation and deepen long-term strategies that deliver profit and purpose. As the ‘purpose’ aspect of these ventures takes on greater attention and importance – increasingly driven by the SDGs - more stakeholders from other sectors, i.e. policy makers, impact investors, social entrepreneurs/inclusive businesses, and leaders from non-profit organisations, are seeking to engage and collaborate with corporate venturing practitioners. This heightened interest in cross-sector engagement holds significant potential—both in a traditional investment and innovation sense, as well as in terms of societal impact and outcomes. The need is to develop a dedicated repository of information on corporate venturing that includes: objectives, roles, and ways of interacting with numerous stakeholders from diverse disciplines to enhance learning and understanding and to foster greater adoption.


Endeva’s mission is to inspire and enable enterprise solutions for development challenges. As an independent institute, endeva works closely with partners from all sectors, including development agencies, foundations, universities, and companies both large and small. Together with its partners, the institute builds, shares and applies knowledge about how to develop and implement inclusive business models. Endeva has completed a variety of projects on inclusive business, including publications, workshops and trainings, consulting projects as well as projects on the ground.

Inclusive Business Sweden

Inclusive Business Sweden is a purpose-driven organisation based out of Gothenburg, Sweden whose mission is to transform markets to meet global development needs. We work with the private sector to scale sustainable, innovative and inclusive business models in developing markets. Our work focuses on making value chains more inclusive and sustainable, improving access to products, services and solutions for low-income people, and facilitating cross-border and cross-sector partnerships. At Inclusive Business Sweden, we are making it our business to end poverty.


D-Lab, located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is building a global network of innovators to design and disseminate technologies that meaningfully improve the lives of people living in poverty. The program’s mission is pursued through interdisciplinary courses, technology development, and community initiatives, all of which emphasize experiential learning, real-world projects, community-led development, and scalability.

Founded in 2002 by Amy Smith, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (and MacArthur Fellow), D-Lab has developed 21 MIT courses and a range of technologies and processes, including community water testing and treatment systems, human powered agricultural processing machines, medical and assistive devices for global health, and cleaner-burning cooking fuels made from agricultural waste.


SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy. Founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, SEED supports innovative locally driven enterprises around the globe which integrate social and environmental benefits into their business model.