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Taking stock

How Covid-19 has impacted inclusive business companies and what has helped them adapt

GRAPHIC SUMMARY

A visual summary of the most important lessons learned during the first six months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Learn more about these aspects by reading this twelfth edition of the online magazine on inclusive business! The illustration was developed by Christopher Malapitan, a visual practitioner and trainer based in Brussels. Through the use of visual storytelling methods he empowers individuals and organizations to “see” what they mean.

Inclusive Business Action Network
The Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) is a global initiative supporting the scaling and replication of inclusive business models. Through its strategic pillars iBAN blue and iBAN weave, iBAN manages an innovative online knowledge platform on inclusive business (inclusivebusiness.net) and offers a focused Capacity Development Programme for selected companies and policymakers in developing and emerging countries. iBAN creates a space where evidence-based knowledge transforms into learning and new partnerships. With its focus on promoting the scale-up of inclusive business models, thereby improving the lives of the poor, iBAN is actively contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. iBAN is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union. It is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

editorial

SURVIVE and GROW TOGETHER

The corona pandemic shows us in a very throbbing way how intertwined the private sector, government and the people are. For many companies, in the formal and informal sector, it is pure survival.

Christian Jahn

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graphic summary

GRAPHIC SUMMARY

A visual summary of the most important lessons learned during the first six months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Learn more about these aspects by reading this twelfth edition of the online magazine on inclusive business! The illustration was developed by…

Inclusive Business Action Network

editorial

SURVIVE and GROW TOGETHER

The crisis created by Covid-19 can only be overcome by disruptive collaboration, argues Christian Jahn. Cooperation must cut across sectors and surpass traditional partnerships. Only then can the crisis not only be managed but taken as a chance to advance inclusive growth and emerge more resilient.

Christian Jahn

featured story

Adapting, innovating, building back better

How are inclusive business companies manoevering the Covid-19 pandemic? What challenges have they been facing – and how have they been able to adapt? For this issue of CLUED-iN, we have asked entrepreneurs about their experiences, their most valuable lessons learned, and their hopes for the post-Covid-19 future.

Katharina Münster

Talking #InclusiveBiz No.1 – Finance and Covid-19

In the first-ever episode of the iBAN podcast, Nicholas Colloff, Executive Director of the Argidius Foundation, explains how the pandemic has affected impact investment and how companies should react.

Genashtim – Opportunities in times of crisis

Genashtim is an e-learning and digital service provider. Its employees come from marginalized communities – and work entirely from home. Thomas Ng, founder and CEO of the company, explains how this has helped Genashtim stay resilient during the pandemic and shares his insights on remote work.

Business Fights Poverty – Building Back Better

How can companies help mitigate the negative consequences of the pandemic and contribute to building back better? Katie Hyson, Director of Thought Leadership for Business Fights Poverty, provides ideas and shares valuable resources.

AFEX Nigeria – Leveraging technology to combat food insecurity

AFEX Nigeria strives to solve Africa's food insecurity problems. Hemense Orkar, Vice President of Commercial Operations, explains how Covid-19 has impacted the sector and how inclusive business companies can adapt.

Business for Inclusive Growth – Collaborating for impact

Covid-19 has hit the most vulnerable the hardest. Camille Putois, CEO of Business for Inclusive Growth, explains how companies can secure their supply chains and make a positive impact.

CEMEX – Supporting vulnerable communities

CEMEX is a building materials company supporting low-income families construct their own homes. Martha Herrera González, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, explains how collaboration and a focus around purpose have boosted the company’s resilience.