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2020 Forecast
Six trends inclusive business entrepreneurs won't want to miss

GRAPHIC SUMMARY

A visual summary of the key topics and insights relevant for inclusive business entrepreneurs and stakeholders during 2019 and to pay attention to in 2020. Learn more about these aspects by reading this ninth edition of the newly developed 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

What's in a name? More scalable, for-profit and mission-driven inclusive businesses are needed in 2020—whatever you choose to call them

Donors and entrepreneurs must bust through the silo-causing plethora of terms used to describe enterprises that create positive social impact and collaborate to find the synergy that creates energy.

Christian Jahn

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graphic summary

GRAPHIC SUMMARY

A visual summary of the key topics and insights relevant for inclusive business entrepreneurs and stakeholders during 2019 and to pay attention to in 2020. Learn more about these aspects by reading this ninth edition of the newly developed online…

Inclusive Business Action Network

editorial

What's in a name? More scalable, for-profit and mission-driven inclusive businesses are needed in 2020—whatever you choose to call them

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals will take coordination from the entire mission-driven business community to achieve the scale and impact that is needed. CLUED-iN will be back in 2020 to support entrepreneurs every step of the way.

Christian Jahn

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2020 Forecast: Six trends inclusive business entrepreneurs won't want to miss

As 2019 comes to a close, we are highlighting several interviews with entrepreneurs who have shared inspiring messages and practical advice over the past year, as well as advice from our Editorial Committee looking ahead to 2020.

Dana Gulley

Brewing social impact and coffee culture in Kenya

By bringing knowledge of coffee culture and industry to the people and coffee producers of Kenya, Vava is empowering coffee farmers to command higher prices and creating new job and career opportunities for young people across the country.

Value generation and competitive advantage are key to making the case

Social entrepreneur Kamal Quadir launched bKash—a mobile money platform—just under a decade ago. Its impact on Bangladesh has been dramatic, with 31 million customers utilising the service today. Quadir offers advice to other social entrepreneurs looking to make an impact on society.

Diverse boardrooms mean diverse executive teams: Matching female talent with boards in Africa to address the gap

Marcia Ashong and her team have set out to overcome the systemic challenge of leadership ladders that look like pyramids for women across Africa—while women are represented well at the bottom, there are too few in leadership positions at the top.

Saving the lives of the rich and the urban poor through cross-subsidisation

Giwa-Tubosun shares her views on the importance of running a capital-efficient business that can stand on its own. She believes that through a mix of cross-subsidisation and donor money for specific purposes, like expanding services, one can build a sustainable business.

Nigerian social enterprise weighs in on benefits and drawbacks of grants and venture capital

Adebiyi has built his company without the help of loans because, in his words, his company doesn’t have the balance sheets needed to interact with banks. Instead, donor money, which serves as “patient capital,” has allowed the company to develop at the right pace.

iBAN’s 2019 in review

As the year comes to an end, we want to look back and take stock of the moments that were precious to us in 2019.