IB Choice

Every month we present the most significant publications.
iB Choice is a curated library of topical publications carefully selected by IB experts. This collection complements the iBAN publications database by helping users navigate an abundance of available publications. Each publication highlighted in this collection includes a synopsis of key findings, as well as insights into the relevance of the material for the iB ecosystem. Users can search by IB topic, region and country to enable them to find highly targeted and specific information pertinent to their needs and interests. Every month iBAN also features the most significant recent publications, thereby keeping IB practitioners up to date on current information in their field.
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In this article, the GDC shares key insights on the procurement challenges that Last mile distributors (LMDs) face, as well as emerging solutions leveraging centralized purchasing models. 

Myanmar’s IB landscape is at a nascent stage. This study assessed 176 businesses that already function as inclusive businesses or have the potential to become inclusive.

This survey shows how inclusive business practice and initiatives have increased over the past three years, particularly in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and among large national companies, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

This working paper is a primer on “innovative finance”, a catch-all term that refers to a range of strategies to effectively generate, combine, and use public and private financing to achieve a range of development goals and impact. This umbrella term is also used to describe blended finance, impact investing, and results-based finance, which are being adopted and implemented by an increasing number of international donor and development agencies to fund social impact-generating firms and enterprises.


The article points to opportunities for the private sector, particularly startups who can deliver financial technology (fintech) solutions for credit assessment, lending, identity verification, insurance, and sa

This McKinsey study highlights three success factors for mobile money systems: scale, partnerships, and innovation.

This Impact Investing Market Map was developed by the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) to help businesses move beyond the traditional environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting to measuring societal impact of business strategies and investments according to the SDGs.

This report by the Global Impact Investing Network and Intellecap looks into the impact investing ecosystem in Southeast Asia, and the experience of two types of investors present in the region: private impact investors (PIIs) such as fund managers, philanthropists, foundations, commercial banks, and pension funds; and government-supported development finance institutions such as the World Bank’s IFC, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

This study aims to depict the current state and trends of the impact investment market. Impact investment targets financial returns, alongside generating social and/or environmental impact.

This study aims to provide understanding of the current state of Inclusive Business (IB) and IB policies in the ASEAN region.

This exploratory report on IB in the region also recommends that APEC, led by the APEC Business Advisory Council and Investment Expert Group (IEG), formally adopt IB as an agenda and work program, institutionalize IB capacity building, integrate IB as a thematic area in regular APEC events and business dialogues, recognize IB practice through an APEC IB Awards program, continue to develop the global IB framework with IB-supportive regional bodies like the G20 and ASEAN, and help establish IB reporting standards and metrics in line with SDG reporting.

Inclusive business is now part of the 2016-2025 ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) Development. This report presents an IB situationer for ASEAN and identifies measures to mainstream inclusive business in member states.

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