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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Sub Saharan Africa (SSA)’s regional economy has quintupled in size from USD 300 billion in 2000 to USD 1.6 trillion in 2017, and is expected to surpass USD 2 trillion by 2020. Apart from the rapidly expanding market, favorable regional conditions have spurred improvements in the business environment, and provide leads to where private sector participation can prove profitable.

The Harvard Business Review article focuses on the implementation of inclusive business initiatives and stresses the need to move from CSR to core business activities.

Los informes corporativos sobre la pobreza ayudan a comprender el papel y las responsabilidades del sector privado en la contribución a la mitigación de la pobreza.

El financiamiento combinado tiene como propósito lograr que el sector financiero sea más sostenible y responsable, mediante el desbloqueo de la inversión privada a una escala sin precedentes para alcanzar los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sost

The GRI report identifies four areas in which businesses can contribute to ending poverty: in the workplace (e.g. fair wages and working conditions), in the supply chain (e.g. promoting labour rights), in the market place (e.g. inclusive products and services), and in the external operating environment (e.g. paying taxes transparently and impact investing).

The Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society benchmarked the philanthropic sector in 15 Asian countries. The analysis ranks the countries on their enabling environment for philanthropic giving. Philanthropic organisations could be potential investors for inclusive businesses (IB) since they are looking for investments with a social and/or environmental impact. Social delivery organisations (SDOs), among them, with a high level of transparency can attract philanthropic investment and thereby mobilise capital.

The findings of this ICCO study indicate a strong need for risk capital for agri-food SMEs in Africa. The case studies show that agri-food SMEs need assistance in business strategy development, governance and management, as well as operations and marketing. Existing PE/VC providers are helping improve SME governance and management by providing business development consultants to their investees, and in some cases, holding seats in the Board or serving as formal advisor.

This publication provides a snapshot of the global blended finance landscape, based on the private sector investments made by 35 bilateral and multilateral development institutions between 2012 and 2015.

Blended finance aims to make the financial sector more sustainable and more responsible by unlocking private investment in unprecedented scale to achieve the SGDs – as a matter of good conscience, but also of good business. Financial investments from Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and the private sector in form of blended finance are critical to build more inclusive businesses. DFIs have a key role to play to influence the participation of institutional investors in blended finance.

The study aims to provide more understanding on the importance of inclusive business (IB) in helping narrow the chasm between the rich and the poor, alongside addressing the gender gap. It aspires to provide a fresh perspective on how businesses that recognize gender-based constraints reap substantial benefits and trickle-down results up to those in the base of the pyramid (BoP).

The Morgan Stanley Institute highlights long-term advantages resulting from inclusive growth practices within a company’s core strategy. These practices are consistent with inclusive business models. The framework presented in this article shows that corporations can contribute to social and environmental gains, while achieving business benefits.

This report provides case studies and lessons learned from seven Asian countries in five areas of innovative financing for development. Such innovative financing for development would benefit inclusive businesses as a new source of funding.

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