Inclusive Business and Covid-19 Recovery

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we all work. Earlier this year, iBAN gathered an immediate Covid-19 response inventory, including webinars, checklists and new online initiatives to help companies navigate the crisis. Now many businesses globally find themselves adapting to a "New Normal." We have updated our resources to support your Covid-19 recovery, and also to underline that every crisis represents an opportunity for development and improvement. 

We would also like to share a call by Business Fights Poverty to support the Covid response in India. 


Tools and funding opportunities

For extensive compilations of tools and funding opportunities, visit

In addition, the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development has compiled resources on how donor and development agencies can adjust their Private Sector Development interventions to cope with the impacts of the crisis.

Below, we have compiled some additional tools and funding opportunities which are particularly relevant for inclusive businesses.

Funding and Deal Sharing

Capital Relief Resources by CASE: The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) from Duke University provides Capital Relief Resources including grants, loans and other cash equivalents for entrepreneurs worldwide. 

Access Database for Grants and Loans

Funding by Open Road Alliance: Open Road Alliance offers grants for mid-implementation projects. 

Apply here for Grants

GET.invest Covid-19 Finance Catalyst Window: GET.invest has opened a Covid-19 window within the Finance Catalyst to provide business and project developers with free-of-cost advisory in terms of investment strategy, (re)structuring their business model, and helping with management and financial models, as well as help with transaction support and better access to finance support. Visit GET.invest to check the necessary eligibility criteria. 

Apply for Covid-19 reaction support 

VC4A: VC4A connects startup entrepreneurs with knowledge, support programs, mentors and investors. It has also launched a marketplace for African ventures seeking support in the battle against COVID-19.

Browse opportunities

Leverist by BMZ: leverist.de is a free online platform that pinpoints opportunities to engage in sustainable business activities in developing countries and emerging economies. It is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 

Browse opportunities

Deal Share Platform by AVPN: This Deal Share Platform helps to create prospective funding and collaboration opportunities by supporting members in identifying investable Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs) through the pipeline of deals across markets, causes and financing instruments.

Access Database for Grants and Loans

Matchmaking Platform for possible grants and investments by the Norrsken Foundation: If you are an innovative initiative that offers time-sensitive solutions that directly address issues caused by the coronavirus you can apply for funding. Also, you can directly connect with organizations working together on solutions or offer financial or legal help as an organization or an individual. 

Submit your application here

Tools and Toolkits

"Manual to Land" by MIT D-Lab: The Manual to Land by MIT D-Lab aims to help entrepreneurs to better navigate crisis leadership while focusing on finances, the team or the customer side.

Manual to Land

Resilience Toolkit by ygap: In response to the measures that have been taken with regards to Covid-19, ygap has developed a business Resiliency Toolkit to support entrepreneurs and their ventures through this challenging time.

Resilience Toolkit

"Managing your organization successfully during Covid-19" Manual by Global CAD: Global CAD aims to assist businesses to learn from the Covid-19 crisis, in order to establish more sustainable and resilient practices. The manual includes tools, methodologies and expertise to support entrepreneurs, SMEs, as well as NGO and civil society leaders. 

Manual on managing your organization successfully

Guideline for IBs on how to engage with the BoP during Covid-19 by Business Call to Action (BCtA): This report shows potential effects of Covid-19 on the BoP and BoP-Engaged Businesses and measures how to cope, for instance, with employee or supplier and distributor needs. 

Guideline how to engage with BoP

Enterprise Resilience Tool by EY: This toolkit identifies nine areas that assist business continuity and help reframe an organization’s future. It compiles actionable checklists in each of these areas.

Enterprise Resilience Tool

The free App "atun" supports factory workers impacted by Covid-19: Atun empowers current and former factory workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic fallout by providing weekly updates for work, E-Learnings, parental support concerning out-of-school children and information about workplace reopenings. 

Learn more about atun

Also, visit our Covid-19: Webinar Insights. In this section, we compiled insights from the various webinars that were taking place from March to July 2020 as a reaction to the global coronavirus pandemic. In addition, you can find an analysis here provided by iBAN on how the discussion on the Covid-19 response in Africa has developed “From Rescuing to Reshaping”.

Explore our CLUED-iN #12, where practitioners start to take stock of the Covid-19 pandemic! CLUED-iN #11, which focuses on business resilience, compiles further practical insights and useful resources.

In IB in the Newswe keep you updated with relevant information from the ecosystem of inclusive business.