Inclusive business in the news

In this section we collect note-worthy inclusive business updates

In this section, we will update you with announcements from the ecosystem of inclusive business, pre-selected according to their relevance for inclusive business ventures.


List: IB in the news

April 1, 2019
Seven philanthropists unveil Pan-African investor network

Modelled after two similar European and Asian platforms, the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA) is set to be a unique and vibrant Pan-African network of social investors established in an effort to effectively address Africa’s daunting social challenges by providing the requisite capital to businesses or initiatives that go in that direction. Led by their Nigerian chairman Olayemi Cardoso, AVPA will serve as a platform to attract, connect and empower social investors across Africa.

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April 8, 2019
iBAN is part of a Steering Group for Inclusive Business and Impact Investing in Myanmar

Since 3 April, iBAN is part of a new Steering Group that aims to lead and guide the promotion of Inclusive Business and Impact Investing in Myanmar. The Steering Group had its first meeting on 11 December 2018. The members of the Steering Group are from the government sector, the private sector and the development sector.

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March 25, 2019
Global Distributors Collective launches first Innovation Challenge

The Global Distributors Collective (GDC), a collective of over 120 last mile distribution companies, which aims to help make life-changing products affordable and available to all,today launched a unique Innovation Challenge.

The GDC is calling upon its members to submit innovative ideas that solve business problems faced by last mile distributors. The best ideas will receive financial and technical resources to help pilot those ideas and share learnings and insights across the sector.

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March 19, 2018
United Nations ESCAP and the Inclusive Business Action Network partner to strengthen the policy environment for inclusive businesses in South-East Asia

The Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) announced a joint initiative today to help governments to enhance the policy environment for inclusive business in South-East Asia.

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March 18, 2018
Gender-themed Call for Proposals!

This call is focused on promoting leadership and economic opportunities for women across the clean energy sector. EEP is seeking applications that propose innovative approaches to gender inclusion while also supporting core business objectives and growth. Projects will be evaluated based on concept innovation, development impact, business model and financial sustainability.

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March 13, 2019
Grow Asia launches Digital Directory to accelerate the adoption of agriculture digital solutions

Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform for agricultural development, today launched an online directory (the ‘Digital Directory’) of agri-tech solutions available in South East Asia. The Digital Directory features over 60 solutions in the region which can help improve smallholder agriculture supply chains, including farmer training, supply chain intelligence, traceability and financing solutions.

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March 8, 2018
Book launch: The Green Leap to an Inclusive Economy

The Green Leap

The editors of the book, Stuart L. Hart and Fernando Casado Cañeque, challenge the two biggest issues facing humanity and the planet today: inequality and environmental degradation. They present the new design thinking required for a more inclusive and sustainable economy which respects both people and planet.

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March 6, 2019
Beyond Baling Innovation Challenge

Countrywide innovation challenge open to everyone over the age of 18 years to submit their innovative solutions to bale post-consumer PET bottles. The competition seeks to identify and award the best innovations to bale post-consumer plastic in three categories:

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