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

29. May 2020
ANDE Announces Winners of the Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) announced that eight organizations have been selected to receive funds under the Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund (AWEF). Each winner will receive up to $150,000 over one year to test models that catalyze investment into women-led SGBs through innovative approaches. AWEF is the first activity to take place under the ANDE Gender Equality Initiative, first announced at the ANDE Annual Conference in September 2019 as a partnership under the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative.

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Results of survey on impact of Covid-19 on companies

Business Call to Action (BCtA) in collaboration with SDG Accelerator, ImpactAim and Connecting Business Initiative (CBi) organized an online survey for enterprises in the first two weeks of April on how the Covid-19 crisis had impacted their business. The majority reported a negative impact caused by Covid-19, especially Africa, Asia and the Pacific were the regions most affected by the pandemic. However, while the majority reported a negative impact, most advocated for inclusive business models in current times.

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Apply until 30 of June 2020 for a Development partnership with GIZ or DEG

develoPPP.de was set up by BMZ and offers financial and technical support for companies that want to do business or have already begun operating in developing and emerging-market countries. The program is implemented by DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. As well as tailored advice, chosen companies will benefit from the partner’s regional market expertise, from access to local networks and policymakers as well as funding opportunities.

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25. May 2020
Virtual Course by MIT D-Lab: Applied Inclusive Business - Scaling Technology in Low-Income Markets

Applied Inclusive Business: Scaling Technology in Low-Income Markets, is a new course that we will be launching at D-Lab in October 26-30, 2020. The course is designed for professionals who want to expand the markets for their products and technologies and to learn basic principles and frameworks for facilitating global business and distribution processes that include and benefit base of the pyramid (BoP) populations. Registration is now open. 

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25. May 2020
Virtual Course by MIT D-Lab: Inclusive Innovation - Designing for a Better World

Inclusive Innovation: Designing for a Better World will run from October 19-23, 2020 at D-Lab and is designed for professionals who want to learn basic frameworks and methods for facilitating inclusive innovation processes and participatory design in international development and humanitarian contexts. Registration is now open. 

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25. May 2020
AVPN Virtual Conference, 8-12 June 2020

AVPN hosts their annual conference on social investment in Asia this year digitally. Within 40 online discussions speakers across corporate, investing and the philanthropic sector will focus on current issues such as Covid-19, but also on gender, climate action, and impact investing.

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19. May 2020
GIZ-SAIS Investment Readiness Programme 2020

'Scaling Digital Agriculture Innovations through Start-ups' (SAIS) is looking for innovative start-ups that are about to scale rapidly and apply digital solutions to the agriculture and food sector in Africa which enable their users to improve their income. Selected start-ups will participate in a nine-month Investment Readiness Programme fully funded by GIZ-SAIS. Apply online by June 30, 2020.

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Open Society Foundations Commit $15 Million to Gender Equality in Africa

The Open Society Economic Justice Program has committed $15 million to two women-led investment funds that advance economic and gender equity. These investments — $10 million in Alitheia IDF and $5 million in Women’s World Banking Capital Partners II recognize the power of African women in the informal economy to catalyze change and amplify women’s voices while contributing to their economic empowerment.

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11. May 2020
The B4IG international coalition united against the inequalities deepened by the Covid-19 pandemic

The Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) members, a global initiative managed by the OECD, are stepping up collective financial support and facilities totaling more than €38 bn and are launching a collective call for an inclusive business recovery after Covid-19.

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