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

October 29, 2018
Call for Proposals: AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund

The AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund is a European Union initiative to support productive and market-integrated smallholder agriculture through the provision of financial support worth EUR 18,000,000 to agri-enterprises.

The first call for proposals targets to award Euro 6 million to 15 projects in total at an average of Euro 375,000 per project.

The window for applications for the first call for proposals opened on 24th October 2018 and will be open for 30 days.

October 29, 2018
Wageningen UR Short Course: Local Economic Development – Towards Agribusiness Cluster Development

The Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) is seeking applications for its course on “Local Economic Development: Towards Agribusiness Cluster Development”. The course starts from 21 October 2019 until 1 November 2019 in South Africa.

This regional course is designed for mid-career professionals of government departments, non-governmental and civil society organisations, business associations, development agencies, universities and colleges for higher education, and for other professionals working in the domain of market-driven local economic development.

October 16, 2018
Two weeks left to apply for the empowering people. Award 2019

The international competition on technologies for basic needs started in July, calling on social entrepreneurs and developers from across the world to enter. Over 100 social entrepreneurs already applied for the empowering people. Award 2019. It identifies and supports low-tech solutions that address crucial basic needs sectors in developing regions. Deadline for submitting proposal: 31 October 2018, 24:00 CET.

Funding for women in agribusiness

The Investing in Women (IIW) window is an initiative working to create a more gender inclusive agricultural value chain in order to address rural poverty, food insecurity and gender equality by increasing the proportion of women generating income from agribusiness as well as the number and quality of jobs for women working in agricultural value chains. Application deadline: 26 October 2018.

Target Countries: Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone

What’s on offer: Grants and or Concessional Loans

Funding for renewable energy businesses in Mozambique, Liberia and Mali

REACT SSA seeks to catalyze the private sector to increase supply of cleaner fuels, raise awareness of the dangers from indoor air pollution, demonstrate how new knowledge in renewable energy technologies can be put into practice in ways that benefit the poor especially women, provide evidence on challenges in policy formulation and implementation.

Target Countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Somalia

What’s on offer: Grants

Funding: US $ 100,000 to 1.5 million

October 9, 2018
UNDP launches ‘SDG Impact’ to help unlock investment in Global Goals

A new initiative led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aims to help channel private investment and capital to meet the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Called SDG Impact, the initiative will work with the private sector on how best to invest in enterprises and markets in ways that help achieve the SDGs, an ambitious blueprint for a world without poverty or inequality.

October 2, 2018
Apply for Digital Health Technology Catalyst Round 3

The Digital Health Technology Catalyst (DHTC) is a £35 million fund, being run over 4 years. It is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is to invest up to £8 million in industrial research and experimental development projects that develop new digital technology solutions to healthcare challenges.

September 26, 2018
New Digital Platform for Scaling Up Inclusive Business Worldwide Launches in New York provides insights, up-to-date knowledge and interactive tools to connect, inform and inspire those working to deliver sustainable business models for the world´s poor. 

iBAN developed the platform in collaboration with an expert committee of inclusive business thought leaders and it will be highlighted at a side-event to United Nations General Assembly this week.


September 19, 2018
New Peer-to-Peer impact investment App

Acknowledging high barriers to entry impact investment for individual investors, the Fedgroup is taking responsible investment to the next level by making it accessible to the masses via a mobile app that focusses directly on the products or services that are making an impact. 

“We have launched a classic peer-to-peer type model, which allows individuals to invest directly into sustainable ventures, instead of on a stock exchange.” said Grant Field, Group Chief executive of Fedgroup.

The British Council launches Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE)

The British Council launched Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE), to support the development of social enterprises in the UK and five key emerging economies: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, and South Africa. In addition, a £2m DICE Fund will offer two types of grants to support collaboration between UK intermediaries/social enterprises and organizations in the five partner countries to deliver successful interventions.