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
The recent #BuyForImpact movement helps social enterprises gain exposure, connects them to other corporates, and fosters talent through cooperation – all the while inculcating conscious buying among consumers. The initiative is organised by the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) with support from Lazada.
Impact Investment Manager Blue Orchard announces the launch of a COVID-19 support fund that aims to support more than 200 million jobs in emerging and frontier markets. The Emerging and Frontier Markets MSME Support Fund is backed by prominent public and private investors, who will jointly support its launch with around $140 million.
What is Inclusive Innovation? Why is it a critical approach right now? And what is needed to catalyze and facilitate it effectively at a global scale? The live interactive webinar takes place on November 12 at 10am EST. A recording will be available on-demand shortly after.
The Annual Global Sankalp Summit Virtual Impact Week starts on November 2. Comprising 100 sessions distributed across 9 areas, it allows to dig deep into topics and connect with a global ecosystem. Be part of the world's largest inclusive development platform!
Are you a female founder working to create jobs for the extreme poor in India? The Scale-Ups Accelerator 2021 by Upaya Social Ventures and MIT D-Lab is designed to help you grow your business and your impact. The program includes immersive workshops and learning labs centered around finance, social impact, and leadership. Applications close on November 6.
Nestlé Philippines, the country’s biggest buyer of coffee, and the Department of Trade and Industry on 6 October signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help implement the P4.781 billion Rural Agro-Enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth Project. The project aims to develop the full potential of the country’s high value crops and improve rural farmer households.
This year marks the start of the Decade of Action to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. This is why this year's Inclusive Business Forum will focus on concrete actions that create and accelerate inclusive and sustainable business initiatives with developing markets. The forum takes place online on 5 November 2020. Registration is open until 4 November 2020.
MIT D-LAB offers two new online courses for inclusive business practitioners: "Inclusive Innovation: Designing for a Better World" (June 7-11, 2021) and "Applied Inclusive Business: Scaling Technology in Low-Income Markets" (June 14-17 and June 21-22, 2021). Early bird registration is open through December 1, 2020.
The Third ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit convened on 29 September with government officials and business leaders advocating for inclusive business strategies that support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises during the COVID-19 pandemic. Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Summit also introduced the Guidelines for the Promotion of Inclusive Business in ASEAN.
Through the Business Partnerships Platform (BPP), the Australian Government is calling for inclusive business partnerships to help support COVID-19 recovery in the Indo-Pacific. The partnerships will help businesses to create livelihood opportunities, enhance gender equality and support green and resilient economic recovery. Companies from Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Tonga can apply.