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

March 26, 2019
Call of interest to co-invest in CSA-EA project

SNV is inviting expressions of interest from private sector-led agribusinesses to co-invest in the implementation of climate change adaptation, productivity improvements and inclusive business models under its Climate Smart Agriculture East Africa Project (CSA-EA) project.

February 19, 2019
Moving capital towards impact through inclusive businesses

AVPN and the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) are excited to bring to you a series of knowledge and capacity-building seminars on Inclusive Business and Impact Investment. The programme will focus on 4 key markets: Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. We aim to support impact investors in unlocking collaboration opportunities in inclusive businesses, thus enabling funders and resource providers to maximize their impact.

February 19, 2019
Philippines: BOI Inclusive Business Tax Incentives are working

The BOI has included "Inclusive Business" as one of the priority activities in the current Investment Priorities Plan. In 2018, the first full year of implementation of the IB policy, the agency approved five IB models in agriculture- and tourism-based industries. These five projects collectively target to source Ph2.99 billion worth of goods and services from MSEs by the third year of their commercial operations, and directly hire at least 185 and engage over 1,000 individuals, at least 30% of which are women, from the marginalized sectors. 

February 19, 2018
Mauritius: National Entrepreneurship Campaign with inclusive business component launched

The 10 years Master Plan for the SME Sector in Mauritius was formulated and publicized in March 2017. Actions had already been initiated for the implementation of the key recommendations. In line with the recommendations, the SME Mauritius was created and is operating since April 2018. Much has been done in the implementation of the other recommendations of the Master plan.

February 20, 2019
Apply for the SEED Awards 2019

Up to 66 prize packages will be awarded to locally-driven and early-stage enterprises, which leverage their innovative business solutions to solve social and environmental challenges across Africa and Asia. Three award categories are open to enterprises in the 9 countries. Register online at and submit your completed application before 2 April 2019.

January 25, 2019
OECD is looking for companies to participate in pilot project on Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains in Southeast Asia – Apply now!

Representing a unique opportunity for agricultural enterprises in Southeast Asia - the OECD is launching a pilot with businesses in Southeast Asia to promote the understanding and implementation of the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains. The pilot is a valuable opportunity for companies in Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam to understand how application of international recommendations and standards in supply chain due diligence can help strengthen management practices, promote responsible ...

January 22, 2019
AVPN and the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) announce new partnership to support inclusive businesses in becoming impact investment-ready

AVPN, a leading ecosystem builder for the social investment sector with 500+ members across 32 countries, is launching a new collaboration to build an ASEAN-wide capacity development programme for inclusive businesses. The partnership also aims to increase investors’ awareness of inclusive business models as an attractive investment opportunity in ASEAN. 

January 17, 2019
Call for Applications: Meet & Multiply 2019

Endeva in partnership with iBAN (the Inclusive Business Action Network) are organising Meet & Multiply as a side event at the Intellecap’s “Sankalp Africa Summit” in Nairobi, Kenya on February 20, 2019. It will be an opportunity for East African entrepreneurs and established companies to meet the founders and CEO’s of successful inclusive businesses that are interested in scaling their model in East Africa.