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

18. Mar 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.

13. Mar 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.

8. Mar 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.

6. Mar 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:

26. Mar 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.

19. Feb 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.

19. Feb 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. 

19. Feb 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.

20. Feb 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.