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This database contains a diverse range of more than 2,000 publications about inclusive business and relating topics, such as impact investing, microfinance and market systems approaches. You will find not only reports but also market intelligence, case studies, tools and videos that touch upon of several sectors and regions.

The diverse range of publications in this database all relate to inclusive business - meaning business models that engage base of the pyramid (BoP) consumers, suppliers, entrepreneurs and/or employees in low income and/or emerging markets.

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While the struggle of rural communities to access quality health services has long been a critical issue, the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential role that electricity plays in rural health care facilities. Against this emergency background, DRE solutions offer a clean and cheap opportunity to electrify rural health care facilities. Showcasing 16 case studies from ARE Members, this publication aims to demonstrate the ability of DRE solutions to quickly deliver sustainable, reliable power to rural health care facilities and to serve as inspiration for new DRE projects.

PublisherAlliance for Rural Electrification
Publish Date
AuthorA. Soler, D. Lecoque, J. Jæger
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
SectorEnergy
No

Government, NGO, and business leaders typically see great promise for digital tools to empower smallholder value chains and make them more efficient and profitable for farmers. However, new technologies only reach scale when they are delivered within a functioning business model. By observing the full range of solutions that have been developed across the ASEAN region, Grow Asia sees startups migrating to five business models which seem to show the greatest potential in reaching smallholder farmers at scale. This report provides an overview of those five business models, namely Digital Advisory, Peer-to-Peer Lending, Traceability, Digital Marketplaces and Mechanization Platforms, and why they show the greatest promise.

PublisherGrow Asia
Publish Date
AuthorP. Voutier
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySouth Asia
IB Topics: Digitalisation
No

The widespread social and economic consequences of Covid-19 have further amplified the need for impact investing to play a critical role in addressing the crisis. As impact investors seek to deploy capital to new investments and/or to investees already in their portfolio, many face challenges conducting due diligence. The Response, Recovery, and Resilience Investment Coalition, which is managed by the GIIN as the organizing body—is publishing a series of issue briefs on the impact investing market in the Covid-19 climate. This issue brief in the series seeks to provide greater clarity on the specific factors hampering investors’ abilities to conduct due diligence in the current climate and on strategies that investors have used to overcome these challenges.

PublisherGlobal Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
Publish Date
AuthorP. Murphy, R. Bass, R. Khan
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Impact Investing
Sector
No

Given the adoption of the European Green Deal, as well as the current health pandemic, the call to rethink our conventional social and economic models has never been so clear. The aim of this policy brief is to provide an overview of how sustainable and inclusive business models can deliver positive social, economic and environmental impact in partner countries – as well as to provide concrete recommendations for the EU and Member States to support these businesses.

PublisherConcord
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No

Food and nutrition security remain at the top of development priorities in low income countries. This is especially the case for smallholder farmers who derive their livelihood from agriculture yet are often the most deprived. Inclusive agribusinesses have been championed as a key strategy to address local constraints that limit smallholders’ participation in regional and global value chains, thereby enhancing their livelihood, and food and nutrition security, accordingly. This paper explores the potential food and security contribution of inclusive agribusiness in Makueni county, Kenya. It focus on the smallholders’ constraints and needs, exploring the extent to which these are addressed by such purported pro-poor approach.

PublisherSustainability
Publish Date
AuthorA.C.M.G. van Westen, E. Mangnus, J. Wangu
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
No

Finding The Frontier examines the trajectory and velocity of sub-Saharan Africa’s growth story in the context of Covid-19 and begins to uncover investment opportunities across its regional ecosystems. A fast-growing, young and urbanising population has led to an increase in product penetration rates and closed the inclusion gaps. Tech-enabled companies well positioned to capitalise on these and other trends discussed will enable the transformation of a continent and offer solid returns to savvy investors.

PublisherAfriFindInvest (AFI)
Publish Date
AuthorA. Jagich, G. Odimayo, T. Ogedengbe
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: Innovation
Sector
No
36

The global spread of Covid-19 has made being an entrepreneur more challenging than ever. Although it seems like a crisis unlike any other, the pandemic has many lessons to offer entrepreneurs working with underserved communities in low income markets. The Manual to Land by MIT D-Lab aims to help entrepreneurs to better navigate crisis leadership while focusing on finances, the team or the customer side. 

PublisherMIT D-Lab
Publish Date
AuthorJ. Repishti, T. Klasson-Chenat
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No

The strategic alignment between business and corporate foundations, impact funds, and accelerators shows enormous potential for achieving social impact. This report points out the four different ways these actors can align, such as a business alignment or an industry alignment, each with its strengths and weaknesses. 

PublisherStanford Social Innovation Review
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AuthorK. Heitmann, L. Roza, P. Boiardi, S. Serneels
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No

This case study looks at the attempt of Kirana Megatara – the largest producer of crumb rubber in Indonesia – in increasing the sustainability of rubber value chains. While the case study showcases certain good practices, it explores in particular the factors that hinder achieving positive impact at scale. This case study delivers important lessons about the centrality of (1) commercial incentives, (2) the alignment of stakeholders’ definitions of success and (3) understanding the value-adding functions in existing markets to the success of scalable and inclusive value chain projects.

PublisherGrow Asia
Publish Date
AuthorSpringfield Centre
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Indonesia
IB Topics: BoP as supplier
No

The report also the enormous potential to invest for impact in public equity markets. According to the report, impact investing in private markets could be as large as $2.1 trillion in assets under management, but only a quarter of that, $505 billion, is clearly measured for its impact, both for development impact and financial returns. The publication includes trends in impact investing, survey results of investor practices, and 32 case stories from signatories to the Operating Principles for Impact Management on how they are implementing them.

PublisherInternational Finance Cooperation (IFC)
Publish Date
AuthorA. Volk, N. Gregory
LanguageEnglish
No