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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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This report offers practical guidance to last mile distribution (LMD) companies seeking digital solutions that can help them to scale up their activities. It focusses on five key areas that will enable them to better engage with digital solution providers: understanding how LMDs can benefit from digitalisation, improving accessibility, financing IT, understanding how to integrate different digital solutions, and helping digital service providers to enter new markets.

PublisherGlobal Distributors Collective, Energy Catalyst
Publish Date
AuthorG. Jansen, J. Baranda, S. Kanda
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No

This toolkit was developed as a concise guide to support businesses with pitching their business model to investors. It provides a one-stop shop to help you structure your pitch, make it visually appealing, and tailor it to your specific audience.

PublisherInclusive Business Action Network
Publish Date
AuthorA. Harris, A. Kaiser-Tedesco, B. Rau, F. Beideck, K. Münster, L. Goellert, L. Jukna, S. Tischendorf (in alphabetical order)
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
Yes

COMPASS presents a tested, widely accepted methodology to assess and compare impact results. Since impact is inherently multi-dimensional and complex, this methodology is designed to offer investors insight into three critical impact performance figures: scale, pace, and efficiency. This research effort seeks to standardize the components for and process of impact performance analysis, describing each step of the analytic process the GIIN has developed that can be used for aggregate investment-, fund-, or portfolio-level analyses.

PublisherGlobal Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
Publish Date
AuthorD. Hand, K. McCarthy, N. Nova, R. Bass, S. Sunderji
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Impact Investing
Sector
No

The social bond market has grown rapidly amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This report explores ways of maximizing the impact of social bonds for sustainable development and of supporting a well-functioning social bond market. It analyzes the impact areas that social bonds have addressed to date and introduces the impact measurement techniques that are in use and under development. It notes the need for common standards of information disclosure and impact measurement.

PublisherAsian Development Bank (ADB)
Publish Date
AuthorJ. Hughes, J. Mortimer
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Sector
No

Following the request of the Government of Cambodia, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) have conducted the present landscape study. This study includes a market study of current inclusive business models in Cambodia and an assessment of the enabling environment, and provides recommendations for promoting inclusive businesses in Cambodia.

PublisherUNESCAP
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Cambodia
Sector
No

This publication shows how Japanese retailer MUJI has built an inclusive supply chain positively impacting on small producers at the base of the pyramid (BOP), and how its stakeholders perceive its benefits. The report reflects direct feedback gathered during interviews and surveys conducted by IFC with different stakeholders in MUJI's supply chain, including producers, customers, employees, and management. The report highlights key challenges and opportunities that stem from engagement with the BOP producers in emerging markets. It also provides insights into good practice in incorporating the BOP producers into global value chains, drawing on MUJI’s experiences.

PublisherInternational Finance Corporation (IFC)
Publish Date
AuthorA. Masuda, S. Saruta
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEurope and Central Asia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR
IB Topics: BoP as supplier
No

This paper adds to the body of knowledge on the commercial and development impact potential of smallholder-sourcing agribusiness models. Specifically,it quantifies the share of investment flowing to agribusinesses sourcing from smallholder farmers within the broader category of agriculture; and captures 15 investor perspectives on the commercial viability and development impact of companies that source from smallholder farmers. The research revealed that investors see great advantages of sourcing from smallholders, ranging widely, for instance, from access to greater supply volumes, to reductions in purchasing costs and higher sales prices. The most common perceived challenge of smallholder sourcing is ensuring sufficient quantity and quality of raw materials through efficient aggregation models.

PublisherCASA TAF and TechnoServe
Publish Date
AuthorA. Sublette, C. Adcock, J. Abbott, S. Aman
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Burkina Faso, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania
IB Topics: BoP as supplier
No

This report is part of a wider study that aims to understand the impact of gender lens investing on women’s social and economic empowerment. It seeks to build a case for gender lens investing in women-focused enterprises through primary research with over 20 such enterprises and over 150 of their women employees, partners and customers across India, Indonesia, Kenya and Rwanda.

PublisherIntellecap
Publish Date
AuthorA. Agarwal, A. Gokhale, A. Makena
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa
Sector
No

This learning paper adds to the body of knowledge on the commercial and development impact potential of smallholder-sourcing agribusiness models. It quantifies the share of investment flowing to agribusinesses sourcing from smallholder farmers within the broader category of agriculture. In addition, it captures 15 investor perspectives on the commercial viability and development impact of companies that source from smallholder farmers.

PublisherCommercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA), TechnoServe
Publish Date
AuthorA. Sublette, C. Adcock, J. Abbott, S. Aman
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
No

There is a strong need for increased adoption of sustainable agricultural practices to bring the food from farm to fork while addressing three major challenges: feeding a growing population, providing a livelihood for farmers, and environmental protection. This is where decentralised renewable energy (DRE) technologies must play a key role. Moreover, as innovation in DRE-powered agricultural equipment and appliances steam ahead, their technical and commercial viability will improve further. Based on best practices from the 15 case studies, this publication makes recommendations for public and private stakeholders.

PublisherAlliance for Rural Electrification, UNIDO, ITPO
Publish Date
AuthorD. Lecoque, D. Mohapatra, G. Pammesberger, J. Jaeger, M. Schmidt
LanguageEnglish
No