Publication database

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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UNDP ‘s Ecosystem Development Approach provides a tried-and-tested methodology for bringing stakeholders together around a shared objective. Pilots in Lesotho, Senegal and Uganda show that the approach effectively enables collaboration, e.g. for more inclusive tourism, access to energy or mobile money, even beyond the end of the program. We documented the pilots and insights – so others can replicate the approach.

PublisherUNDP, Endeva
Publish Date
AuthorB. Jenkins, C. Pirzer, C. Tewes-Gradl
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Lesotho, Senegal, Uganda
No

How can governments maximize science, technology and innovation for inclusive and sustainable development? Among other topics, chapter five discusses the experience of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in promoting inclusive business models. It concludes that, while there are market opportunities for Inclusive Business, it will be critical to establish formal and funded support structures.

PublisherUnited Nations ESCAP
Publish Date
AuthorA. Dey, G. Santos, M. Pérez Cusó, R. Torquato Cruz, T. Qhotsokoane
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No

This report aggregates the voices of 6,000 Kenyan farmers interviewed between June 2020 and May 2021. They relate their lived experience during the Covid-19 pandemic and how livelihoods were adversely affected by supply chain disruptions and government lockdowns. 

Publisher60 Decibels
Publish Date
AuthorJ. Kaur, K. Reberg, T. Adams, V. Aggarwal
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
IB Topics: BoP as supplier
No

This report maps the inclusive business landscape in Tunisia. It provides recommendations for policy makers on improving the framework conditions for Inclusive Business in the country. 

PublisherUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Business Call to Action (BCtA)
Publish Date
AuthorA. B. Khouja, L. T. de Aguiar, M. D. Sfia
LanguageFrench
Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa
Tunisia
IB Topics:
Sector
No

Through in-depth conversations with 21 successful women social entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, this report looks at the varying pathways to success, success factors and challenges that are specific to them, and outlines recommendations for business development services to better respond to the needs of women leading early-stage social enterprises in the region. The report also includes profiles of successful women social entrepreneurs in the region.

PublisherValue for Women, ANDE, VISA Foundation, USAID
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam
Sector
No

‘Two Hands to Heal’ explores how healthcare inclusive businesses have collaborated with governments to respond to the global COVID-19 crisis and beyond. The report discusses challenges when collaborating with governments, identifies lessons learned from health inclusive businesses and offers recommendations to governments and donors on how to foster and improve collaboration.

Publisherendeva, Business Call to Action (BCtA)
Publish Date
AuthorA. Menden (née Krämer), L. T. de Aguiar, P. Cortez, S. Henkes
LanguageFrench
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: BoP as customer
SectorHealth
No

The Inclusive Business (IB) Features are an update on the framework for companies, policymakers, and investors about what it means to be an inclusive business. This set of features was developed with the input of leading global organizations, which have come together to generate consensus on the high-level characteristics of inclusive businesses. 

PublisherInclusive Business Action Network (iBAN), Business Call to Action (BCtA)
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Yes

This report includes a market study of current inclusive businesses in Viet Nam (with profiles of 18 real and potential IB models) and an assessment of the enabling environment. It also provides recommendations for promoting inclusive businesses.

The landscape study was conducted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN), in order to support the development of an enabling environment for inclusive businesses in Viet Nam. It was produced upon request of the Agency for Enterprise Development (AED) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI).

PublisherUnited Nations ESCAP and iBAN
Publish Date
AuthorA. Bauer, H. Mai, J. Tsuen Yip Wong, M. Mikic, M. Pérez Cusó, V. Marcelino
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
Vietnam
Yes

This white paper presents an overview of the waste sector in East Africa with a focus on waste-to-value startups. The findings highlights gaps, opportunities, and potential solutions that could accelerate the growth of the ecosystem.

PublisherIntellecap
Publish Date
AuthorA. Makena, M. Mangeni
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
No

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