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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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Gender dynamics and solar electricity: lessons from Tanzania
71

This report presents a case study of how women and men in rural Tanzania are affected differently by the arrival of off-grid electricity in their homes, and the extent to which access contributes towards women’s empowerment. It aims to inform work by enterprises, as well as funders and policy makers so that women in Tanzania and beyond are meaningfully included in the sustainable energy transition. In order to do this, our study tests assumptions about the impact of household solar technologies on women’s lives so that companies can ensure their products and services are inclusive and avoid reinforcing gender inequality.

PublisherAshden, IKEA Foundation, DFID, Institute of Development Studies, The Economic and Social Research Foundation in Tanzania
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Tanzania
IB Topics: BoP as customer, Gender, Results Measurement and Impact
SectorEnergy
No
Lessons Learned: From lending $600m to off-grid energy companies
6

At the GOGLA Forum in Nairobi six active lenders to PAYG companies - SIMA, SunFunder, responsAbility, OIKO credit, Lendahand and CDC Group - shared their lessons learned and provided an outlook on the sector. This short report is a structured summary and reflection on the key points that came up.

PublisherPersistent
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Namibia
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing
SectorEnergy
No
Why off-grid energy matters
84

The report takes customer-led view of the impact of the off-grid energy sector, as well as the relative performance of the sub-sectors within it.

Publisher60 Decibels
Publish Date
AuthorK. Harrison, S. Dichter, S. Khan, T. Adams
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: BoP as customer, Results Measurement and Impact
SectorEnergy
No
Service Provision as a Viable Business: Lessons from analyzing 50+ Smallholder Business Models
90

The authors aim to catalyze a competitive marketplace of companies providing smallholder farmers with a choice of affordable, inclusive and high-quality services. For this they are building a common understanding of the key barriers and opportunities for providing smallholders tailored, high-quality services at scale, coupled with advice, technical assistance and de-risking finance to pilot new business models and partnerships.

PublisherFarmfit IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Publish Date
AuthorB. Isenberg, J. Bolton, O. Baruffa, W. Okolo, W. van Monsjou
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: BoP as distributor, Impact Investing, Partnerships, Rural development
SectorAgriculture or Food
No
Closing the gaps: Finance pathways for serving the missing middles
59

Small and growing businesses (SGBs) have a diverse range of business models and a diverse range of unmet financing needs. This report identifies five alternative approaches for providing finance that meets the diverse needs of each SGB segment and investor. It also highlights critical actions that ecosystem stakeholders can take to help support these approaches as well as newly emerging ones that together can help fill the financing gaps within each SGB segment.

PublisherThe Collaborative for Frontier Finance
Publish Date
AuthorA. Plazas, G. Snyders, K. Hornberger, K. Kelhofer, M. Pedersen
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business
Sector
No
Bending the arc
86

This report explores the role of different kinds of capital in bending the arc of agricultural market development towards inclusive growth. It pays particular attention to how impact-focused players deploying capital that is flexible in terms of risk-return expectations can best deploy it in order to catalyse large-scale transformations towards inclusion.

PublisherFSG in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID)
Publish Date
AuthorH. Koh, J. Thuard, L. Amaya
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Inclusive business models and strategy
SectorAgriculture or Food
No
What is the impact of investing in power?
39

This evidence review assesses the impact of electricity on development outcome in emerging economies. It considers the evidence of impact in macroeconomic, microeconomic, social, and environmental areas to help investors maximise impact across investments in power.

PublisherCDC Group
Publish Date
AuthorA. Eberhard, G. Dyson
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Results Measurement and Impact
SectorEnergy
No
Nigeria and Ghana Impact Investing and Policy Landscape
102

The report builds off the 2015 Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) study, The Landscape for Impact Investing in West Africa. Nigeria and Ghana represented more than half (54%) of impact investing capital in the region, with Nigeria receiving 29% and Ghana receiving 25% of the capital deployed. This 2019 study seeks to understand the extent to which investor experience, deal flow, and outlook have evolved since 2015 and policy has enabled or inhibited impact investing, and in turn to propose policy recommendations that address the issues identified.

PublisherImpact Investors' Foundation
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana, Nigeria
IB Topics: Impact Investing, Policy and Government
Sector
No
Pricing quality: Cost drivers and value add in the off-grid solar sector
46

Non-quality verified offgrid solar products have a market share of about 71 %. Healthy competition is good for customers, but a race to the bottom will not serve anyone. This report identifies strategies to reduce the cost of solar products without compromising on quality and informs policymakers of opportunities to promote affordable, quality products to off-grid and poor-grid families.

PublisherGOGLA, Hystra, iBAN
Publish Date
AuthorA. Boyer, J. Charbit Dunoyer, L. Klarsfeld McGrath
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: BoP as customer, Last mile distribution, Policy and Government
SectorEnergy
Yes
What do impact investors really want?
5

Impact investors can help inclusive businesses to scale and create even greater impact by providing financing solutions such as equity and debt. That is their mandate, and they are constantly on the search of great businesses to invest in. But many early-stage businesses remain unclear on what impact investors are really looking for, and lack experience regarding the investment process. This tool explores the question “what do impact investors really want and provides practical guidance. 

PublisherInnovations Against Poverty, SNV, BoP Innovation Center, Inclusive Business Sweden
Publish Date
AuthorM. Debelak
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing
Sector
No