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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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Off-grid solar. A growth engine for jobs
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The off-grid solar energy industry is generating thousands of jobs across East, West and Central Africa as well as South Asia. GOGLA's latest report Off-Grid Solar. A Growth Engine for Jobs estimates the sector currently supports 370,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs across these four regions. With investments and the right policies, the off-grid solar sector could create 1.3 million FTE jobs across East, West and Central Africa as well as South Asia by 2022.

PublisherVivid Economics, GOGLA, GIZ
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Author
Language
Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: BoP as distributor, Employment, Finance for Inclusive Business, Policy and Government
SectorEnergy
Impact investing with a gender lens in Latin America
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This report summarizes information gathered from 48 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders in Latin America - primarily members of the ANDE network- as well as 254 firms that comprise their portfolios. It includes information from surveys and key informant interviews with 24 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem actors. This report highlights that while it is clear that gender equality is good for business and good for development, Impact Investors in Latin America are still only in the early stages of embedding this focus in their investment process and activities.

PublisherValue for Women, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Publish Date
AuthorC. Lazarte, D. Moctezuma, L. Marquez
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean
IB Topics: Gender, Impact Investing
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Unlocking pipeline: A playbook for entrepreneur support in Africa
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Entrepreneur support has become an industry in Africa. The number of organizations dedicated to helping entrepreneurs scale has doubled in the past few years. But deal flow remains stubbornly low, especially at the early stage. This report compiles lessons, case studies and trends gathered from our pioneering VilCap Communities Africa program and interviews with more than 300 stakeholders in our network. The first section, Takeaways, is a playbook of best practices for ESOs, grantmakers and startup investors. The second section, Ecosystem Overviews, consists of high-level snapshots of the landscape today, and several in-depth case studies of ESOs.

PublisherVillage Capital
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AuthorB. Wangari, R. Crawford
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: Capacity building, Finance for Inclusive Business
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Case Study: Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP)
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A range of different partnership models are used in the Grow Asia network. The partnership model used in this case study, the Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP) presents a leading example of what can be achieved when different sectors work together. Whether you are working in Africa or Asia, on cocoa or rice, the SCPP model provides a useful framework, and some interesting insights into how to build a multi-stakeholder partnership. This study highlights seven key learnings from SCPP that Grow Asia believes are broadly applicable.

PublisherGrow Asia, PISAgro
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AuthorS. Heinz
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Indonesia
IB Topics: Partnerships
SectorAgriculture or Food
Working with smallholders: A handbook for firms building sustainable supply chains
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The purpose of this handbook is to enable the development of more sustainable, resilient and productive supply chains for agribusinesses and to illustrate the substantial development impact. Smallholder farmers are both an opportunity and a challenge for food and agribusiness companies. Many firms source from smallholders or are actively seeking to source from them. Yet the development and strengthening of smallholder supply chains remains a key challenge for many IFC agribusiness clients. Working with Smallholders handbook compiles innovative solutions and cutting-edge ideas for these challenges. The handbook incorporates a diverse collection of hands-on case studies from across the world regions covering wide variety of agribusiness sectors.

PublisherInternational Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: BoP as supplier, Capacity building, Employment
SectorAgriculture or Food
Creating impact
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Over the last decade, impact investing has gained prominence as an approach to investment that aims to achieve both financial returns and social or environmental goals. This report takes stock of the size and segments of the impact investing market as of 2018 and estimates its growth potential through an analysis of investor preferences.

PublisherInternational Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing
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Financing the future of Asia
80

Around the globe, a wave of innovation is sweeping across the financial sector, from public equities to bonds, real estate to insurance, venture investing to small-business lending. In each of these areas, innovative players are using an ever-growing range of instruments to achieve social and environmental benefits, while producing attractive returns. This is the exciting field of sustainable finance, and it is growing fast. Nowhere is the opportunity for sustainable finance greater than in Asia, and only a sliver of this opportunity has been realized.

PublisherFSG, AVPN, The Rockefeller Foundation
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AuthorA. Agarwal, H. Koh, J. Thuard, R. Garg
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
China, India, Indonesia
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing, Innovation
Sector
Sizing the impact investing market
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This report provides an in-depth analysis of the current size and composition of the impact investing market. The GIIN estimates the current size of the global impact investing market to be $502 billion. Based on the collation of AUM data on more than 1,300 impact investors around the world, this research also underscores the diversity of the market, capturing data from many types of investors. These include asset managers, foundations, banks, development finance institutions, family offices, pension funds, insurance companies, and others. 

PublisherGlobal Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
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AuthorA. Mudaliar, H. Dithrich
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing, Scale
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The journey of multinational corporations to inclusive business
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Over the last decade, many multinational corporations have attempted to set up inclusive businesses of one kind or another, with varying success. Despite good intentions and the investment of significant resources, few of these pilots have been successful and an even smaller proportion has reached significant scale. This report presents key lessons from the corporate intrapreneurs whom Hystra has supported over the past 10 years in building their inclusive businesses.
PublisherHystra
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AuthorL. Klarsfeld McGrath, O. Kayser
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Corporates in Inclusive Business, Scale
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Seed companies and the Tanzanian horticulture sector
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This case study looks at the potential value of horticulture for farmers in Tanzania, and the contribution of the seed sector to the growing Tanzanian horticulture sector. It is intended for all those working in horticulture, in Tanzania and elsewhere, to stimulate thought and discussion on how to foster a vibrant sector with widespread benefits.

PublisherWageningen Centre for Development Innovation (Wageningen University & Research)
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AuthorJ. Guijt, R. Reuver
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Tanzania
IB Topics: BoP as customer, BoP as supplier, Inclusive business models and strategy
SectorAgriculture or Food