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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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Donor engagement in innovative finance
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Donor agencies seek to engage the private sector for development results. This paper represents a first step to explore concepts around leveraging private finance for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It critically reviews four concepts that frequently feature in current discussions: Innovative Finance (often used as an umbrella term for approaches to leverage additional finance as well as other practices), Blended Finance, Impact Investing, and Results-Based Finance.

PublisherDonor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED)
Publish Date
AuthorM. Heinrich-Fernandes
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Policy and Government , SDGs
Sector
The State of Social Enterprise in Malaysia
114

This study provides an insight into social enterprise in Malaysia, including an estimate of the scale and scope of the sector. It assesses existing policies that are relevant to social enterprise and analyses how these have been implemented.This study is based on quantitative information obtained from a total of 132 survey respondents across Malaysia.

PublisherBritish Council, United Nations ESCAP, the Malaysian Ministry of Entrepreneur Development, Yayasan Hasanah
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Malaysia
IB Topics: Policy and Government , Results Measurement and Impact
Sector
Myanmar
36

ANDE’s Ecosystem Snapshots are designed to collect basic information about the support available for small and growing businesses in a specific city or country. This information acts as a census of the local actors and represents a specific moment in time.

PublisherAspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Myanmar
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business
Sector
Evaluating the potential of container-based sanitation
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The objective of this study is to document and assess existing container-based sanitation (CBS) approaches, with a particular focus on evaluating their safety, reliability, affordability, and financial viability. The report also seeks to identify the circumstances in which CBS approaches are most appropriate. The study was motivated by growing interest in the emerging CBS experiences and by the fact that many governments, city authorities, and financing entities are often not familiar with the approach. The study builds on four case studies: Sanergy, Nairobi, Kenya; Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods [SOIL], Cap-Haitien, Haiti; Clean Team, Kumasi, Ghana; and x-runner, Lima, Peru.

PublisherWorld Bank Group, Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP)
Publish Date
AuthorJ. Parker, S. Trémolet
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Peru
IB Topics: BoP as customer, Inclusive business models and strategy, SDGs
SectorWater, Sanitation or Waste Management
Social impact investment 2019: The impact imperative for sustainable development
242

This publication is a sequel to the OECD 2015 report on Social Impact Investment (SII), Building the Evidence Base, bringing new evidence on the role of SII in financing sustainable development. It depicts the state of play of SII approaches globally, comparing regional trends, and assesses its prospects, with a special focus on data issues and recent policy developments. Importantly, it provides new guidance for policy makers in OECD and non-OECD countries, as well as providers of development co-operation, development financers, social impact investment practitioners and the private sector more broadly, to help them maximise the contribution of social impact investing to the 2030 Agenda. In particular, it provides four sets of recommendations on financing, innovation, data and policy for delivering on the “impact imperative” of financing sustainable development.

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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing, Results Measurement and Impact
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Supporting last-mile women energy entrepreneurs
140

This document presents ENERGIA’s four-year journey to create and upscale womencentric energy enterprises that sell safe, reliable and affordable energy solutions to low-income consumers in underserved areas. As a learning document, it seeks to analyse the various strategies with which ENERGIA has worked in different contexts. It draws out common features of the most promising ones, as well as lessons from efforts that did not go so well, or even failed completely.

Publisher ENERGIA
Publish Date
AuthorS. Dutta
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa
Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda
IB Topics: BoP as distributor, Gender, Last mile distribution
SectorEnergy
G20 inclusive business activities update
20

The publication provides a snapshot on 47 projects, initiatives and policies that have been planned and implemented by G20 Member States and invited partners in order to create an enabling environment for Inclusive Business.

Publisher Argentine G20 Presidency and G20 Member States
Publish Date
AuthorK. Banz, K. Danisch, P. Scheffer, S. Tischendorf
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Inclusive business models and strategy, Policy and Government
Sector
Minimising the risk of negative market distortions in private sector engagement
20

While private sector engagement strategies typically try to distort markets in positive ways to bring about pro-poor change, negative distortions may still arise if interventions are poorly designed or implemented. This report reviews how PSE interventions may give rise to negative market distortions, in three areas.

PublisherDCED
Publish Date
AuthorC.Tewes-Gradl, I. von Blomberg, J. Scholl
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Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Capacity building, Inclusive business models and strategy, Policy and Government
Sector
The Role of Business in Education and Training for Sustainable Development
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This report is primarily written for business and its role in supporting education and the SDGs. It is also meant to support the education community and other organisations with a stake in advancing education and training for sustainable development. The report shares a selection of good practice examples and insights that are intended to help raise awareness, spark new ideas and inspire more opportunities for collaboration. The project was led by Business Fights Poverty, Pearson, Arizona State University and PRME, an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact.

Publisher
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AuthorN/A
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Capacity building, SDGs
SectorEducation
A Resource for Structuring Blended Finance Vehicles
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Blended finance is a strategy that combines capital with different levels of risk in order to catalyze risk-adjusted, market-rate-seeking financing into impact investments. The Blended Finance Working Group identified a number of challenges that arise in structuring blended finance investments. This resource is divided into three sections. Each section includes a downloadable list of key considerations and questions aimed to ensure stakeholders are aware of each other’s motivations and expectations in engaging in a blended finance structure; and links to blended finance case study examples to demonstrate the range of ways each catalytic tool can be leveraged in  blended finance structures.
 

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AuthorN/A
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing
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