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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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Thirteen interdisciplinary research projects were reviewed for this synthesis paper. These projects addressed a range of business processes and innovations by and for small-scale producers and entrepreneurs in the agri-business sectors in countries across sub-Saharan Africa and southeast Asia. The paper stresses that innovations supporting inclusive business are only relevant and effective for the poor and marginalized when they are applicable to a specific problem and context, affordable at low costs, and accessible to all. This Is called the Triple A: applicability, affordability and accessibility.

PublisherFood & Business Knowledge Platform
Publish Date
AuthorD. de Winter, E. Lammers, K. Minderhoud, N. Pouw
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: Inclusive business models and strategy
SectorAgriculture or Food
No

This issue brief summarizes initial evidence from the first phase of the crisis in March and April 2020 regarding the impact of Covid-19 on Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) and the SGB support sector more broadly in emerging markets. It summarizes current risks, impacts, and needs so that organizations and individuals who support SGBs can better understand what is happening on the ground and most importantly, take action to design and implement more effective interventions.

PublisherDalberg, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Publish Date
AuthorA. Davidson, A. Sure, K. Hornberger, M. Guttentag, M. Pedersen, V. Hume
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business
Sector
No

This report presents the aggregate findings from the WEPs Gender Gap Analysis Tool, an online resource for companies to anonymously measure their progress toward promoting a gender-equal workplace. As of January 2020, more than 2,000 companies from around the world have already used the tool to assess their gender equality performance across the workplace, marketplace, and community.

PublisherUN Global Compact and Business for Social Responsibility, BSR
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Gender
Sector
No

This final factsheet of GCP project “Local and International business collaboration for productivity and Quality Improvement in Dairy chains in SE Asia and East Africa (LIQUID). It provides insights into power balances in formal and informal dairy value chains as related to the inclusive development effects of milk quality improvement activities can be considered as the .

PublisherFood & Business Knowledge Platform
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa
Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Thailand
IB Topics: BoP as supplier, Results Measurement and Impact
SectorAgriculture or Food
No

The study identified and reviewed 36 cases of inclusive business models in aquaculture value chains in low-income countries. The team analysed the economic and social upgrading objectives of each of the models and how they led to, or inhibited, developmental outcomes. 

PublisherInstitute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, WorldFish
Publish Date
AuthorA. Kaminski, et al.
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: BoP as supplier, Results Measurement and Impact
SectorAgriculture or Food
No

The report by Dalberg quantifies the potential impact of Covid-19 on Nigera's economy, estimating that the pandemic and the projected global recession have the potential to reduce Nigeria’s GDP by 4% in the moderate scenario and by 23% in the downside scenario. Furthermore, the report identifies potential actions to mitigate the economic impacts, and calls for deeper collaboration between the public, private, and social sectors. 

PublisherDalberg
Publish Date
AuthorM. Kleen, N. Eze, S. Kanu
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
IB Topics: Employment
SectorRetail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
No

This report provides practical lessons from TechnoServe’s past experiences working with businesses during crises, as well as early insights from the coronavirus pandemic. It outlines TechnoServe’s three-step framework for supporting entrepreneurs through the crisis: (1) Reset the goal to business survival, (2) Adapt the program to the new needs of entrepreneurs during the crisis, (3) Engage the ecosystem to foster cooperation and learning.

PublisherTechnoServe
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Inclusive business models and strategy, Innovation
Sector
No

As power supply in Nigeria´s electricity grid is unreliable, Lumos, an off-grid solar company provides access to affordable and reliable electricity to homes and businesses in Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire through its solar home systems. The report focuses on Lumos' customers. Especially, their experiences with the electricity grid before accessing solar home systems, their educational and financial backgrounds, if they are using solar power privately or for business and their feedback on possible improvement of Lumos' power supply.   

PublisherCDC Investment works
Publish Date
AuthorJ. Tobias, M. Castro
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
IB Topics: BoP as customer
SectorEnergy
No

Producer organizations (POs) provide benefits to smallholders by alleviating market access challenges. However, whether all farmers benefit from a PO is still a question. However, whether all farmers benefit from a PO is still a question. Limited evidence is available on whether POs are inclusive of poor farmers. Even if the poor join, do they participate in decision‐making? This report provides insights into decision-making structures and what factors influence power balances.

PublisherNederlandseOrganisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Publish Date
AuthorJ. Bijman, M. Mwambi, P. Mshenga
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
IB Topics: BoP as supplier, Inclusive business models and strategy
SectorAgriculture or Food
No

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