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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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The social bond market has grown rapidly amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This report explores ways of maximizing the impact of social bonds for sustainable development and of supporting a well-functioning social bond market. It analyzes the impact areas that social bonds have addressed to date and introduces the impact measurement techniques that are in use and under development. It notes the need for common standards of information disclosure and impact measurement.

PublisherAsian Development Bank (ADB)
Publish Date
AuthorJ. Hughes, J. Mortimer
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Sector
No

This publication shows how Japanese retailer MUJI has built an inclusive supply chain positively impacting on small producers at the base of the pyramid (BOP), and how its stakeholders perceive its benefits. The report reflects direct feedback gathered during interviews and surveys conducted by IFC with different stakeholders in MUJI's supply chain, including producers, customers, employees, and management. The report highlights key challenges and opportunities that stem from engagement with the BOP producers in emerging markets. It also provides insights into good practice in incorporating the BOP producers into global value chains, drawing on MUJI’s experiences.

PublisherInternational Finance Corporation (IFC)
Publish Date
AuthorA. Masuda, S. Saruta
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEurope and Central Asia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR
IB Topics: BoP as supplier
No

Following the request of the Government of Cambodia, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) have conducted the present landscape study. This study includes a market study of current inclusive business models in Cambodia and an assessment of the enabling environment, and provides recommendations for promoting inclusive businesses in Cambodia.

PublisherUNESCAP
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Cambodia
Sector
No

This report is part of a wider study that aims to understand the impact of gender lens investing on women’s social and economic empowerment. It seeks to build a case for gender lens investing in women-focused enterprises through primary research with over 20 such enterprises and over 150 of their women employees, partners and customers across India, Indonesia, Kenya and Rwanda.

PublisherIntellecap
Publish Date
AuthorA. Agarwal, A. Gokhale, A. Makena
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa
Sector
No

This learning paper adds to the body of knowledge on the commercial and development impact potential of smallholder-sourcing agribusiness models. It quantifies the share of investment flowing to agribusinesses sourcing from smallholder farmers within the broader category of agriculture. In addition, it captures 15 investor perspectives on the commercial viability and development impact of companies that source from smallholder farmers.

PublisherCommercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA), TechnoServe
Publish Date
AuthorA. Sublette, C. Adcock, J. Abbott, S. Aman
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
No

This report highlights opportunities for the private sector in Digital Climate Advisory Services (DCAS), including how to implement financially sustainable business models and recommendations for business. DCMS offer a huge opportunity to increase the productivity and resilience of smallholders and support sustainable food systems. 

PublisherWorld Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
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Author
LanguageEnglish
No

There is a strong need for increased adoption of sustainable agricultural practices to bring the food from farm to fork while addressing three major challenges: feeding a growing population, providing a livelihood for farmers, and environmental protection. This is where decentralised renewable energy (DRE) technologies must play a key role. Moreover, as innovation in DRE-powered agricultural equipment and appliances steam ahead, their technical and commercial viability will improve further. Based on best practices from the 15 case studies, this publication makes recommendations for public and private stakeholders.

PublisherAlliance for Rural Electrification, UNIDO, ITPO
Publish Date
AuthorD. Lecoque, D. Mohapatra, G. Pammesberger, J. Jaeger, M. Schmidt
LanguageEnglish
No

This report explores how governments can benefit from collaborating with systemic social entrepreneurs, and the measures they can take to foster that collaboration. For each of these measures, this report outlines concrete recommendations and provides real-life examples of changes that governments around the world have implemented.

PublisherAshoka, Catalyst 2030, Echoing Green, Skoll Foundation, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, McKinsey
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No

Based on an analysis of the CGAP’s data from national surveys of smallholder households and smallholder diaries, this paper outlines the profile and needs of smallholder families and their various subgroups. Firstly, the paper looks at the relationship between financial activities and the different livelihood strategies employed by smallholder families. Further, it highlights the characteristics and behaviors that are common to large groups of smallholders, discusses how the overall market can be segmented most effectively, and presents a nuanced picture of the different types of smallholder households. Finally, the paper discusses opportunities available for various stakeholders serving smallholder families.

PublisherConsultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), Nathan Associates
Publish Date
AuthorE. P. Neumann, H. Miller, K. Hamilton, K. Hughes, P. Priya, R. Karuppusamy, R. Tamara, V. Thangavel
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Bangladesh, Cote D'Ivoire, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda
IB Topics: BoP as customer, Data
No

Impact Investing Decision-making: Insights on Financial Performance uncovers insights into financial performance and explores the increasing sophistication with which impact investors are approaching decision-making. Specifically, it finds that impact investors are applying a multi-dimensional approach to decision-making, considering impact objectives and impact risks alongside traditional factors such as financial return, financial risk, resource capacity, and liquidity constraints. Experienced impact investors exercise this dynamic approach to assess how they can most efficiently achieve their optimal impact and financial performance.

PublisherGlobal Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
Publish Date
AuthorD. Hand, I. De, N. Nova, S. Sunderji
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No