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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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Dalberg Advisors, Philanthropy California, and the Council on Foundations surveyed more than 250 U.S. foundation leaders and conducted fourteen in-depth interviews to understand how the US philanthropic sector is responding the Covid-19 crises and public outcry against racism. The report assesses how the sector is changing through three lenses: Resourcing, priorities, and internal operations. Across all three areas, it finds significant shifts in practices yet few examples of truly sharing power.

PublisherDalberg
Publish Date
AuthorM. Haymon, S. Jayaram
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Impact Investing
Sector
No

The idea of Inclusive Business is taking Africa by storm. The timely publication of a new concise book 'Inclusive business in Africa': A business model aims to take readers on a journey into the subject of Inclusive Business in Africa and shows how companies can be agents of change, contributing to inclusive development and growth. The publication brings together research supported by the Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC), a specialist research centre at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and RSM’s Professor Rob van Tulder. 

PublisherThe Partnerships Resource Centre, Rotterdam School of Management
Publish Date
AuthorR. van Tulder, S. Lijfering
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
Ethiopia, Kenya
No

Which common challenges are entrepreneurs and intermediating financial service providers facing during the Covid-19 crisis and how do impact investors react? This issue brief explores ways investors work with investees to address immediate solvency constraints, adjust their activities to ensure the achievement of impact and financial objectives, and reimagine business models and processes with the future in mind. The report is part of a series of issue briefs published by the Response, Recovery, and Resilience Coalition (R3 Coalition), which is managed by the GIIN as the organizing body.

PublisherGlobal Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
Publish Date
AuthorM. Guttentag, R. Bass, R. Khan
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Impact Investing
Sector
No

While the struggle of rural communities to access quality health services has long been a critical issue, the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential role that electricity plays in rural health care facilities. Against this emergency background, DRE solutions offer a clean and cheap opportunity to electrify rural health care facilities. Showcasing 16 case studies from ARE Members, this publication aims to demonstrate the ability of DRE solutions to quickly deliver sustainable, reliable power to rural health care facilities and to serve as inspiration for new DRE projects.

PublisherAlliance for Rural Electrification
Publish Date
AuthorA. Soler, D. Lecoque, J. Jæger
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
SectorEnergy
No

Government, NGO, and business leaders typically see great promise for digital tools to empower smallholder value chains and make them more efficient and profitable for farmers. However, new technologies only reach scale when they are delivered within a functioning business model. By observing the full range of solutions that have been developed across the ASEAN region, Grow Asia sees startups migrating to five business models which seem to show the greatest potential in reaching smallholder farmers at scale. This report provides an overview of those five business models, namely Digital Advisory, Peer-to-Peer Lending, Traceability, Digital Marketplaces and Mechanization Platforms, and why they show the greatest promise.

PublisherGrow Asia
Publish Date
AuthorP. Voutier
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySouth Asia
IB Topics: Digitalisation
No

The widespread social and economic consequences of Covid-19 have further amplified the need for impact investing to play a critical role in addressing the crisis. As impact investors seek to deploy capital to new investments and/or to investees already in their portfolio, many face challenges conducting due diligence. The Response, Recovery, and Resilience Investment Coalition, which is managed by the GIIN as the organizing body—is publishing a series of issue briefs on the impact investing market in the Covid-19 climate. This issue brief in the series seeks to provide greater clarity on the specific factors hampering investors’ abilities to conduct due diligence in the current climate and on strategies that investors have used to overcome these challenges.

PublisherGlobal Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
Publish Date
AuthorP. Murphy, R. Bass, R. Khan
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Impact Investing
Sector
No

Given the adoption of the European Green Deal, as well as the current health pandemic, the call to rethink our conventional social and economic models has never been so clear. The aim of this policy brief is to provide an overview of how sustainable and inclusive business models can deliver positive social, economic and environmental impact in partner countries – as well as to provide concrete recommendations for the EU and Member States to support these businesses.

PublisherConcord
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No

Food and nutrition security remain at the top of development priorities in low income countries. This is especially the case for smallholder farmers who derive their livelihood from agriculture yet are often the most deprived. Inclusive agribusinesses have been championed as a key strategy to address local constraints that limit smallholders’ participation in regional and global value chains, thereby enhancing their livelihood, and food and nutrition security, accordingly. This paper explores the potential food and security contribution of inclusive agribusiness in Makueni county, Kenya. It focus on the smallholders’ constraints and needs, exploring the extent to which these are addressed by such purported pro-poor approach.

PublisherSustainability
Publish Date
AuthorA.C.M.G. van Westen, E. Mangnus, J. Wangu
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
No

In recent years, there has been growing interest and funding dedicated to technical assistance designed to strengthen the commercial and development impact of businesses in developing markets. However, relatively little is known about the nature and effectiveness of these initiatives. Designed to address this knowledge gap, this paper focuses on efforts by development finance institutions (DFIs) to provide technical assistance to agribusinesses, which receive 30% of all TA. The input for this analysis was obtained through primary and secondary research, including interviews with 11 DFIs. The feedback from DFIs was that they expect the provision of inclusive TA in agriculture to rise. However, to catalyse greater resource allocation towards inclusive TA, respondents agreed the evidence case needs to be clear both in terms of commercial and development impact.

PublisherCommercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness
Publish Date
AuthorTechnoServe
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
No

Finding The Frontier examines the trajectory and velocity of sub-Saharan Africa’s growth story in the context of Covid-19 and begins to uncover investment opportunities across its regional ecosystems. A fast-growing, young and urbanising population has led to an increase in product penetration rates and closed the inclusion gaps. Tech-enabled companies well positioned to capitalise on these and other trends discussed will enable the transformation of a continent and offer solid returns to savvy investors.

PublisherAfriFindInvest (AFI)
Publish Date
AuthorA. Jagich, G. Odimayo, T. Ogedengbe
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: Innovation
Sector
No