Publication database

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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Last Mile Distribution: state of the sector report
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Based on a survey of 72 GDC members from 30+ countries, as well as a series of expert interviews, this first-of-a-kind report highlights the vital role of last mile distributors in creating markets for beneficial products and effectively reaching last mile customers. It contains a wealth of new data and insights and provides tangible recommendations for stakeholders on how to engage with and support the sector.

PublisherGlobal Distributors Collective
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
SectorEnergy, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
No
Off-grid solar. A growth engine for jobs
21

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
Publish Date
Author
Language
Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
SectorEnergy
No
Upscaling of inclusive business models
14

This publications summarises key learning from the Strategic Advisory Service (SAS) programme to support the scaling up of 15 inclusive business (IB) models along the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) value chain in Egypt.

PublisheriBAN, Global CAD
Publish Date
AuthorA. Schmidt, F. Casado, R. Elebrashi, S. Friedrich
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa
Egypt
SectorRetail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
Yes
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
SectorEnergy
No
Digitizing agricultural payments: Uganda's coffee value chain
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Digital bulk payments have the potential to connect millions of poor farmers to digital financial services. This report from CGAP and UNCDF recounts UNCDF's efforts to digitize payments to coffee farmers in Uganda, where just 29 percent of adults actively used mobile money in 2014. It shares lessons for donors, financial services providers and agricultural firms that are interested in digitizing agricultural value chains.

PublisherThe Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
Publish Date
AuthorA. M’Bale, N. Were, R. Pillai
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Uganda
SectorAgriculture or Food, Financial Services
No
Including the excluded: Supporting informal workers for more equal and productive cities in the global south
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The working paper examines different approaches that cities have taken towards the informal self-employed workers and their livelihood activities. After presenting recent data on the size, composition, and contribution of the informal economy, the paper highlights a series of actionable areas for urban change agents to make cities more inclusive and productive.

PublisherWomen in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) Network, World Resources Institute (WIR)
Publish Date
AuthorM. Chen, V. A. Beard
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No
Digital tools in USAID agricultural programming toolkit
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This toolkit contains digital tools that are currently used by USAID Missions and implementers; and resources for those attempting to implement digital tools. This toolkit also includes work planning and procurement considerations, including how to encourage implementing partners to explore digital tools and when prizes and challenges can crowdsource innovative solutions to well-defined development problems.
 

PublisherDigital Development for Feed the Future (D2FTF)
Publish Date
AuthorN/A
LanguageEnglish
No
Belle Verte, Creating sustainable communities in Mauritius through a closed-loop waste management system. SEED Case…
12

Case study on Belle Verte, an ecoinclusive enterprise, which provides innovative waste management solutions and raises awareness on the problem of increased waste in Mauritius. 

PublisherSEED
Publish Date
AuthorC. Meyer, M. Cardiff
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Mauritius
SectorWater, Sanitation or Waste Management
No
Unique Quality Product Enterprise. Empowering marginalised women in Ghana through reviving the cultivation of…
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Case study on Unique Quality Product Enterprise (UQE). UQE's business model is based on a market-leading approach to promote the production and processing of the cereal grain fonio. Fonio was once a major food crop across West Africa and is known for is nutritional value, taste and adaptability to local climate and soil conditions. However, the introduction of rice and other cereal crops largely replaced fonio. UQE believes in fonio’s commercial potential and identified community members who were still growing the crop for local consumption. The enterprise engaged with local landholders and wider communities to gain access to infertile, unused land for women farmers. UQE promotes the expansion and harvesting of fonio crops using traditional methods. 

PublisherSEED
Publish Date
AuthorC. Meyer, M. Cardiff
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
SectorAgriculture or Food
No
YICE Uganda. Improving access to training, funding, and markets for rural farmers. SEED Case Study Series.
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Case study on the Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment (YICE), an eco-inclusive enterprise that provides a agricultural services to smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods. YICE has trained a group of farm agents to act as YICE representatives and community leaders. Innovative mobile technology provides smallholder farmers with access to key information on trainings, quality farm inputs,  and fair market prices for produce.  YICE aims to use this information and the provision of microloans to empower the local community to make better, more informed decisions at various levels of the farming value chain.

PublisherSEED
Publish Date
AuthorC. Meyer, M. Cardiff
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Uganda
SectorAgriculture or Food
No