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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 authors aim to catalyze a competitive marketplace of companies providing smallholder farmers with a choice of affordable, inclusive and high-quality services. For this they are building a common understanding of the key barriers and opportunities for providing smallholders tailored, high-quality services at scale, coupled with advice, technical assistance and de-risking finance to pilot new business models and partnerships.

PublisherFarmfit IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative
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AuthorB. Isenberg, J. Bolton, O. Baruffa, W. Okolo, W. van Monsjou
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
No

Last mile distributors (LMDs) are primarily dedicated to getting beneficial products, including solar lights, water filters, nutrition products and improved cooking solutions to underserved areas. However, they face difficulties in reaching last mile consumers. The“Last Mile Distribution: State of the sector report” presents data and insights and provides tangible recommendations for stakeholders on how to engage with and support the sector.

PublisherGlobal Distributors Collective
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LanguageEnglish
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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
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Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
SectorEnergy
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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
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AuthorA. Schmidt, F. Casado, R. Elebrashi, S. Friedrich
LanguageEnglish
Yes

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
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AuthorS. Dutta
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa
Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda
SectorEnergy
No

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)
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AuthorA. M’Bale, N. Were, R. Pillai
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Uganda
No

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)
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AuthorM. Chen, V. A. Beard
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No

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)
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AuthorN/A
LanguageEnglish
No

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
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AuthorC. Meyer, M. Cardiff
LanguageEnglish
No

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
No