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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Pricing quality: Cost drivers and value add in the off-grid solar sector
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Non-quality verified offgrid solar products have a market share of about 71 %. Healthy competition is good for customers, but a race to the bottom will not serve anyone. This report identifies main cost drivers in the provision of quality products and services and comes up with suggestions how policymakers can narrow the price gap with non-quality products.

PublisherGOGLA, Hystra, iBAN
Publish Date
AuthorA. Boyer, J. Charbit Dunoyer, L. Klarsfeld McGrath
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
SectorEnergy
Yes
Second ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit
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This report presents the main messages of the Second ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit that took place on 1 November 2019 in Bangkok. As a result of efforts to promote inclusive business at the ASEAN and national levels, the majority of ASEAN Member States are engaging actively in inclusive business policy development. ASEAN leaders have commended and encouraged governments and private sector actors to continue promoting inclusive business, as stated in the ASEAN Chairman’s Statement of the 35th ASEAN Summit. A framework for the development of effective inclusive business policy instruments has emerged through the experience of frontrunner countries, highlighting eight strategic areas of inclusive business promotion.
PublisherOSMEP Thailand, United Nations ESCAP, iBAN, ASEAN BAC
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Sector
No
ASEAN Integration Report 2019
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The ASEAN Integration Report is a flagship publication of the ASEAN Integration Monitoring Directorate of the ASEAN Secretariat and is published periodically. The 2019 edition provides a comprehensive assessment of progress and achievements in ASEAN economic integration since the adoption of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025 in 2015. Chapter 3 references inclusive business as a key approach to achieve "a resilient, inclusive, people-oriented, and people-centred ASEAN".

PublisherThe ASEAN Secretariat Jakarta
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Sector
No
Advancing Enabling Policy Environments for Inclusive Businesses in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
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The report highlights several policy actions and experiences of frontrunners on inclusive business as a potential blueprint for other countries in the region. It takes stock of the progress made and maps public-private collaborations that can further support inclusive business in ASEAN. For instance, in Cambodia, the government is currently considering a national framework – the Inclusive Business Enabling Environment for Cambodia Strategy. In Malaysia, inclusive business has been included in the National Entrepreneurship Policy (DKN2030).

PublisherASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME), United Nations ESCAP, iBAN
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Sector
Yes
Byte by Byte: Policy Innovation for Transforming Africa's Food System with Digital Technologies
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Commendable progress has been made across many parts of Africa over the past years to increase agricultural productivity, reduce hunger, malnutrition, and poverty, create new employment opportunities for young people and improve the livelihoods of rural communities. Yet, demographic change, urbanization, shifting diets and climatic changes mean that pressure is growing on food systems to make more food and more varied and nutritious food available and accessible.  How African countries position themselves to harness and deploy digital technologies will determine the future competitiveness of African agriculture and its contribution to African economies.

The current report — Byte by byte: policy innovation for transforming Africa’s food system with digital technologies— summarizes the key findings of a systematic analysis of what seven African countries at the forefront of progress on digitalization of the agriculture sector have done right. It analyzes which institutional and policy innovations were implemented and which actions by the private sector and agtech start-ups were taken to increase the development and use of digital tools and services in the agriculture value chain. The objective of this report is to identify interventions that work and benefit farmers and other actors in the value chain and recommend options for policy and program innovation that allow countries to develop a digitalization ecosystem in which digital technologies and services can be developed and used to foster growth and competitiveness in Africa’s agriculture value chains. 

Publisher
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
SectorAgriculture or Food
No
Off-grid solar. A growth engine for jobs
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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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Author
Language
Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
SectorEnergy
No
Accountability deficit? Assessing the effectiveness of private finance blending in ensuring that small-scale farmers…
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To boost agricultural development in developing countries, donors are increasingly resorting to blended finance: the practice of combining public development funds with private resources. Blended finance may open opportunities to inject more resources into the food and agriculture sector, but the assumptions that blended finance is inherently beneficial for agricultural development and that it is an efficient way to finance smallholder agriculture, are not supported by the evidence currently available.

This paper argues that private finance blending should be used with caution in rural development until donors can demonstrate the merits of blending using evidence-based results, in particular the added value of blending for development impact. This is especially important given the obligations of donors to make progress on the reduction of social, economic and gender inequalities. The increasing focus on private finance should not obscure the vital role of public finance in promoting inclusive agricultural transformation that benefits small-scale farmers.

Publisher
Publish Date
AuthorC. Godfrey, H. Saarinen
LanguageEnglish
Region/Country
SectorAgriculture or Food
No
Accelerating progress: An empowered, inclusive and equal Asia and the Pacific
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The report proposes a framework of synergistic elements necessary to advance inclusion, empowerment and equality. It provides evidence that promoting empowerment and inclusion are necessary approaches to reduce inequality and accelerate progress towards a broad array of Sustainable Development Goals. It draws out policy messages on how an empowerment-and-inclusion approach to policymaking can be fostered.

PublisherAsia-Pacific SDG Partnership
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Sector
No
Donor engagement in innovative finance
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Donor agencies seek to engage the private sector for development results. This paper represents a first step to explore concepts around leveraging private finance for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It critically reviews four concepts that frequently feature in current discussions: Innovative Finance (often used as an umbrella term for approaches to leverage additional finance as well as other practices), Blended Finance, Impact Investing, and Results-Based Finance.

PublisherDonor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED)
Publish Date
AuthorM. Heinrich-Fernandes
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No
The State of Social Enterprise in Malaysia
114

This study provides an insight into social enterprise in Malaysia, including an estimate of the scale and scope of the sector. It assesses existing policies that are relevant to social enterprise and analyses how these have been implemented.This study is based on quantitative information obtained from a total of 132 survey respondents across Malaysia.

PublisherBritish Council, United Nations ESCAP, the Malaysian Ministry of Entrepreneur Development, Yayasan Hasanah
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Malaysia
Sector
No