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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 landscape of microinsurance in Africa
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Microinsurance is growing and expanding throughout Africa. Led by the ILO's Microinsurance Innovation Facility and the MicroInsurance Centre, Briefing Note #1 identified over fourteen million low-income people in Africa who were covered by microinsurance at the end of 2008. The outreach almost doubled over the last 4 years. Even with such growth, there are clearly significant gaps. Substantial parts of the continent remain almost barren of microinsurance. Health, agriculture and property covers, all significantly in need by the low-income market, are evident as a mere fraction of life insurance coverage. This study provides a detailed picture of microinsurance in Africa and discusses challenges in the years to come in order to facilitate broader, high-quality expansion.

PublisherILO's Microinsurance Innovation Facility
Publish Date
AuthorC. Phily, J. Harms, M. J. McCord, M. Matul
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: BoP as customer, Data
SectorFinancial Services, Health
No
Microinsurance that works for women: Making microinsurance programs gender-sensitive
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Led by the Women's World Banking and the Zurich Insurance Company, Briefing Note #2 is intended to generate discussion of a gendered approach to microinsurance. While insurance companies are beginning to design and deliver a variety of products to the poor, the paper focuses primarily on health and life insurance because these two risks typically are reported to exert significant financial pressure on poor women. The authors explore how health and life microinsurance could be designed to more effectively respond to women's needs, and offer practical advice to insurance companies for delivering such schemes. They conclude with a call to action for insurance companies, delivery channels, researchers and donors to make insurance more gender-sensitive, which will serve the dual mission of poverty alleviation and profitability.
PublisherThe ILO's Impact Insurance Facility
Publish Date
AuthorA. Banthia, B. Mathews, M. J. McCord, S. Johnson
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
SectorFinancial Services, Health
No
Sanitation in India: Progress, Differences, Correlates, and Challenges
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This study uses nationally representative data sets to present analysis of progress, differentials, correlates, and challenges of sanitation in India. It provides policy conclusions that could assist India in meeting its set goal of “Sanitation for All” by 2012.

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AuthorS. Bonu, H. Kim
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
India
IB Topics:
SectorWater, Sanitation or Waste Management
No
Towards Triple Impact - Toolbox for Analysing Sustainable Ventures in Developing Countries
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This toolbox looks at the process of building and managing a sustainable venture reviewing: where the opportunities are to create value by meeting needs better and more efficiently; what factors determine the success of the venture; and what the costs and benefits are of the venture for the business, society and the environment. It provides guidance and frameworks to systematically address each of these questions.

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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No
India: The Impact of Mobile Phones
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This study provides findings from an econometric analysis on the impact of mobile telephony in India, which aimed to inform policy-making in the sector. It looks at the impact of mobiles on agricultural productivity; discusses a survey conducted on the usage of mobile in poor urban areas; as well as the impact of mobiles in the SME sector.

Publisher
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
India
Sector
No
Carbon Connections: Quantifying mobile’s role in tackling climate change
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This report highlights that wireless telecommunications have the potential to reduce carbon emissions significantly. It discusses how savings can come from 13 specific opportunities within five key areas: dematerialisation, smart grids, smart logistics, smart cities, and smart manufacturing.

Publisher
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics:
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No
The Phoenix Economy: 50 Pioneers in the Business of Social Innovation
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This report suggests that a new economy, the Phoenix Economy, has emerged since the global economic downturn of 2008 that focuses on social and environmental solutions where markets and governments have failed. It explores how 50 entrepreneurs, investors and businesses are thinking as they develop and scale market solutions to a broad array of economic, social, environmental and governance challenges. It concludes with a ‘Phoenix Agenda’ which sets out stakeholders can best support new market pioneers in achieving the scale essential for more sustainable markets and equitable societies.

Publisher
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics:
Sector
No
Mobility for Development
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This comprehensive report provides findings from a study which focused on Bangalore in India, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Sa?o Paulo in Brazil and Shanghai in China to better understand how public agencies, business and civil society in these rapidly growing cities are working to develop solutions to the mobility opportunity divide and the negative impacts associated with mobility.

Publisher
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
Brazil, China, India, Tanzania
IB Topics:
Sector
No
The Inclusive Business Challenge
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This tool comes in the form of a PowerPoint pack and aims to help companies and stakeholders identify and implement models that profitably engage low-income populations across value chains, as well as develop affordable products and services that meet the needs of low-income populations. It presents good practice examples and includes a simulation activity that is best used in an interactive workshop setting, to identify risks and opportunities in building inclusive business.

Publisher
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No
Developing Inclusive Business Models - A Review of Coca-Cola's Manual Distribution Centers in Ethiopia and Tanzania
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This report explores the Manual Distribution Centers (MDC) model implemented by Coca-Cola Sabco, one of the Coca-Cola Company’s bottling partners, in Tanzania and Ethiopia. It examines two elements, how the MDC business model is structured and implemented and how the business model is contributing to expand economic opportunity and human capital development in the two countries.

Publisher
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AuthorJ. Nelson, E. Ishikawa, A. Geaneotes
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal, Sub-Saharan Africa
Ethiopia, Tanzania
SectorRetail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
No