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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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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
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AuthorC. Phily, J. Harms, M. J. McCord, M. Matul
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: BoP as customer, Data
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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
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AuthorA. Banthia, B. Mathews, M. J. McCord, S. Johnson
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
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This report reviews the growth of coalitions between the public, private and non-profit players in tackling developmental challenges. It explores what works and what doesn’t, and it assesses the relative merits of public sector and market-driven approaches. It identifies and discusses three waves of change in an NGO’s evolution: 'foundation', 'transformation', and 'collaboration'; and it outlines good practices from case examples of NGOs .

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AuthorG. Bulloch
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Partnerships
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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
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This report examines the critical role of supply and distribution chains in harnessing the power of business for development impact. It highlights successful case examples, outlining the different approaches to responsible supply chain management; and it concludes with four issues that will need further exploration on the topic.

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AuthorC. Ashley
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
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This study explores franchising in development and its ability to accelerate the growth of successful businesses. It reviews the successes, barriers and enablers for franchising; what the potential is for franchise business models to effectively and sustainably deliver “public” goods and services at scale; and whether micro-franchises offer an effective way to reach (and employ) the base of the pyramid in frontier markets.

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AuthorS. Beck, W. Deelder, R. Miller
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
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Starting with water kiosks in Zambia and ending with examples in Tanzania and Kenya, the paper illustrates how water kiosks respond to the challenges of water supply in low-income countries. It provides the reader with a management concept on how to set up water kiosks in other countries . It illustrates the role of the government and highlights appropriate regulations and indicates the activities of German Development Cooperation.

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LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Zambia
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This case study reviews the 'Livestock Marketing and Enterprise Project' and 'Livestock Purchasing Fund' in Kenya, which aimed to create a responsible livestock marketing system that would integrate 5,000 pastoralists from the Carissa district of Kenya into the livestock markets in Nairobi and Mombasa, thereby improving pastoralist incomes. It discusses the enterprise's value chain and model; the challenges and successes; and details the strategy behind the Livestock Purchasing Fund.

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LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
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This report discusses the business and economic case for investing in girls’ education; it presents a practical ‘check-list’ of actions that companies can undertake to invest in girls, outlining these in three categories: 'core business activities', 'social investment and philanthropy', and' public policy dialogue and advocacy'.

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AuthorS. Murphy, W. Belmonte, J. Nelson
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics:
SectorEducation
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This report documents discussions and findings from a three-day workshop in Jaipur which focused on opportunities to enable access to markets at the base of the pyramid. It examines challenges in forming business linkages across three areas: 'operational', 'reputation and relationship management', and 'systemic challenges, examples and solutions' and summarises patterns of solutions for successful linkages.

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AuthorB. Jenkins, E. Ishikawa
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
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