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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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Government, NGO, and business leaders typically see great promise for digital tools to empower smallholder value chains and make them more efficient and profitable for farmers. However, new technologies only reach scale when they are delivered within a functioning business model. By observing the full range of solutions that have been developed across the ASEAN region, Grow Asia sees startups migrating to five business models which seem to show the greatest potential in reaching smallholder farmers at scale. This report provides an overview of those five business models, namely Digital Advisory, Peer-to-Peer Lending, Traceability, Digital Marketplaces and Mechanization Platforms, and why they show the greatest promise.

PublisherGrow Asia
Publish Date
AuthorP. Voutier
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySouth Asia
IB Topics: Digitalisation
No

The report takes customer-led view of the impact of the off-grid energy sector, as well as the relative performance of the sub-sectors within it.

Publisher60 Decibels
Publish Date
AuthorK. Harrison, S. Dichter, S. Khan, T. Adams
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
SectorEnergy
No

This report presents the joint research findings and conclusions on child labour, forced labour and human trafficking linked to global supply chains from the ILO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), under the aegis of Alliance 8.7. It is the first attempt by international organizations to measure child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains.

PublisherAlliance 8.7
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Global, South Asia
IB Topics: SDGs, Youth
Sector
No

In India, there has been a rise in the number of social enterprises and a growing interest in impact investing, as social enterprises look to expand and seek alternate means of funding. However, there is a knowledge gap among entrepreneurs and accelerators in understanding the legal landscape and managing negotiations related to impact investing in India. This report is an attempt to address a gap in the impact investing ecosystem in India, where there are numerous complex structural and legal concepts that require understanding, both for investors and entrepreneurs.

PublisherThe Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), Nishith Desai Associates, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Publish Date
AuthorA. Maniar, M. Nagappan, R. Rishi
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
IB Topics: Impact Investing
Sector
No

This research report uses country level data and expert interviews to understand the critical gender gaps and entrepreneurial solutions to advance the lives of women in Southeast Asia. The study outlines a framework that captures economic empowerment, personal safety and mobility, formal representation, education, health, time and decision-making as seven mutually reinforcing dimensions that are critical to women’s empowerment in Southeast Asia. The report shows that while many development indicators demonstrate that the lives of women in Asia have drastically improved, endemic problems continue to keep them from fulfilling their potential.

PublisherSasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), Dalberg Advisors
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
IB Topics: Gender
Sector
No

Around the globe, a wave of innovation is sweeping across the financial sector, from public equities to bonds, real estate to insurance, venture investing to small-business lending. In each of these areas, innovative players are using an ever-growing range of instruments to achieve social and environmental benefits, while producing attractive returns. This is the exciting field of sustainable finance, and it is growing fast. Nowhere is the opportunity for sustainable finance greater than in Asia, and only a sliver of this opportunity has been realized.

PublisherFSG, AVPN, The Rockefeller Foundation
Publish Date
AuthorA. Agarwal, H. Koh, J. Thuard, R. Garg
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
China, India, Indonesia
Sector
No

India is the largest producer and consumer of spices in the world today. However, the scope of agrarian production in India, positions sustainability as an immediate and fundamental topic demanding attention on account of non-discriminate use of agrochemicals, farmer livelihood, labour issues and health & safety.

To address these challenges, Sustainable Spices Initiative – India (SSI-I) has designed Sustainable Agricultural Practices (SAP) handbook, in collaboration with Indian Institute of Spice Research (IISR), that lays down a package of practices for sustainable spices production.

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Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
IB Topics:
No

The Energy Access India (EAI) program, funded by USAID from 2015 to 2018, was designed to close the circuit between clean energy enterprises and investors by providing access to knowledge and mentorship able to increase enterprises’ investor readiness so that more capital can flow to these enterprises. Researchers Researchers from the William Davidson Institute and Miller Center studied the challenges and lessons learned from the perspectives of enterprises and investors engaged in the program.

This report analyzes the business models and strategies of the EAI portfolio companies, identifies barriers and opportunities for investment in clean energy enterprises in India and provides actionable recommendations for enterprises and investors to influence the development of the overall clean energy industry.

PublisherWilliam Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University
Publish Date
AuthorA. Lieberman, C. Fay
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
SectorEnergy
No
The Bhungroo system helps smallholder farmers harvest rainwater throughout the monsoon season so they can use it during the dry season. This report details monitoring and evaluation of the recent installation of 52 Bhungroo systems among the poorest smallholder farmers of Harij in Gujarat’s Patan district.
PublisherSecuring Water for Food (SWFF)
Publish Date
AuthorN. Orentlicher
LanguageEnglish
No

IB financing as an investment and policy tool is a nascent tool with a promising but inconsistent track record in generating positive financial, economic, social, and environmental returns. Given the nexus binding exclusion, poverty, inequality, and resource consumption, this report argues that IB financing matters.

PublisherCredit Suisse, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Publish Date
AuthorN. Beckwith
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
Sector
No