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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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While the struggle of rural communities to access quality health services has long been a critical issue, the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential role that electricity plays in rural health care facilities. Against this emergency background, DRE solutions offer a clean and cheap opportunity to electrify rural health care facilities. Showcasing 16 case studies from ARE Members, this publication aims to demonstrate the ability of DRE solutions to quickly deliver sustainable, reliable power to rural health care facilities and to serve as inspiration for new DRE projects.

PublisherAlliance for Rural Electrification
Publish Date
AuthorA. Soler, D. Lecoque, J. Jæger
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
SectorEnergy
No

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

The widespread social and economic consequences of Covid-19 have further amplified the need for impact investing to play a critical role in addressing the crisis. As impact investors seek to deploy capital to new investments and/or to investees already in their portfolio, many face challenges conducting due diligence. The Response, Recovery, and Resilience Investment Coalition, which is managed by the GIIN as the organizing body—is publishing a series of issue briefs on the impact investing market in the Covid-19 climate. This issue brief in the series seeks to provide greater clarity on the specific factors hampering investors’ abilities to conduct due diligence in the current climate and on strategies that investors have used to overcome these challenges.

PublisherGlobal Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
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AuthorP. Murphy, R. Bass, R. Khan
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Impact Investing
Sector
No

Given the adoption of the European Green Deal, as well as the current health pandemic, the call to rethink our conventional social and economic models has never been so clear. The aim of this policy brief is to provide an overview of how sustainable and inclusive business models can deliver positive social, economic and environmental impact in partner countries – as well as to provide concrete recommendations for the EU and Member States to support these businesses.

PublisherConcord
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
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No

Finding The Frontier examines the trajectory and velocity of sub-Saharan Africa’s growth story in the context of Covid-19 and begins to uncover investment opportunities across its regional ecosystems. A fast-growing, young and urbanising population has led to an increase in product penetration rates and closed the inclusion gaps. Tech-enabled companies well positioned to capitalise on these and other trends discussed will enable the transformation of a continent and offer solid returns to savvy investors.

PublisherAfriFindInvest (AFI)
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AuthorA. Jagich, G. Odimayo, T. Ogedengbe
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: Innovation
Sector
No

The strategic alignment between business and corporate foundations, impact funds, and accelerators shows enormous potential for achieving social impact. This report points out the four different ways these actors can align, such as a business alignment or an industry alignment, each with its strengths and weaknesses. 

PublisherStanford Social Innovation Review
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AuthorK. Heitmann, L. Roza, P. Boiardi, S. Serneels
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No

The report also the enormous potential to invest for impact in public equity markets. According to the report, impact investing in private markets could be as large as $2.1 trillion in assets under management, but only a quarter of that, $505 billion, is clearly measured for its impact, both for development impact and financial returns. The publication includes trends in impact investing, survey results of investor practices, and 32 case stories from signatories to the Operating Principles for Impact Management on how they are implementing them.

PublisherInternational Finance Cooperation (IFC)
Publish Date
AuthorA. Volk, N. Gregory
LanguageEnglish
No

This report sheds light on one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the world - ASEAN. Countries within ASEAN are in themselves diverse, with economic, political, and cultural nuances. Over the next years, the confluence of favorable demographics, rising income levels, geopolitical shifts, and digital inter-connectedness will create tremendous opportunities in the region to advance inclusive and responsible consumption for decades to come. This report builds on in-depth consumer surveys conducted across over 1,740 households in 22 cities and towns in ASEAN. It also draws from over 35 in-depth interviews with private and public-sector leaders. This research leads to insights on ASEAN’s present and future outlook on consumption. The report highlights the most significant implications for businesses that aim to thrive in the ASEAN economies over the next decade. It also lays out a call to action for all stakeholders in ASEAN’s growth to build an inclusive future for the region in a post-Covid world.

PublisherWorld Economic Forum
Publish Date
AuthorJ. Jurgens, Z. Ingilizian
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
IB Topics: BoP as customer
Sector
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Key highlights of the report reveal how investor sentiment, a growing recognition that there is no trade-off between impact and financial returns, and the emergence of a millennial generation that wants to work for, and invest in, products that have a positive social and environmental impact are helping drive the impact agenda. The report also examines the barriers and hurdles impact investing needs to overcome, the influence of the Covid-19 crisis, and what LPs look for when selecting GPs.

PublisherUnquote, the Aztec Group
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Impact Investing
Sector
No

The Covid-19 crisis is expected to roll back some of the progress made against global poverty over the last two decades, with the greatest impact on individuals at the base of the economic pyramid. Inclusive businesses that expand access to goods, services, and livelihoods for these individuals are responding to the crisis by reorienting and adapting their inclusive business models and operations. This IFC note highlights seven actions that companies are taking to address needs at the base of the pyramid. These actions can be seen as examples of what other businesses could do in response to the needs of those at the base of the pyramid.

PublisherIFC - International Finance Corporation
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AuthorA. Geaneotes, K. Mignano
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
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