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
Last Mile Distribution: state of the sector report
60

Based on a survey of 72 GDC members from 30+ countries, as well as a series of expert interviews, this first-of-a-kind report highlights the vital role of last mile distributors in creating markets for beneficial products and effectively reaching last mile customers. It contains a wealth of new data and insights and provides tangible recommendations for stakeholders on how to engage with and support the sector.

PublisherGlobal Distributors Collective
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
SectorEnergy, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
No
Second ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit
12
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
Profiting from parity
104

Women play a key role in the economies of sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, sub-Saharan Africa is the only region where women make up the majority of those who are entrepreneurs. However, a range of impediments render women’s businesses less productive and having fewer employees than those owned by men. This new report seeks to focus attention on the challenges that Africa’s women entrepreneurs face and identify practical solutions. The report draws on new, high-quality, household and firm level data to present the clearest evidence to date about the barriers to growth and profitability faced by women entrepreneurs.The report offers policy makers evidencebased guidance on designing programs to target multiple obstacles and improve the performance of women entrepreneurs.  

PublisherWorld Bank
Publish Date
Authoret al., F. Campos
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Benin, Congo, Republic Democratic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo, Uganda
IB Topics: Gender
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
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Sector
No
Advancing Enabling Policy Environments for Inclusive Businesses in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
74

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
Grow Asia report on progress
24

Grow Asia is a unique multi-stakeholder partnership platform that brings together farmers, governments, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders in Southeast Asia to lift the productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability of smallholder agriculture in the region. This report outlines goals and key activities of Grow Asia in 2019.

PublisherGrow Asia
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
SectorAgriculture or Food
No
What does it take to go big?
108

This report fills the information gap for companies who are looking to engage in an IB activity, or scale an existing IB. It introduces a typology of management practices found by large corporations leading IB globally as critical to the growth and success of inclusive business. The typology builds on BCtA’s decade of experience engaging with companies implementing IB across sizes, sectors and regions, BCtA’s State of Inclusive Business Survey and interviews with executives from over 25 MNCs across regions.

PublisherBusiness Call to Action (BCtA)
Publish Date
AuthorN. Vali, P. Pelaez, T. Honkonen
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No
The Demand Side of Impact Investing
77

Research on impact investing is often conducted from the perspective of the investor, failing to account for the perspective of the impact entrepreneur on the ground. In particular, little primary research has concentrated on those who applied for impact investment funding but were turned down.This report details the ways in which local impact entrepreneurs have experienced the impact investing process, including the expectations of and communications with investors.

PublisherOxfam America
Publish Date
AuthorJ. Jones
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
India, Kenya, Mexico
Sector
No
Byte by Byte: Policy Innovation for Transforming Africa's Food System with Digital Technologies
80

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