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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The impact of Development Finance Institutions
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This rapid evidence assessment examines and synthesises the evidence base on the development impact of DFI investment. The objective is to strengthen DFID’s understanding of the critical assumptions underpinning its private sector development (PSD) theory of change to inform future PSD programming decisions. In particular, this rapid evidence assessment looks at what the current evidence tells us about DFI investment impacts on: incomes access to goods and services; distributional impacts (specifically poverty, gender, youth and quality jobs).

Publisher Department for International Development
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AuthorA. Lemma, M. Gouett, R. Calleja, S. Attridge
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Results Measurement and Impact
Sector
No
Off-grid solar. A growth engine for jobs
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The off-grid solar energy industry is generating thousands of jobs across East, West and Central Africa as well as South Asia. GOGLA's latest report Off-Grid Solar. A Growth Engine for Jobs estimates the sector currently supports 370,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs across these four regions. With investments and the right policies, the off-grid solar sector could create 1.3 million FTE jobs across East, West and Central Africa as well as South Asia by 2022.

PublisherVivid Economics, GOGLA, GIZ
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Author
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Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: BoP as distributor, Employment, Finance for Inclusive Business, Policy and Government
SectorEnergy
No
Unlocking pipeline: A playbook for entrepreneur support in Africa
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Entrepreneur support has become an industry in Africa. The number of organizations dedicated to helping entrepreneurs scale has doubled in the past few years. But deal flow remains stubbornly low, especially at the early stage. This report compiles lessons, case studies and trends gathered from our pioneering VilCap Communities Africa program and interviews with more than 300 stakeholders in our network. The first section, Takeaways, is a playbook of best practices for ESOs, grantmakers and startup investors. The second section, Ecosystem Overviews, consists of high-level snapshots of the landscape today, and several in-depth case studies of ESOs.

PublisherVillage Capital
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AuthorB. Wangari, R. Crawford
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: Capacity building, Finance for Inclusive Business
Sector
No
Accountability deficit? Assessing the effectiveness of private finance blending in ensuring that small-scale farmers…
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To boost agricultural development in developing countries, donors are increasingly resorting to blended finance: the practice of combining public development funds with private resources. Blended finance may open opportunities to inject more resources into the food and agriculture sector, but the assumptions that blended finance is inherently beneficial for agricultural development and that it is an efficient way to finance smallholder agriculture, are not supported by the evidence currently available.

This paper argues that private finance blending should be used with caution in rural development until donors can demonstrate the merits of blending using evidence-based results, in particular the added value of blending for development impact. This is especially important given the obligations of donors to make progress on the reduction of social, economic and gender inequalities. The increasing focus on private finance should not obscure the vital role of public finance in promoting inclusive agricultural transformation that benefits small-scale farmers.

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AuthorC. Godfrey, H. Saarinen
LanguageEnglish
Region/Country
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Policy and Government
SectorAgriculture or Food
No
Unleashing Private Capital for Global Health Innovation
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Unleashing Private Capital for Global Health Innovation takes stock of the needs of innovators and investors. This report:

  • Lays out the challenges and opportunities of innovating and investing in global health
  • Proposes a catalytic early stage “Innovator Support Facility” designed to increase the number of promising innovators successfully navigating the “valley of death” and reaching a point where they can attract and absorb more traditional sources of private capital
  • Proposes a blended finance & global health “Investor Support Facility” designed to provide low cost risk capital to offset lower risk-adjusted returns in global health and ‘crowd-in’ a wider array of private investors
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/Country
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Innovation
SectorHealth
No
Creating impact
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Over the last decade, impact investing has gained prominence as an approach to investment that aims to achieve both financial returns and social or environmental goals. This report takes stock of the size and segments of the impact investing market as of 2018 and estimates its growth potential through an analysis of investor preferences.

PublisherInternational Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing
Sector
No
Financing the future of Asia
80

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
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AuthorA. Agarwal, H. Koh, J. Thuard, R. Garg
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
China, India, Indonesia
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing, Innovation
Sector
No
Sizing the impact investing market
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This report provides an in-depth analysis of the current size and composition of the impact investing market. The GIIN estimates the current size of the global impact investing market to be $502 billion. Based on the collation of AUM data on more than 1,300 impact investors around the world, this research also underscores the diversity of the market, capturing data from many types of investors. These include asset managers, foundations, banks, development finance institutions, family offices, pension funds, insurance companies, and others. 

PublisherGlobal Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
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AuthorA. Mudaliar, H. Dithrich
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing, Scale
Sector
No
Donor engagement in innovative finance
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Donor agencies seek to engage the private sector for development results. This paper represents a first step to explore concepts around leveraging private finance for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It critically reviews four concepts that frequently feature in current discussions: Innovative Finance (often used as an umbrella term for approaches to leverage additional finance as well as other practices), Blended Finance, Impact Investing, and Results-Based Finance.

PublisherDonor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED)
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AuthorM. Heinrich-Fernandes
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Policy and Government , SDGs
Sector
No
Corporate Impact Venturing at the Base of the Pyramid
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So far, large companies have mainly developed - or ‘built’ - new inclusive business initiatives inside their existing business. This paper explores when buying inclusive business externally - through Corporate Impact Venturing (CIV) - makes sense. It also explains how CIV can be set up, and which partners can provide support. The outlook provides recommendations on how to further facilitate investments into inclusive businesses.

PublisherEndeva
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AuthorA. Schmidt, C. Tewes-Gradl, L. Sinha, M. Leahy-Wright
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Corporates in Inclusive Business, Finance for Inclusive Business, Partnerships
Sector
No