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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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Financing the future of Asia
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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
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing, Innovation
Sector
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)
Publish Date
AuthorA. Mudaliar, H. Dithrich
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing, Scale
Sector
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)
Publish Date
AuthorM. Heinrich-Fernandes
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Policy and Government , SDGs
Sector
Myanmar
36

ANDE’s Ecosystem Snapshots are designed to collect basic information about the support available for small and growing businesses in a specific city or country. This information acts as a census of the local actors and represents a specific moment in time.

PublisherAspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Myanmar
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business
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Social impact investment 2019: The impact imperative for sustainable development
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This publication is a sequel to the OECD 2015 report on Social Impact Investment (SII), Building the Evidence Base, bringing new evidence on the role of SII in financing sustainable development. It depicts the state of play of SII approaches globally, comparing regional trends, and assesses its prospects, with a special focus on data issues and recent policy developments. Importantly, it provides new guidance for policy makers in OECD and non-OECD countries, as well as providers of development co-operation, development financers, social impact investment practitioners and the private sector more broadly, to help them maximise the contribution of social impact investing to the 2030 Agenda. In particular, it provides four sets of recommendations on financing, innovation, data and policy for delivering on the “impact imperative” of financing sustainable development.

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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing, Results Measurement and Impact
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Closing the circuit
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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
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Inclusive business models and strategy
SectorEnergy
A Resource for Structuring Blended Finance Vehicles
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Blended finance is a strategy that combines capital with different levels of risk in order to catalyze risk-adjusted, market-rate-seeking financing into impact investments. The Blended Finance Working Group identified a number of challenges that arise in structuring blended finance investments. This resource is divided into three sections. Each section includes a downloadable list of key considerations and questions aimed to ensure stakeholders are aware of each other’s motivations and expectations in engaging in a blended finance structure; and links to blended finance case study examples to demonstrate the range of ways each catalytic tool can be leveraged in  blended finance structures.
 

Publisher
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AuthorN/A
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing
Sector
Evaluation of Sida´s Global Challenge Funds: Lessons From a Decade Long Journey
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This publications shares lessons learnt from the implementation of 10 global Challenge Funds supported by Sida. It reviewed Sida’s rationale and underlying assumptions for the use of this modality in development cooperation, and identified best practices for Challenge Fund design and management. The experience from the 10 Challenge Funds is that intensively managed funds, with a more hands-on approach, had a greater degree of success in ensuring sustainable development outcomes than the lighter touch funds.

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AuthorIPE Triple Line
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Results Measurement and Impact
Sector
Supporting Innovation in Inclusive Business in Myanmar
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The DaNa Facility issued a call for grants through its Business Innovation Window (BIW) in August 2017 to catalyse private sector investment and innovation, and develop inclusive business models in Myanmar by selecting 10-12 organisations to support through matching grant funding. The BIW issued 11 grants in early 2018, ranging in value from £150,000 to £750,000. This case study presents early lessons learned. 

Publisher
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AuthorN/A
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Myanmar
IB Topics: Environmental Impact, Finance for Inclusive Business, Gender, Innovation
Sector
Impact investing market map
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The Impact investing market map, provides three basic but crucial benefits to the impact investing industry: (1) a common definition of a thematic investment that is aligned with at least one international organisation, global market leader and/or data provider; (2) basic criteria that explain a theme in practical terms, including thematic and financial conditions to identify specific businesses and investments aligned with the definition provided;  (3) a list of KPIs used by the impact investing community to track and assess the environmental and social performance of a specific theme.

PublisherPrinciples for Responsible Investing (PRI)
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AuthorK. A. Morriesen
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing
SectorAgriculture or Food, Education, Energy, Financial Services, Health, Housing or Construction, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management