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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Off-grid solar. A growth engine for jobs

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
Publish Date
Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: BoP as distributor, Employment, Finance for Inclusive Business, Policy and Government
Embracing payments as a platform for the future of mobile money
For over a decade, mobile money has been driving financial inclusion, opening access to digital transactions and giving people the tools to better manage their financial lives. This publication delves further into this topic and addresses the following key questions: How should the mobile money business model evolve to meet the changing needs of individuals and small businesses, and what is required to make this shift? Who will benefit from the ‘payments as a platform’ approach?
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AuthorN. Naghavi.
IB Topics: BoP as customer, Digitalisation, Employment, Inclusive business models and strategy
The untapped market for agricultural innovations in emerging economies
This workbook has been conceived as a practical tool for innovators working in the agricultural sector to reach and effectively serve the untapped market of women smallholder farmers in emerging economies. The workbook reviews existing resources and tools for designing and marketing products, services, and technologies, provides a way to assess barriers and opportunities for reaching the missing market of women farmers, and recommends specific tools and processes for the entire business cycle, from product design to market entry, retention, and growth.
PublisherSecuring Water for Food (SWFF)
Publish Date
Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam
IB Topics: BoP as supplier, Employment, Gender, Innovation, Results Measurement and Impact
SectorAgriculture or Food
InTaCt - Inclusive Textiles and Clothing

In 2015, the ADB engaged Inclusive Business Sweden to prepare this sector study on IB models in the value chain of the textile and clothing industry in Asia, focusing on Bangladesh and Myanmar. The study focussed on mapping opportunities for developing inclusive business models across supply chains in Asia as possible new and innovative investment opportunities for leading Swedish and other international and local companies in the sector. 11 broad opportunities were identified in Bangladesh and 8 in Myanmar. Within each of the two countries, two opportunities were prioritised which were considered to be commercially viable and scalable with a great potential for positive impact. 

Publish Date
AuthorM. Debelak
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Bangladesh, Myanmar
IB Topics: Corporates in Inclusive Business, Employment, Inclusive business models and strategy
SectorRetail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods