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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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At the GOGLA Forum in Nairobi six active lenders to PAYG companies - SIMA, SunFunder, responsAbility, OIKO credit, Lendahand and CDC Group - shared their lessons learned and provided an outlook on the sector. This short report is a structured summary and reflection on the key points that came up.

PublisherPersistent
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Namibia
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Impact Investing
SectorEnergy
No

This study endeavours to add to the existing literature on understanding the finance gap for women entrepreneurs. An understanding of their challenges, coupled with a greater appreciation of their unique non-financial needs which have a direct bearing on their ability to access finance, can assist global financial institutions in engaging with them in a more focused manner, and customizing offerings. This study interviewed 207 women entrepreneurs across different segments in four emerging economies including India, Kenya, Indonesia and Rwanda.

PublisherInternational Development Research Centre (IDRC), Intellecap
Publish Date
AuthorA. Gokhale, A. Makena, N. Agarwal, P. Maheshwari, P. Seth
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
India, Indonesia, Kenya, Rwanda
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Gender
Sector
No

The report takes customer-led view of the impact of the off-grid energy sector, as well as the relative performance of the sub-sectors within it.

Publisher60 Decibels
Publish Date
AuthorK. Harrison, S. Dichter, S. Khan, T. Adams
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: BoP as customer, Results Measurement and Impact
SectorEnergy
No

An increasing number of poor households are gaining access to financing for physical assets ranging from smartphones to solar panels. However, even as poor people increase their borrowing for these assets, their impact on people’s livelihoods - and how debt affects the benefits of asset ownership - remains poorly understood. CGAP has undertaken a comprehensive review of the available evidence to understand (i) how asset ownership can lead to improvements in well-being for poor households and (ii) whether obtaining an asset through a loan or lease as opposed to a transfer, grant, or outright purchase affects the benefits associated with ownership.

PublisherThe Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
Publish Date
AuthorE. Hernandez, M. Mattern, S. K. Kumaraswamy
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: BoP as customer, Results Measurement and Impact
SectorFinancial Services
No

The authors aim to catalyze a competitive marketplace of companies providing smallholder farmers with a choice of affordable, inclusive and high-quality services. For this they are building a common understanding of the key barriers and opportunities for providing smallholders tailored, high-quality services at scale, coupled with advice, technical assistance and de-risking finance to pilot new business models and partnerships.

PublisherFarmfit IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Publish Date
AuthorB. Isenberg, J. Bolton, O. Baruffa, W. Okolo, W. van Monsjou
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: BoP as distributor, Impact Investing, Partnerships, Rural development
SectorAgriculture or Food
No

Small and growing businesses (SGBs) have a diverse range of business models and a diverse range of unmet financing needs. This report identifies five alternative approaches for providing finance that meets the diverse needs of each SGB segment and investor. It also highlights critical actions that ecosystem stakeholders can take to help support these approaches as well as newly emerging ones that together can help fill the financing gaps within each SGB segment.

PublisherThe Collaborative for Frontier Finance
Publish Date
AuthorA. Plazas, G. Snyders, K. Hornberger, K. Kelhofer, M. Pedersen
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business
Sector
No
86

This report explores the role of different kinds of capital in bending the arc of agricultural market development towards inclusive growth. It pays particular attention to how impact-focused players deploying capital that is flexible in terms of risk-return expectations can best deploy it in order to catalyse large-scale transformations towards inclusion.

PublisherFSG in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID)
Publish Date
AuthorH. Koh, J. Thuard, L. Amaya
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Inclusive business models and strategy
SectorAgriculture or Food
No

This evidence review assesses the impact of electricity on development outcome in emerging economies. It considers the evidence of impact in macroeconomic, microeconomic, social, and environmental areas to help investors maximise impact across investments in power.

PublisherCDC Group
Publish Date
AuthorA. Eberhard, G. Dyson
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Results Measurement and Impact
SectorEnergy
No

The report builds off the 2015 Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) study, The Landscape for Impact Investing in West Africa. Nigeria and Ghana represented more than half (54%) of impact investing capital in the region, with Nigeria receiving 29% and Ghana receiving 25% of the capital deployed. This 2019 study seeks to understand the extent to which investor experience, deal flow, and outlook have evolved since 2015 and policy has enabled or inhibited impact investing, and in turn to propose policy recommendations that address the issues identified.

PublisherImpact Investors' Foundation
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana, Nigeria
IB Topics: Impact Investing, Policy and Government
Sector
No

The African Impact Report 2019 is a catalyst for collaborative coordination amongst global stakeholders to fast track sustainable and scalable solutions for Africa’s prioritized impact needs. This working paper presents a baseline of the progress pertaining to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, macroeconomic growth prospects, capital availability and sector opportunities. It further outlines gaps which require a collaborative effort to address in order to ensure the much needed outcomes for the African continent is achieved.

PublisherImpact Investing South Africa, Public Investment Corporation
Publish Date
AuthorB. Lalu, M. Mathys, T. Murulana
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: Impact Investing
Sector
No