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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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The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) launched the Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund (AWEF) in 2019 with support from the Visa Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The overall goal of AWEF-funded projects is to address the gender financing gap for women-owned small and growing businesses (SGBs) in developing economies. The first round of grantmaking, AWEF Asia, funded eight entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) in Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Pakistan, and India, as well as programs serving the region as a whole. This report summarizes the lessons learned from these grants.

PublisherAspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam
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The aim of this report is to document best practices by taking a micro-level deep dive into why women entrepreneurs applying for ‘missing middle’ funding (i.e., in the range of USD 30 000– USD 500 000) more often fail than succeed. This report focuses on the demand and supply issues related to women entrepreneurs access to finance in South Africa and Zambia. The study provides a baseline assessment of a cohort of women who participated in the Graça Machel Trust’s Women Creating Wealth (WCW), a Pan African entrepreneurship development programme whose aim is to grow businesses and transform behaviours, skills and build the confidence of women entrepreneurs.

Publisher Graca Machel Trust, African Women's Development Fund
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa, Zambia
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Most impact investors report meeting or exceeding their impact performance metrics, but is this truly the case? Maoz (Michael) Brown, head of research at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, collaborated with Wharton PhD candidate Lauren Kaufmann on a study that reveals it is common practice for impact investors to report metrics primarily to market their success, rather than to evaluate and understand where their impact may fall short.

PublisherWharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
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AuthorL. Kaufmann, M. Brown
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
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This report – supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – relies on case studies drawn from the health sector to provide a better understanding of female sales forces. When are women direct sales forces be best-placed to reach low-income (women) consumers and why? How much income can women sales agents truly hope to make from these models?  What practical requirements and best practices can help make these models successful?

PublisherHystra
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AuthorA. Magand, L. Berthault, L. Klarsfeld McGrath
LanguageEnglish
No

How can the government promote Inclusive Business (IB) and Impact Investing (II) in Nigeria? This report makes four major policy recommendations: institutionalising support, promoting awareness, creating a financing structure, and putting in place a coordinated stimulus implementation strategy. In addition, it provides an overview on the present landscape for IB and II in Nigeria.

PublisherCovid-19 Impact Consortium, Nextier Advisory
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AuthorS. O. Zebulon
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Sector
No

The achievement of global priorities – delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and delivering an inclusive recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – will require increased cooperation and innovative partnerships between governments, the private sector and communities. As part of its presidency of the G7 in 2021, the UK government mandated the Impact Taskforce (ITF) to support the development of scalable financial vehicles that harness private capital for public good. The result is a set of actionable pathways for greater amounts of capital to invest in solutions that meet the long-term and inextricably linked environmental and social needs of people and the planet.

PublisherImpact Taskforce
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AuthorL. Arnoldi, L. Spengler, R. Moses
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No

In 2021, the UK government, during its presidency of the G7, established the Impact Taskforce (ITF) to develop solutions for a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. This results report focuses on accelerating impact transparency, harmonisation and integrity of all capital flows in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a just transition.

PublisherImpact Taskforce
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
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No

This report provides the summary conclusions of the Impact Taskforce (ITF). It presents the case for urgent action, provides actionable recommendations and sets out a clear pathway as to how private capital can be mobilised at scale in support of key global sustainable development targets.

PublisherImpact Taskforce
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
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Project Sage 4.0, a new gender lens report researched by Wharton Social Impact Initiative and consultancy Catalyst at Large, quantifies the size and growth of the gender lens investing field and analyzes the field’s latest trends — including how it intersects with other elements of impact.

PublisherCatalyst at Large, Wharton Social Impact Initiative
Publish Date
AuthorM. Brown, S. Biegel, S. Hunt
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Sector
No

As is the case elsewhere, in Africa, many people depend entirely on food systems for employment and incomes as well. For these reasons, building resilient and sustainable food systems is crucial to ensuring sustainable economies and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063 Goals. However, Africa remains food insecure, accounting for 256 million of the world’s 795 million people suffering from hunger. Against this challenge, this 2021 African Agriculture Status Report (AASR21) provides evidence and insights on the prospects of achieving resilience and sustainability in Africa’s food systems.

PublisherAlliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
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