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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Impact investing with a gender lens in Latin America
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This report summarizes information gathered from 48 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders in Latin America - primarily members of the ANDE network- as well as 254 firms that comprise their portfolios. It includes information from surveys and key informant interviews with 24 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem actors. This report highlights that while it is clear that gender equality is good for business and good for development, Impact Investors in Latin America are still only in the early stages of embedding this focus in their investment process and activities.

PublisherValue for Women, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Publish Date
AuthorC. Lazarte, D. Moctezuma, L. Marquez
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean
IB Topics: Gender, Impact Investing
Sector
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
Publish Date
AuthorB. Wangari, R. Crawford
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
IB Topics: Capacity building, Finance for Inclusive Business
Sector
No
A gender-inclusive Southeast Asia through entrepreneurship
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This research report uses country level data and expert interviews to understand the critical gender gaps and entrepreneurial solutions to advance the lives of women in Southeast Asia. The study outlines a framework that captures economic empowerment, personal safety and mobility, formal representation, education, health, time and decision-making as seven mutually reinforcing dimensions that are critical to women’s empowerment in Southeast Asia. The report shows that while many development indicators demonstrate that the lives of women in Asia have drastically improved, endemic problems continue to keep them from fulfilling their potential.

PublisherSasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), Dalberg Advisors
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Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
IB Topics: Gender
Sector
No
Case Study: Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP)
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A range of different partnership models are used in the Grow Asia network. The partnership model used in this case study, the Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP) presents a leading example of what can be achieved when different sectors work together. Whether you are working in Africa or Asia, on cocoa or rice, the SCPP model provides a useful framework, and some interesting insights into how to build a multi-stakeholder partnership. This study highlights seven key learnings from SCPP that Grow Asia believes are broadly applicable.

PublisherGrow Asia, PISAgro
Publish Date
AuthorS. Heinz
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Indonesia
IB Topics: Partnerships
SectorAgriculture or Food
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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Publish Date
AuthorC. Godfrey, H. Saarinen
LanguageEnglish
Region/Country
IB Topics: Finance for Inclusive Business, Policy and Government
SectorAgriculture or Food
No
#ClosingThe Gap Mekong - Country Report Vietnam
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This country report highlights that the Vietnamese entrepreneur ecosystem is developing very quickly, with an increasing number of participants and diversity of services. Support for ecosystem development is equally diverse, with government, development partners, and domestic and international private sector accounting for significant investment.

PublisherEmerging Markets Consulting (EMC)
Publish Date
AuthorD. Totten, M. van Roosmalen
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Vietnam
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No
#ClosingThe Gap Mekong - Country Report Myanmar
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This country report highlights that SMEs in Myanmar face familiar challenges to other developing economies, compounded by a political and economic environment that is still in transition. This has also impacted the financial sector, and consequently SMEs’ access to credit. A flourishing tech ecosystem indicates high potential, yet at this time, there have been few opportunities for SMEs with traditional business models.

PublisherEmerging Markets Consulting (EMC)
Publish Date
AuthorD. Totten, G. Pyone Mya Moe Lwin, M. van Roosmalen
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Myanmar
IB Topics:
Sector
No
#ClosingThe Gap Mekong - Country Report Lao PDR
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This country report highlights that the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lao PDR depends on broad-based improvements to the overall business environment. Fast growing and larger SMEs with more internal capacity are more likely to benefit from a wider and more flexible selection of financial offerings, which would make continued growth possible and therefore allow them to emerge from the missing middle successfully.

PublisherEmerging Markets Consulting (EMC)
Publish Date
AuthorL. Phodsavang, M. van Roosmalen
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Lao PDR
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No
#ClosingThe Gap Mekong - Country Report Cambodia
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This country report highlights that the Cambodian entrepreneur ecosystem has good foundations based on active participation of motivated ‘ecosystem builders’ and successful entrepreneurs. However, the Cambodian Government needs to sustain broad-based improvements to the overall business environment.

PublisherEmerging Markets Consulting (EMC)
Publish Date
AuthorD. Totten, K. Linna, M. Smiddy
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Cambodia
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Sector
No
Scaling social business through design thinking
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This report covers SPRING Acccelerator's learning so that other accelerators, programmes, donors and ecosystem-builders can build on their experience to better support businesses to innovate for impact. SPRING broke up their learning into four sub-themes: the human-centred design process, business models for girl impact, accelerator design and investment. 

PublisherSPRING, fuseproject
Publish Date
AuthorR. Haynie
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda
IB Topics: Capacity building, Gender, Inclusive business models and strategy
SectorHealth, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
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