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Green and Inclusive Business Toolbox

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Green and Inclusive Business Toolbox: Promoting Green and Inclusive Business Models in Development Cooperation Programmes

This toolbox defines green and inclusive business (GIB) models and describes the major challenges and opportunities GIBs face. It contains various examples of best practices regarding approaches from GIZ projects that work in the field of promoting green and inclusive businesses. This toolbox was recently updated and new tools have been added in these categories: finance (p.92 and 97), capacity development (p. 54) and policy (p.110).

Read the full document here.

Tags:  business models  development  green business models  inclusive business  sector publication  tools 

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NGO and company partnerships for inclusive business

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Monday, July 8, 2019

NGO and Company Partnerships for Inclusive Business
by Endeva

Inclusive business partnerships (IB partnerships) between NGOs and companies have a very specific form: they start from a concrete opportunity to improve the lives of low-income and marginalized people, and then address this opportunity with a financially viable business model that helps ensure sustainable impact.

Many NGOs and companies are interested in engaging in such partnerships, but often struggle with the “how". This guide aims to create a better understanding for what IB partnerships actually are, provide inspiration in the form of real partnership examples, and offer a way forward by documenting the lessons learned by practitioners in the field.

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Tags:  inclusive business  NGOs  partnerships 

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Financial Inclusion: Technology, Innovation, Progress

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Financial Inclusion: Technology, Innovation, Progress
by United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development

From innovative technology to increased engagement by the private sector, several exciting trends are propelling the world’s impressive gains in financial access, according to the newly released annual report from the UNSGSA. The report also details the many ways in which financial inclusion is driving progress on the development goals.

Despite this progress, however, gaps remain—most notably among women and the poor—and account usage lags behind access. The report details the UNSGSA’s ongoing efforts to address these issues through three key areas of work: ensuring usage and development impact, reaching neglected populations, and creating the right environment for technology-enabled financial inclusion. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  development  financial inclusion  inclusive business  sector publication  technology 

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Empowering through Collective Action

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Empowering through Collective Action
by Pierre Marie Bosc, IFAD Research Series

This paper is focused on how collective action can contribute to inclusion objectives, with particular respect to the agriculture sector. It was released in October 2018 as part of IFAD's Research Series, which brings together cutting-edge thinking on smallholder agriculture and rural development. Drawing on empirical and theoretical references, the paper posits that collection action could influence the domains of "public goods provision, expanding opportunities and challenging current norms and behaviours."

Tags:  2018  agriculture  inclusive business  sector publication 

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Inclusive Business in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 9, 2018

Inclusive Business in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
Markus Dietrich

Although inclusive business (IB) is primarily private sector driven, governments play an essential role in creating an enabling environment for IB and its contribution to achieving sustainable, inclusive economic growth and development. This report recognizes that highlighting factors such as institutional development, investment climate, access to health care and education, and social protection for rural development and poverty alleviation would aid the Asian and Pacific region in achieving inclusive growth.

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Tags:  2018  asia  cooperation  inclusive business 

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Reducing Youth Unemployment in South Africa

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Thursday, November 2, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

reducing youth unemployment in south africa


South Africa is faced with a crisis of high and rising youth unemployment. Throughout the country, only 1 in 3 young people of working age is employed. This distressing statistic not only plays out through the limited earnings potential and future prospects of these youth, but also emerges within stymied business growth and unsustainable pressure on governmental social programs. The solution will take action from a variety of sectors and actors in order to turn the tide.

This report, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, highlights two cross-sectoral partnerships—the EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative and the Mentec Foundation—that have seen success in placing these disadvantaged youth in jobs throughout South Africa. The report concludes with a table of recommendations for employers, training providers, philanthropic funders, and government officials to begin growing and replicating these efforts.

Download the report here.

Tags:  development  inclusive business  Shared Value 

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Shaping Inclusive Markets

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

The current global crisis of economic exclusion and inequity has millions of people in poverty with limited opportunities to escape. The questions of how markets work, and who they work for, have never been more pressing.

Truly inclusive markets lead to expanded opportunity for more broadly shared prosperity, especially for those facing the greatest barriers. With support from The Rockefeller Foundation, we analyzed historical cases where such inclusive transformations actually occurred in order to understand the ways in which they were achieved. Using these insights, we offer practical recommendations for funders and intermediaries seeking to enable more of these shifts in the future.


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Tags:  Economic Growth  Global. Development  inclusive business 

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How to IPO Successfully & Responsibly

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

How to IPO Successfully and Responsibly:
Lessons from Indian Financial Inclusion Institutions

by Grassroots Capital Management PBC and sponsored by Financial Inclusion Equity Council (FIEC)

This paper examines the 2016 IPOs of two Indian micro-lenders – Equitas Holdings and Ujjivan Financial Services – and how they “hardwired” their missions to prioritize their clients, setting them apart and driving their success. The experience of these two companies suggests how a responsible financial services company can position itself to go public while maintaining its social mission. 

Download the case study here.

Tags:  finance  inclusive business  India 

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Hardware Pioneers

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 18, 2016

Hardware Pioneers: Harnessing the Impact Potential of Technology Entrepreneurs

by FSG

A new report from FSG, Hardware Pioneers: Harnessing the Impact Potential of Technology Entrepreneurs, investigates the obstacles to development and scaling faced by those seeking to bring innovative hardware technologies, such as solar lanterns or low-cost medical devices, to people living in poverty throughout developing countries. The report suggests ways in which various sectors can leverage their unique resources to strategically support the journeys of these pioneers, from the initial inspiration to ultimate impact at scale.

Tags:  2016  inclusive business  sector publication  technology 

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