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Smart tapped to empower microfinance bank

Smart tapped to empower microfinance bank | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Smart Communications, Inc. will be supporting the launch of the country's first microfinance bank that aims to deliver all its services through a mobile platform."By launching a mobile microfinance facility, we will be giving the unbanked access to savings products and bank loans that can help improve their lives," Tricia Dizon, Smart financial services head, said.

Dubbed as mBank Philippines, the service will be launched by the PLDT-Smart Foundation, mobile microfinance holding firm mBank Holding, Finnish development finance company Finnfund, and Dutch development bank FMO.

Through mBank Philippines, Smart and Talk 'N Text subscribers may open a savings account, apply for loan products and pay obligations all via their mobile phones.

"The process eliminates the need to travel far to deposit and withdraw money, apply for loans, and pay amortization. This is very convenient especially for those who cannot afford to be absent from work or leave their sari-sari stores," Dizon said.

 

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Delivering Inclusive Business for Sustainable Food Supply | Concordia

Delivering Inclusive Business for Sustainable Food Supply | Concordia | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Concordia promotes effective public-private collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. Visit our Delivering Inclusive Business for Sustainable Food Supply page for more information.
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Announcing B Team Eastern Africa, for Sustainable, Inclusive Business - The B Team

Announcing B Team Eastern Africa, for Sustainable, Inclusive Business - The B Team | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The B Team and Safaricom today announced plans to create The B Team – Eastern Africa, a new not-for-profit initiative, created by regional business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business for the wellbeing of people and the planet – and responding to the specific challenges and opportunities of the markets in Eastern Africa.

By raising their collective voice and leading by example, The B Team Eastern Africa will catalyse CEOs, investors and entrepreneurs to lead their companies and sectors in a more sustainable direction.
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Singapore-based ID Capital focusses on startups that build sustainable food solutions

Singapore-based ID Capital focusses on startups that build sustainable food solutions | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
In a world where foodtech is predominately defined by online delivery, Singapore-based boutique investment and consulting company ID Capital is helping startups build sustainable food solutions.
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Inclusive Business - DCED

Inclusive Business - DCED | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
This DCED webpage gives an overview of the key research and debates in the Inclusive Business approach to Private Sector Development (PSD).
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First-Ever Sustainable Seafood Investment Holding Company Launched - Global AgInvesting

First-Ever Sustainable Seafood Investment Holding Company Launched - Global AgInvesting | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Zoma Capital, the family investment office of Ben and Lucy Ana Walton, and Encourage Capital announced that the two have partnered to launch Pescador Holdings, the first-of-its-kind sustainable seafood investment holding company. The launch of the fund, which will be seeded with an initial commitment of $10 million from Zoma Capital,  is the culmination of … Continue reading "First-Ever Sustainable Seafood Investment Holding Company Launched"
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Palladium - The Impact Investment Market in South and Southeast Asia

Palladium - The Impact Investment Market in South and Southeast Asia | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
This snapshot presents an overview of the impact investment landscape in selected countries in South and Southeast Asia, specifically Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. It is intended to provide an introduction and overview of the different types of impact investment funds active in the region.

Recognising that impact investing encompasses a broad spectrum of investment mandates and vehicles, this report seeks to distinguish funds by distinct categories, and provide insights into the spectrum of financial and impact objectives funds are pursuing in the countries of focus. This segmentation of impact investment funds may help investors, both existing and prospective, identify funds that are best aligned with their unique goals and objectives.
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New Action Platforms to Achieve the SDGs | UN Global Compact

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Beginning in 2017 we are offering a new portfolio of Action Platforms to advance business activities and outcomes in relation to the Ten Principles and the SDGs. Developed in consultation with LEAD companies, Local Networks, UN agencies and relevant partners, Action Platforms fill emerging gaps in advancing the SDGs. They are tailored for up to 40 companies and require a fee.
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Creating Social Impact Using Supply Chain Finance - A Case Study of Unlocking Access to Low Cost Fertilizer in Pakistan's Agri Value Chain | Karandaaz Pakistan

Creating Social Impact Using Supply Chain Finance - A Case Study of Unlocking Access to Low Cost Fertilizer in Pakistan's Agri Value Chain | Karandaaz Pakistan | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Innovative supply chain financing presents an unprecedented opportunity to disrupt traditional SME banking credit models, and, improve the livelihoods of millions of people in emerging markets. Innovation in supply chain financing is primarily driven by combining a key value proposition for the anchor corporate with a technology-enabled ecosystem.
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Inclusive Business from Germany

Thanks to a successful #impact #investment approach in #Africa @GreenTecCapital won the 2017 German entrepreneurship award for development. https://t.co/shopJEoriD
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BoP Innovation Center: ‘How we use virtual reality for inclusive business’

BoP Innovation Center: ‘How we use virtual reality for inclusive business’ | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Have you thought about using virtual reality in your work? Do you wonder how it could support your marketing and distribution efforts?  The BoP Innovation Center has bee
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Call for Proposals - Inclusive Business Hub

Call for Proposals - Inclusive Business Hub | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Are you working w/ low-income communities in the #FMCG sector #Egypt? #inclusivebiz strategic advisory prog launched https://t.co/WaFTJWoNb1
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ASEAN@50 initiatives for inclusive growth

ASEAN@50 initiatives for inclusive growth | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Last Jan. 25-26, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council held its 69th ASEAN BAC Meeting in Manila. As ASEAN BAC chairman, I led the discussion of priorities and programs for the Philippines’ chairmanship this year, which coincides with ASEAN’s 50th anniversary.
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ADB Asian Development Bank : Private Sector Financing Exceeds $8.3 Billion in 2016, Up 15% Year-On-Year

ADB Asian Development Bank : Private Sector Financing Exceeds $8.3 Billion in 2016, Up 15% Year-On-Year | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The Asian Development Bank approved $2.5 billion in new private sector financing in 2016. Together with cofinancing, ADB mobilized $8.3 billion for private sector projects in the region,
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Leveraging Impact Investment for Global Development? | Center for Strategic and International Studies

Leveraging Impact Investment for Global Development? | Center for Strategic and International Studies | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The term “impact investing” was first coined in 2007 at a gathering hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation, and it refers to investments into companies, organizations, or funds with the intention of generating social or environmental impact alongside a financial return.
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BCtA-SIB Workshops on Inclusive Business in the Health & Infrastructure Sectors

BCtA-SIB Workshops on Inclusive Business in the Health & Infrastructure Sectors | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The Business Call to Action (BCtA/UNDP), in partnership with Sustainable Inclusive Business-Kenya (SIB-Kenya) are preparing a globally shared publication that will highlight opportunities for inclusive business in Kenya, showcase leading inclusive businesses across sectors and provide private sector insights on how inclusive business could be further encouraged and supported in Kenya. We would like to take this opportunity to greatly appreciate you for the support you bestowed on us through sharing your knowledge and insights about your inclusive business models through surveys and interviews.
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The Inclusive Business Scan | VECO (International)

The Inclusive Business Scan | VECO (International) | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
VECO, with support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has developed the Inclusive Business Scan (powered by SenseMaker) to organise real-time feedback on inclusive business in smallholder supply chains.
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Challenge139 | Inclusive Business

Challenge139 | Inclusive Business | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Just joined the @FightPoverty #inclusivebusiness Challenge. Join here: https://t.co/3pZcQoKxqj #BFPChallenges #SDGs
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ImpactAssets Releases Annual IA 50 Impact Investment Fund Showcase | NextBillion

ImpactAssets Releases Annual IA 50 Impact Investment Fund Showcase | NextBillion | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
.@IAimpactassets has released its 2016 impact investing showcase for financial advisors (via @CSRwire) https://t.co/WNKCEayUjY #impinv
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Unitus Impact leads $6.3m round in SE Asia startup mClinica

Unitus Impact leads $6.3m round in SE Asia startup mClinica | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley-based Unitus Impact has led a $6.3-million series A round in mClinica, a health-tech startup piloted in the Philippines.
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Leveraging All Assets for Social Good (SSIR)

Leveraging All Assets for Social Good (SSIR) | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
To bring more resources to bear on the challenges facing children and families, funders can step outside their traditional grantmaking role to invest in innovative and mission-focused efforts.
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Inclusive Growth in Bangladesh through Agriculture | Justmeans

Inclusive Growth in Bangladesh through Agriculture | Justmeans | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
RT @sajeebwazed: #Bangladesh seeks to improve growth in #agriculture sector
https://t.co/ef8Eakz32y
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Investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture

Investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture 2017, More and Better network, 32 pages The report gives an overview of th
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How Social Impact Investment Delivers Superior Returns

How Social Impact Investment Delivers Superior Returns | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The returns on impact investment prove these businesses with an element of social enterprise are worth following
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Young, Local and Social: A Latin American Formula for Inclusive Growth | ImpactAlpha

Young, Local and Social: A Latin American Formula for Inclusive Growth | ImpactAlpha | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
An entrepreneurial culture, a youthful population and, paradoxically, still-high social inequality, are driving business opportunities throughout Latin America.
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Grab commits $100 million to Indonesian ‘technopreneurship for social good’ | ImpactAlpha

Grab commits $100 million to Indonesian ‘technopreneurship for social good’ | ImpactAlpha | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The Singapore-based ride-hailing service Grab will invest in mission-driven mobile and fintech startups “focused on deepening financial inclusion” across cities and income levels in Indonesia.
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