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Vietnam: Inclusive Business Accelerator (IBA)

Vietnam: Inclusive Business Accelerator (IBA) | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Continuing its activities in accelerating integrated innovative solutions that deliver both commercial benefits to themselves, and development benefits for people in low-income groups, in terms of job creation, income improvements and availability of more affordable goods and services, the IBA Vietnam launched a Call for Proposals (2017). 27 proposals were submitted till the end of the deadline, 15th October 2017. 6 proposals were shortlisted to be presented at the Pitching Competition organized on 8th November 2017 in Hanoi. Of these, the Advisory Panel recommended 4 proposals for implementation and co-financed by the IBA with support equivalent to 70% of the total value of the project, but valued at no more than $25,000 per selected Inclusive Business project.

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Keeping it Real (SSIR)

Keeping it Real (SSIR) | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Simon's book warns against short-sighted impact investing that brings more benefit to investors than to the communities it supposedly supports.
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Impact Investing in Sustainable Food and Agriculture across Asset Classes | Croatan Institute

This paper provides a framework for impact investors as they consider how to invest in issues related to food and agriculture across asset classes, including public equities, fixed income, venture capital, and real assets. By identifying these opportunities for investment, investors can maximize the potential for positive impact and portfolio returns.
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First ever TV reality show for social entrepreneurs and impact investors in Sri Lanka 

First ever TV reality show for social entrepreneurs and impact investors in Sri Lanka  | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

One month since its inception, Ath Pavura, the first ever TV reality show for social entrepreneurs and impact investors hosted on nation’s premier TV channel is creating a unique platform to flow equity capital to micro, small and medium level entrepreneurs. It is Sri Lanka’s first reality to show to promote entrepreneurship and impact investment aired on ITN. The nine investors including Abeywickrema started with one million Rupees each, and now it has been increased to Rs.12 million within three months since starting the programme. “Our goal is to build a community and network of over 1000 passionate impact investors across Sri Lanka within the next two years whilst targeting 10,000 social entrepreneurs. These impact investors who have been very successful entrepreneurs by themselves have created wealth from the society and the environment which they anchor their successful business to, and they now want to give back to the fabric of society and environment which they are an integral part of, not only to their kith and kin,” Abeywickrema added. Ath Pavura co-partnered and co-hosted by LIIN, Selanka and ITN is that dynamic platform now here to stay and here to do that. Ath Pavura is powered by the partnership HNB, Dialog, Horizon Campus and Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.

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Data, data everywhere... But what does it mean for inclusive business?

Data, data everywhere... But what does it mean for inclusive business? | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Three things we know to be true:  a data revolution is underway, with more data available and processable than ever before;  businesses are seizing the data opportunity, as providers of data services and users of information; and the development community has stepped up its investment in data as part of …
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Novartis to Host Stakeholder Dialogue on Access to Healthcare in Lower-Income Countries

Novartis to Host Stakeholder Dialogue on Access to Healthcare in Lower-Income Countries | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

The third Novartis Social Business stakeholder dialogue, co-hosted this year with Novartis Oncology, will bring together a cross-section of stakeholders in Basel on November 21. They will discuss opportunities and innovations that will define the future of access programs and social business models in developing countries. The event will be an opportunity to reflect on how access models have helped deliver better healthcare for populations living at the base of the pyramid – including key hurdles and achievements, and how learnings can help define next steps. It will also provide perspectives on how innovative partnerships, inclusive business approaches, digital health, impact investment and local solutions can help shape the future of access to healthcare in lower-income countries..

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Inclusive Business Study "Business+ Philippines" launched

Inclusive Business Study "Business+ Philippines" launched | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines and the Department of Trade and Industry-Board of Investments, with support from UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development and the country's most prominent business associations, initiated a study to learn the private sector’s level of knowledge, engagement, and awareness of Inclusive Business to identify the characteristics and key drivers of successful initiatives. This can guide stakeholders – businesses, government agencies and local government units, communities, NGOs – to innovate and support the development of Inclusive Business models toward poverty alleviation and human development especially as guided by the 17 goals specified in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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Empower Women Through Solar

Empower Women Through Solar | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Frontier Markets & Barefoot College International will bring together their networks of women entrepreneurs to fight rural poverty through the distribution of proven, high impact solar products, creating a pathway to opportunity for marginalized, rural women and their communities. Barefoot College Solar Mamas are solar engineers. They have the capacity and confidence to manufacture, install and service solar products in their villages. They want proven solutions to demo and distribute in their markets to generate income. Frontier Markets’ Solar Sahelis are solar consultants. They use and collect customer data to design, distribute and service products like the Rakshak torch. They want to increase the distribution reach of high impact productive products Boosting Income for Rural Women and Global Communities

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APEC encourages promotion of Inclusive Business in Joint Ministerial Statement

APEC encourages promotion of Inclusive Business in Joint Ministerial Statement | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it


We, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers, met on 8 November 2017 in Da Nang, Viet Nam under the chairmanship of H.E. Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

We encourage the continued implementation of the Investment Facilitation Action Plan. We encourage economies to enhance capacity building, support more investment and policy dialogues,  and promote inclusive business and community engagement   to highlight the benefits of investment and encourage investment that supports inclusive economic growth.

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SMEs and SDGs: Supporting small and medium enterprises to achieve the sustainable development goals – Insights from a Survey

SMEs and SDGs: Supporting small and medium enterprises to achieve the sustainable development goals – Insights from a  Survey | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
As an impact investment manager focusing on the developing world for more than 15 years, BlueOrchard has participated in the evolution of the inclusive finance sector as it has expanded beyond the financing of traditional microfinance institutions to include a broad range of lenders to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Contributing to the growth and …
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Duterte promotes "inclusive business model," economic policies favorable to developing countries in speech before CEOs in APEC summit in Vietnam

Duterte promotes "inclusive business model," economic policies favorable to developing countries in speech before CEOs in APEC summit in Vietnam | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
(Eagle News) — To ensure prosperity, President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday proposed that businesses adopt an “inclusive business model”  and that policies be adopted that will allow developing countries to “get a larger share of the global value chain.” The President made the suggestions in a speech before businessmen during the Association of Pacific Economic Cooperation chief executive officers summit session 7 in Da Nang, Vietnam. Duterte was one of the keynote speakers in his …
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Argentina wants a slice of the impact investment pie

Argentina wants a slice of the impact investment pie | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Attracting impact investors is part of Argentina President Mauricio Macri plan to rebuild the country’s investment environment. The country has for the most part been left out of the private…
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New Report Morgan Stanley: Incorporating Inclusive Growth

New Report Morgan Stanley: Incorporating Inclusive Growth | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

A report on the private sector’s role in inclusive growth argues that companies that think beyond the bottom line may be stronger and more innovative.


There's no shortage of opinion on how governments can reduce economic and social disparities, but what about the private sector? The long-held belief that focusing on the environment and society is at odds with making a profit is increasingly being challenged. A groundswell of sustainable investing has both retail and institutional investors pressing companies to live up to their environmental, social and governance responsibilities. “Finding ways to foster inclusive growth is no longer a nice-to-have, but something which can have a significant impact on the value of corporations,” says Audrey Choi, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer at Morgan Stanley. A new report from Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing, “Inclusive Growth Drivers: The Anatomy of a Corporation,” explores four key areas where a corporation’s activities can impact inclusive growth: Human Resources, Products and Services, Operations Management, Firm Management and Governance.

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Unitus Seed Fund's investees touch 1.2 million lives in India

Unitus Seed Fund's investees touch 1.2 million lives in India | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

The social impact investment firm's first fund, of $23 million, helped 14 investee startups create real jobs, find financial stability and expand the ecosystem


In a mid-year report released in September, the firm—led by Dave Richards, Will Poole, both co-founders and managing partners, and Srikrishna Ramamoorthy, partner—revealed that over four-and-a-half years (from 2013 when Unitus started its investments), its 14 active investee companies have impacted people across 29 states, creating over 6,200 sustainable, quality jobs. In doing that, the companies have registered a 106 percent year-on-year growth in revenues and raised 3.6x additional capital since Unitus’s initial investments. Unitus had initially invested $23 million in 23 companies (selected from a long list of 2,500), of which nine are off the portfolio due to exits and write-offs. 


“The one million landmark is significant for the entire investing ecosystem: We’ve now shown the scale of impact a seed-level fund can achieve in a short span of four-and-a-half years,” Poole writes in the report. The report also says that Unitus has aligned its outcomes with some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) laid down by the United Nations (UN), calling it a “first-of-its-kind move within the Indian investment ecosystem”. Aligning with UN goals means that investors get a standardised framework for any participant—donors, traditional or impact investors, non-profits, philanthropists and social-impact businesses—to track cumulative progress against targets. That, in turn, makes it easier to channelise money to meet the twin objectives of maximum impact and market-rate financial returns. 

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The role of the private sector in sustainable development in Nepal

The role of the private sector in sustainable development in Nepal | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it


The role of the private sector in sustainable development in Nepal: Conference Nov 17, 2017 A one-day conference organised by KOICA and UNDP in December 2016 addressed ‘Private sector engagement for Sustainable Development Goals implementation in Nepal: opportunity for shared value’.

KOICA works on engaging the private sector’s resources and expertise in boosting economic development. Its Inclusive Business Solution initiative invites private sector to channel their resources allocated under Corporate Social Responsibility to development projects for impact on shared economic growth.

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There is need to solve challenges farmers face

There is need to solve challenges farmers face | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

African agriculture is more complex than most people think. For instance, intermediaries have been part and parcel of Zimbabwean agriculture for generations. The symbiotic relationship between farmers and middlemen who understand the market is one of the reasons why smallholder agriculture has remained resilient.


Beyond dollars and cents


Lessons from rural markets indicate the need to go beyond dollars and cents when formulating business models. Indigenous knowledge, relationships and practices have to be considered when developing inclusive business models. Local institutions like burial societies have their own powerful role in most communities. For instance, in the absence of markets, the burial society end up functioning as a market for local crops and livestock. Members of a burial society become the first consumers around which a Community of Practice is built.

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Lombard Odier survey shows Asia’s young HNWI and UHNWI ready to Gear their portfolios for Impact

Lombard Odier survey shows Asia’s young HNWI and UHNWI ready to Gear their portfolios for Impact | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
<p>An Impact Investment survey by Lombard Odier of next generation High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) in Asia found that almost all (98%) of those who participated were looking to increase their allocations to Impact Investments, with 3% of these seeking to make 100% of their portfolio impact-driven</p>
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Aavishkaar raises $95 million in first close of largest impact investment fund

Aavishkaar raises $95 million in first close of largest impact investment fund | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it


Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group intends to raise $200 million for the Aavishkaar Bharat Fund, making it the largest impact investment fund raised by an Indian asset manager

To raise the largest impact fund in India, the firm has also had to tweak its fundraising strategy, which has seen almost half of the first close being raised from Indian investors. “We realized that India is no more seen as a developmental hub. The world today acknowledges India not as a country that is poor or developing. Generally, our investors have been development finance institutions (DFIs) and we realized that their interest has moved on to other developing countries or continents like Africa. So, we had to adjust our fund-raising strategy and we made a significant focus on India and our old relationships,” said Rai. So, in contrast to its expectation of raising a fifth of the contribution from domestic investors, the fund managed to raise 50%, he said, adding that earlier Aavishkaar funds usually had 95% overseas investors and just 5% domestic investors

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Philippines delivers on ASEAN Inclusive Business agenda

Philippines delivers on ASEAN Inclusive Business agenda | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

The Philippines, however, has “fully and technically” achieved its other economic priority deliverables such as the completion of the Focused and Strategic Action Agenda on Investment, adoption of the ASEAN Seamless Trade Facilitation Indicators by the AEMs, the operationalization of the ASEAN Roll-On, Roll-Off connecting Davao-General Santos to Bitung, and the development of the ASEAN Inclusive Business Framework to promote inclusive business in the region, among others 

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Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing in the UK - GOV.UK

Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing in the UK - GOV.UK | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
This report, published by an independent Advisory Group, looks at how to grow a culture of social impact investing in the UK.
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Engro and Royal Vopak celebrate two decades of shared development for Pakistan -

Engro and Royal Vopak celebrate two decades of shared development for Pakistan - | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Engro Corporation (PSX: ENGRO) is a Pakistani home-grown multinational corporation widely regarded as one of the largest conglomerates in Pakistan. Engro’s portfolio consists of a variety of businesses including fertilizers, energy, chemical storage & handling, petrochemicals and foods. Fueled by the vision of becoming a digital first group in the country, Engro’s investments are all designed to deploy inclusive business models to pursue an integrated and shared growth for all who interact with its businesses. For more information please visit us on www.engro.com

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UNDP Innovation Challenge Award (Ideas To Boost Uganda Tourism) •

UNDP Innovation Challenge Award (Ideas To Boost Uganda Tourism) • | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
UNDP Innovation Challenge Call for “Scaling-up inclusive business models in support of Uganda tourism sector that creates opportunities for
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Launch NLandscape: a practicioners network on landscape approaches

Launch NLandscape: a practicioners network on landscape approaches | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

NLandscape, is an informal network of over 20 Dutch organizations who apply integrated landscape approaches supported by the F&BKP. For landscape business, members looked at inclusive business models which align and add to public, social and financial values. On landscape finance, members explored innovative financing mechanisms which are needed to fund long-term landscape interventions with plural pathways, often higher risk and distant yields. And on November 20, members will explore the complementarity and added value of looking at the multi-functionality of landscapes and gender issues as mutually reinforcing perspectives in the design of landscape initiatives. More information on this session can be found here.

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ASEAN leaders to discuss inclusive business in promoting shared prosperity

ASEAN leaders to discuss inclusive business in promoting shared prosperity | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) to meet ASEAN leaders to promote shared prosperity.
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Hilltribe Organics featured in Nikkei Asian Review

Hilltribe Organics featured in Nikkei Asian Review | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
My personal "Year of the Chicken" has raised our awareness of other poultry-keeping enterprises, large and small, that can tell you the exact provenance of their eggs.

Hilltribe Organics produces eggs in partnership with ethnic Akha and Karen villagers in northern Thailand. Each egg is stamped with a code that allows consumers to trace it to the farm of origin. This doesn't narrow down which chicken laid the egg, but it does zoom in on the farm.

Knowing where eggs come from is one thing, but having the organic assurance systems in place is another. "We control everything from start to finish," said Gaurav Sehgal, group director of sales for parent company Urmatt, which also produces organic rice, chia seeds and coconuts. "That is the only way we can get certification."

Hilltribe Organics eggs are certified by Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand and DLD Organic Thailand. Under its program, farmers are given chickens and feed grown to the company's specifications, all free of charge, as well as animal husbandry education.
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