The Inclusive Business Forum in Zimbabwe was established in March 2012 as a collaboration between SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in Zimbabwe and the Business Council for Sustainable Development Zimbabwe (BCSDZ), with the generous support of the Ford Foundation.
The Forum is administered by the BCSDZ.
The inaugural meeting of the new Forum was attended by senior representatives of 20 organisations from the private, public and civil society who had either accepted or offered to be members of the Forum. Since then further organisations have joined and membership is ‘open’ to senior representatives of organisations that are involved or interested in Inclusive Business in Zimbabwe.
The Forum meets on a quarterly basis.
The formation of the Forum is a logical stepped up collaboration to previous and current relationships. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (of which the BCSDZ is a long-standing Regional Network Partner) has an alliance with SNV on Inclusive Business, and the BCSDZ and SNV Zimbabwe have had a Memorandum of Understanding on Inclusive Business for three years before the formation of the Forum. SNV Zimbabwe has played a leading role in the development of a number of successful Inclusive Business Projects in Zimbabwe, and the BCSDZ has given prominence to Inclusive Business at its Annual Conferences and also at various other events.