11/03/2014 - 11:28

There are currently some 500 million small-scale farmers, representing 90% of farmers worldwide, and producing about half of the world’s current food requirements. Feeding the projected 9 plus billion inhabitants of our planet in mid-century will require raising overall food production by some 70%.

Companies in the agribusiness sector are using diverse inclusive business strategies to...

24/02/2014 - 14:36

40 companies, nearly 4 years of collaboration with the Business Innovation Facility, the last 4 months crunching data from an excel file too big for my machine to handle. Have we learnt enough to answer some really big questions that we all have about the reality of inclusive business?

Let's share five conclusions of the BIF team and see what you think:

1. It's all about the...

04/02/2014 - 11:31

In the portfolio of businesses supported by the Business Innovation Facility, we see the full range of success and failure. This report explores the reasons why some things did not go so well. What led to problems, and what can we learn from them? In the BIF portfolio, six businesses were approved for support but were cancelled before they got off the ground. Eight of those that received BIF...

29/01/2014 - 09:44

Six business specialists from across CARE International answered the question: “What is your vision for inclusive business in 2014?” They identified 6 ambitious but achievable milestones for the new year that could change the future of inclusive business.

1. Banks become financial inclusion leaders:

2.5 billion people currently lack access to formal financial services. 2014 can...

07/01/2014 - 13:46

Anna Peters of Endeva discusses the newly published study “Inclusive Business Policies – How Governments can Engage Companies in Meeting Development Goals. What emerged as a concept for companies to create new markets at the base of the global income pyramid is increasingly reaching the agendas of governments and donors around the world for a number of good reasons:

First, promoting...