Inclusive Business

While exact definitions of inclusive business (IB) models vary, there is broad agreement that they integrate the poor as consumers, distributors, suppliers or employees. Many programmes engage with individual businesses to facilitate risky investments; others seek more systemic solutions, e.g. by promoting an enabling environment for inclusive business, or relying on market systems approaches to scale up and replicate successful models. This page explores debates, current practice and advice.

Additional resources on inclusive business and capacity development support are available via the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN).

At a glance: Short reads on inclusive business

DCED publication           Introductory video

Three-page summary of current debates on what inclusive businesses are, whether they can effectively reach the poor, and how best to support them and measure their results.

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Two-page summary of the DCED’s extensive review of experience and evidence in this area.

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Three-minute video introducing the concept of inclusive business.

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Different types of support to inclusive business

General resources on inclusive business support options and ongoing initiatives

Photo credits: Saira Habib/ MDF Pakistan