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Inclusive Business

Inclusive Business 
This new report summarizes the practical lessons that we can learn from IFC’s inclusive business clients. There are lessons for each phase of the value chain – procurement, product development, distribution and retail, and marketing and sales.
IFC launched the first Inclusive Business Bonds and raised over $100 million for investment in companies that actively integrate low-income communities into their value chain so they can participate in economic growth.
The 2014 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards shortlisted seven IFC inclusive business clients in the ‘Achievement in Inclusive Business ‘category which recognizes business models that integrate people at the Base of the Pyramid into their val
The Global Consumption Database, launched in cooperation with the World Bank, is based on government surveys of more than 1 million households in more than 90 countries.
To help with early-stage research and analysis of inclusive business opportunities, the World Bank Group has released the most comprehensive dataset to date on consumer spending patterns in developing countries, compiled from surveys of more than

Inclusive Business Models

IFC is the leading investor in businesses that offer goods, services, and job opportunities to low-income communities. IFC calls these "inclusive business models", which are commercially viable and replicable business models that include low-income consumers, retailers, suppliers, or distributors in core operations.


Since 2005, IFC has committed over $11 billion and worked with over 400 inclusive businesses in 90 countries to integrate more than 90 million people, including farmers, students, patients, utility customers, and micro borrowers in core business operations. These investments are helping to improve lives, promote prosperity, and transform sustainable development outcomes in low-income communities around the globe.


Inclusive business investments span the entire IFC investment portfolio. Our inclusive business investments are equally divided across sectors with approximately 1/3 of all projects focusing on financial markets including microfinance, rural banking, and microinsurance; 1/3 on the agribusiness, education, health, housing, and manufacturing sectors; and 1/3 on power, water, sanitation, and internet and mobile technologies.


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