Development finance institutions can support inclusive business, but mainly as brokers to build an enabling environment for companies that want to provide profitable, long-term solutions to serve the needs of the poor.
The new platform provides access to a growing list of inclusive businesses in Asia.
If we prepare for the disruptions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it can deliver more and better jobs rather than fewer lower-quality ones.
Collecting sex-disaggregated data on asset ownership is an important step in achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in Asia and the Pacific.
When risk mitigation processes are put in place, inclusive business deals are no more risky than other investments – it’s is just a different kind of risk.
Every sari tells a story. Sometimes personal and sentimental, often historical, and usually cultural. Increasingly though, saris are a story about globalization, for both good and bad.
The rise of mega-regionals such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) suggest that the world trade system is fragmenting to appear more like a jigsaw puzzle than a spaghetti bowl. How do we resolve the growing mess?
Working with smallholders is tough, but these inclusive business farmers have found ways to overcome the numerous challenges involved to create real impact.
Asia should not be dissuaded by the European challenges. Yet, Asia should not rush to integrate either.
Asian policy makers must take proactive steps to turn a nascent upturn into a sustained boom. Missing the opportunity will have enormous costs.