CARE welcomes launch of Search Inclusive Business online database

by 27th Jan 2016
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The Practitioner Hub and the Inclusive Business Action Network have just launched Search Inclusive Business, a first-of-its-kind searchable online database of inclusive business publications. The website brings together over 1,300 reports, case studies, tools and fact sheets relevant to inclusive business from a wide range of authors and organisations.

CARE’s long engagement with companies in the design and development of inclusive business solutions has led to us publishing lots on this topic – but also understanding how much more there is to learn, and how essential it is to make sure that everyone in business, civil society and government has access to the best research and case studies. We are therefore delighted to become an Associate Partner of Search Inclusive Business.

Search Inclusive Business

There is a considerable and increasing number of publications that share useful insights and lessons relevant to inclusive business. Yet with practitioners, authors, projects and organisations scattered across the globe, it can be difficult for interested people to know what exists, where to start, and how to keep up-to-date on the latest developments and resources available. It’s a gap that Search Inclusive Business aims to fill.

The database is the culmination of six months’ work by the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business and the Inclusive Business Action Network in collaboration with Ashoka Mexico and Central America, consulting with key stakeholders and scouring the internet to pull together the most significant English-language publications on inclusive business in recent years, and a good start to a Spanish collection.

The database is searchable by region, sector type and year of publication and topic. Topics cover a wide range of issues relevant to inclusive business such as serving Base of the Pyramid (BoP) clients, sourcing from the BoP, finance for inclusive business, women’s empowerment, and results measurement and impact.

Looking for more resources and publications about inclusive business? SearchInclusiveBusiness.org includes over 1,300 reports, case studies, tools and factsheets about inclusive business, searchable by region, topic, type, sector or year published.

Gerry Boyle

I lead CARE International UK’s policy analysis and advocacy around value chains and dignified work. I originally joined CARE as the Senior Policy Adviser on Private Sector Engagement. With the advent of our new Global Programme Strategy which put a particular emphasis on women’s economic empowerment, my focus changed a little, although I still work extensively with issues in the private sector and with CARE’s corporate partners.

Until recently I spent a lot of my time on financial inclusion, now looked after by my colleague Fiona Jarden. I also co-chair the Bond Private Sector Working Group.  Immediately before I joined CARE I worked for Oxfam as Head of Business Relations for about three years, but the vast majority of my career was spent as a management consultant including being a consulting Partner at Deloitte, where for a time I led Deloitte UK’s Consumer Business consulting practice, serving many major multinationals. My original degree was in Law from Oxford University, and in 2008 when I left Deloitte I did an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy at LSE.

One good thing I've read

Amartya Sen’s Development as Freedom. It provides a framework for many people’s modern understanding of what is development, based on a profoundly human-centred approach rather than anything instrumental. And to check whether one personally is doing enough to fight poverty, I recommend Peter Singer’s The life you can save: Acting now to end world poverty – it’s very clear and easy to read but very challenging! Finally, Ha-Joon Chang’s Bad Samaritans: Rich nations, poor policies, and the threat to the developing world is a very readable guide to economic development which argues strongly against many of the prevailing orthodoxies.

Email: boyle@careinternational.org

Twitter: @gerryboyle10