With a focus on collaboration and knowledge exchange, the Practitioner Hub is home to a number of partnerships. Our partners help us identify and share practical information and insights from inclusive business implementation. They include multilateral and bilateral development organisations, challenge funds, non-profits, researchers, and consultancies focused on social enterprise. If you are interested in collaborating with the Hub in any capacity, get in touch with the team here.
Strategic partners have a long-term coordinated relationship with the Hub, which maximises the synergy between their work in inclusive business and our aim of supporting practitioners with information and insights.
The Inclusive Business Action Network connects the dots between the vast number of businesses, existing initiatives, support mechanisms and stakeholders around the world to significantly increase the impact and outreach of inclusive business solutions. It does this in a number of ways including sharing knowledge and market intelligence, fostering peer learning, facilitating dialogue with policy-makers and strengthening ‘on ground’ inclusive business hubs. IBAN is collaborating with the Practitioner Hub to build an upgraded platform for inclusive business.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) aims at increasing the relevance of private sector investments for achieving direct poverty reduction and inclusiveness in Asia. As a development bank, ADB’s approach is unique in not only facilitating lending to private sector inclusive business (IB) projects but also promoting an enabling ecosystem for IB through accreditation, policy reforms and public sector program support.
Connect to Grow is a first of its kind enterprise matchmaking initiative supported by DFID. It is designed to help ambitious enterprises grow by facilitating partnerships and innovation transfer between Indian enterprises and enterprises across South Asia and Africa, to improve people’s health and agricultural prospects.
The Inclusive Business Accelerator facilitates the acceleration of impactful entrepreneurship in Base of the Pyramid (BoP) markets. It is building an online matchmaking and learning platform as well as an offline support structure by training local IBDS providers to enable ventures to innovate, grow, replicate and improve their inclusive business strategies. Services focus on the three sectors: Agriculture and Food, Water and Sanitation and Sustainable Energy. The Inclusive Business Accelerator is a partnership between BoPInc, SNV, VC4Africa and Neyenrode Business University.
Ashley Insight provides expertise and services on the contributions that business makes to international development. Its mission is to support effective and evidence-based design, facilitation and implementation of models that combine the power of business with social impact. The focus is on business models, investment, or grant support that combine commercial and social return at scale. As a part of this mission Ashley Insight runs and sponsors the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business.
Know-How partners co-host Know-How pages with us, co-host webinars, as well as contributing to our monthly themes.
The Business Call to Action challenges companies to develop innovative business models that achieve commercial success and development outcomes. It is a multilateral alliance between key donor governments including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UK Department for International Development, US Agency for International Development, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Development Programme — which hosts the secretariat.
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for all. DFID runs multiple private sector development programmes, such as the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund and Trade in Global Value Chains Initiative. It funded the pilot phase of the Business Innovation Facility, which originally created and hosted the Practitioner Hub. DFID continues to support practical content for Hub visitors, such as on partnerships for inclusive business.
Endeva is a company with the mission to create wealth among low-income groups through inclusive business. Endeva works with all relevant actors – companies, donors, governments and NGOs – to create business models and ecosystems that include low-income people into value chains for mutual benefit. Endeva catalyses innovative solutions at the base of the pyramid through research, consulting, and facilitation.
Hystra is a global consulting firm specialised in inclusive business and Base of the Pyramid markets. Hystra works with business and social sector pioneers to design and implement inclusive business approaches that are profitable, scalable and eradicate social and environmental problems. Hystra co-hosts the Marketing Know-How page and regularly co-hosts webinars with the Hub. Hystra operates globally with headquarters in Paris.
Seas of Change is a long-term applied research, innovation and exchange program that helps businesses, governments and NGOs tackle operational challenges and share innovative practices. The program focuses on the question of “what works when scaling inclusive agri-food markets?”. Seas of Change co-hosts the Agribusiness Know-How page.
The Partnering Initiative (TPI) is the leading global non-profit organisation dedicated to unleashing the power of collaboration for sustainable development. TPI supports individuals, organisations and partnership to ensure quality, effective collaboration and builds global and country-level platforms to systematically catalyse partnership at scale. TPI co-hosts the Partnerships Know-How page.
Business Fights Poverty (BFP) is a global community of business and development professionals collaborating for social impact. They mobilize and connect tens of thousands of professionals from businesses, non-profits and governments to work together on fast-paced Challenges to harness and scale the social impact of business. BFP contributed to the launch and development of the Hub in 2010 and continues to crosspost content.
Grow Africa works to increase private sector investment in agriculture, and accelerate the execution and impact of investment commitments. The aim is to enable countries to realise the potential of the agriculture sector for economic growth and job creation, particularly among farmers, women and youth.
PricewaterhouseCoopers provides assurance, tax and advisory services to clients in 158 countries. PwC supports companies as they implement and scale-up Inclusive Business initiatives. They are the implementing partner on the UK government Business Innovation Facility and Impact Programmes. They also work with donor agencies and large NGOs as they provide support to businesses aiming to improve both their development impact, as well as their commercial performance, in low income countries.
Sida, the Swedish development agency, funded Innovations Against Poverty which co-hosted the Hub for 3 years. Sida has given permission for materials from the IAP pilot to continue to be shared here.
Social Value International is the global network focused on social impact and social value. Social Value International works with members to embed core principles for social value measurement and analysis, to refine and share practice, and to build a powerful movement of like-minded people to influence policy. This pioneering community contains members from 45 countries, drawn from a huge range of different sectors and disciplines. The goal of Social Value International is to support, connect, and represent our members through training, knowledge-sharing and networking.