Just how inclusive is ‘inclusive business’?

The growing effort to make markets work for the poor has seen the emergence of several initiatives and practices that claim to be more inclusive of smallholders and poor workers. But how far such initiatives genuinely reduce poverty and empower small-scale producers remains open for debate.

The article below seeks to understand which and in what way stakeholders are ‘included’ in the context of inclusive business. The article sums up a forum on this topic, concluding that the organisational framework of any inclusive business project is key to ensure businesses, suppliers and customers profit.

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Partnership types

Doing business with the poor

Global issues

Job creation and enterprise development