How Inclusive is Inclusive Business for Women? Examples from Asia and Latin America

Publication | May 2016

Inclusive businesses are bringing positive change to women’s lives. However, companies need to understand and address systemic issues of gender inequality to maximize financial return and social impact.

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Inclusive businesses are commercially viable business models that provide in-scale innovative and systemic solutions to problems relevant to the lives of low-income people. Inclusive business companies often involve women in their value chain and provide specific services that help low-income women. This report assesses the extent to which inclusive business models promote women's economic empowerment. Examples come from the inclusive business portfolios of the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the International Finance Corporation.


  • Executive summary
  • Inclusive business can promote women’s economic empowerment
  • Growing evidence of positive impact
  • Recognizing gender-based constraints benefits inclusive business
  • Action from all stakeholder groups is necessary to make inclusive business work for women
  • Annexes

Additional Details

  • Finance sector development
  • Small and medium enterprise (SME) financing
  • Gender Equality
  • Industry and trade
  • Private sector development
  • 70
  • 8.5 x 11
  • RPT167963-2
  • 978-92-9257-389-8 (print)
  • 978-92-9257-390-4 (electronic)

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