Inclusive Business Ecosystem Initiative (IBEI)

Christian Pirzer, Christina Tewes-Gradl

The Inclusive Business Ecosystem Initiative (IBEI) is a 5-step collective action approach to strengthen inclusive business ecosystems in emerging markets. IBEI provides tools to identify factors preventing inclusive businesses – businesses that benefit low-income communities by integrating them into their value chains – from growing and reaching scale as well as processes to convene cross-sector actors (e.g. government, impact investors, banks and civil society actors) to effectively drive the development of inclusive businesses, as a contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IBEIs have been implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lesotho, Senegal and Uganda as part of its agenda of leaving no one behind.