Introduction to Inclusive Business

Course Description

This general introductory course imparts basic knowledge on inclusive business, its definition and features. The course also sets the parameters of the Inclusive Business’ target groups and how they are involved in the value chain. It outlines the different sectors where the BoP is engaged, identifies different IB approaches and illustrates the inclusive business ecosystem. Overall, the intro course makes the case for inclusive business and highlights IB’s positive impact on the SDGs.

Course Objective

In this course, you will develop a deep understanding of what Inclusive Business is. And recognize the relevance of Inclusive Business to connect with investors, policymakers, and low-income communities.

Course Developer

The Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) –  a programme funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) is a global initiative supporting the scaling and replication of inclusive business models. Through its strategic pillars iBAN blue and iBAN weave, iBAN manages an innovative online knowledge platform on inclusive business ( and offers a focused Capacity Development Programme for policymakers and investment seeking companies in developing and emerging countries.

iBAN creates a space where evidence-based knowledge transforms into learning and new partnerships. With its focus on promoting the upscale of inclusive business models and consequently improving the lives of the poor, iBAN is actively contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


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