The G20 Inclusive Business Workshop series was hosted by Germany and Saudi Arabia in their role as co-facilitators of the G20 Pillar “Private Investment and Job Creation”. The four workshops were organized with generous additional support from the United Arab Emirates and in cooperation with the Siemens Stiftung (Foundation).
Following the successful start in Berlin in September 2012, additional regional workshops took place in Asia, Latin America and Africa in 2013. The regional workshops aimed at strengthening the inclusive business relationships of the winners in the regions and focused on the development of solutions and multi-stakeholder approaches to overcome the challenges of inclusive businesses in the regional context.
In the following, the results of the workshop series are documented. They can be used as further input to the discussion on the business environment for inclusive business models within the framework of the G20 Development Working Group.
The workshop series was launched in Berlin on 19-20 September 2012. The workshop convened around 100 participants and represented a unique multi-stakeholder forum where the winners of the G20 Challenge met with executives of leading inclusive and other international businesses, representatives of development agencies and governments, investors as well as other experts in the field of inclusive business.
The objective of the workshop was to foster the spread of inclusive businesses through showcasing successful examples, developing solutions to their growth challenges, and encouraging new business relationships, in Business-to-Business (B2B) and cross-sector working groups. It focused on the most pressing challenges that inclusive businesses face when scaling-up and replicating their business.
Through interactive peer-learning sessions, keynote speeches, pitching sessions and networking opportunities, participants had the opportunity to exchange innovative ideas to foster the spread of inclusive businesses that combine significant business potential with development impacts.
The first regional workshop in the series took place on April 16 in Mumbai, India in the framework of the Sankalp Unconvention Summit 2013. The workshop’s focus was on the topic “Scaling Impact through Innovation” and brought together the G20 Challenge Winners with more than 50 business leaders and innovation experts to share best practices and discuss solutions for scaling-up and replicating inclusive business models. It successfully explored strategies to foster innovation within inclusive business models.
The regional G20 Inclusive Business Workshop in Latin America took place on June 5 2013 in Medellin, Colombia in the framework of the Inter-American Development Bank’s II BASE Forum International, which was also held in Medellín on June 6-7 2013.
With its focus on the topic “Scaling up Finance for the Base of the Pyramid (BoP)” the workshop explored innovative financing solutions enabling the inclusion of low-income people into the value chain, and thus supporting the growth of inclusive business models.
The workshop has brought together around 50 business leaders and experts in the field of finance and inclusive business models. Through interactive peer-learning sessions, networking events as well as discussions with internationally renowned experts, the workshop gave participants the opportunity to work together in order to advance the scale of inclusive businesses.
The regional G20 Inclusive Business Workshop in Africa took place in Nairobi, Kenya on 29-30 October 2013. As the final event of the workshop series, the workshop offered a unique opportunity to exchange, network and contribute to the development of a supportive ecosystem for inclusive businesses in Africa. It focused on the topic “Scale, replicate, accelerate: growing inclusive business in Africa”.
After a closed door B2B Workshop with the G20 Challenge winners, the G20 Challenge and partners held a one-day Cross-Sector Forum which gathered more than 150 influential representatives from
the private sector, government, development and inclusive business community.
Impressions from the Workshops
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