High-level conferences and forums can bring together decision makers from private industry, the public sector, and the donor community. Practitioners – particularly those from local businesses in developing countries – have few opportunities to step outside their day jobs to exchange insights and experiences with one another. They value direct, peer-to-peer learning about what is and isn’t working in the field of inclusive business.
Colombia: Creating a network for learning around inclusive business
The National Inclusive Business Council (CONNIC) in Colombia has the participation of the academy, business, consultants and public sector. It aims to act as a space for strengthening and structuring networks for inclusive business. It created and developed the National Strategy on Inclusive Business around eight objectives that address a variety of elements related to the promotion, identification, and monitoring of inclusive business cases.
Among these objectives is the creation of a platform of projects that meet inclusive business criteria. The platform website gathers and disseminates information on strategy, resources, and news related to the sector. Also included is the goal of establishing alliances with actors from a variety of sectors (public, private, and academia) in order to continue promoting inclusive business and to build closer relationships with sources of investment resources. So far, agreements have been established with organizations from the academia, the public sector and universities.
Another critical area of coordination includes public policy and regulatory frameworks in which networks can coordinate and pursue policies that support and promote inclusive business adoption.
Melo, J. (2015, July 8). “Inclusive Business Strategy from private sector in Colombia: a private effort.” The Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business blog. Accessed from http://www.inclusivebusinesshub.org/profiles/blogs/inclusive-business-strategy-from-private-sector-in-colombia-a
- Global: IFC’s Inclusive Business Leaders Forum brings together the private sector, donors, and investment professionals on a frequent basis to share insights and build networks to help expand opportunity at the BOP.
- Global: The Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business is an online forum where practitioners can connect and access information and insights on inclusive business.