HP097 - Can inclusive business deliver for the poor?
Convened by Nicky Pouw (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

The purpose of this session is to further the critical debate on the role of inclusive business; can it deliver for the poor? In theory, inclusive business fosters solidarity in production and consumption value chains, and enables the BoP to overcome structural exclusion from resources, markets and institutions. Critics note there is a tension between promise and reality: there are risks that inclusive business models exclude BoP perspectives and lived experiences, overlook structural constraints and exclusionary mechanisms faced by the BoP , and fail to translate into responsive policy and action. Based on grounded research, we shall pull together new insights on inclusive business, to determine how it can deliver social and economic justice by and for the poor.

EADI Working Group: Inclusive Development