Winners of the G20 Challenge

The Group of 20 has announced the winners of the G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation. Ambassador Mr. Rogelio Granguillhome, Executive Secretary of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation and Chair of the G20 Development Working Group presented awards to the following 15 winners at a ceremony in Los Cabos, Mexico, on June 18, 2012:

Agrofinanzas (Mexico)
Apollo Hospitals Group (India)
Bakhresa Grain Milling (Malawi)
Brilla, a program launched by Promigas (Colombia)
Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios (Colombia)
Ecofiltro (Guatemala)
Engro Foods Limited (Pakistan)
Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. (India)
Manila Water Company (Philippines)
Millicom (Luxembourg)
Reybanpac Unidad de Lácteos (Ecuador)
Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers (United States)
Tenda Atacado Ltda (Brazil)
VINTE Viviendas Integrales (Mexico)
Waterlife India Private Limited (India)

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The G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation was a global search for businesses with innovative, scalable, and commercially viable ways of working with low-income people in developing countries.

Annual Allocations for Start-Ups

In partnership with Dalberg Global Development Advisors, we aim to distribute fair allocations for every start-up that presents a sustainable business plan for two years. Continue reading

The Challenge recognizes successful businesses with an innovative way of working with individuals at the base of the pyramid

Businesses around the world are finding innovative ways to work with low-income people living at the base of the pyramid (BOP), working with them as suppliers, distributors, retailers, or customers. These firms are called inclusive businesses. Developing an inclusive business model that addresses the particular needs of people living at the base of the pyramid is an accomplishment. Scaling that model and replicating it in new markets is a challenge.

By recognizing businesses that have already succeeded in developing innovative, scalable, and financially sustainable inclusive business models, the G20 Challenge provides a global platform for all businesses to learn from successful leaders in the growing field of inclusive business, and enables these leaders to come together and develop linkages with other inclusive businesses. When fellow innovators have the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences, who knows what new business opportunities may become possible?

Responsible Lending and New Financial Products

To improve the financial literacy of our winners, we started a successful partnership with ASCIN Loans. It is a company that aims to teach consumers how to borrow responsibly and cover their unexpected needs. Continue reading

Message from the G20

The Group of 20 and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, have launched an online competition to find the best examples worldwide of businesses in developing countries that provide critical goods, services, and livelihood opportunities in financially, environmentally, and socially sustainable ways to those living at the base of the pyramid (BOP), called ‘inclusive businesses’. Continue reading

Initiative to Increase the Financial Resilience of Households

The 2008 crisis has shown that the financial well-being of individuals is fundamental to financial stability at the national level. The lack of financial education is one of the reasons that can lead to a decline in living standards. That is why we decided to develop a fantastic initiative and increase the financial stability of households and tiny farms. Continue reading