A Catalytic Fund for Inclusive and Innovative Businesses

Innovations Against Poverty challenges the private sector to contribute to the fight against poverty

Low-income markets represent a significant business opportunity. The four billion people living on less than US$ 8 a day constitute a global consumer market with a shared purchasing power valued at US$ 5 trillion. By thinking innovatively, private companies can develop businesses that solve social and environmental issues while at the same time maximising their competitiveness and profitability. However, many of these initiatives face commercial, technical and financial risks. They have limited access to finance as they are frequently too large for micro-financing but too small for mainstream commercial debt and venture capital. The IAP fund serves as a risk-sharing mechanism to stimulate private sector development endeavours that otherwise would not occur.

Through our combined financial and non-financial services, we support innovative Inclusive Business models that deliver commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefits for low-income populations, while paying specific attention to gender equality and environmental sustainability.

Impact by October 2022

New Jobs Created (FTE)

People Living in Poverty with Access to Basic Goods and Services

People Living in Poverty with Income Generating Opportunities

People Living in Poverty with Increased Income or Cost Savings

GHG Emissions Avoided or Reduced (Tonnes CO2-EQ)

Increased Sales Revenue (Euro)


IAP’s private sector support brings clean water to rural Cambodia

September 2022

Despite being essential for all life, globally some 2.2 billion people still do not have access to safe water for drinking and sanitation. This sees over 1,000 children die each day from preventable diarrhoeal

Making a big impact on the cooking culture of Ethiopian restaurants

September 2022

Anega Energies Manufacturing has launched their new improved efficiency commercial cookstove, the Quayton efficient fan forced gasifier cookstove. Designed for both households and 

Increasing yields and incomes through improved seeds

August 2022

East-West Seed introduced high-quality seeds and agronomical support services with the aim of improving farmers’ lives through increased agricultural productivity and raised incomes. Now, having 

Articles & Videos

Digital Inclusion - ChapChap

Promoting inclusion through digital solutions

HUSK Super Farmer biochar

Women changing the face of agriculture

Clean Water from WE Venture for Rural Cambodians


The IAP Factsheet 2022

Our results for 2022 in a clear and concise factsheet

IAP Dealbook - July 2022

Download the latest round up of the Innovations Against Poverty project’s achievements to date.

The IAP Lean Data Report Measuring Social Impact

Presents key insights obtained from 1,690 user interviews of a representative sample of six IAP investees across the four countries and three sectors

IAP Partnership

Funded by
Swedish Sverige
Managed by
SNV - The Netherlands Development Organisation
In Collaboration with
Inclusive Business Sweden
In Collaboration with
Bop Inc


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