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 Nov 2023
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)
Additional funding leveraged by investees (Euro)
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In addition to grant financing, IAP offers tailored advisory support, including investment support, for portfolio businesses. This support is focused on organizational strengthening and growth strategy.
The IAP Challenge Fund catalyzes positive impact by granting funds to businesses with innovative models, prioritizing scalability, and contributing to broader system change to uplift people from poverty and social exclusion.
Private sector agri-food businesses, encompassing the seed industry, producers, and processors, play a crucial role in transforming global food systems and ensuring food security.