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GIM Launches First National Report (Colombia)

On October 26, 2010, in Bogota, Colombia, UNDP Colombia, the Presidential Agency for Social Action and International Cooperation (Acción Social) and Colombia Líder have officially launched the national GIM Report “Crecimiento de Mercados Inclusivos: Estrategias empresariales para la superación de la pobreza y la exclusión en Colombia”. The Report features 13 case studies of Colombian business leaders that have found solutions to socio-economic problems such as inequity, poverty and exclusion, while pursuing economic benefits.

The launch event gathered over 250 participants from the private and public sectors as well as academia and civil society. Keynote speakers included: Bruno Moro, UN Resident Representative; Henry Jackelen, Director of UNDP’s Private Sector Division; Samuel Azout, Senior Advisor for Social Prosperity; Diego Molano, Senior Presidential Advisor for Social Action and International Cooperation; Luis Carlos Villegas, President of the National Association of Colombian Business Leaders (ANDI); and Hernando José Gómez, Director of the National Planning Department (DNP).

Please follow the links below for more information (in Spanish):

2010 oikos-UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy Coming Up!

The Academy, which will be held in Costa Rica from 29 August – 3 September, 2010, is organized by oikos Foundation in cooperation with the Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative and hosted by CATIE and INCAE Business School in Turrialba and Alajuela, Costa Rica.

The 2010 academy focus, “Inclusive Partnerships for Sustainable Market Innovations”, aims to attract papers fostering new ideas and solutions on how businesses, governments and other stakeholders can actively account for environmental and social resources and limits when building markets that include the poor and create opportunities for human development. The event aims to advance academic research on the Base of the Pyramid, development and governance issues, build networks across disciplinary boundaries and to prepare the ground for research that is relevant for both academic and business audiences.

The programme will encompass graduate student presentations, guest lectures, professional development roundtables and social events. To allow in-depth discussions the Academy is limited to 15 PhD students and young scholars working on poverty and development from a management or economics perspective. Deadline for submitting applications is May 15, 2010. The GIM Initiative will be providing three grants for outstanding young scholars coming from developing countries.

Please click here to access the complete Call for Papers.

Launch of the Creating Value for All Report in Paraguay


The launch of the Creating Value for All report was organized in Asunción, Paraguay, on November 5, 2008, in collaboration with the AVINA Foundation and the local UN Global Compact network. The event gathered about 60 participants from various sectors, including representatives from the Network of Leaders for the National Competitiveness Agenda (Red de Líderes para la Agenda Nacional de Competitividad), the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the National Export Plan and Network for the Attraction of Investments (Plan Nacional de Exportación y Red de Atracción de Inversiones – REDIEX).

The Report has been highly valued by the participants and the concept of inclusive markets created positive expectations towards the setting up of partnerships in order to develop concrete projects. In that respect, a number of meetings with UNDP and local enterprises willing to develop inclusive business models have already taken place.


Press Coverage

  • ABC Color- “Presentan nuevo sistema para hacer negocios, que incluye a los pobres” [PDF]
  • Ultima Hora- “El negocio inclusivo incorpora a los pobres” [PDF]


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