Inclusive Business

The DaNa Facility is leading efforts to support the development of Inclusive Business (IB) in Myanmar. Inclusive businesses address poverty by creating economic opportunities for groups that commonly face social and economic disadvantages, such as the poor, women, and people living in conflict-affected or remote areas, While poverty reduction is central to IB, this innovative business model represents a triple win for Myanmar: it supports the Government in its efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable growth; people from poor and disadvantaged communities receive a fairer share of economic benefits; and the business community benefits from a vibrant economy in which everyone is able to participate – as business owners, as employees, as consumers.

Knowledge and Research

Grant Funding

In the first quarter of 2018, DaNa awarded grants to 11 IBs working in DaNa’s priority sectors: agribusiness, textiles, and financial services. Two additional grants were awarded to projects designed to develop the IB ecosystem, providing support to promising IB start-ups on investment management and scaling up operations.

Technical Assistance

The DaNa Facility undertakes a range of technical assistance activities in support of IB. DaNa’s IB team played a key role in forming the Steering Group for Inclusive Business/Impact Investing, an important public-private initiative established by the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry on 3 April 2019, DaNa is supporting the government to develop a number of policy options in support of IB, including IB accreditation/certificates and the prioritisation of IB firms in public procurement.

Our Stories

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Innovative Furniture Business Aims for a Sustainable Future

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Inclusive Business Initiative Improves Livelihoods for Local People in Rakhine State

When Ko Zaw Min Htun returned to his home on Man-Aung Island, Rakhine State, in 2016, not much had changed. Steady jobs were still few ....

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Knowledge and Awareness

Promoting inclusive business is a significant part of DaNa’s work. In late 2019, DaNa and the Myanmar Young Entrepreneurs Association (MYEA) organised the inaugural Inclusive Business Challenge, recognising and rewarding IBs creating positive social impacts.

In 2020, DaNa, in partnership with BoP Inc (the Base of the Pyramid Innovation Centre), organised a series of Inclusive Business training workshops for DaNa grantees and representative from the public and private sectors.