Why inclusive business for #globaldev has not (yet) taken full flight

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By Lean Alfred Santos

The role of the private sector in global development efforts has never been more prominent, following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. But how important are inclusive businesses to meeting funding needs? Devex talked to the Asian Development Bank's Armin Bauer to get the inside track on its huge potential and obstacles to success.

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