Market initiatives that include participation by the poor can serve to build fairer societies in the region, and the private sector can be part of the solution to poverty in Latin America. So claims the Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (SEKN) on the basis of a publication it has recently launched, Socially Inclusive Business: Engaging the Poor through Market Initiatives in Iberoamerica. The publication examines 33 cases to explore what is needed to create new economic value chains that help people get out of poverty. Its three sections address the role of different organizational types and the dynamics of institutional ecosystems for inclusive business development, the sectors where initiatives are developed and the level of value creation achieved. SEKN was created in 2001 with leadership from Harvard Business School and the AVINA Foundation.
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