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Banks and SMEs: Raising the Game. 4th Regional Survey in Latin America and the Caribbean 2011

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SMEs are positioning themselves as a strategic branch of banking operations in the region, while banks are increasingly pushing for more active policies when it comes to the financing of SMEs. This is one of the highlighted conclusions from a 2011 joint survey conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank Group's entities dealing with the private sector: the Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN), the beyondBanking program of the department of Corporate and Structured Financing (SCF), and the Inter-American Investment Corporation, along with the Latin American Banking Federation (FELABAN). This report introduces the general results obtained during the fourth survey encompassing the views and opinions of directors, managers and deputies of the SME division of 109 banks scattered across 22 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also includes an itemized analysis of the answers divided by the banks size and location, as well as their interrelations with other trends in that sector. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Economic Growth  Impact Evaluation  Latin America  Sector publication  SGB  SME 

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Sharing Risk in a World of Dangers and Opportunities: U.S. Development Finance Tools

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report makes broad policy recommendations that are applicable to the general use of development finance by the U.S. government, as well as agency-specific recommendations.  

In order to achieve the best policy and development outcomes, these agencies need expanded authorities, must work in close alignment, and need to use their grant money more creatively. Given the current domestic economic situation and focus on reducing the federal deficit, any U.S. government agency that increases U.S. influence abroad and links international development to the U.S. economy should be given the opportunity to grow and expand. Development finance instruments are also an important way for the United States to help middle-income countries graduate from traditional USAID programs and offer a set of instruments to leverage and comple- ment MCC compact programs. Now is the time to help U.S. government agencies create innova- tive solutions in a more coordinated fashion and increase the capabilities of existing development finance programs. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication 

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Insight into the Impact Investment Market: An in-depth analysis of investor perspectives and over 2,200 transactions

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Impact investments are investments intended to create positive impact alongside financial return. Over the past few years, traditional investors have been increasingly interested by the nascent impact investment market and in 2010, the Global Impact Investing Network (“GIIN”), the Rockefeller Foundation and J.P. Morgan collaborated on a piece of research titled Impact Investments: An Emerging Asset Class, which examined the market landscape, the characteristics of investments, and the size of potential investment opportunities1. Last year’s work included a survey that yielded data on over 1,000 private impact investment transactions. This year, the GIIN and J.P. Morgan have partnered on an expanded survey, capturing data on over 2,200 private transactions totaling over USD 4bn of investment. In complement to this investment survey, we also surveyed investor views on investment philosophy and the overall development of the sector. The 2011 survey returned data from a broader and more geographically diverse pool of respondents. The questions explore returns, risk and impact measurement practices in more depth and also gauge general market perceptions. 

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Tags:  Global  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  private sector development  Sector publication 

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Growth Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This Report aims to examine the particular characteristics, challenges and needs of the market targeted by growth finance investment funds in sub-Saharan Africa, and make recommendations on how this space can best grow in scale and sustainability.

Although this Report is focused on growth finance in sub-Saharan Africa, the problem of the ‘missing middle’ and the solution of growth finance are pertinent to creating a vibrant and sustainable small to medium sized enterprise space in many developing country contexts. Accordingly, it is hoped that the recommendations contained in this Report will serve to encourage and strengthen the growth finance space worldwide. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Africa  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Report on Support to SMEs in Developing Countries Through Financial Intermediaries

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report outlines the need to provide capital to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries. It shows the impact of this capital on economic development, and the role for International Finance Institutions (IFIs) in the provision of this capital. Finally, it outlines recommendations for additional interventions and further research. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Economic Growth  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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A White Paper: Metrics Milestones for Incubators

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

In this whitepaper NEN agues that Incubators are not a uniform beast and can and should be categorized. Categorization enables us to identify the unique characteristics, success factors for each incubator model thereby enabling propagation of successful models appropriate under different conditions. Development of incubators can be systematized with milestone driven indicators of progress and predictable outcomes. However, the key challenge is lack of nationally accepted metrics and milestones that are relevant to the different kinds of incubator models. We strongly advocate that in the near term, the framework illustrated in this document be used to help institute a nationally accepted set of metrics and milestones for incubators in India.

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Tags:  accelerators  impact investing  India  metrics and research  Sector publication 

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Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013: A generation at risk

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This paper examines how the weakening of the global recovery in 2012 and 2013 has further aggravated the youth jobs crisis and the queues for available jobs have become longer and longer for some unfortunate young jobseekers. So long, in fact, that many youth are giving up on the job search. The prolonged jobs crisis also forces the current generation of youth to be less selective about the type of job they are prepared to accept, a tendency that was already evident before the crisis. Increasing numbers of youth are now turning to available part-time jobs or find themselves stuck in temporary employment. Secure jobs, which were once the norm for previous generations – at least in the advanced economies – have become less easily accessible for today’s youth. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  Jobs  Sector publication  youth 

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Early Stage Social Enterprise EcoSystem Workshop

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This is a summary of a workshop held in Nairobi December 4-6, 2012. Stakeholders from across the early-stage enterprise ecosystem convened to identify & design high-leverage initiatives that could strengthen support for enterprises through development stages to achieve scale and build sustainably in order to provide broad solutions for large, disadvantaged populations.

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Tags:  accelerators  Africa  Base of the Pyramid  BoP  Development  Economic Growth  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  Philanthropy; impact investing  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Creating the Chinese Dream - A practitioners guide to impact investing in China's green SMEs

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This report reflects a combination of on-the-ground experiences of China Impact Fund (CIF) and New Ventures China (NVC), and points of view from emerging impact investing practitioners active in mainland China.

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Tags:  China  Development  Environment  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Priming the Pump - The Case for a Sector Based Approach to Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This discussion paper argues for a shit in focus toward the goal of scaling entire industry sectors, in addition to individual firms. Our experience from the past eight years is that impact investors can massively increase the number of lives they touch by concentrating investments in specific industry sectors in specific geographies, and by investing in a range of organizations to accelerate the development of these industry segments. The need for investment is particularly acute at the earliest stages of innovation, which provide the foundation in which entire new sectors can emerge and scale rapidly by tapping commercial capital markets. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Global  impact investing  Sector publication 

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