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Reducing Youth Unemployment in South Africa

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Thursday, November 2, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

reducing youth unemployment in south africa

By FSG

South Africa is faced with a crisis of high and rising youth unemployment. Throughout the country, only 1 in 3 young people of working age is employed. This distressing statistic not only plays out through the limited earnings potential and future prospects of these youth, but also emerges within stymied business growth and unsustainable pressure on governmental social programs. The solution will take action from a variety of sectors and actors in order to turn the tide.

This report, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, highlights two cross-sectoral partnerships—the EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative and the Mentec Foundation—that have seen success in placing these disadvantaged youth in jobs throughout South Africa. The report concludes with a table of recommendations for employers, training providers, philanthropic funders, and government officials to begin growing and replicating these efforts.

Download the report here.

Tags:  development  inclusive business  Shared Value 

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Dapivirine Ring

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

dapivirine ring: the case for action

By FSG

The monthly dapivirine ring, the first discrete, long-acting, HIV prevention product designed specifically for women, will soon be on the market.* Women account for over half of adult HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa, but have few HIV prevention options that they can control. This new product is critical to empower women to protect themselves and to make progress towards the elimination of HIV.

Developed with the OPTIONS Consortium, a five-year USAID and PEPFAR initiative, and the International Partnership for Microbicides, this report is for national governments, donors, implementers, and advocates who are planning for the launch of the monthly dapivirine ring.

*Pending approval by regulatory authorities.

Download the report here.

Tags:  health  Women 

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Shaping Inclusive Markets

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017
By FSG

The current global crisis of economic exclusion and inequity has millions of people in poverty with limited opportunities to escape. The questions of how markets work, and who they work for, have never been more pressing.
 

Truly inclusive markets lead to expanded opportunity for more broadly shared prosperity, especially for those facing the greatest barriers. With support from The Rockefeller Foundation, we analyzed historical cases where such inclusive transformations actually occurred in order to understand the ways in which they were achieved. Using these insights, we offer practical recommendations for funders and intermediaries seeking to enable more of these shifts in the future.

 

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Tags:  Economic Growth  Global. Development  inclusive business 

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20 years... and beyond

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 30, 2017

20 YEARS... AND BEYOND

By LifeCo UnLtd SA

On this the 20th anniversary of LifeCo UnLtd SA we remember the path to get here and we look ahead to the challenges before us.

We are because you are. We are a community of business people, partners and governors who care about building a nation of champions in South Africa. Our responsibility is to contribute to achieving socio-economic justice for all and to preserve the planet that sustains life as we know it. These ideals guide everything we do. LifeCo UnLtd exists for this reason, and is part of a growing, global community of high-impact social enterprises that serve people and planet. 

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Economic Sustainability at the Bottom of The Pyramid

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 27, 2017

Economic Sustainability at the Bottom of The Pyramid

By Monitor Deloitte


Enterprises seeking to achieve both impact and financial returns have worked hard for many years to deliver critical goods and services to those living at the bottom of the pyramid (BOP). While these efforts have clearly had tremendous impact helping large numbers of very poor people, it remains unclear how deeply down into the BOP we as a field are reaching.

Are these enterprises consistently reaching people living on $8 a day? How about $4, or $2, or less? Given the lack of good data, we really do not know. And yet we need to. In order to understand how to reach deeply down the pyramid, we need to understand who is successfully doing so. In order to know when we should subsidize for-profit enterprises to get them to reach lower, we need a better understanding of the “natural” limits to their current reach.

This report was developed jointly by Monitor Deloitte, the MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network, and the Rockefeller Foundation to help provide transparency and guidance to advance the broader field of funding for businesses serving the deep BOP.

 
 

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West Africa Ecosystem Maps

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 24, 2017

As part of a series of ecosystem maps, with the support of the Citi Foundation, our West Africa Regional Chapter recently released three snapshots, providing insight into the Abuja, Accra, and Lagos entrepreneurial ecosystems. These snapshots were produced through a review of existing literature, a series of surveys and interviews, as well as stakeholder meetings. Click on the images below to access the snapshots.       

Nigeria Ecosystem Maps 

 

Ghana Ecosystem Maps

     

Tags:  2017  ANDE publication  West Africa 

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BEYOND INVESTMENT: THE POWER OF CAPACITY-BUILDING SUPPORT

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 20, 2017

Beyond Investment: The power of capacity building support

By the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

Impact investors seek to achieve meaningful positive change through their investments, including greatly improving the quality of life of underserved people around the world, and ensuring a sustainable and healthy planet. These investors often work in challenging environments with untested business models. Capacity-building support, also known as technical assistance, is a vital tool used by many investors to complement their investments and expand and deepen their impact.

I am pleased to share our report, Beyond Investment: The Power of Capacity-Building Support, which illuminates current capacity-building practice and invites a discussion about how to elevate future practice. This report documents how capacity-building support can contribute to the impact that investors are able to achieve, and surfaces three key insights about the current state of such support in impact investing: 

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Tags:  capacity development  impact investing  SGBs 

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Impact Report: Global Expansion

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 16, 2017

Impact Report: Global expansion

By Street Business School 

Three years ago, we set out to test whether the incredible business training program we developed for women making beads could create transformation far beyond the borders of Uganda. The idea was simple. Let's share our proven model with other organizations, who are already experts on the needs of their local communities, and help them maximize their impact rather than reinventing the wheel. We started in January 2014 and completed phase I of this journey on June 30 of this year.

Check out our Milestones to celebrate, as what we have accomplished has far outstripped our expectations. As you read this, Street Business School is being taught in ve countries across East Africa with the potential of two more in the near future. The 19 partner groups we have trained will help more than 6,000 women and almost 37,000 children out of poverty. Forever. 

Download the report here.

Tags:  East Africa  impact evaluation  poverty  social enterprise  women 

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The Power of Purpose

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 9, 2017

The Power of Purpose: Jesuits for Social Entrepreneurship

By Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 

 

Soon after their founding in 1540, the Jesuits established an expansive network of educational institutions around the world, embodying what we now call social entrepreneurship.

In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls “the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development.” Social entrepreneurship is a transformative response to this call.

The Jesuit-in-Residence experience is customized to the vocation of the individual Jesuit. The program’s pioneer, Fr. Phil Cooke, SJ, organized GSBI Boost accelerator programs in Nicaragua and the Philippines. Under the leadership of Fr. Bossou Constant, SJ, we created a Jesuit Network for Social Entrepreneurship, including four provinces in Africa, one in the United States, and one in China, with 18 affiliated Jesuits.

Miller Center imagines that this network will leverage Jesuit social and educational ministries to amplify the global impact of social entrepreneurship. The vocations of the Jesuits in this booklet illustrate the power of purpose in their approach. 

Download the report here.

Tags:  accelerators  Africa  Asia  Social entrepreneurship 

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Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2017 Annual Report

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 9, 2017

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2017 Annual Report

By Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 

 

At Miller Center, we believe that social entrepreneurship effects profound change, disrupts unjust social equilibria, and has the potential to be a driving force in attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. When social entrepreneurs thrive in our Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®), when our Global Social Benefit Fellows engage in action research with these entrepreneurs, and when GSBI Mentors emerge with new insights, the results are transformative.

 

On our journey, we’ve discovered that everyone who accompanies us can be transformed. Through service to others, we  and purpose. Miller Center unites the world’s most entrepreneurial ecosystem with the Jesuit tradition of serving the poor and protecting the planet.

 

Download the report here.

Tags:  Africa  SDGs  Social entrepreneurship 

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