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Scaling Pathways: Case Study

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Scaling Pathways:
Case Study

by USAID; Skoll Foundation; Mercy Corps; Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke

The Scaling Pathways series explores the strategies that leading social enterprises have taken to scale their social impact and answers questions like - What were their scaling tactics? What were their biggest surprises and pivots? What have we learned from their successes – and failures – along the way? Here are three case studies that tell the stories of  three IIA-funded organizations: their scaling strategies, pivots, successes and failures on the road to scale. 

Download the report on Imazon here.

Download the report on Evidence Action here.

Download the report on Vision Spring here.

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Pivoting to Impact: Navigating the Road to Scale

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pivoting to Impact:
Navigating the Road to Scale

by USAID; Skoll Foundation; Mercy Corps; Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke

To add to the ongoing conversation on how to create systems-level change and sustainable impact at scale, we are pleased to present the Scaling Pathways series. This piece, Pivoting to Impact, distills critical lessons that cut across geographies and sectors and provides vital information for enterprises and funders trying to unlock impact at scale. Pivoting to Impact builds on in-depth Case Studies that share the scaling journeys of three organizations that have completed their IIA-funded work.

Download the report here.

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Annual Impact Investor Survey 2017

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Annual Impact Investor Survey 2017:

by The Global Impact Investing Network

This state of the market report presents investors’ perspectives on key issues important to the impact investing industry, as well as analysis of their investment activity, asset allocations by geography, sector, and investment instrument, impact measurement practice, and performance. For the first time, the GIIN also examined investor perspectives on current market topics, such as market segmentation, the role of below-market-rate capital in impact investing, the entry of large-scale financial firms into the market, and impact investing in public equities. New topics also include investors’ commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Download the report here.

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FIVE YEARS: ACCELERATING IMPACT. DRIVING CHANGE.

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Five Years:
Accelerating Impact. Driving Change.

by Reach for Change

The learnings and best practices presented by members of the PIA Mobile Phones and Behavior Change Working Group informed the development of this guide and the group’s insights and examples have been incorporated throughout. With a focus on maternal and child health, this guide includes a list of good practices for organizations developing mHealth platforms and highlights key considerations for program design.

Download the report here.

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The Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Growth Landscape

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Growth Landscape:
Tanzania

by Argidius

The report includes a contextual overview of Tanzania, which helps to shed light on some of the challenges and opportunities for SME development and poverty alleviation. It then puts into perspective some of the key sectors that have been the focus of enterprise development activities. The report also includes an overview of key donor programs, as they can often stimulate SME-related activities and also provide a sense of where large-scale interventions in the SME landscape are occurring.

Download the report here.

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A Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment:

by United Nations Foundation; Exxon Mobile

This report summarizes the findings of 18 research efforts commissioned specifically for this project across four categories of employment – entrepreneurship, farming, wage employment and young women's employment. Some conducted new data analysis while others reviewed the existing evidence. The commissions analyzed effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the programs when this information was available. Some of the commissioned studies conducted new data analyses while others reviewed existing evidence – analyzing available evidence on the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of programs. 

Download the report here.

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E-Guide for Early Stage Global Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

 E-Guide for Early Stage Global Impact Investing:

by Toniic

This e-guide, which draws from members of the Toniic Network—a global impact investing network—as well as their peers, aims to help those with an interest in investing in early-stage impact enterprises see how this work is being done around the world.  Readers can go from learning to action as global practitioners in impact investing by using the following 7-Step Framework which is articulated in detail in the e-guide.

Download the report here.

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New Horizons: Accelerating Sustainable Development through Inclusive Business in Kenya

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

New Horizons:
Accelerating Sustainable Development through Inclusive Business in Kenya

by Business Call to Action (BCtA); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Kenya; Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)

The learnings and best practices presented by members of the PIA Mobile Phones and Behavior Change Working Group informed the development of this guide and the group’s insights and examples have been incorporated throughout. With a focus on maternal and child health, this guide includes a list of good practices for organizations developing mHealth platforms and highlights key considerations for program design.

Download the report here.

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Accelerating Capital to For-profit and Hybrid Enterprises

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Accelerating Capital to For-profit and Hybrid Enterprises:

by Echoing Green; Enclude

This white paper features learnings from an in-depth study of Echoing Green’s for-profit and hybrid entrepreneur portfolio.  With support from the MacArthur and Kresge Foundations, this analysis involved both a quantitative and qualitative assessment that illustrates enterprises’ current and anticipated funding needs, top barriers to accessing capital, and desired support needs across four Capital Readiness Segments: Seed, Early, Growth, and Scale. The report also contains an in depth case study for each segment. 

Download the report here.

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Annual Report 2016

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Annual Report 2016:

by PUM

PUM's online Annual Report 2016 highlights some best practices from projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa. These best practices will give you more insight into the impact of our advice concerning themes such as Food Security, Corporate Social Responsibility, Partnerships, Female Entrepreneurship, and Aid & Trade.

Download the report here.

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