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School’s In: The Banker’s View On Delivering Profitable Services To Private Schools

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 3, 2017
Updated: Monday, July 3, 2017

School's In:
 The Banker's View on Delivering Profitable Services to Private Schools

by CapPlus

To explore the market opportunity for financing private schools from a banker’s perspective, CapPlus interviewed managers at financial institutions in nine countries to learn their view on delivering profitable services that help schools build infrastructure, run operations, and improve education quality. The bottom line: schools are a larger opportunity than first-movers have captured. This paper explores the reasons why, and provides recommendations for pursuing this market segment.

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Base-of-the-Pyramid Distribution Compass - A Decision-Making Tool for Distribution in BoP Markets

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 3, 2017
Updated: Monday, July 3, 2017

Base-of-the-Pyramid Distribution Compass:
A Decision-Making Tool for Distribution in BoP Markets

by D-Lab; MIT Practical Impact Alliance

Catalyzed by the work of the MIT Practical Impact Alliance working group on Base of the Pyramid (BoP) distribution challenges, MIT D-Lab has developed a practical tool for social business and development practitioners to select appropriate distribution strategies for their products in BoP markets.

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The Art of Sustainable Giving

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 3, 2017

The Art of Sustainable Giving:

by The Boston Consulting Group

Indonesia has grown rapidly and continues to do so, creating great potential for even more wealth. However, growth does not always translate into prosperity for the individual. Many Indonesians still live below the poverty line, with increasing levels of inequality. 

This study highlights the importance of strengthening social entrepreneurship to support both economic growth and individual prosperity in Indonesia. 

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Banking on Education - Low-Cost Private Schools’ Demand for Finance

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 3, 2017
Updated: Monday, July 3, 2017

Banking on Education:
Low-Cost Private School's Demand for Finance

by CapPlus, CapitalPlus Exchange

Private schools in five sub-Saharan African cities educate approximately
1.8 million low-income school children, including 84% of Kampala’s
children and 60% of Nairobi’s. They want to borrow $1.3 billion over the
next three years. They also conduct most of their transactions in cash,
representing an additional $1.5 billion opportunity for financial services
providers over three years.

These are top-line findings from CapitalPlus Exchange’s market research
conducted in 2016 in 998 low-cost private schools in Abuja, Dar es
Salaam, Kampala, Lusaka, and Nairobi. In four of the five cities, private
schools educate more than 40% of enrolled students.

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State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2016

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 22, 2017
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017

State of the Small and Growing Business Sector:

2016 Impact Report

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs 

Since 2009 ANDE has been tracking the state of the small and growing business (SGB) sector to assess its growth and impact on emerging market economies. This year’s report begins with an overview of SGB intermediaries in 2016, including data on capacity development services, direct investments into SGBs, and donor funding. Next, the report focuses on trends and activities at ANDE’s six most established regional chapters: Brazil, Central America/Mexico, East Africa, India, South Africa, and West Africa.

Capacity Development Services

Capacity development services like mentoring, skill-building, and network expansion are a critical component of the SGB sector.

  • Forty percent of ANDE members identify themselves primarily as capacity development providers, but many investors also provide nonfinancial support.  The most common type of service is facilitating mentorship and peer networks.
  • Within the diverse landscape of capacity development service providers, accelerators have emerged as one model with a consistent program design. These are time-bound programs that work with cohort of entrepreneurs and typically focus on connections to investors. Ongoing research from GALI shows increasing evidence that accelerators positively impact participants’ future revenue earned, investment raised, and jobs created.
  • Recruiting, developing, and retaining talent is a key challenge for SGBs, and many capacity development providers are stepping in to help.  For example, the Argidius-ANDE Talent Challenge winners are testing solutions to identify, attract, and retain middle- and senior-level managers.
  • Corporate partnerships are increasingly central to the SGB sector.  Large companies partner with SGBs as potential customers, suppliers, or sources of innovation. Corporate foundations are important funders in the sector, and corporate social responsibility units often facilitate important capacity development services. However, data shows that the majority of ANDE member partnerships focus on the corporation’s core business unit.

SGB Investing

Over the past decade, new SGB investors have been steadily entering the market, and the percentage of emerging market deals that are US $2 million and under continues to increase annually.

  • Over 500 investment vehicles have launched in the past 10 years that invest in emerging market SGBs, with an estimated US $28 billion in committed capital.
  • Fifty-three investment vehicles launched in 2016, and raised over US $2.7 billion in committed capital.
  • South Asia has dominated new vehicles launched in the last five years, and health, financial services, and agriculture were also on the rise. 
  • According to the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA), US $278 million was invested in deals US $2 million and under in 2016, which represents 28 percent of total emerging market deals.

Donor & Foundation Funding for the SGB Sector

Funding from public and private donors is an important source of support for capacity development services, as well as investments into funds that focus on SGBs. 

  • Funding for SMEs rose dramatically from US $2.4 billion in 2013 to US $4.7 billion in in 2014. In 2015, the amount of donor disbursements increased to US $4.8 billion.
  • This growth is due to funding from European donors and institutions, which made up 80 percent of all donor disbursements to SMEs in 2015.
  • In 2015, Turkey received the most SME funding for the third consecutive year.
  • Between 2010 and 2014, US foundations gave US $536 million in almost 3,000 grants focused on entrepreneurship or social enterprise in developing countries.

Regional Insights

ANDE’s seven regional chapters promote collaboration and knowledge sharing among local ANDE members and support regional activities and advocacy efforts that support SGBs in the region.  For each chapter, the local context is distinct, and presents diverse areas of opportunity.  The final section of the report highlights data on each entrepreneurial ecosystem, and regional leaders’ perspectives on key trends for each region. 

 

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Tags:  2017  ANDE publication 

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Financing the Frontier

Posted By Administrater, Thursday, June 1, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Financing the Frontier:
Inclusive Financial Sector Development in Fragility-Affected States in Africa

by Financial Sector Deepening Africa in partnership with Mercy Corps

Poverty in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is reducing, but the concentration of extreme poverty in fragile states is likely to increase, according to a new report published today by the Financial Sector Deepening Africa in partnership with Mercy Corps. The report concludes that the donor community can crowd-in legitimate financial market actors and provide the flexibility needed to take risks, and allow development actors to pivot as the fragility-affected states in Africa (FASA) change and adjust.

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Tags:  Africa  Development  finance  sector publication 

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Pulse of Impact Management

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Pulse of Impact Management:
Current Uses of and Trends in Social and Environmental Impact Measurement in Investing

by the Middlebury Institute’s Center for Social Impact Learning in partnership with SVT Group

The Middlebury Institute’s Center for Social Impact Learning in partnership with SVT Group report offers a shortcut to practical information about how impact investors are tracking and reporting their social and environmental impact today. The report also includes advice from impact investors to those new to the field, and summarizes the history of impact investing, key terms and concepts in impact measurement, and trends, and provides a practical guide to the most relevant publications. 

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Tags:  environmental impact  impact investing  impact investment  impact measurement  sector publication  Sector Trends  social impact 

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Unleashing the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Unleashing the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs

by Babson College and The Coca-Cola Company

This report provides an overview of The Coca-Cola Company's 5by20 initiative, starting with its multi-dimensional contextual setting: the extensive focus on gender equality shared by governments, NGOs and private enterprise, and Coca-Cola’s commitment to and investment in a broad array of initiatives focused on economic development, sustainability, and social goals. The report then describes eight programs from six value chain sectors: Producers, Suppliers, Distributors, Retailers, Recyclers and Artisans, and it concludes with a review of 5by20’s efforts to measure the impact of the initiative, a summary of key elements that contribute to successful scaling, and lessons learned. 

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  INGOs  Private Sector  Scale  scaling program  sector publication  sustainability  women 

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SME Program: Five Years in Review

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017