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Impact Investing Trends

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Impact Investing Trends:
Evidence of a Growing Enterprise

by the Global Impact Investing Network

The ‘Impact Investing Trends: Evidence of a Growing Industry’ report has found that among a consistent sample of dedicated impact investors, both overall assets under management and capital raised by fund managers increased substantially at a compound annual growth rate of 18 percent between 2013 and 2015. Additionally, the study found that up to 95 percent of impact investors surveyed report financial returns at or exceeding expectations and 98 percent met or exceeded impact expectations.

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Tags:  enterprise development  impact investing  sector publication  Sector Trends  social enterprise 

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Impacts of Small-Scale Electricity Systems:

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Impacts of Small-Scale Electricity Systems: A Study of Rural Communities in India and Nepal

by World Resources Institute

This study assesses and compares the benefits of electricity service to households and small enterprises from microgrids, solar home systems (SHS), and the national grid in select rural communities in India and Nepal. Electricity access, in general, leads to reduced kerosene use, more time spent by women on income-generation, and the acquisition of home appliances. However, different types of systems have distinct differences in electricity service conditions. These conditions partly explain why households with SHS exhibit the greatest reduction in kerosene use; why grid-connected households own more appliances; and why electricity access benefits small businesses, but seldom drives key business decisions. The developmental impacts of rural electricity access may benefit from supply standards, greater policy support for investments in productive uses, and further research into the cost-effectiveness of electrification from different supply systems. 

Tags:  2016  India  social enterprise 

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Bridging Gaps: Impact Investors and Social Energy Enterprises

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Monday, December 28, 2015

Social enterprises cut across different sectors such as agriculture, energy, water/sanitation, health, education and so on. The nature of their missions leads to operations in extremely challenging environments. Despite varied sectoral differences, these organizations work in a nascent arena balancing socio-commercial objectives and therefore experience similar obstacles that are well documented such as high operating costs, scarcity of trained human resources, constrained access to capital, dearth of processes that transition grassroots R&D to practical adoption, end user financing, illdefined standards of impact assessment, conflicting expectations of scale, stifling domestic policies and a host of other issues related to an underdeveloped ecosystem.

This paper addresses one critical aspect of that ecosystemaccess to enterprise financing- and was borne out of a largely shared viewpoint by social enterprises that although there has been a widespread effort to capture the difficulties in accessing capital, there is limited insight into expectation gaps between the investment and practitioner community. While the impact investment market has enormous potential, there is a considerable amount of hype over the subject. The market is not ready to absorb commercial capital on the scale talked about and expected widespread profits and returns are probably some time away and in many cases will never be along the lines expected.

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Tags:  energy  environment  sector publication  social enterprise 

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GSBI Methodology for Social Entrepreneurship

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 11, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®), a pioneer in social enterprise capacity development, hascontinuously improved its methodology since its founding in 2003. The lessons GSBI has learned from working with 365 social enterprises are broadly applicable to capacity development efforts across sectors and geographies. This paper introduces GSBI and explains the GSBI methodology, with the goal of helping the global social enterprise movement create more exits from poverty. 

GSBI has become a leading, comprehensive program for social enterprise capacity development worldwide. Its suite of stage-specific programs for early and mid-stage social enterprises, along with its network of partners, collectively serve hundreds of impact organizations annually.

GSBI has developed a methodology that revolves around three dynamic, interactive aspects: social enterprise selection, stage-specific programs, and executive-level mentoring. GSBI invites applications from social enterprises that are “impact first,” meaning that their primary mission is to deliver goods and services to those in need.

GSBI evaluates candidates in two phases. GSBI staff filter for general program fit, then score candidates according to criteria that predict each enterprise’s potential for short-term success in GSBI as well as long-term growth. Priority is given to social enterprises with earned income business models, because this approach lends itself to scaling. To match a social enterprise with the curriculum most appropriate to help it grow, GSBI developed a Social Enterprise Stage Assessment Tool.

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Tags:  business models  capacity development  sector publication  social enterprise 

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Think Global, Trade Social: How business with a social purpose can deliver more equitable and sustainable development for the 21st century.

Posted By Stephanie Buck, Aspen Institute, Friday, September 25, 2015

The British Council and Social Enterprise UK with support from the World Bank have just launched a report calledThink Global, Trade Social: How business with a social purpose can deliver more equitable and sustainable development for the 21st century.

The report (downloadable below) makes a clear case for the important role that social enterprises can play in driving sustainable and inclusive development, tackling inequality, and helping to address some of the biggest social and environmental challenges targeted by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In the publication’s foreword, Professor Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel laureate and Grameen Bank founder, and Linda McAvan MEP, the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee for International Development, write:

Aid alone cannot be our response. Global sustainability and the nature of the economy will be shaped by entrepreneurship and the terms on which we create and do business with each other.

In addition to the report, you can also download a graph that details the relative scale of global financial flows, and the Scale of Social Enterprise 

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Tags:  social business  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Beyond the Margin: Redirecting Asia's Capitalism

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Asia’s economic growth of the last few decades has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and improved the lives of billions more. However, continuing down the path that has spurred economic development to date – driven by investment and profit-maximisation – can only end in environmental and social calamity. Persistent pollution and unfettered resource consumption, paired with growing income inequality and multi-dimensional poverty, will reverse the region’s growth achievements and decrease social stability.

A key solution to the quandaries of stimulating development and creating sustainable livelihoods can be found in “impact investing” – the deployment of private capital to create positive impact that goes beyond financial returns alone.

this report explores the role that impact investing can play in the developing countries of the Asia-Pacific. It examines its potential market, as well as the challenges that must be overcome in order for its key benefits to be realised. 

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Tags:  China  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Understanding Human Resource Challenges in the Indian Social Enterprise Sector

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

The study aims to deliver findings that might serve as triggers for the design of new, more effective methods of addressing HR challenges in this space, and hopes that the collected insights will contribute to accelerating the development of the socent ecosystem. Further, while this study focuses on India, it hopes to also share insights that would be relevant to other parts of the world, and encourage similar research around HR practices in other regions. 

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  India  private sector development  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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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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A Framework for Action: Social Enterprise & Impact Investing

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

  1. This Framework aims to assist three stakeholder groups – investors, corporations and public policymakers – in understanding how to navigate the social enterprise and impact invest- ing space. For each of these groups, the guide outlines three steps: prioritizing the rationale for engaging, defining a strategy, and, finally, choos- ing specific approaches to execute. The entirety of this Framework is structured around these three steps. Each step will vary not only between stakeholder groups, but also among individual organizations. While there is no one-size-fits all approach, the Framework is designed with the intention of allowing a variety of interested orga- nizations to understand, in a structured fashion, how they may be best positioned to engage. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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GSBI: Social Enterprise Stage Assessment

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The GSBI Social Enterprise Stage Assessment Tool is designed to guide the development of a social enterprise from conception to full-scale implementation. It has four intended uses: 1. Designing methodology and content for social enterprise accelerator programs 2. Mentoring of social enterprises 3. Benchmarking social enterprises to track their progress over time 4. Selecting social enterprises for awards and accelerator programs.

The stage distinction is useful because it acknowledges that enterprises at each stage will have common characteristics and have different needs, including different capital requirements, than enterprises at other stages. This GSBI Social Enterprise Stage Assessment Tool builds on these definitions by providing a next level of detail that describes the characteristics of enterprises at each stage. This characterization allows social entrepreneurs and those working with them to identify and address gaps in the enterprise’s development as they create a business plan and seek investment to reach the next stage of growth.

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Tags:  impact investing  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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