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The Microretailers' Roadmap

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, 10 hours ago

The Microretailers' Roadmap

By TechnoServe

Drawing from TechnoServe's experience, the Microretailers’ Roadmap lays out four capabilities that shop owners need in order to transform their businesses and the developing world: recordkeeping and financial management, inventory management, merchandising as well as customer service and promotion. 

Read the full roadmap here.

Tags:  microretail  sector publication 

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Venture Capital and the Gender Financing Gap: The Role of Accelerators

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, 11 hours ago

Venture Capital and the Gender Financing Gap: The Role of Accelerators

By IFC, the World Bank Group Gender Innovation Lab, Village Capital and We-Fi

Women entrepreneurs in emerging markets face a daunting gender finance gap when it comes to growing their start-ups into mainstream businesses.  New research shows that despite women leading half the start-ups that participate in accelerators they continue to face greatly unequal access to capital. This report, developed by IFC and the World Bank Group Gender Innovation Lab in partnership with Village Capital and We-Fi, studies the steep differential between financing for male and female-led start-ups post-acceleration and finds perceived risk and investor bias are the most likely causes. The comprehensive research found that acceleration actually seems to increase the gap in equity fundraising.  

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  acceleration  gender  gender financing gap  sector publication  venture capital 

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Best Practice Guide for Impact Investing in Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) in Mexico

Posted By Natalie Alm, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Best Practice Guide for Impact Investing in Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) in Mexico

By Thompson Reuters Foundation, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Kaya Impacto, Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C., White & Case LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

This guide is a thorough summary of the options for setting up a business in Mexico including the governance clauses and the differences between legal structures. It covers third party investments to raise capitals, and explains the concepts of impact investment, capital instruments and key economic terms.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  ANDE publication  CAM  impact investing  Mexico  SGBs 

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A Transformative Evaluation Toolkit for The Impact Investing Sector: How entrepreneurs and impact investors can deepen their data collection

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, February 10, 2020

A Transformative Evaluation Toolkit for The Impact Investing Sector: How entrepreneurs and impact investors can deepen their data collection

By Engineers without Borders

The purpose of this toolkit is to introduce a method that improves your ability to truly change people’s lives through social impact investing. More specifically, it is designed to help entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, evaluators or other practitioners deepen their social impact measurement and management process in the impact investing sector. This toolkit provides a definition of transformative evaluation as well as instructions and case examples to support the application of a TE lens to an organization’s work, among others.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  data collection  impact investing  impact measurement  sector publication 

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Talent to de-Risk and Accelerate Investment (TRAIN)

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, February 10, 2020

Talent to de-Risk and Accelerate Investment (TRAIN)

By Open Capital and USAID

SGBs often face particularly acute challenges in raising capital. The USAID-supported “Talent to de-Risk and Accelerate Investment (TRAIN)” initiative aimed to test the combination of a new, streamlined due diligence approach with a talent-enabled model of post-investment support to reduce investor risk. In this report, Open Capital, as TRAIN implementer, shares lessons, observations and ideas from TRAIN to enable more investors and ecosystem stakeholders to engage more effectively with early-stage SGBs in East and Southern Africa.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  africa  sector publication  talent 

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Embracing Complexity: Towards a shared understanding of funding systems change

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, January 24, 2020

Embracing complexity: Towards a shared understanding of funding systems change

By McKinsey & Company, Ashoka, Catalyst 2030, Co-Impact, Echoing Green, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Skoll Foundation and SystemIQ

Solving our most pressing problems requires a systems change approach and collaborative action. However, the current dominant funding practices are ill-suited to support systemic answers.This report provides donors and investors, as well as charitable initiatives and organizations, with answers to the two following questions: How can systems change across the world be financed more effectively? How can change be better supported for the benefit of society? It identifies five principles and resulting practices that funders can adopt to better support systems change work: embracing a systems mindset, supporting evolving paths to systems change, working in true partnership, preparing for long-term engagement and collaborating with other stakeholders.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  funding practices  sector publication  systems 

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Enhancing the Financial Health of Micro-entrepreneurs: Beyond a mere assessment

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Enhancing the Financial Health of Micro-entrepreneurs: Beyond a mere assessment

By Klaas Molenaar (Timpoc Consultants) and Mathilde Bauwin (ADA)

This report provides an in-depth understanding on the financial health issues of micro-enterprises, the financial well-being of the micro-entrepreneurs and the ways in which such financial health and well-being might be enhanced. The major finding is that programs related to the financial health of micro-enterprises must not only focus on assessing a micro-entrepreneur’s understanding of the financial issues related to his/her business and be able to measure their capacity to deal with those issues, but more relevantly, programs must also draw up action plans to broaden and deepen the understanding and capacity of the micro-entrepreneurs.

Read the executive summary here. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  entrepreneurship  finance  financial health  microentrepreneurs  sector publication 

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Closing the Gaps: Finance Pathways for Serving the Missing Middles

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Closing the Gaps: Finance Pathways for Serving the Missing Middles

By Collaborative For Frontier Finance

SGBs have a diverse range of business models and a diverse range of unmet financing needs. This report identifies five alternative approaches for providing finance that meets the diverse needs of each SGB segment and investor. It also highlights critical actions that ecosystem stakeholders can take to help support these approaches as well as newly emerging ones that together can help fill the financing gaps within each SGB segment.

Read the executive summary here.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  business models  finance  sector publication  sgbs 

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Impact Investment Landscape for Women's Health: Spotlight on Colombia & Peru

Posted By Kara Gordon, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Impact Investment Landscape for Women's Health Spotlight on Colombia & Peru

By Linked Foundation and William Davidson Institute (WDI)

Investing in women’s health is a critical component of women’s economic and social development. However, while country economies and health systems have advanced, under-served women in Latin America have not necessarily obtained access to critical healthcare services and products. This report provides a landscape for impact investment women’s health focused in Colombia and Peru in order to catalyze impact investment interest and capital to the most-needed areas of women’s health in Latin America. More specifically, it identifies gaps in service provision, areas of opportunity for investment, pipeline opportunities, and examples of impact-forward, sustainability-oriented women’s health programs.

Read the full report here. 

 

Tags:  health  impact investment  latin america  sector publication  wome  women 

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Fueling Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

Posted By Natalie Alm, Aspen Institute, Thursday, January 2, 2020

Fueling Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets
By ANDE

This report analyzes how twenty different donors and development finance institutions (DFIs) engage with the entrepreneurship and small & growing business (SGB) sector in emerging markets. The goal of this study is to provide an overview of the main channels through which these institutions provide funding to entrepreneurs and small and growing businesses in emerging markets, reveal key statistics around this funding (such as investment size and horizon), highlight trends to look out for over the course of the next few years, and discuss implications for how ANDE should engage with each institution moving forward.

Read the executive summary here.

Read the full report here (ANDE members only).

Tags:  ANDE publication  emerging markets  Entrepreneurship  fundraising 

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