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Cocoa Interrupted: The Role of Social Enterprise in Cocoa Sustainability

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Cocoa Interrupted: The Role of Social Enterprise in Cocoa Sustainability
by Acumen

This report details how social enterprises can play a role in creatively and sustainably addressing the varied needs of cocoa growing communities in West Africa. It presents four social enterprise case studies and an opportunity for the cocoa industry to bring new ideas and solutions to the challenges facing cocoa farmers and their communities through collaboration with social enterprises.

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Tags:  cocoa  smallholder farmers  social enterprise  sustainability  sustainable ag  west africa 

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Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America
by Value for Women

This report - a first of its kind focused on Latin America - summarizes information gathered from 48 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders in Latin America, primarily members of the ANDE network as well as 254 firms that comprise their portfolios. It includes information from surveys and key informant interviews with 24 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem actors. The focus on the impact investing sector is important because gender equality should be front and center for Impact Investors seeking to achieve financial and social returns on their investments. This report highlights that while it is clear that gender equality is good for business and good for development, Impact Investors in Latin America are still only in the early stages of embedding this focus in their investment process and activities.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  impact investing  latin america  women 

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Nutritious Food Foresight

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Nutritious Food Foresight
by Gurnimrat Sidhu, Chase Keenan and Angela R. Hansen

Global Knowledge Initiative is building momentum around this foresight study conducted on food system innovations having the potential to advance near-term nutrition outcomes. These innovations improve access to nutritious foods by introducing local market efficiencies within key resource constraints experienced in emerging markets. In addition to this nutrition lens, GKI is beginning to think about food system innovation as it affects all SDGs through connections to the biosphere, economy, and society alike.

Read full report here.

Tags:  emerging markets  food  food systems  innovation  nutrition  SDGs 

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Acceleration in Central America

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Monday, June 3, 2019
Updated: Monday, June 3, 2019

Acceleration in Central America
by Global Accelerator Learning Initiative 

With the support of Citibanamex, GALI is working to increase understanding of acceleration and early stage ventures in Central America. This data summary includes information from 812 ventures operating in Central America, contributed by 56 accelerator programs.

Read full report here.

Tags:  2019  accelerators  ANDE publication  CAM  Central America  gali  startup 

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Villgro's Impact Report 2018

Posted By Sukriti Somvanshi - Villgro, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Villgro's Impact Report 2018
by Villgro Innovations Foundation

In the last 19 years, Villgro | India has worked with over 270 entrepreneurs who have created more than 3500 jobs and impacted over 19 million underprivileged lives. This Impact Report deep dives into the impact footprints over the last 19 years - the entrepreneurs and their journeys with creating bottom of the pyramid impact.

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Tags:  impact investing  inclusive innovation  india; ANDE members  innovation  social entrepreneurship  social impact 

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#ClosingTheGap Mekong: Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessments

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019
Updated: Friday, May 3, 2019

#ClosingTheGap - Cambodia
by David Totten and Michael Smiddy

This country report highlights that the Cambodian entrepreneur ecosystem has good foundations based on active participation of motivated ‘ecosystem builders’ and successful entrepreneurs. However, the Cambodian Government needs to sustain broad-based improvements to the overall business environment.

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#ClosingTheGap - Laos
by Matt van Roosmalen and Latdamone Phodsavang

This country report highlights that the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lao PDR depends on broad-based improvements to the overall business environment. Fast growing and larger SMEs with more internal capacity are more likely to benefit from a wider and more flexible selection of financial offerings, which would make continued growth possible and therefore allow them to emerge from the missing middle successfully.

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#ClosingTheGap - Myanmar 
by David Totten
, Grace Pyone Mya Moe Lwin and Matt van Roosmalen

This country report highlights that SMEs in Myanmar face familiar challenges to other developing economies, compounded by a political and economic environment that is still in transition. This has also impacted the financial sector, and consequently SMEs’ access to credit. A flourishing tech ecosystem indicates high potential, yet at this time, there have been few opportunities for SMEs with traditional business models.

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#ClosingTheGap - Vietnam
by Matt van Roosmalen and David Totten

This country report highlights that the Vietnamese entrepreneur ecosystem is developing very quickly, with an increasing number of participants and diversity of services. Support for ecosystem development is equally diverse, with government, development partners, and domestic and international private sector accounting for significant investment.

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Tags:  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  SMEs  southeast asia 

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Scaling Impact Investment in Forestry

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 25, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Scaling Impact Investment in Forestry
by Rachel Bass, Peter Murphy and Hannah Dithrich

Building from interviews with asset owners, asset managers, and intermediaries, and from the database of forestry vehicles, this report identifies opportunities to strengthen and grow the sustainable and impact forestry market that connect asset owners’ motivations with asset managers’ products and strategies. This report begins to address some of the communications gaps that restrict capital flows into the sustainable forestry market and seeks to uncover opportunities to unlock further investment. Investment in these vehicles is critical, both to the conservation of critical biodiversity and animal habitat and to the ability to deliver a low-carbon or negative emission future.

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Tags:  climate change  Environment  forestry  impact investing  scaling  sustainability 

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ANDE at 10 Years: Impact and Influence on the SGB Sector

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Updated: Monday, April 22, 2019

ANDE at 10 Years: Impact and Influence on the SGB Sector
By Monitor Deloitte

Commissioned by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) as part of a strategic planning process at the organization’s decennial, this report outlines the progression of the Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector over the past ten years, and assesses the degree to which ANDE has influenced and impacted the sector’s evolution. This report was prepared by Monitor Deloitte, with ANDE’s support, as a third-party view of ANDE’s role within the SGB sector. In addition to highlighting areas where ANDE has excelled, this report also shares opportunities for where ANDE can positively expand or enhance its influence.

Read the full report here

Tags:  SGBs; ANDE publication; entrepreneurship ecosystem 

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Financing the Future of Asia: Innovations in Sustainable Finance

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 18, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Financing the Future of Asia: Innovations in Sustainable Finance
by Johan Thuard, Harvey Koh, Anand Agarwal and Riya Garg

This report lays out initial recommendations for how a range of different actors could engage across sustainable finance intervention. FSG's hope is many more investors and financial services providers will seize the opportunity to shape this emerging sector and move toward a future in which all of finance is turned toward building a better world.

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Tags:  Asia  finance  fintech  India  innovation  Southeast Asia  Southeast Asia; India  sustainable finance  sustainable finance; fintech; finance; Asia; innov 

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Sizing the Impact Investing Market

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Sizing the Impact Investing Market
by Abhilash Mudaliar and Hannah Dithrich

This white paper presents the first rigorous analysis and estimate of the size of the impact investing market. It estimates that over 1,340 organizations currently manage USD 502 billion in impact investing assets worldwide. This research also underscores the diversity of the market, capturing data from many types of investors — from family offices to foundations to banks to pension funds — who are based in every region of the world and investing worldwide. Over 800 asset managers account for about 50% of industry assets under management, while 31 development finance institutions (DFIs) manage just over a quarter of total industry assets. Most impact investing organizations are relatively small, with about half managing less than USD 29 million each, yet there are also many large players managing over USD 1 billion each. Overall, this research indicates that a significant amount of capital is at work to address the world’s social and environmental challenges. And the market continues to grow rapidly, with new investors entering to establish impact investing practices and to allocate additional capital to positive impact.

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Tags:  capital  impact investing 

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