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Formalizing SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 25, 2019
Updated: Monday, November 25, 2019

Formalizing SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa
By Investisseurs & Partenaires

This report defines characteristics of "informality" in the context of labor and jobs and differentiates between how companies and employees are affected by informality.  Entrepreneurs and employees fear that benefits of formalization will not outweigh the costs spent to achieve it.  The report concludes that in the long term, improvements to fundamentals in the African business landscape, such as economic growth and improved training, will produce gradual but significant positive effects.

Read the full report here. 

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IFC & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Investing in Women’s Business Growth

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 18, 2019

IFC & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Investing in Women’s Business Growth
By IFC and Goldman Sachs

In 2014, IFC Banking on Women and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women founded the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility (WEOF) which was created to support women SMEs and entrepreneurs in developing countries.  Please read this progress report to learn more about WEOF, their achievements to date, and what WEOF has planned for the future.

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Green and Inclusive Business Toolbox

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Green and Inclusive Business Toolbox: Promoting Green and Inclusive Business Models in Development Cooperation Programmes
By GIZ 

This toolbox defines green and inclusive business (GIB) models and describes the major challenges and opportunities GIBs face. It contains various examples of best practices regarding approaches from GIZ projects that work in the field of promoting green and inclusive businesses. This toolbox was recently updated and new tools have been added in these categories: finance (p.92 and 97), capacity development (p. 54) and policy (p.110).

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USAID Invest Close-Up: Catalyzing Private Investment for Women's Economic Empowerment

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 1, 2019

USAID Invest Close-Up: Catalyzing Private Investment for Women's Economic Empowerment
By ANDE

When women are economically empowered, they invest in their businesses, families, and communities, producing a multiplier effect that spurs economic growth.  Unfortunately, pervasive gender gaps and lack of access to financial services often block women from the tools and resources that they need for their families and businesses to thrive. This close-up provides background on USAID and Women's World Banking's partnership and the creation of WWBCP II. It explores the potential of using blended finance, digital financial inclusion, and the process and implications of an international development institution engaging the private sector in a new way.

Read the full report here. 

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Inclusão Financeira na América Latina

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 1, 2019

Inclusão Financeira na América Latina 
By ANDE

O capítulo andino e o capítulo brasileiro criaram um relatório em conjunto que fornece uma visão geral do setor de inclusão financeira na América Latina, com foco no México e no Brasil. O relatório inclui um infográfico do cenário da inclusão financeira nos dois países, usando fatos e números apresentados ao longo de nossas reuniões e mesas-redondas do Learning Lab de Métricas.

Além disso, o relatório apresenta 3 tópicos relevantes sobre inclusão financeira: produtos e serviços financeiros centrados no usuário, infraestrutura necessária para acesso aos serviços financeiros e educação financeira. Cada tópico oferece uma introdução por especialistas e estudos de caso de diversos projetos na América Latina.

Leia o relatório completo aqui.

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Unlocking the Potential of Frontier Finance

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 1, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Unlocking the Potential of Frontier Finance
By Rachel Bass 

Impact investors are motivated by the potential that emerging and frontier markets posses to create strong growth and a thriving consumer class. This report assesses the frontier finance investment landscape, presents five in-depth case studies featuring different frontier investment vehicles and transactions, and provides recommendations to build the market and overcome common challenges hindering the flow of additional capital into frontier markets. 

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South African Early Childhood Review 2019

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

South African Early Childhood Review 2019
By Ilifa Labantwana 

This publication analyses and comments on over 50 current data indicators spread across five categories: nutrition, health, support for caregivers, social services and early stimulation. The authors draw links between service provision across the five categories as several government departments are responsible but don't always work in tandem for the holistic development of a child. Suggestions are made in the publications on how service delivery can be better integrated across departments using the public health system as a base, due to its frequent contact with the primary caregiver-child pair during the first 1000 days of life. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  sector publication  youth 

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Gender Equality in the SGB Sector

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Gender Equality in the SGB Sector 
By ANDE

This issue brief, part of a series published by ANDE in 2019, is designed to create a common knowledge base from which the Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector can work in the hopes of advancing towards selected development goals.  Based off the assertion that leaving behind half of the world's population would make achieving the SDGs impossible, current literature and sector experience suggest that the SGB sector can contribute to SDG 5 through three categories of action: Promoting investments and support services for women-led SGBs, improving gender-inclusive employment policies, and scaling gender-focused business models through SGBs.

Read the full issue brief here. 

Tags:  ANDE publication  gender  SGB 

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Decent Work and Economic Growth in the SGB Sector

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Decent Work and Economic Growth in the SGB Sector
by ANDE

This issue brief, part of a series published by ANDE in 2019, is designed to create a common knowledge base from which the Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector can work in the hopes of advancing towards selected development goals. This brief explains how SGB support organizations can help achieve SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth, through the examination of SGBs as job creators in emerging markets, SGBs as drivers of economic growth in emerging markets, and SGBs and the changing nature of work. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  ANDE publication  Job Creation  SGBs 

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Climate and Environmental Action in the SGB Sector

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Climate and Environmental Action in the SGB Sector
By ANDE

This issue brief, part of a series published by ANDE in 2019, is designed to create a common knowledge base from which the Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector can work in the hopes of advancing towards selected development goals. SGBs will have to confront climate and environmental changes such as extreme weather and rapidly depleting natural resources as they affect their customers, operations, and supply chains. In light of these changes, this issue brief lays out the major environmental action topics and strategies for the SGB sector. 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  ANDE publication  environmental impact  sustainability 

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