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The Coronavirus and Entrepreneurs in the Developing World: Learning to Support Businesses in Crisis

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Coronavirus and Entrepreneurs in the Developing World: Learning to Support Businesses in Crisis

By TechnoServe

As the coronavirus pandemic grows, it is threatening the survival of micro and small businesses around the world. Micro and small businesses in developing countries are in many ways very vulnerable to the impacts of this crisis. Nevertheless, it is vitally important to save these businesses since they form the backbone of emerging economies. Drawing from its past experience working with entrepreneurs in times of crisis, as well as early learnings from the response to the coronavirus pandemic, TechnoServe has put together a quick guide of initial recommendations for supporting these enterprises.

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Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, March 13, 2020

Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices: A synthesis of due diligence practices employed by leading impact investors who systematically assess investments' anticipated impact

By Pacific Community Ventures

Impact due diligence, which encompasses all assessments of expected impact before making an investment, is essential to effective impact investing. Not only does impact due diligence enhance investors’ capacity to make more informed investment decisions and increase the impact of their portfolios, it also helps safeguards the entire field against “impact washing” as the market grows. This report synthesizes findings from interviews with leading practitioners, IMM experts, and consultants, and draws from PCV’s own experience developing impact due diligence systems for clients and our own loan fund. 

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Read the "Impact Due Diligence Guide" here.

Tags:  impact investing  sector publication 

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The Impact Due Diligence Guide

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, March 13, 2020

The Impact Due Diligence Guide: Practical guidance for investors seeking to systematically assess investments' anticipated impact

By Pacific Community Ventures

The Guide is a how-to for engaging in impact due diligence and contains actionable advice and guidance for both novices as well as seasoned experts in IMM, covering topics such as building impact-focused due diligence questionnaires and quantitative tools, integrating impact due diligence into existing processes, and using impact due diligence to inform investment decision-making. Given the sheer magnitude of our global challenges, it is essential that impact investors deepen their focus on impact pre-investment through impact due diligence. By doing this we can guard against “impact washing” and realize our collective vision of building a sustainable financial industry that meaningfully tackles, rather than contributes to, the most critical issues we face today.

Read the full guide here.

Read the "Emerging Best Practices" guide here.

Tags:  impact investing  sector publication 

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Gender Equality in the SGB Sector: ANDE India Issue Brief

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, March 13, 2020

Gender Equality in the SGB Sector: ANDE India Issue Brief

By ANDE

This issue brief is a part of the series formulated by Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs’ (ANDE) India chapter. It aims to contextualize the findings and strategy outlined in ANDE’s global gender issue brief, for India, and to create a knowledge base connecting our urgent issues and the Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector at a regional level. This brief is a starting point for conversations on gender equality and is meant to help shape ANDE India’s strategy for the region.

Read the full issue brief here.

Tags:  ANDE publication  gender  India 

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Measuring Accelerator Performance: Potential Metrics and the “4Cs”

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, March 2, 2020

Measuring Accelerator Performance: Potential Metrics and the “4Cs”

By The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Understanding the performance of accelerators is important to a wide range of individuals and organizations: participating startups, accelerator managers and staff, investors, partners, donors, funders, and policymakers. Each of these stakeholders may have different priorities and objectives in their efforts to measure accelerators’ performance and impact. This brief identifies considerations and potential metrics for evaluating accelerator performance. In addition to metrics related to the accelerator itself, it includes measures that assess the performance of startups, and changes in the regions in which accelerators are located. 

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Tags:  accelerators  measurement  metrics and research  sector publication 

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Bending The Arc: How The Full Spectrum of Capital Can Enable Inclusive Growth in Agriculture

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Bending The Arc: How The Full Spectrum of Capital Can Enable Inclusive Growth in Agriculture

By FSG

In this report, FSG explores the role of different kinds of capital in bending the arc of agricultural market development towards inclusive growth. FSG pays particular attention to how impact-focused players deploying capital that is flexible in terms of risk-return expectations can best deploy it in order to catalyze large-scale transformations towards inclusion.

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Tags:  Agriculture  inclusive growth  sector publication 

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The Microretailers' Roadmap

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, February 21, 2020

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, Friday, February 21, 2020

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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