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Scaling Impact Investment in Forestry

Posted By Administration, 10 hours ago
Updated: 19 hours ago

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.

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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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Gender Lens Investing: How Finance Can Accelerate Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean

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

Gender Lens Investing: How Finance Can Accelerate Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean
by Leonora Buckland, Mar Cordobés, Stephanie Oueda Cruz and Lauren Murphy

This study is the first piece of detailed research on gender lens investing in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It adds to other regional analyses of gender lens investing emerging in the last few years in Asia and in Europe (authored by the same team as this report at the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation). The specific objectives of the study are to: 1) Describe the opportunity for different gender lens investing strategies in LAC; 2)Highlight key case studies and current activities in LAC; and 3) Offer top-level recommendations for how different players can put gender lens investing into practice. It is not intended to be a comprehensive landscaping of gender lens investing activities in LAC. IDB Invest's hope is that this research helps to catalyze more gender lens investing activities in the region by providing a much-needed starting point and reference for entrepreneurs, investors, ecosystem players and corporates to explore and pursue such strategies. They also believe that it will be useful to investors not currently active in the region, but who are looking at global gender lens investing opportunities. Finally, it will help the global gender lens investing movement with a more detailed and synthesized regional overview.

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Tags:  Caribbean  gender  gender inclusion  gender lens investing  impact investing  Latin America 

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Efficacy of Mobile EdTech in India

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

Efficacy of Mobile EdTech in India
Published by Gray Matters Capital (GMC)

This report finds out how the combined application of behavioral science, data-driven strategies and optimization can address the key challenges EdTech firms with Mobile solutions face in their journey from downloads to impact. The report is based on the hands-on work Gray Matters Capital (GMC) mentors did with the 8 cohort companies during the GMC Calibrator program, the behavioral blueprint and user labs conducted in conjunction with Behavioural Architecture expert firm, Final Mile Consulting, the user testing with 2000+ users enabled by Career Launcher (CL Educate) as well access to their cohort’s customers and insights from 42 Education entrepreneurs apart from market data analysis and expert views.

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Tags:  edtech  india  mobile 

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Project SAGE 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital with a Gender Lens

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

Project SAGE 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital with a Gender Lens
by Suzanne Biegel, Sandra M. Hunt and Sherryl Kuhlman

This report considers the shift in how funds state their use of a gender lens, and what a gender lens means in practice.  What had been a relatively clear criterion for inclusion in the Wharton Social Impact Initiative's study—the explicit and public use of a gender lens in investments—may no longer capture all the funds incorporating meaningful gender lens analysis. “Gender lens” is used quite differently from fund to fund and from investor to investor, and they are eager to add clarity to this important term. They are not making a value judgement regarding funds’ differing definitions of a gender lens; they are emphasizing that clarity and transparency are important. In short, there is an increase in the size of the private equity, venture capital, and private debt gender lens investing field and the diversity of its offerings, but still a lack of uniformity in investment processes and definitions.

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Tags:  gender  gender lens investing  private equity  venture capital 

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Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fast-Forward Economic Growth

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

Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fast-Forward Economic Growth
by Mahmoud Makki, Alice Klat and Melissa Rizk

This report shows that successful scale-ups in the region generate on average 3.4 times more revenues and 8 times more jobs than other SMEs. Several countries have recognized the economic value of scale-ups and are developing tailored policies and programs for them. Similar initiatives in the MENA region could have a significant impact. By studying the importance of scale-ups in the context of their local markets, Strategy& Middle East identified priorities for policymakers to improve their local scale-ups ecosystems across four growth pillars: business fundamentals, business propellers, demand creators, and country readiness. Within these pillars, they have recognized several priority areas, including access to financing, talent, foreign markets, large customers, and regulatory relief. Success also depends on mobilizing an ecosystem of private and public players to orchestrate growth initiatives.

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Tags:  MENA  scaling  SMEs 

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Core Characteristics of Impact Investing

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

Core Characteristics of Impact Investing
Published by Global Impact Investing Network

This report defines the growing approach of impact investing, and offers the financial markets greater clarity on what constitutes credible impact investing. The four fundamental tenets, which have been refined in collaboration with leading impact investors around the world, provide further definition of the baseline expectations for impact investing. Investors making impact investments: 1) Intentionally contribute to positive social and environmental impact; 2) Use evidence and impact data in investment design; 3) Manage impact performance; and 4) Contribute to the growth of impact investing.

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Tags:  impact investing 

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Networking Works: Peer-to-Peer Business Networks Help Small and Growing Businesses Grow Revenues and Create Jobs

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

Networking Works: Peer-to-Peer Business Networks Help Small and Growing Businesses Grow Revenues and Create Jobs
Published by Argidius Foundation

This report investigates the role of SGBs in economic growth and the key success factors of business networks for SGBs. It also spotlights the impact of two organizations – Enablis Senegal and CEED Moldova – on SGB growth. Finally, the report outlines implications for funders, ecosystem builders, SGB-support organizations and SGBs. 

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Tags:  networking  SGBs 

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