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From Seed to Impact: Building the Foundations for a High-Impact Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 11, 2015

If we want to harness the full potential of social entrepreneurship, we need to address the fragmented social entrepreneurship ecosystem. As it stands, activities in the ecosystem remain disconnected, it's tough to identify best practices, and the focus often falls on "rock stars" who are already operating successful businesses at scale, meaning that potentially world-changing ideas are flying under the radar and may lack the appropriate support to grow into their full potential. 

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) was launched in June 2013 at the Social Impact Investment summit. It gathers organizations supporting social entrepreneurs in 50 countries, to improve the reach, quality, and sustainability of support for early-stage social entrepreneurs. 

This report dives into what kind of impact GSEN members are creating, where support is most needed for social entrepreneurs, how GSEN members are meeting those needs, and how to do more with the resources available. 

The report is available through Isuu or as PDF for download. 

Tags:  impact investing  social entrepreneurship 

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Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Impact Investing was once mainly experimental, but has now matured. Arabella Advisors, in partnership with Mission Investors Exchange, Exponent Philanthropy, and dozens of other practitioners and experts have written a primer on getting started with it investing. This book is aimed at foundations with few or no staff.

It seeks to demystify the the practice of impact investing. It includes clear definitions, case studies, and practical tools for conducting necessary due diligence, structuring investments, and building a monitoring plan into your portfolio. 

You can download the book for free here

Tags:  impact investing 

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The Bottom Line: Why Gender Inclusion is Good for Business

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 3, 2015

Value for Women and the ANDE Mexico and Central America Women's Working Group have published a new paper: "The Bottom Line: Why Gender Inclusion is Good for Business." This paper makes the business case for supporting gender inclusive business models, and how to do to it. It identifies systemic challenges that limit women's potential, discusses why including women actually can make a difference in a company's bottom line. The brief is available to download in English and Spanish on Value for Women's website.  

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World Bank Enterprise Surveys: Country Reports

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Since 2002, the World Bank has collected firm-level surveys of a representative sample of an economy's private sector. To date, this has resulted in data that covers a broad range of business environment topics including access to finance, corruption, infrastructure, performance measures, and more. 

The Enterprise Surveys team has recently released five country highlights: Ghana, India, Namibia, Sweden, and Tanzania. The country highlights are two-page summaries of key findings from each survey, and provide a great overview of priority issues in each country's business environment. 

More reports are available for download on the Enterprise Surveys website

Tags:  enterprise development  Ghana  India  Namibia  Research  sector publication  surveys  Sweden  Tanzani 

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Women Entrepreneurs in Mobile Retail Channels: Empowering Women, Driving Growth

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The expansion of the mobile industry across developing and emerging markets enables a number of social and economic opportunities. In addition to the benefits that mobile technology provides, mobile network operators (MNOs) themselves can offer many opportunities for basic employment and entrepreneurial activity. Some women have been able to benefit from these opportunities, while many others remain marginalized.

In this report, we investigate the gender composition of the ‘mobile value chain’ (MVC) in 11 different markets around the world. We examine the current level of women’s participation in the MVC and the benefits of such participation both for MNOs and for women entrepreneurs. In addition to undertaking an analysis of the MVC, we broadened our scope to encompass the wider political, social and institutional conditions in each market. We interviewed policy makers and spoke to other stakeholders who have an interest in women’s economic empowerment in the markets concerned. 

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Tags:  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Impact Evaluation  Poverty  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship  Women 

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Mapping the Social/Inclusive Business Field in Brazil

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The objectives of this study are to:

  • Identify actors in the area of businesses that aim to reduce poverty, specifically.
  • Collect and analyze data relating to operations, performance and impact, as well as relationships with other actors and role in the ecosystem
  • Promote results to people/organizations interested understanding the field in Brazil 

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Tags:  ecosystem  Impact Evaluation  Latin America  Sector publication 

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Information Economy Report 2011

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Information Economy Report 2011 demonstrates that effective use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in both the private and the public sector can significantly contribute to and accelerate progress in private sector development (PSD). 

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Tags:  impact investing  Information and Communication Technology  private sector development  Sector publication 

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Youth Entrepreneurship: Closing the gap – how non-financial support is increasing access to capital for young entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Building on YBI’s policy recommendations to date1, this report compiles a series of case studies that each illustrate how the finance gap can be closed for young and other underserved entrepreneurs through providing non-financial support, such as training and mentoring. This integrated approach reduces the risk of lending
to youth and other underserved demographics, and the value of the non-financial support substitutes for collateral and other types of guarantee.

Six YBI case studies are featured and three from other sector leaders: International Youth Foundation (IYF), TechnoServe and Silatech. 

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Tags:  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  private sector development  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Social Impact Investment Manual: An Introduction for Social Entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Philanthropic donations were previously the major, if not the only, source of funds for a growing social enterprise. As the field of social enterprise has gained credibility and therefore scale, funding sources that can ensure not only the financial sustainability but also the growth in impact of social enterprises have increased in terms of number of funders and size of financing.

Social Investment” or “Impact Investment”, as this form of financing is often called, represents an important complement to grants or government subsidies. Social investors typically invest in organizations with a strong social change mission, who generate an income, but are not yet considered commercially attractive. 

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Beyond the Margin: Redirecting Asia's Capitalism

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Asia’s economic growth of the last few decades has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and improved the lives of billions more. However, continuing down the path that has spurred economic development to date – driven by investment and profit-maximisation – can only end in environmental and social calamity. Persistent pollution and unfettered resource consumption, paired with growing income inequality and multi-dimensional poverty, will reverse the region’s growth achievements and decrease social stability.

A key solution to the quandaries of stimulating development and creating sustainable livelihoods can be found in “impact investing” – the deployment of private capital to create positive impact that goes beyond financial returns alone.

this report explores the role that impact investing can play in the developing countries of the Asia-Pacific. It examines its potential market, as well as the challenges that must be overcome in order for its key benefits to be realised. 

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Tags:  China  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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