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Expanding Financial Capability in Colombia

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 8, 2019
Updated: Friday, April 5, 2019

Expanding Financial Capability in Colombia
by Pablo Antón Díaz

This report describes the Center for Financial Inclusion's efforts to communicate best practices for developing financial education interventions to policymakers and practitioners via workshops in Colombia as well as an evaluation of the success
of their efforts. It also presents recommendations for further embedding behavioral insights into financial education programming so that practitioners and policymakers can deploy more effective interventions.

Read full report here. 

Tags:  financial education  financial inclusion  Latin America  Microfinance 

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Last Mile Solutions for Low-Income Customers

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 8, 2019
Updated: Friday, April 5, 2019

Last Mile Solutions for Low-Income Customers
by Richard Gomes and Meera Shah

In this report, the Shell Foundation shares the findings from their work with leading social enterprises to build sustainable rural value chains in the off-grid energy sector over the last two decades. Drawing on success and failure, they note the evolution of several approaches that can help businesses to better understand and serve rural customers, lower distribution costs and broaden reach, including the emergence of dedicated intermediaries who improve cost-efficiency through the combination of technology, specialization and economies of scale. They offer insight to help entrepreneurs select and implement these solutions effectively.

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Tags:  Rural  social enterprise  sustainable energy 

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Just Good Investing: Why Gender Matters to Your Portfolio and What You Can Do About It

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 1, 2019
Updated: Friday, March 29, 2019

Just Good Investing: Why Gender Matters to Your Portfolio and What You Can Do About It
by Najada Kumbuli, Leigh Moran and Jenn Pryce

Calvert Impact Capital found two reasons for the lack of action in incorporating gender equity into inclusive impact investing markets: 1.) the business case for incorporating gender in investment decisions needs to be strengthened from a private markets perspective and 2.) investors are confused about how to incorporate gender into their process and analysis. They wrote this report to address these two issues and share practical guidance for creating a gender inclusive investment strategy, learned from evolving their own gender-lens investment approach.

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Tags:  gender  gender lens investing  impact investing 

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Scaling Access to Finance for Early-Stage Enterprises in Emerging Markets: Lessons from the Field

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 28, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Scaling Access to Finance for Early-Stage Enterprises in Emerging Markets: Lessons from the Field

Commissioned on behalf of: Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) / Investment funds local SMEs 

The report seeks to explore how to improve the scalability and viability of early-stage finance provision, thereby reducing the need for philanthropic capital and subsidies to the local providers of finance and support to early-stage enterprises. To this end, DGGF used a landscape exercise to define and prioritize “archetypes of early-stage finance provision” as the focus of this report. They selected business accelerators, business angel networks and venture capital funds - as three key archetypical models - as the main models to be studied in more detail, together with the broader category of supplemental “non-traditional” debt options. They selected and studied 15 early-stage finance providers in detail. They discussed their initial findings from the in-depth research with 40 field-builders in a workshop during which participants shared experiences, insights and perspectives, and helped to challenge emerging conclusions and identify key points of attention to address in finalizing the report.

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Tags:  early stage ecosystem; impact investing; scaling 

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How Investment Can Unlock the Potential of Refugees

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 22, 2019
How Investment Can Unlock the Potential of Refugees
by John Kluge, Timothy Docking, Ph.D., and Joanna Ke Edelman

The Refugee Investment Network (RIN) is the first impact investing and blended finance collaborative dedicated to creating long-term solutions to global forced migration. The RIN is a specialized investment intermediary that facilitates the movement of capital.  

Tags:  2019  capacity development  impact investing  Refugee Investment Network 

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Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 15, 2019

Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide
by Transparent Trade Coffe (Emory University)

As volatile commodity prices continue to hover at historically low levels, industry leaders at various points along the supply chain are talking about the need to buffer the women and men who grow specialty coffees from price references that come from commodity markets.

This project relies on a progressive group of data donors – exporters, importers, roasters, and other support organizations – who provide detailed contract data covering specialty coffee transactions from recent harvests.  Researchers at Emory University use this anonymized information to create tables that describe the distributions of recent prices for green (unroasted) specialty coffees.

Tags:  2019  Emory University  Sustainable Ag  Transparent Trade Coffee 

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AFA Case Study: Digital Pathways for Youth in Agriculture

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 15, 2019

Digital Pathways for Youth in Agriculture
by Mercy Corps  AgriFin Accelerate

What do we know about young African farmers today? What support do they need to drive change and growth in African agriculture? AFA interviewed 23 young farmers across 10 villages in two Kenyan counties to more fully understand their financial and agricultural portfolios, needs, and outlooks. What they found were key variations in capacities and aspirations across sub-segments of young farmers – suggesting a need to customize supports and services to fit different youth persona profiles.

Tags:  2019  AFApublication  Africa  Agriculture  Mercy Corps  Sustainable Ag  Youth 

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Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 4, 2019

Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins

by Thane Kreiner, PhD and Marie Haller

Last year, Miller Center accompanied 18 early-stage social enterprises led by or dedicated to serving refugees, migrants, and trafficking survivors in their pioneering Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins (SEM) accelerator program.  This report illustrates the clear and urgent need for bottom-up, enterprise level approaches, and highlights organizations that are already addressing these challenges in innovative ways.

 


 

Tags:  2019  Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship  Social entrepreneurship 

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Project Sage 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital With a Gender Lens

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 4, 2019

Project Sage 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital With a Gender Lens

 by Suzanne Biegel, Sandra M. Hunt, and Sherryl Kuhlman

This gender lens investing report offers a global scan of gender lens private equity, venture capital, and private debt funds.  Read more in the report about key insights on the current state of the field.    

Tags:  2019  gender inclusion  social impact  UPenn publication 

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Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fastforward Economic Growth

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 4, 2019

Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fastforward Economic Growth

by Mahoumad Makki, Alice Klat, Melissa Rizk, Amr Goussous, and Reem Goussous

This report identifies the value of and support necessary to assist SMEs in scaling up in their local markets across the Middle East and North Africa. It further identifies priority support areas for policymakers including business fundamentals, business propellers, demand creators and country readiness that, when appropriately addressed, can propel local economic growth.

Tags:  2019  East Africa  Endeavor publication  North Africa  smes 

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