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The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context

 By GIIN and R3 Coalition 

This brief intends to describe the current state of play for impact investors. Key topics covered through this piece include: the changing social and environmental needs facing the world as the pandemic spreads, how investors’ objectives and targets have evolved to reflect these new realities, impact investment capital currently available to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, and the challenges facing impact investors’ current portfolios and limiting additional capital deployment.

 Read the full brief here

Tags:  COVID-19  impact investing  investors  sector publication 

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Connecting the Kigali Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Connecting the Kigali Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 

By Swisscontact and Credit Suisse

The Kigali ecosystem has seen a tremendous increase in entrepreneurial activities and the emergence of new Entrepreneurial Support Organizations (ESOs) over the last few years. In fact, Kigali today has one of the highest ratios of ESOs per inhabitant globally. However, the existence of these ESOs is not the principal requirement for a well-functioning ecosystem. More important is the degree to which the different actors are interconnected, whether they work in a collaborative way, and how well these services are focused around the specific needs of entrepreneurs

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Tags:  Africa  entrepreneurship ecosystems  sector publication 

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Impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian MSMEs

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian MSMEs

 By The Fate Foundation 

This report summarizes the results of a survey that the Fate Foundation in partnership with Budgit Nigeria designed and disseminated to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) businesses in Nigeria with the goal of engaging relevant stakeholders within the entrepreneurship ecosystem around designing solutions and interventions to support Nigerian MSMEs during and post COVID-19. The survey was targeted at micro, small and medium businesses across the 36 states in Nigeria including the FCT. 

 Read the full report here. 

Tags:  COVID-19  entrepreneurship ecosystems  sector publication  West Africa 

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The Emergence of Angel Investment Networks in Southeast Asia: A Good Practice Guide to Effective Angel Investing

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 12, 2020

The Emergence of Angel Investment Networks in Southeast Asia: A Good Practice Guide to Effective Angel Investing

 By Sasakawa Peace Foundation 

This report focuses on the development and current landscape of angel investment networks in Southeast Asia and provides an overview of the functions, taxonomy, and challenges facing angel networks in the region. Based on interviews with expert practitioners, this report also provides advice for managers and members of angel investment networks to explore mechanisms to achieve financial sustainability, implement operational improvements, and pursue collaborations with other ecosystem players including entrepreneurs, government, intermediaries, and other investors. 

 Read the full report here

Tags:  impact investing  investors  social impact  southeast asia 

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​ANDE South Africa Impact Measurement and Management Knowledge Brief

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Thursday, June 11, 2020

 ANDE South Africa Impact Measurement and Management Knowledge Brief 

By ANDE South Africa

Our ANDE SA Impact Management Knowledge Brief provides a summary and resources from the 'Impact Management for the South African social and creative enterprises sectors' project, in partnership with Social Value UK and supported by the British Council's DICE Fund. The project aimed to further understand the Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) landscape in South Africa, with a focus on social and creative enterprises. In the efforts to drive inclusivity and development, the project supported entrepreneurial support organisations that wanted to learn how to better measure and manage their impact and, in turn, support their entrepreneurs when using data to improve their decisions and performance, regardless of their level of exposure to IMM practices.

Read the full issue brief here

 

Tags:  ANDE publication  impact management  social enterprise  social impact  South Africa 

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COVID-19 and Entrepreneurs in the Developing World: Supporting Business Survival and Recovery

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 10, 2020

COVID-19 and Entrepreneurs in the Developing World: Supporting Business Survival and Recovery

 By TechnoServe Inc. 

 This report focuses on strategies to help businesses continue operating during the immediate crisis, as well as adapt to a changing situation during the recovery phase. It also provides insights on cross-cutting themes important during both the survival and recovery phases: ensuring that our responses support women’s economic empowerment, providing effective remote support, and supporting the role of small businesses in preventing food crises.

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Tags:  COVID-19  sector publication 

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ANDE West Africa Knowledge Brief: Impact Measurement and Management

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Monday, June 8, 2020

ANDE West Africa Knowledge Brief: Impact Measurement and Management

By ANDE West Africa and ETTP

This knowledge brief focuses on providing an understanding of how impact is defined by some organizations, what elements they take into consideration when designing an IMM strategy, why they measure impact, the upsides and downsides of standardization, challenges they face in measuring and managing impact, and how they utilize data to drive impact. 

 Read the full issue brief here

 

Tags:  ANDE publication  impact measurement  West Africa 

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An East Africa Guide: Angel Investing During a Time of Crisis

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Thursday, June 4, 2020

An East Africa Guide: Angel Investing During a Time of Crisis 

By Intellecap and Viktoria Ventures

There has been a lot of focus on how entrepreneurs can survive the Covid-19 pandemic but they will need financing to survive. However, most of the investors are currently focusing or supporting their existing portfolio of entrepreneurs. So where is this financing going to come from? This publication provides an insight from the angel investors' perspective and provides a guide for angel investing in East Africa during a time of crisis.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  COVID-19  East Africa  investors  sector publication 

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Food System

Posted By Anna Santiago, Aspen Institute, Thursday, June 4, 2020

Impacts of COVID-19 on Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Food System

By GAIN and partners

GAIN and partners, including the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network (co-convened by the World Food Programme (WFP)), undertook a survey of food system SMEs in 17 countries in May 2020, aiming to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated control measures on their businesses and their support needs.

Read the full survey results here.

Tags:  COVID-19  sector publication 

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COVID-19 Implications for Small and Growing Businesses: Emerging Evidence in India from the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, May 27, 2020

COVID-19 Implications for Small and Growing Businesses: Emerging Evidence in India from the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

By ANDE India

This issue brief is an addendum to the global COVID-19 issue brief published by ANDE. It summarizes the initial evidence emerging from the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem, including challenges, risks, and needs that have arisen from the community, to help guide the response. The research for this brief was developed as part of the Global Inclusive Growth Partnership, a joint collaboration between the Aspen Institute and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.

Read the full issue brief.

Tags:  ANDE publication  COVID-19  India 

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