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Talent to de-Risk and Accelerate Investment (TRAIN)

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, February 10, 2020

Talent to de-Risk and Accelerate Investment (TRAIN)

By Open Capital and USAID

SGBs often face particularly acute challenges in raising capital. The USAID-supported “Talent to de-Risk and Accelerate Investment (TRAIN)” initiative aimed to test the combination of a new, streamlined due diligence approach with a talent-enabled model of post-investment support to reduce investor risk. In this report, Open Capital, as TRAIN implementer, shares lessons, observations and ideas from TRAIN to enable more investors and ecosystem stakeholders to engage more effectively with early-stage SGBs in East and Southern Africa.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  africa  sector publication  talent 

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Embracing Complexity: Towards a shared understanding of funding systems change

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, January 24, 2020

Embracing complexity: Towards a shared understanding of funding systems change

By McKinsey & Company, Ashoka, Catalyst 2030, Co-Impact, Echoing Green, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Skoll Foundation and SystemIQ

Solving our most pressing problems requires a systems change approach and collaborative action. However, the current dominant funding practices are ill-suited to support systemic answers.This report provides donors and investors, as well as charitable initiatives and organizations, with answers to the two following questions: How can systems change across the world be financed more effectively? How can change be better supported for the benefit of society? It identifies five principles and resulting practices that funders can adopt to better support systems change work: embracing a systems mindset, supporting evolving paths to systems change, working in true partnership, preparing for long-term engagement and collaborating with other stakeholders.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  funding practices  sector publication  systems 

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Enhancing the Financial Health of Micro-entrepreneurs: Beyond a mere assessment

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Enhancing the Financial Health of Micro-entrepreneurs: Beyond a mere assessment

By Klaas Molenaar (Timpoc Consultants) and Mathilde Bauwin (ADA)

This report provides an in-depth understanding on the financial health issues of micro-enterprises, the financial well-being of the micro-entrepreneurs and the ways in which such financial health and well-being might be enhanced. The major finding is that programs related to the financial health of micro-enterprises must not only focus on assessing a micro-entrepreneur’s understanding of the financial issues related to his/her business and be able to measure their capacity to deal with those issues, but more relevantly, programs must also draw up action plans to broaden and deepen the understanding and capacity of the micro-entrepreneurs.

Read the executive summary here. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  entrepreneurship  finance  financial health  microentrepreneurs  sector publication 

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Closing the Gaps: Finance Pathways for Serving the Missing Middles

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Closing the Gaps: Finance Pathways for Serving the Missing Middles

By Collaborative For Frontier Finance

SGBs have a diverse range of business models and a diverse range of unmet financing needs. This report identifies five alternative approaches for providing finance that meets the diverse needs of each SGB segment and investor. It also highlights critical actions that ecosystem stakeholders can take to help support these approaches as well as newly emerging ones that together can help fill the financing gaps within each SGB segment.

Read the executive summary here.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  business models  finance  sector publication  sgbs 

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Impact Investment Landscape for Women's Health: Spotlight on Colombia & Peru

Posted By Kara Gordon, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Impact Investment Landscape for Women's Health Spotlight on Colombia & Peru

By Linked Foundation and William Davidson Institute (WDI)

Investing in women’s health is a critical component of women’s economic and social development. However, while country economies and health systems have advanced, under-served women in Latin America have not necessarily obtained access to critical healthcare services and products. This report provides a landscape for impact investment women’s health focused in Colombia and Peru in order to catalyze impact investment interest and capital to the most-needed areas of women’s health in Latin America. More specifically, it identifies gaps in service provision, areas of opportunity for investment, pipeline opportunities, and examples of impact-forward, sustainability-oriented women’s health programs.

Read the full report here. 

 

Tags:  health  impact investment  latin america  sector publication  wome  women 

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Fueling Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

Posted By Natalie Alm, Aspen Institute, Thursday, January 2, 2020

Fueling Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets
By ANDE

This report analyzes how twenty different donors and development finance institutions (DFIs) engage with the entrepreneurship and small & growing business (SGB) sector in emerging markets. The goal of this study is to provide an overview of the main channels through which these institutions provide funding to entrepreneurs and small and growing businesses in emerging markets, reveal key statistics around this funding (such as investment size and horizon), highlight trends to look out for over the course of the next few years, and discuss implications for how ANDE should engage with each institution moving forward.

Read the executive summary here.

Read the full report here (ANDE members only).

Tags:  ANDE publication  emerging markets  Entrepreneurship  fundraising 

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Formalizing SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 25, 2019
Updated: Monday, November 25, 2019

Formalizing SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa
By Investisseurs & Partenaires

This report defines characteristics of "informality" in the context of labor and jobs and differentiates between how companies and employees are affected by informality.  Entrepreneurs and employees fear that benefits of formalization will not outweigh the costs spent to achieve it.  The report concludes that in the long term, improvements to fundamentals in the African business landscape, such as economic growth and improved training, will produce gradual but significant positive effects.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  africa  sector publication  smes 

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IFC & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Investing in Women’s Business Growth

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 18, 2019

IFC & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Investing in Women’s Business Growth
By IFC and Goldman Sachs

In 2014, IFC Banking on Women and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women founded the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility (WEOF) which was created to support women SMEs and entrepreneurs in developing countries.  Please read this progress report to learn more about WEOF, their achievements to date, and what WEOF has planned for the future.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  Access to Finance  finance  sector publication  smes  women 

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Green and Inclusive Business Toolbox

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Green and Inclusive Business Toolbox: Promoting Green and Inclusive Business Models in Development Cooperation Programmes
By GIZ 

This toolbox defines green and inclusive business (GIB) models and describes the major challenges and opportunities GIBs face. It contains various examples of best practices regarding approaches from GIZ projects that work in the field of promoting green and inclusive businesses. This toolbox was recently updated and new tools have been added in these categories: finance (p.92 and 97), capacity development (p. 54) and policy (p.110).

Read the full document here.

Tags:  business models  development  green business models  inclusive business  sector publication  tools 

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USAID Invest Close-Up: Catalyzing Private Investment for Women's Economic Empowerment

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 1, 2019

USAID Invest Close-Up: Catalyzing Private Investment for Women's Economic Empowerment
By ANDE

When women are economically empowered, they invest in their businesses, families, and communities, producing a multiplier effect that spurs economic growth.  Unfortunately, pervasive gender gaps and lack of access to financial services often block women from the tools and resources that they need for their families and businesses to thrive. This close-up provides background on USAID and Women's World Banking's partnership and the creation of WWBCP II. It explores the potential of using blended finance, digital financial inclusion, and the process and implications of an international development institution engaging the private sector in a new way.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  ector publication  emerging markets  ender inclusion  gender inclusion  merging markets  private sector development  rivate Sector  sector publication  women 

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