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Understanding entrepreneurial ecosystems through social network analysis (SNA)

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 25, 2019
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2019

Understanding entrepreneurial ecosystems through social network analysis (SNA)
A Joint Project By: Credit Suisse, Swisscontact, and Amarin Financial Group

Swisscontact, together with Credit Suisse and Amarin Financial Group, has piloted Social Network in Uganda, both in the buzzing capital of Kampala and semi-rural Jinja. Entrepreneurs tend to receive little support throughout their entrepreneurial path as ecosystem support organizations do not sufficiently provide the linkages needed to help entrepreneurs get faster and easier access to support services or funding. Lack of collaboration further means that there is little to no specialization within the ecosystem which not only leads to resources being under-utilized but also impacts the quality of services provided to entrepreneurs.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  community  dynamic  ecosystem  network  SNA  Swisscontact 

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Financial Inclusion in Latin America

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 14, 2019
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2019

Financial Inclusion in Latin America 
by ANDE

The ANDE CAM and Brazil chapters created a joint report that gives an overview of the financial inclusion sector in Latin America with a focus on Mexico and Brazil. The report includes an infographic of the financial inclusion landscape in both countries, using facts and figures presented throughout our Learning Lab meetings and roundtables.

Additionally, the report presents 3 relevant topics around financial inclusion: user-centered financial products and services, infrastructure needed to access financial services and financial education. Each topic offers an introduction by experts and  case studies of diverse projects in Latin America. 

Read the full report here. 

 

Tags:  ANDE publication  finance 

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​Inclusión Financiera en Latinoamérica

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 14, 2019
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2019

Inclusión Financiera en Latinoamérica
realizado por ANDE

Los capítulos ANDE CAM y Brasil crearon un informe conjunto que brinda una visión general del sector de inclusión financiera en América Latina con un enfoque en México y Brasil. El informe incluye una infografía del panorama de inclusión financiera en ambos países, utilizando información y cifras presentadas en nuestras reuniones  del Laboratorio de Aprendizaje.

Además, el informe presenta 3 temas relevantes en torno a la inclusión financiera: productos y servicios financieros centrados en el usuario, infraestructura necesaria para acceder a servicios financieros y educación financiera. Cada tema ofrece una introducción de expertos y  casos de estudio de diversos proyectos en América Latina.

 Lee el reporte completo aquí.

Tags:  ANDE publication  finance 

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ELIMINATING POOR VISION IN A GENERATION: What will it take to eliminate uncorrected refractive errors by 2050?

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Eliminating Poor Vision in a Generation: What will it take to eliminate uncorrected refractive errors by 2050?
by Essilor See Change

This report seeks to define the scale of the vision care crisis, as it relates to uncorrected refractive errors, and proposes key priorities, actions and investment needed to sustainably address it.  Uncorrected poor vision is the world's most widespread unaddressed disability, affecting one in three people, 90 percent of whom live in the developing world at the base of the pyramid.  Essilor provides an evidence based plan which clarifies what it will take to eliminate refractive errors by 2050.  

Read full report here. 

Tags:  Health  sector publication 

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A Roadmap for the Small and Growing Business (SGB) Sector

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 4, 2019
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2019

A Roadmap for the Small and Growing Business (SGB) Sector
Prepared by Monitor Deloitte for ANDE

This Roadmap outlines the expected transformations in the sector over the next ten years, and the challenges and opportunities inherent to such change.  ANDE provides high-level strategic direction to sector support organizations through a set of 13 recommendations, which can be summarized by their four overarching pillars: improving access to capital, talent, and markets, and improving the enabling environment.  Monitor Deloitte served as a primary researcher for this Roadmap and consulted ANDE leadership and staff throughout the process.

Read the full document here. 

Tags:  ANDE publication  sector publication  SGBs 

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A Blueprint for Grassroots Organizations on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, September 23, 2019
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2019

A Blueprint for Grassroots Organizations on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change
Prepared by Criterion Institute 

This Blueprint shows how individuals working within grassroots organizations can use basic finance principles to expand their businesses with new programming and collaborations.  The report is written for change makers who have the influence and skills to guide their communities in creating strong financial models.  With this, grassroots organizations can generate social change more effectively.

Read the full report here.

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The Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report 2018-2019

Posted By Carlson Giddings, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 31, 2019
Updated: Friday, August 30, 2019

The Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report 2018-2019
by Dalberg Advisors

The emphasis towards digitalisation for agriculture (D4Ag) has been growing over the last decade. This report realises that there is great appetite for D4Ag and that policy mechanism should be invested in to guide the implementation of digital solutions. The value of collaborative approach that is focusing on increasing use of technologies by farmers is encouraged.

 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  Agriculture  digital economy 

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Matchmaking between businesses and investors

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Matchmaking between businesses and investors
by GIZ and Transformational Business Network

While there is an increase in support for investors and businesses to find one another, little is known on how to efficiently and effectively conduct this activity. This guide directly addresses this knowledge gap and serves as a two-part handbook: First, as an introduction on the value effective ‘Matchmaking’ offers, suggesting a typology and ways in which TA providers can effectively engage in matchmaking. And secondly, as a practical guidebook, offering a theory of change and a practical step-by-step framework on how to structure matchmaking as part of programmatic activities. Overall, this guide encourages TA providers to broaden the application of matchmaking and to adopt a shift in perspective from conventional matchmaking activities. 

Read full report here.

Tags:  business  investors 

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Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 2, 2019

Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries
by UN Capital Development Fund and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This report, the second in a collaboration between the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), outlines the latest trends in blended finance approaches in LDCs. It lays down a challenge to the actors within the financing for development architecture, calling for blended finance to be much more responsive to LDCs, to the 'last mile', and to smaller transactions in the missing middle.

Read full report here.

Tags:  finance  missing middle  SDGs 

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Impact Investing Simplified: A Guide to Making and Receiving Impact Investments in India

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Impact Investing Simplified: A Guide to Making and Receiving Impact Investments in India
by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Nishith Desai Associates, and Thomson Reuters Foundation

In India, there has been a rise in the number of social enterprises and a growing interest in impact investing, as social enterprises look to expand and seek alternate means of funding. However, there is a knowledge gap among entrepreneurs and accelerators in understanding the legal landscape and managing negotiations related to impact investing in India. This report is a collaboration between ANDE, one of India’s leading law firms Nishith Desai Associates, and Thomson Reuters Foundation. It is an attempt to address a gap in the impact investing ecosystem in India, where there are numerous complex structural and legal concepts that require understanding, both for investors and entrepreneurs.

Read full report here.

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Social entrepreneurship  TrustLaw 

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