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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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Promise and Progress: Market-Based Solutions to Poverty in Africa

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

With the release of Promise and Progress, Monitor Group concludes a 16-month research project on the operations of 439 enterprises in nine sub-Saharan nations, enterprises which are active in 14 sectors and seek to use market mechanisms to improve the lives and livelihoods of people living at the bottom of the economic pyramid. These "market-based solutions" (MBSs) engage poor people as customers, offering them socially beneficial products at prices they can afford, or as business associates - suppliers, agents, or distributors - providing them with improved incomes. The report shows conclusively that MBSs make a significant difference in the fight against poverty by delivering social impact in a sustainable way, at scale.

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Tags:  Africa  Base of the Pyramid  BoP  Poverty  Sector publication 

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Impact Investing in West Africa

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

Impact investing can help solve major social and environmental problems in West Africa1, leveraging new sources of capital in places that lack sufficient government resources and development aid to address development challenges. A recent report by the Rockefeller Foundation and JP Morgan (2010) suggests that impact investments are emerging as an alternative asset class that could grow to represent a global market of US$ 500 billiona in five to ten years. The implications for West Africa are exciting. Now is the time to deepen our understanding, increase awareness, and foster dialogue on impact investing in the region.

Impact investing—making investments to generate positive impact beyond financial return—is not new to West Africa. However, few investors in the region identify themselves as impact investors or are familiar with the concept in those terms. This lack of awareness, coupled with other substantive challenges, could slow the development of the impact investment industry in the region. This report is the first comprehensive analysis ever conducted on the impact investing industry in West Africa. It aims to: (1) map the landscape of impact investing supply and demand in West Africa; (2) identify the substantive challenges that hamper the growth of the industry and recommend solutions for overcoming them; and (3) serve as a starting point for regional dialogue and local network development activities among impact investors. 

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Tags:  access to finance  impact investing  Sector publication  West Africa 

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