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Sub-Saharan Africa and international equity: policy approaches to enhancing its role in economic development

Posted By Stephanie Buck, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

International private equity offers an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. It has been the fast growing capital flow to the region with more than $50 billion annually and a 20 percent of cross-border capital flows.

In this working paper, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) looks at plicy priorities to capture the benefits of international private equity. Download the full paper here

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Deviation from the Standard: Funding and Supporting Emerging Social Entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

"Emerging social entrepreneurs need time, support, and financial “runway” to innovate on for-profit business models that deliver impact and financial returns. We just released a white paper to share insights into how and from where social entrepreneurs are growing their businesses at the earliest stages." - Min Pease

In this white paper, Echoing Green shares insights from its Fellowship semifinalist applicants and Fellows seeking to change the world through for-profit business models. Download the report here

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Tags:  impact investing  Social entrepreneurship 

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The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing: A Review and a Road Map

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gender matters all the time, whether we're investing in women-led businesses or in companies that market goods to women. It matters in transportation infrastructure, national debt, and in the future of industry. Gender is about so much more than counting women and girls and how they are represented. This report from the Criterion Institute tells the story of gender lens investing over the last five years and draws up a roadmap to the future. Download it here, or from the Criterion Institute site

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Tags:  gender  impact investing  women 

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New Wharton Research Shows “Doing Well While Doing Good” Is Viable Investment Strategy, Investors Seeking Social Impact Can Receive Comparable Returns

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 9, 2015

Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania recently released a new report, “Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investments.”

From their press release:

The new study provides an objective, rigorous look at two of the most important aspects of impact investing: financial returns and long-term impact. Specifically, the study explores the widespread assumption that impact investing private equity funds cannot achieve market-rate financial performance. The report’s findings suggest that – in certain market segments – investors might not need to expect lower returns as a tradeoff for social impact. Impact investing is an investment approach that intentionally seeks to generate measurable social or environmental impact alongside a positive financial return.  According to the study’s authors, certain market segments of funds in the sample yield returns close to those of public market indices.

The new study evaluated the financial performance of 53 impact investing private equity funds—representing 557 individual investments—relative to public market indices such as the Russell 2000 and other benchmark indexes. The study also sought to determine what one might expect to happen to a portfolio company’s social or environmental mission when its impact investors seek liquidity.

In doing so, the study acts as a key reference point for investors seeking to compare impact investing to other asset classes and investment options.

This report also generated a lot of buzz at ANDE's 2015 Annual Conference session on Exits in Impact Investing. Make sure to view the report on Issuu or download a PDF version here.  

Tags:  impact investing 

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Los Invisibles: las niñas y los niños de 0 a 6 años

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Updated: Monday, October 5, 2015

Cada mexicano tiene derecho a aprender desde el día uno de su vida, y desde el nacimiento hasta los 6 años, toda niña y niño debe tener garantía de ese derecho, de ser visibles. Este trabajo de Mexicanos Primero es una primera exploración para enriquecer el diálogo social y la incidencia en políticas públicas más allá de la supervivencia infantil, en la dirección de la vida plena.

En el libro, se describe lo que se está haciendo y lo que falta por hacer para asegurar que los niños mexicanos puedan alcanzar su máximo potencial. Durante el periodo más crítico en el desarrollo de un ser humano -que coincide con el periodo en que se encuentra más vulnerable-, no podemos permitir que los niños y sus problemáticas nos sean invisibles.

Presentación de David Calderón, Director de Mexicanos Primero

Click here to read the Executive Summary in English and here to read it in Spanish.

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Tags:  education  Mexico  sector publication  youth 

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Think Global, Trade Social: How business with a social purpose can deliver more equitable and sustainable development for the 21st century.

Posted By Stephanie Buck, Aspen Institute, Friday, September 25, 2015

The British Council and Social Enterprise UK with support from the World Bank have just launched a report calledThink Global, Trade Social: How business with a social purpose can deliver more equitable and sustainable development for the 21st century.

The report (downloadable below) makes a clear case for the important role that social enterprises can play in driving sustainable and inclusive development, tackling inequality, and helping to address some of the biggest social and environmental challenges targeted by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In the publication’s foreword, Professor Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel laureate and Grameen Bank founder, and Linda McAvan MEP, the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee for International Development, write:

Aid alone cannot be our response. Global sustainability and the nature of the economy will be shaped by entrepreneurship and the terms on which we create and do business with each other.

In addition to the report, you can also download a graph that details the relative scale of global financial flows, and the Scale of Social Enterprise 

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Tags:  social business  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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From Seed to Impact: Building the Foundations for a High-Impact Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 11, 2015

If we want to harness the full potential of social entrepreneurship, we need to address the fragmented social entrepreneurship ecosystem. As it stands, activities in the ecosystem remain disconnected, it's tough to identify best practices, and the focus often falls on "rock stars" who are already operating successful businesses at scale, meaning that potentially world-changing ideas are flying under the radar and may lack the appropriate support to grow into their full potential. 

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) was launched in June 2013 at the Social Impact Investment summit. It gathers organizations supporting social entrepreneurs in 50 countries, to improve the reach, quality, and sustainability of support for early-stage social entrepreneurs. 

This report dives into what kind of impact GSEN members are creating, where support is most needed for social entrepreneurs, how GSEN members are meeting those needs, and how to do more with the resources available. 

The report is available through Isuu or as PDF for download. 

Tags:  impact investing  social entrepreneurship 

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Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Impact Investing was once mainly experimental, but has now matured. Arabella Advisors, in partnership with Mission Investors Exchange, Exponent Philanthropy, and dozens of other practitioners and experts have written a primer on getting started with it investing. This book is aimed at foundations with few or no staff.

It seeks to demystify the the practice of impact investing. It includes clear definitions, case studies, and practical tools for conducting necessary due diligence, structuring investments, and building a monitoring plan into your portfolio. 

You can download the book for free here

Tags:  impact investing 

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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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