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Hystra - Creating Alliances to Accelerate Sanitation

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Creating Alliances to Accelerate Commercially Viable Sanitation

by Hystra

Hystra presents insights from the first year of the Toilet Board coalition, an alliance that brings together large corporations, government agencies, multilateral institutions, sanitation experts and non-profit organizations, to accelerate market-based sanitation initiatives at the Base of the Pyramid. A report for the Toilet Board Coalition, published in AFD Technical Reports collection.

Tags:  Base of the Pyramid  sanitation 

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Entrepreneurial Solutions for Social Challenges

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Entrepreneurial Solutions for Social Challenges:
Lessons from the International Research Network on Social Economic Empowerment

by Siemens Stiftung teamed and Zeppelin University

The final publication of the International Research Network on Social and Economic Empowerment (IRENE I SEE) is now available. With a focus on social enterprises and market-oriented solutions in Africa and Latin America the book encompasses a range of topics with different contexts which has resulted in a rich picture of initiatives and innovations taking place across the globe as efforts to reduce poverty and provide basic services through entrepreneurial approaches are intensified.

Tags:  Social entrepreneurship 

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Driving Corporate Growth Through Social Impact

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 11, 2016

Driving Corporate Growth Through Social Impact:
Four corporate archetypes to maximize your social impact

By Deloitte

There has been a noticeable shift in the past 10 years in the way that public companies think about the social impact of their businesses as a strategic driver of value. Deloitte recently examined the social impact practices of the 2014 Fortune 500 global public companies. They observed four archetypes that companies typically fall into, which reflect social impact trends and how companies
stack up against competitors

Tags:  Corporate Responsibility  social impact 

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The Elephant in the Room: Financial Inclusion for the Missing Middle

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Elephant in the Room: Financial Inclusion for the Missing Middle

By Joe Dougherty and Radoslava Dogandjieva

Donor agencies, philanthropists, and social innovators are much enamored of financial inclusion these days. This report explores current limitations of financial inclusion and makes the case for why financing SMEs (or the missing middle) is so difficult, and so important. 

Originally published in the MIT Press Journal Innovations 

Also available on the Dalberg Blog

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Tags:  access to finance  finance  missing middle 

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Good Incubation in India

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 1, 2016

Good Incubation in India: Strategies for supporting social enterprises in challenging contexts 

By Nesta

Building on Nesta’s 2014 Good Incubation report, this research draws on case studies to highlight strategies for good incubation in challenging environments. It focuses on weaker entrepreneurial ecosystems and offers advice to incubation managers and other ecosystem players, from policymakers to funders alike. 

Tags:  Acceleration  accelerators  Incubation  India 

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Impact Investing Frameworks for Families

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  

Impact Investing: Frameworks for Families

What do people really mean when they talk about “impact investing?” Why do people make impact investments, and how do they do it? What counts, and what doesn’t?

This primer provides family enterprises* with clear explanations of the “why,” “how,” and 
“what” of impact investing. The following pages will illuminate the diversity of the impact 
investing marketplace as it exists today, and provide families with a basic understanding of 
how they can start making more impact investments more effectively. 

Tags:  impact investing 

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New Data Indicates a Leveling of the Playing Field for Global Commerce

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

eBay Policy Lab: Enabling Commerce
Over the past decade, technology has driven a game-changing shift in the global economy, enabling more small businesses to sell to customers around the world and compete with large enterprises. For the 2016 Small Online Business Growth Report, we looked at eBay sales and seller data across 10 markets and four years (2010-2014). The data reveals how these small business (SMB) sellers are using technology to drive growth and engage in global trade at rates that far outpace traditional businesses around the world.

See the full report here > > 

Tags:  access to finance  Finance 

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Bridging Gaps: Impact Investors and Social Energy Enterprises

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Monday, December 28, 2015

Social enterprises cut across different sectors such as agriculture, energy, water/sanitation, health, education and so on. The nature of their missions leads to operations in extremely challenging environments. Despite varied sectoral differences, these organizations work in a nascent arena balancing socio-commercial objectives and therefore experience similar obstacles that are well documented such as high operating costs, scarcity of trained human resources, constrained access to capital, dearth of processes that transition grassroots R&D to practical adoption, end user financing, illdefined standards of impact assessment, conflicting expectations of scale, stifling domestic policies and a host of other issues related to an underdeveloped ecosystem.

This paper addresses one critical aspect of that ecosystemaccess to enterprise financing- and was borne out of a largely shared viewpoint by social enterprises that although there has been a widespread effort to capture the difficulties in accessing capital, there is limited insight into expectation gaps between the investment and practitioner community. While the impact investment market has enormous potential, there is a considerable amount of hype over the subject. The market is not ready to absorb commercial capital on the scale talked about and expected widespread profits and returns are probably some time away and in many cases will never be along the lines expected.

Read the full report here >>>

 

Tags:  energy  environment  sector publication  social enterprise 

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Transforming Impact Measurement with Lean Data

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 11, 2015

ANDE provided support to a new report co-authored by Acumen and Root Capital: Innovations in Impact Measurement. The report shares detailed case studies of how these organizations are using muobile surveys to gather customer insights. Here's a preview of what Acumen learned from applying Lean Data principles to Acumen investee SolarNow:

EXCERPT FROM THE REPORT:

Although the company was receiving customer feedback through word of mouth mainly from their sales agents, they craved greater quality data about their customers and the social impact of owning a SolarNow system. Acumen helped SolarNow construct a short, non-intrusive survey and gathered data from over 200 customers through trained call center employees. Here’s what we learned:

CUSTOMER IMPACT:
95% reduction in kerosene usage
49% live below $2.50 per day
32% of customers reported service issues

COMPANY IMPACT:
Addressed product performance issues
Recruited a customer service team
Started quarterly Lean Data customer calls

Read the full report for more stories like this. 

 

Tags:  impact evaluation  Lean data  metrics  Metrics and Research  mobile  survey  surveys 

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GEM 2014 Women's Report

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 11, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2015

This report offers an in-depth view of women who start and run businesses around the world. It provides a broadly global and comprehensively detailed foundation to guide future research, policy decision-making and the design of initiatives and programs to enhance awareness and participation in women’s entrepreneurship. The report facilitates understanding of women’s entrepreneurship by researchers, policy-makers, educators and practitioners. The ultimate aim is to foster an environment that: encourages women to see entrepreneurship as a viable career option; equips them with the tools to create the type and quality of business each wishes to build; and creates awareness among stakeholders who will support their efforts.

Read the full report here>>>

Tags:  Babson College  entrepreneurship  sector publication  women 

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