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Partnership for Growth: Linking Large Firms and Agro-Processing SMEs

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 4, 2018

Partnership for Growth: Linking Large Firms and Agro-Processing SMEs
World Bank Group, Norad, Sida, Minstry of Foreign Affairs of Finlad, and UKaid

This report presents lessons learned from various models that public and private sector programs use
to stimulate growth of agro-processing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through linkages to larger firms in developing countries. The study considers the unique barriers that SMEs face and the market- driven approaches spurring SME growth by facilitating linkages to lead firms in challenging development contexts which might serve as a reference for policymakers, development practitioners, and private sector actors. The report presents approaches to successful, sustainable program design for public and private sector–led initiatives, in an effort to enrich the knowledge available to expand the opportunities for agro-processing, and to attract lead firms to partner with smaller ones. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  2018  Agriculture  SMEs 

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Artificial Intelligence: Practical Superpowers

Posted By Administration, Saturday, June 2, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 1, 2018

Artificial Intelligence: Practical Superpowers
The Case for AI in Financial Services in Africa
FIBR, MasterCard Foundation, BFA

While admittedly often overshadowed by hype, Artificial Intelligence (AI) today offers real opportunities for financial sector players to access new and augmented business abilities. Wielded well, AI can unlock data to reveal insights about customers, operations and businesses to inform key decisions. Sensors in smartphones also open up a whole new world of data as captured through images, text, sound and location, which AI can translate into information in real-time and with high fidelity. These kinds of advancements in the field are especially exciting for financial sector players in Africa, with real-use applications in the informal retail sector, and for businesses that rely on last-mile distribution networks, such as pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) providers,1 to reach their customers. Grounded in creating a practical and compelling case for financial services providers (FSPs) in Africa, we present an overview of AI and its benefits to businesses -- lowering costs, increasing revenue and competing in a changing market -- that could ultimately enable a more customer-centric financial ecosystem.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  2018  africa  finance 

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Philanthropic Foundations in Asia: Insights from Singapore, Myanmar and China

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Philanthropic Foundations in Asia: Insights from Singapore, Myanmar and China
Pauline Tan, Swee-Sum Lam
The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School

This study looks at an emerging trend in which wealthy families, individuals, and corporations in Asia set up foundations to institutionalise their giving. This giving is motivated by a myriad of factors beyond prestige and status, including the desire to give back to society, religion, family and personal values, the desire to drive change, personal experience, and/or affiliations.

 

 

 

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Tags:  2018  Asia  charitable giving  fundraising 

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Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong
Pauline Tan, Swee-Sum Lam
The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School and Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) 

The study reviews the current state of impact investments in Singapore and Hong Kong, particularly those that have engaged with foundations. It further looks at the trends and challenges of the impact investment sector before presenting a list of recommendations.

Impact investment assets globally represent a mere 0.2 percent of global wealth as reported by the Global Impact Investing Network. By increasing this share to just two percent, the potential of impact investments can reach over US$2 trillion (UNDP, 2016). Impact investments can play a significant role in sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region, potentially providing socio- economic progress for the billions of people living in the region. Foundations in the region can potentially play a significant role given the billions of assets they can deploy. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  2018  Asia  impact investing  impact investment  investors  SGBs 

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Acceleration in Sub-Saharan Africa: Initial data from the Entrepreneurship Database Program

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Acceleration in Sub-Saharan Africa: Initial Data from the Entrepreneurship Database Program
GALI

This data summary provides a snapshot of more than 2,500 early-stage ventures that applied to over 50 acceleration programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, and includes regional insights for East and West Africa and country-specific information for Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria.

Data at a Glance:

  • More than 25% of the ventures in the sample are in the agriculture sector.
  • Upon application to an accelerator, most ventures had earned revenue and hired employees, but fewer had raised funding.
  • Ventures with IP were significantly more likely to report revenue, employees, and investment.
  • Over half of the ventures include women on the founding team.
  • Teams that include women were more likely to report revenue and employees but less likely to report equity.
  • Fewer West African ventures had raised investment capital, compared to East African ventures.
  • Compared to the global sample, African entrepreneurs are more interested in gaining direct funding and business skills.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  2018  Africa  ANDE publication  GALI 

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Acceleration in Mexico: Early Impacts on Mexican Ventures

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Acceleration in Mexico: Early Impacts on Mexican Ventures
GALI

With the support of Citibanamex Compromiso Social, GALI is working to increase understanding of acceleration and early-stage ventures in Mexico. This report includes application and follow-up information from 318 ventures operating in Mexico, contributed by 15 accelerator programs.

Data at a Glance:

  • Ventures that participated in accelerator programs experienced greater growth in revenues, full-time employees, equity, and debt on average compared to rejected ventures.
  • The majority of ventures reported no equity or debt growth at all, suggesting that a small number of strong performers are drawing up the average changes in equity and debt.
  • The impact of participation is meaningful for ventures with no prior-year investment; participating ventures increased equity three times more than rejected ventures, and debt five times more.
  • First-time accelerated ventures reported higher average revenue growth, while ventures that had been previously accelerated reported greater equity growth.
  • Invention-based ventures reported greater average equity growth, while non-invention-based reported higher revenue growth.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI  mexico 

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Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field
Return on Investment for Accelerators
GALI

As the number and type of accelerator programs expand, funders are becoming more interested in calibrating the return on investment for investments in these programs. While there are a number of ways to think about the value for money that accelerators provide, most aspire to accelerate the funds available to grow early-stage ventures through increases in revenue and investment.

This brief provides an initial look at venture outcomes during the year of acceleration in comparison to the cost of programs, expanding the ROTI methodology developed by the Argidius Foundation.1 The analysis suggests that the incremental flow of new funds into cohort ventures exceeds the amount that programs spend on operations and direct investments into cohort ventures. However, it also reveals considerable variability, suggesting that funders need to pay attention to where their accelerator funding dollars are going. 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  entrepreneurs  GALI  investment 

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Small and Growing Businesses in Africa: Profiles, Successes and Challenges

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 4, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Small and Growing Businesses in Africa: Profiles, Successes and Challenges
ADA – Appui au Développement Autonome

In Sub-Saharan Africa as elsewhere, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role in economic development and job creation. However, because of a general lack of knowledge about this particular segment, the sector hardly achieves its full potential. In order to better meet MSMEs’ needs, a first step consists in identifying the profiles, growth paths, success factors and challenges faced by those who managed to turn their microenterprises into small or medium entities, referred to as Small and Growing Business (SGB) owners.

As microenterprises are likely to resort to microfinance institutions to get access to financial services, ADA has coordinated a series of three studies relying on five MFIs in Ethiopia, Kenya and Madagascar in order to identify a sample of SGB owners and interview them individually to get details about their paths.

This study is the synthesis of these three surveys and specifically aims at providing detailed information about entrepreneurs’ profiles, about the main challenges and obstacles they faced through their growing process and about their current financial and non-financial needs. Based on such information, general recommendations are made to financial services providers and all kinds of organizations supporting MSMEs.

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Tags:  Africa  SGB  SME  Social entrepreneurship 

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Understanding How to Unleash the Untapped Potential of Women Entrepreneurs in Mexico

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

This report was written by Value for Women (VFW) in collaboration with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (“The Foundation”) as part of its Road to Women’s Business Growth initiative in Mexico, supported by the ExxonMobil Foundation

It summarizes a more comprehensive assessment undertaken in 2017 which examined the characteristics of women-led, small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Mexico. Aimed at understanding Mexico’s current entrepreneurial ecosystem and the financial and non-financial barriers facing female entrepreneurs, the assessment offered recommendations for how different actors can support women entrepreneurs. It informed the design of the Road to Women’s Business Growth project in Mexico, which uses a blended learning approach (a combination of face-to-face and online training and business development support) to support women SGB owners to become successful entrepreneurs. 

Read the Full Report Here

Tags:  2018  gender  mexico  sector publication  SGBs  women 

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GUIDE FOR MAPPING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM

Posted By Sebastian de Beurs, Aspen Institute, Monday, March 26, 2018
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH presents a guide to mapping entrepreneurial ecosystems globally. The guide covers the elements of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and shares mapping best practices in data collection, analysis, and validation.

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