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NGO and company partnerships for inclusive business

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Monday, July 8, 2019

NGO and Company Partnerships for Inclusive Business
by Endeva

Inclusive business partnerships (IB partnerships) between NGOs and companies have a very specific form: they start from a concrete opportunity to improve the lives of low-income and marginalized people, and then address this opportunity with a financially viable business model that helps ensure sustainable impact.

Many NGOs and companies are interested in engaging in such partnerships, but often struggle with the “how". This guide aims to create a better understanding for what IB partnerships actually are, provide inspiration in the form of real partnership examples, and offer a way forward by documenting the lessons learned by practitioners in the field.

Read full report here.

Tags:  inclusive business  NGOs  partnerships 

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State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2018

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, July 3, 2019

State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2018
by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Since 2009, ANDE has been tracking the growth and impact of the small and growing business sector in emerging market economies for our annual State of the Sector report. This report examines global trends in support for small and growing businesses through capacity development services, direct private investment, and donor funding, as well as specific trends in the regions covered by each of our eight chapters: the Andes, Brazil, Central America and Mexico, East Africa, East and Southeast Asia, India, South Africa, and West Africa.

Report highlights:

Capacity Development Services

  • GALI data finds that, in the aggregate, accelerators in emerging markets are a good investment.
  • ANDE members providing classroom training almost always bundle this with other types of capacity development services and are highly unlikely to provide this training alone.

SGB Investing

  • In 2018, at least 56 new SGB-inclusive investment vehicles launched, with a median target AUM of US $50 million (the highest median target tracked by ANDE to date).
  • A large majority of ANDE members are actively engaging in gender inclusive activities; however, only 10% actively use a restrictive screen to avoid exposure to SGBs with poor gender diversity records.

Donor Funding

  • This year, ANDE dug deeper into donor funding supporting SGBs in emerging markets and found that multilaterals, bilaterals, and DFIs disbursed $7.4 billion to support SMEs in 2017.
  • Using the OECD’s Creditor Reporting System, ANDE found that gender-related SME donor funding is only a small percentage of all SME-related disbursements.

Regional Insights

In 2018 ANDE added a new chapter in the Andean region of Latin America based out of Bogota, Colombia. Find capacity development, investing, and donor funding insights on this new chapter, as well as ANDE’s 7 other regional chapters, in the regional insights section of the report. 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  2018  ANDE publication  impact  sector publication  sgb  sme  Social Entrepreneurship  state 

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Cocoa Interrupted: The Role of Social Enterprise in Cocoa Sustainability

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Cocoa Interrupted: The Role of Social Enterprise in Cocoa Sustainability
by Acumen

This report details how social enterprises can play a role in creatively and sustainably addressing the varied needs of cocoa growing communities in West Africa. It presents four social enterprise case studies and an opportunity for the cocoa industry to bring new ideas and solutions to the challenges facing cocoa farmers and their communities through collaboration with social enterprises.

Read full report here.

Tags:  cocoa  smallholder farmers  social enterprise  sustainability  sustainable ag  west africa 

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Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America
by Value for Women

This report - a first of its kind focused on Latin America - summarizes information gathered from 48 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders in Latin America, primarily members of the ANDE network as well as 254 firms that comprise their portfolios. It includes information from surveys and key informant interviews with 24 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem actors. The focus on the impact investing sector is important because gender equality should be front and center for Impact Investors seeking to achieve financial and social returns on their investments. This report highlights that while it is clear that gender equality is good for business and good for development, Impact Investors in Latin America are still only in the early stages of embedding this focus in their investment process and activities.

Read full report here.

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  impact investing  latin america  women 

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Nutritious Food Foresight

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Nutritious Food Foresight
by Gurnimrat Sidhu, Chase Keenan and Angela R. Hansen

Global Knowledge Initiative is building momentum around this foresight study conducted on food system innovations having the potential to advance near-term nutrition outcomes. These innovations improve access to nutritious foods by introducing local market efficiencies within key resource constraints experienced in emerging markets. In addition to this nutrition lens, GKI is beginning to think about food system innovation as it affects all SDGs through connections to the biosphere, economy, and society alike.

Read full report here.

Tags:  emerging markets  food  food systems  innovation  nutrition  SDGs 

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Acceleration in Central America

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Monday, June 3, 2019
Updated: Monday, June 3, 2019

Acceleration in Central America
by Global Accelerator Learning Initiative 

With the support of Citibanamex, GALI is working to increase understanding of acceleration and early stage ventures in Central America. This data summary includes information from 812 ventures operating in Central America, contributed by 56 accelerator programs.

Read full report here.

Tags:  2019  accelerators  ANDE publication  CAM  Central America  gali  startup 

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Villgro's Impact Report 2018

Posted By Sukriti Somvanshi - Villgro, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Villgro's Impact Report 2018
by Villgro Innovations Foundation

In the last 19 years, Villgro | India has worked with over 270 entrepreneurs who have created more than 3500 jobs and impacted over 19 million underprivileged lives. This Impact Report deep dives into the impact footprints over the last 19 years - the entrepreneurs and their journeys with creating bottom of the pyramid impact.

Read full report here.

Tags:  impact investing  inclusive innovation  india; ANDE members  innovation  social entrepreneurship  social impact 

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#ClosingTheGap Mekong: Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessments

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019
Updated: Friday, May 3, 2019

#ClosingTheGap - Cambodia
by David Totten and Michael Smiddy

This country report highlights that the Cambodian entrepreneur ecosystem has good foundations based on active participation of motivated ‘ecosystem builders’ and successful entrepreneurs. However, the Cambodian Government needs to sustain broad-based improvements to the overall business environment.

Read full report here

 

#ClosingTheGap - Laos
by Matt van Roosmalen and Latdamone Phodsavang

This country report highlights that the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lao PDR depends on broad-based improvements to the overall business environment. Fast growing and larger SMEs with more internal capacity are more likely to benefit from a wider and more flexible selection of financial offerings, which would make continued growth possible and therefore allow them to emerge from the missing middle successfully.

Read full report here

 

#ClosingTheGap - Myanmar 
by David Totten
, Grace Pyone Mya Moe Lwin and Matt van Roosmalen

This country report highlights that SMEs in Myanmar face familiar challenges to other developing economies, compounded by a political and economic environment that is still in transition. This has also impacted the financial sector, and consequently SMEs’ access to credit. A flourishing tech ecosystem indicates high potential, yet at this time, there have been few opportunities for SMEs with traditional business models.

Read full report here

 

#ClosingTheGap - Vietnam
by Matt van Roosmalen and David Totten

This country report highlights that the Vietnamese entrepreneur ecosystem is developing very quickly, with an increasing number of participants and diversity of services. Support for ecosystem development is equally diverse, with government, development partners, and domestic and international private sector accounting for significant investment.

Read full report here

Tags:  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  SMEs  southeast asia 

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Scaling Impact Investment in Forestry

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 25, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Scaling Impact Investment in Forestry
by Rachel Bass, Peter Murphy and Hannah Dithrich

Building from interviews with asset owners, asset managers, and intermediaries, and from the database of forestry vehicles, this report identifies opportunities to strengthen and grow the sustainable and impact forestry market that connect asset owners’ motivations with asset managers’ products and strategies. This report begins to address some of the communications gaps that restrict capital flows into the sustainable forestry market and seeks to uncover opportunities to unlock further investment. Investment in these vehicles is critical, both to the conservation of critical biodiversity and animal habitat and to the ability to deliver a low-carbon or negative emission future.

Read full report here

Tags:  climate change  Environment  forestry  impact investing  scaling  sustainability 

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ANDE at 10 Years: Impact and Influence on the SGB Sector

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Updated: Monday, April 22, 2019

ANDE at 10 Years: Impact and Influence on the SGB Sector
By Monitor Deloitte

Commissioned by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) as part of a strategic planning process at the organization’s decennial, this report outlines the progression of the Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector over the past ten years, and assesses the degree to which ANDE has influenced and impacted the sector’s evolution. This report was prepared by Monitor Deloitte, with ANDE’s support, as a third-party view of ANDE’s role within the SGB sector. In addition to highlighting areas where ANDE has excelled, this report also shares opportunities for where ANDE can positively expand or enhance its influence.

Read the full report here

Tags:  SGBs; ANDE publication; entrepreneurship ecosystem 

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