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Spurring Entrepreneurship in A Nascent Ecosystem: How Mella Inspires Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Spurring Entrepreneurship in A Nascent Ecosystem: How Mella Inspires Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

By Triple Jump commissioned by the Dutch Good Growth Fund

Mella is an entrepreneurship program in Ethiopia, launched by Novastar Ventures, an Africa-based venture capital firm focusing on investment in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria, with support from DGGF Financing Local SMEs. Mella’s virtual platform connects a young audience with successful entrepreneurs and inspires them in their ambitions of starting or growing their businesses. This document provides an overview of the program and its main success factors. It includes an overview of all the main stakeholders in the ecosystem. Furthermore, it provides lessons learned on how Mella can serve as an example to be replicated in other countries or regions, from conception and fundraising to growth, branding and provision of services. (Please note that the paper was completed before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Read the full report here.

Tags:  africa  sector publication 

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Bringing a Gender Lens to Supporting Small and Growing Businesses: Insights from Brazil

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Bringing a Gender Lens to Supporting Small and Growing Businesses: Insights from Brazil

By ANDE Brazil and IDS

The ANDE Brazil chapter and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) created a joint knowledge brief to share lessons and innovations from the Brazilian ecosystem on bringing a gender lens to supporting Brazilian SGBs. It focuses on four key topics to catalyze thought leadership on gender inclusion and investing in Brazil: understanding biases; recognizing gender "intersects" with diversity issues; linking to investors; and attracting and retaining women in entrepreneur support programs.

Read the full brief in English here.

Read the full brief in Portuguese here.

Tags:  ANDE publication  Brazil  gender  Gender Lens Investing  SGBs 

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The State of Financial Health Startups in the Middle East & North Africa

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The State of Financial Health Startups in the Middle East & North Africa

By Village Capital

Fintech recently became the most-active sector for startup investment in MENA. While much of the media coverage has focused on digital payments and e-commerce, this report will highlight fintech innovation that is improving “financial health” for the region’s most marginalized communities: tech that helps people manage their income and expenses, weather financial shocks and plan for a healthy financial future.
 
Read the full report here.

Tags:  fintech  MENA  sector publication 

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The Small and Growing Business Sector and the COVID-19 Crisis: Emerging Evidence on Key Risks and Needs

Posted By Anna Santiago, Aspen Institute, Monday, May 18, 2020

The Small and Growing Business Sector and the COVID-19 Crisis: Emerging Evidence on Key Risks and Needs

By ANDE and Dalberg

The effect of COVID-19 on economies around the world has been unprecedented. While evidence on this impact is only beginning to emerge, it is clear that the economic damage has been particularly severe for SGBs in emerging markets. This issue brief summarizes initial evidence regarding the impact of COVID-19 on SGBs and the SGB support sector more broadly in emerging markets. Read the brief, which summarizes current risks, impacts, and needs so that organizations and individuals who support SGBs can ensure more effective interventions.This report was prepared as part of the Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy, with generous support from the initiative’s founding partner Mastercard.

 

Read the full issue brief (English).

 

Read the issue brief (Portuguese).

 

Read the June 2020 data addendum (English).

 

Read the June 2020 data addendum (Portuguese). 

Tags:  ANDE publication  COVID-19 

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Charting the Future for Africa's Largest Economy: Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria

Posted By Anna Santiago, Aspen Institute, Friday, May 1, 2020

Charting the Future for Africa's Largest Economy: Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria

By Dalberg

In this report, Dalberg quantifies the potential impact of COVID-19 and the current global economic situation on Africa’s largest economy, identifies potential actions to mitigate the economic impacts, and calls for deeper collaboration between the public, private, and social sectors. Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are spotlighted, and the impacts of the structural inequality in Nigeria are brought to life, including findings that suggest COVID-19 will differentially affect the poor, and groups such as women and youth. The report covers sectors including agriculture, industry (focused on manufacturing and infrastructure), and services (focused on arts and entertainment, education, finance, healthcare, and trade).

 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  Africa  COVID-19  sector publication 

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Social Impact Thesis on Employability

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, April 20, 2020

Social Impact Thesis on Employability

By Artemisia

This thesis aims to present the main challenges regarding employability that the economically vulnerable population in Brazil faces, and to map opportunities for the development of social impact businesses that can support the reduction of inequality and bring improvements to their lives.

Read the full report in English.

Read the full report and the executive summary in Portuguese.

Read Artemisia's 2018 Social Impact Thesis on Financial Services.

Tags:  Brazil  employment  sector publication 

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NTF4Ag: Emerging Lessons and New Frontiers

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, April 14, 2020

NTF4Ag: Emerging Lessons and New Frontiers

By MEDA

The NTF4Ag Report brings together key results, insights and lessons from the case studies, pilots and cross-cutting research conducted by MEDA and its partners from 2017-2020 - with the overall goal of learning and documenting experiences of non-traditional finance for catalyzing smallholder agricultural innovation adoption. The report is framed around INNOVATE’s four learning themes along with key takeaways and supporting evidence from the ten research projects in the MEDA INNOVATE portfolio. The report concludes with potential opportunities for further learning, research and action by different actors in the smallholder finance landscape and ecosystem.

Read the full report here.

Read the summarized version of the report here.

Tags:  sector publication 

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The Coronavirus and Entrepreneurs in the Developing World: Learning to Support Businesses in Crisis

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Coronavirus and Entrepreneurs in the Developing World: Learning to Support Businesses in Crisis

By TechnoServe

As the coronavirus pandemic grows, it is threatening the survival of micro and small businesses around the world. Micro and small businesses in developing countries are in many ways very vulnerable to the impacts of this crisis. Nevertheless, it is vitally important to save these businesses since they form the backbone of emerging economies. Drawing from its past experience working with entrepreneurs in times of crisis, as well as early learnings from the response to the coronavirus pandemic, TechnoServe has put together a quick guide of initial recommendations for supporting these enterprises.

Read the report here.

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Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, March 13, 2020

Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices: A synthesis of due diligence practices employed by leading impact investors who systematically assess investments' anticipated impact

By Pacific Community Ventures

Impact due diligence, which encompasses all assessments of expected impact before making an investment, is essential to effective impact investing. Not only does impact due diligence enhance investors’ capacity to make more informed investment decisions and increase the impact of their portfolios, it also helps safeguards the entire field against “impact washing” as the market grows. This report synthesizes findings from interviews with leading practitioners, IMM experts, and consultants, and draws from PCV’s own experience developing impact due diligence systems for clients and our own loan fund. 

Read the full guide here.

Read the "Impact Due Diligence Guide" here.

Tags:  impact investing  sector publication 

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The Impact Due Diligence Guide

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, March 13, 2020

The Impact Due Diligence Guide: Practical guidance for investors seeking to systematically assess investments' anticipated impact

By Pacific Community Ventures

The Guide is a how-to for engaging in impact due diligence and contains actionable advice and guidance for both novices as well as seasoned experts in IMM, covering topics such as building impact-focused due diligence questionnaires and quantitative tools, integrating impact due diligence into existing processes, and using impact due diligence to inform investment decision-making. Given the sheer magnitude of our global challenges, it is essential that impact investors deepen their focus on impact pre-investment through impact due diligence. By doing this we can guard against “impact washing” and realize our collective vision of building a sustainable financial industry that meaningfully tackles, rather than contributes to, the most critical issues we face today.

Read the full guide here.

Read the "Emerging Best Practices" guide here.

Tags:  impact investing  sector publication 

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