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Bridging the “Pioneer Gap”: The Role of Accelerators in Launching High-Impact Enterprises

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Monday, June 3, 2013

Acc report 06 2013Bridging the "Pioneer Gap”: The Role of Accelerators in Launching High-Impact Enterprises

June 2013

This report is a quantitative analysis of 52 social impact-focused incubators and accelerators, operating around the world.

Tags:  accelerators  access to finance  ANDE publication  impact investing 

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Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the World Economic Forum, April 2013.

Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation is intended to add a perspective to the global conversation already under way about how we move beyond binary choices in crafting responses to social, economic, and environmental challenges. Fundamentally, it is about leveraging private enterprise and capital for public benefit.

Tags:  capital  environmental impact  sector publication  Social Entreprenuership 

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Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa

Omidyar Network in partnership with Monitor Group, April 2013This 48-page report is the result of a three-phase research project launched in 2012 aimed to better understand the state of entrepreneurship in Africa.

Tags:  Africa  Entrepreneurship  sector publication 

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Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in MENA - Leveraging Growth Finance for Sustainable Development

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, February 1, 2013
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in MENA - Leveraging Growth Finance for Sustainable Development
Shell Foundation and Citi Foundation, January 2013

This study assesses the state of a significant, albeit under served, segment of the SME market, known as the "Missing Middle"; to better understand their needs and the challenges they face. It addresses how governments and other stakeholders can help them reach their potential for growth and job creation to positively impact the MENA region. Commissioned by the Shell Foundation and the Citi Foundation, the new research is based on in-depth interviews with over 200 public and private leaders and SMEs in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE and Egypt.

Tags:  Access to Finance  Impact Investing  MENA  Philanthropy  sector publication 

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IFC Jobs Study - Assessing Private sector contributions to job creation and poverty reduction

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, January 25, 2013
IFC Jobs Study - Assessing Private sector contributions to job creation and poverty reduction

IFC, January 2013

This report is the result of an open-source study to assess the direct and indirect effects of private sector activity on job creation. The report examines how and under what conditions the private sector can best contribute to job creation and poverty reduction, drawing on a review of the literature and evaluations; surveys of more than 45,000 businesses in over 100 countries; a website, blog, and essay competition to solicit outside views; macro and micro case studies of IFC clients; and IFC’s own operational experience and lessons learned.

Tags:  Human Capital  Impact Investing  job creation  private sector development  sector publication 

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Innovation Scouts: A Discovery and Investment Network for Social Businesses

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Funded by ANDE's Capacity Development Fund

 Innovation Scouts: A Discovery and Investment Network for Social Businesses

Root Change launched Innovation Scouts in Tanzania. The week-long launch included training for new Tanzanian Scouts, an Opportunity Screening Workshop (OSW) with sixteen local GBOs, and a large BDS marketplace event that brought together dozens of GBOs with local Tanzanian BDS providers to negotiate the exchange of services. Over 100 individuals participated in the launch week. The event culminated with the graduation of 13 Innovation Scouts.
This report summarizes these launch activities, and includes the results from our first two GBO screening workshops. The report also presents findings on the Tanzanian BDS marketplace. The market analysis includes a value chain map with nodes (the organizations or individuals) and linkages (flows of collaboration, resources, etc.) across nine value chain (VC) stages.

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Tags:  CDF Grant  sector publication  social business  Social entrepreneurship 

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Telmo J.Díaz y Compañía

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Funded by ANDE's Capacity Development Fund

Telmo J.Díaz y Compañía

A case study on a Colombian SGB from the New Ventures portfolio. Mesa de los Santos is the first company to sell specialty coffee in Colombia, and is an excellent example of an SGB with high economic, social and environmental impacts.

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Tags:  CDF Grant  coffee  environmental impact  sector publication 

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Nicolás Cock el emprendedor de Ecoflora

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Funded by ANDE's Capacity Development Fund


Nicolás Cock el emprendedor de Ecoflora

A case study on a Colombian SGBs from the New Ventures portfolio. ECOFLORA is a company that sells personal care products and household supplies developed from Colombian biodiversity and is an excellent example of an SGB with high economic, social and environmental impacts.

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Tags:  CDF Grant  colombia  environmental impact  sector publication  SGBs  social impact 

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Building a Healthy & Sustainable Social Impact Bond Market: The Investor Landscape

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Building a Healthy & Sustainable Social Impact Bond Market: The Investor Landscape
This report, produced by Godeke Consulting and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, explores the landscape of potential social impact bond (SIB) investors to determine how to build a sustainable market for SIBs that can leverage capital from a diverse set of investors to deliver better social outcomes to poor and vulnerable people. Researchers spoke with more than ninety investors and other stakeholders over an eight-month period of time, and have highlighted distinct investor insights that can inform the systems and structures needed to build a healthy market to finance SIBs.

Tags:  impact investing  investors  sector publication  social impact 

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Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance,

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Monday, December 10, 2012


Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance

Dalberg, with support from Citi Foundation and the Skoll Foundation
September 2012

Read article discussing this report: http://ande.site-ym.com/blogpost/920159/155212/Catalyzing-Smallholder-Agricultural-Finance

Tags:  Access to Finance  agriculture  sector publication 

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