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Strengthening the Ecosystem for Edupreneurs in South Africa: Findings from a Roundtable Discussion

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 1, 2015
Updated: Friday, July 31, 2015
In March 2015, the ANDE South Africa chapter brought together just over 30 participants involved in the education entrepreneurship ecosystem including public and private funders, capacity development providers, academics and edupreneurs for a full-day roundtable discussion in Johannesburg to flesh out challenges and opportunities faced by edupreneurs in South Africa and to come up with collaborative actions to strengthen the ecosystem. The discussion, which covered five topics from Access to Finance to Infrastructure and Enabling Technologies, focused on direct instruction models (predominantly Low Fee Private Schools) and EdTech entrepreneurs. Findings and Ideas for Action from the discussion are summarized here.

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Tags:  ecosystem  education  entrepreneurship ecosystems  Sector publication  South Africa 

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The Landscape for Impact Investing in East Africa

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 31, 2015

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and Open Capital Advisors just launched a new report that provides a comprehensive "state of the market" analysis for impact investing in East Africa. The study, The Landscape for Impact Investing in East Africa, includes detailed chapters on Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Rwanda, and others. 

The full report, executive summary, regional overview, individual chapters, and more can all be downloaded from the GIIN's website

 

Tags:  analysis  East Africa  impact investing  sector publication 

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Building Economic Opportunities for Young People in Africa

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 17, 2015

The MasterCard Foundation recently released a review of their training and skills projects. The report, "Youth at Work: Building Economic Opportunities for Young People in Africa," provides a comprehensive review of the factors that have contributed to the success of certain projects, and examines lessons learned that will be helpful in moving forward. 

The report highlights effective skill building models, the importance of understanding which sectors of the economy have the most potential for youth, the need for more cost-effective and sustainable solutions, and the need to truly keep youth at the center of these projects. 

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Tags:  Africa  education  employment  Sector publication  youth 

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Social Finance: Creating Value for Investors

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 17, 2015

Why hasn't social finance caught on in the past? What needs to change to extend and broaden the recent growth?

BNY Mellon dives into these questions in their most recent white paper: "Social Finance: Creating Value for Investors.

In their own words:

BNY Mellon has been helping apply capital to social change for more than 225 years. It began with a loan to a fledgling government undertaking a large social experiment: The United States of America and democracy. We continue to think about the potential for investments to enable positive change today. The size and complexity of current environmental, social, and governance issues facing the global economy have motivated us to assess the market structure in order to address these issues, highlight some of the challenges to greater and more effective deployment of capital, and propose ways to address those challenges.

Read the full paper and learn how BNY Mellon sees the path ahead for social finance. 

Tags:  finance  impact investing  investors  Sector publication 

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CDC Annual Review

Posted By Stephanie Buck, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 2, 2015

CDC, a development finance institution whose mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places. has released their 2014 Annual Review. It holds some interesting insights into job creation.

Here are some highlights: 

  • A large sample of CDC-backed businesses in Africa and South Asia contributed to the creation of nearly 1.3 million new direct and indirect jobs and livelihoods in 2014 (n=388).
  • These businesses directly employed 533,000 workers.
  • The businesses impacted a further 10.8 million people when indirect employment effects, such as supply chains, wages and increased access to power and financial services were taken into account.

Tags:  africa  employment  Job Creation  Sector publication  southeast asia 

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Measuring Value Created by Impact Incubators & Accelerators

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 2, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I-DEV International, in conjunction with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Agora Partnerships, set out to evaluate the value created by impact incubators and accelerators for social enterprises and impact investors they seek to support. This 18-month analysis included over 100 interviews and surveys with stakeholders from 8 impact-focused incubator/accelerator programs, 54 enterprises that had participated in the incubator/accelerator programs analyzed, and 18 active impact investors. Key research objectives were to:

  • Evaluate the quantifiable value created by impact-focused incubator/accelerator programs 
  • Design and pilot a framework that can be used to objectively compare and benchmark impact incubator/accelerator programs against each other

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Tags:  accelerators  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SGB 

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(Redefining) Success in a Changing World

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 2, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A number of global trends are converging to accelerate the pace of change in our communities, our lives and the way in which we define success in business. As a result,the world we are passing on to the coming generations is both promising and fragile.One response to this complexity is the rise of social entrepreneurship: the idea that economic incentives and positive social change can – and should – go hand in hand. Over the past two decades in particular, the phenomenon has gained significant traction, and in some cases is on the verge of mainstreaming into general business. This report integrates primary surveys, opinion leader and practitioner interviews, as well as experiences and observations of dozens of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, global Millennials, academics and other experts, all of whom were generous with their time and resources. We combined this with secondary desk research, and together with our analysis, offer a compelling narrative about the future of social entrepreneurship around the world.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  Global  Impact Evaluation  metrics and research  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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The Social Enterprise Landscape in Ghana

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 11, 2015

This report, produced by the British Council, in partnership with ODI, seeks to outline the social enterprise landscape in Ghana. It reviews the enabling environment and the scope of capacity-building activities supporting social enterprise to provide an overview of the profile of existing social enterprises and social innovation activity. It presents information on perceptions and levels of awareness of social enterprise, the obstacles and challenges faced and opportunities to improve the enabling environment; and lessons from social enterprise activities in other national contexts. 

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Tags:  Ghana  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship  West Africa 

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CIPE: Economic Inclusion: Leveraging Markets and Entrepreneurship to Extend Opportunity

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Economic inclusion refers to equality of opportunity for all members of society to participate in the economic life of their country as employers, entrepreneurs, consumers, and citizens. Fostering inclusion through active participation in the market economy involves increasing access to opportunity while generating additional economic growth. Effective strategies for inclusion engage under-represented groups in the design and implementation of policies and programs.

This article from the Center for International Private Enterprise illustrates ways to promote youth entrepreneurship and women’s entrepreneurship and to facilitate the inclusion of informal entrepreneurs in the formal economy.

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Tags:  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  Latin America  Middle-East  Poverty  Sector publication  West Africa  Women 

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A primer on results measurement and surveys: DCED Standard for Results Measurement

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 29, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The DCED Standard is a framework that helps practitioners articulate their hypotheses clearly. It also helps them to systematically set and monitor indicators that show whether or not events are occurring as predicted. This empowers practitioners to adapt their programs based on the data they collect. Many would say this is just good management. Over 100 projects in over 50 countries are currently using the DCED Standard. This includes projects ranging from value chain development, to challenge funds, to business environment reform. 

Using the standard also helps improve the degree of rigor in results measurement. 

Attached, you can find the one page outline about the Standard and how it can help you and your organization. 

For more information, check out the DCED Standard pages here

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Tags:  metrics and research  Metrics Framework  Performance Measurement  Research  sector publication  surveys 

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