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Off-Grid Energy Country Focus: Uganda

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Thursday, December 7, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 4, 2017

OFF-GRID ENErgy country focus: uganda

By Open Capital Advisors & the Shell Foundation 

In 2017, Shell Foundation and Open Capital Advisors came together to pilot a new approach to accelerate energy access in Uganda.

With support from local DFID and USAID offices, and the Government of Uganda, the result is a dedicated and neutral intermediary that provides balanced data and advice to enterprises, investors and policy-makers; coordinates resources to tackle major market barriers such as awareness, affordability and energy for productive use; and catalyses interventions where necessary.
 
As part of this work, the Ugandan Accelerator has launched two reports to help identify barriers to growth in off-grid energy access in Uganda, recommend appropriate actions to overcome them, and signal opportunities for investment and innovation. 
 
Mapping the Market
 
The Ugandan Off-Grid Energy Market Accelerator has mapped current activities to enhance energy access across the industry by private sector players, donors, development organisations and other stakeholders – and identifies challenges and opportunities to enhance the collective impact from this work. 

Download the report here.

Productive Use

This second report deep dives into productive use technologies and demonstrates the potential value these offer to advance the off-grid space via consolidated effort from the relevant stakeholders. 
 
Emerging technologies in the irrigation, fishing, dairy, grains, oil seeds and coffee industry are evaluated for their potential to scale, and recommendations made on ways in which public and private actors can support their adoption.

Download the report here.

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Landscape Study of Accelerators and Incubators in India

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 4, 2017

Landscape Study of Accelerators and Incubators in India

by the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) 

This study, conducted by the ANDE India Chapter with the support of Autodesk Sustainability and Foundation, uses GALI’s Global Accelerator Survey to add clarity to the profile of accelerators and incubators in India – their structure, objectives, goals, funding, and the financial and non-financial support that they offer.

 Data Highlights:

Sample Characteristics

  • University accelerators and incubators made up the largest portion of the respondents, at nearly one-third.
  • Two-thirds ran their first acceleration or incubation program after 2013.

Sector Focus and Impact Objectives

  • Over half of the respondents indicated a focus on energy or environment.
  • Three-quarters work specifically with ventures that have a social or environmental impact objective.

Program Structure

  • With a median size of 9 and an 11 percent acceptance rate, cohorts were small, programs were selective, and early-stage ventures were mostly likely to receive support.
  • One-third of respondents provide direct funding, and equity is the most popular investment instrument.

Funding Sources

  • At 43 percent, philanthropic grants were the most common funding source for programs, followed by government support.
  • One-third of the government-supported respondents received funds from the Department of Science and Technology.

Questions or comments? Contact Devyani Singh at devyani.singh@aspeninst.org.

Tags:  2017  Acceleration  accelerators  ANDE publication  India 

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Building a Female-Led Sales Force

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 4, 2017

Building a female-led sales force

By the Envirofit Women's Empowerment Program
 
The Envirofit Women’s Empowerment Programme (WEP) was founded on the belief that women, as primary users of cookstoves, must be involved in both their design and distribution in order for stoves to be adopted and for women’s needs to be fully met. The WEP was first developed and funded in conjunction with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) in 2012.
 
Download the report to see five insights that the programme has delivered, and how members of the programme have benefitted with increased confidence and business skills and experience. 

 

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Examining the Energy Portfolios of the Rural Poor

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, December 4, 2017

Examining the Energy portfolios of the rural poor

By the Shell Foundation 

Energy is needed for the day-to-day functioning of rural households (cooking, lighting, and running appliances) as well as for livelihoods (agriculture and small businesses). 

In rural India, where access to energy sources is often poor and availability is unreliable, many households resort to using multiple energy sources to service their energy needs. Energy portfolios (the set of connections between what households need energy for and what fuel sources they use) reflect the complex reality of the rural household’s energy choices. 

We have worked with FSG, a consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change, to produce a fresh analysis to understand how energy-poor customers make fuel choices in rural India. 

The paper will help funders, governments, intermediaries, and enterprises working in the energy space in India shift their perspective to align with that of the rural consumer when designing interventions and polices.

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Building Consensus for Soft Skills Training

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 29, 2017

BUILDING CONSENSUS FOR SOFT SKILLS TRAINING

By Youth Employment Funders Group

Transferable skills. 21st century skills. Workforce readiness skills. Life skills. Non-cognitive skills. There are many terms used to describe the skills that young people require as they transition into adulthood. The What Works in Soft Skills Development for Youth Employment? A Donors’ Perspective report presents areas of consensus around terminology, implementation and assessment of these skills, and puts forth recommendations to donors, employers, policymakers and implementers.

In the face of growing youth populations around the globe, the challenges regarding employment, and the changing nature of work, young people need to develop skills which allow them to easily adapt to the workforce as well as succeed in all domains of life. This report uses the term ‘soft skills’ to describe the mix of skills, attitudes, behaviours, personal qualities and mindsets that individuals use to be successful across different situations in work and life. These skills include positive self-concept, self-control, communication, social skills, and higher-order thinking (which includes problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making). Research shows that employers are increasingly prioritizing the need for new hires to have soft skills over technical skills, as their ability to work with others, communicate well and solve problems is critical to their success as employees.

The report makes five recommendations for developing soft skills programming at scale for young people. These recommendations highlight the need for greater and quality investments, consensus, and strategic action.

Download the report here.

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#ClosingTheGapGuinea

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Updated: Friday, November 3, 2017

#Closingthegapguinea: assessment of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in guinea

By Enclude BV

#ClosingTheGapGuinea establishes that operating in Guinea remains challenging for local enterprises. Most of them are very small and struggle to compete locally and internationally and access adequate financing.

However, the insights shared in the report also identify that the potential of entrepreneurship is starting to be acknowledged with

  • a growing number of new enterprises each year;
  • existing formal SMEs that show growth both in terms of employment and sales and;
  • a few initiatives that have recently emerged to accompany local entrepreneurs.

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Reducing Food Loss Along Agricultural Value Chains

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

Reducing Food Loss Along Agricultural Value Chains 

By Deloitte 

The amount of food lost each year due to post-harvest loss (PHL) is enough to feed the total number of undernourished people globally. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) alone, which unfortunately is home to over 230 million people suffering from chronic undernourishment, 30-50% of production is lost at various points along the value chain. Efforts to reduce PHL thus provide an attractive opportunity to improve food security across the globe, but especially in SSA. A range of solutions exist that address PHL, but there is not a clear consensus for which are best at effectively reducing losses. Perhaps in this case “best” should be defined by clear quantifiable evidence to help guide decision-making. It is this motivating premise that underpins the work described in this report. 

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Gender Analysis of AgFinance in Ghana and Mozambique

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 6, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

Gender Analysis of AgFinance in Ghana and Mozambique

By Opportunity International

Opportunity International's (Opportunity's) Agricultural Finance (AgFinance) program helps smallholder farmers increase farm productivity, financial stability, and food security to enhance quality of life. To assess and improve its gender strategy, Opportunity conducted an analysis of its AgFinance program in 2016 with funding from the British Government's Department for International Development 

 

Key Research Findings

  • For Financial Inclusion: 92% of women clients perceive Opportunity as welcoming to women and 81% of women clients say they have more decision-making power in their families because of Opportunity's AgFinance program. Gender barriers arise primarily when Opportunity recruits clients through traditional male-led village structures and farmer groups.
  • For Financial Institutions: To best understand the market potential in serving women with AgFinance, viable market segments must be identified based on factors like location and literacy before segmenting the market by gender. Grasping the diversity of farmers and agri-businesses helps identify the right target market. 

Download the report here.

Tags:  Agriculture  finance  gender  small and growing agrobusiness 

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Talent to Spare

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 6, 2017
Updated: Friday, November 3, 2017

Talent to spare

By the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network

Do intermediaries “walk the walk” of talent? This project was initiated by the Global So- cial Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) and the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, two or- ganisations supporting and connecting organisations and individuals in the impact space globally, after having experienced di erent talent challenges themselves as well as seeing many other organisations in the impact sector face talent-related challenges. 

THIS RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED IN 2015–16 WITH THREE PRIMARY GOALS:

To go beyond anecdotal evidence and explore the experiences shared by intermediaries in-depth
To understand the variety of talent challenges these organisations face
To determine possible solutions both for the organisations individually and for the social impact sector as a whole 

We conducted 20 interviews and surveyed social leaders from over 50 intermediaries – foundations, social investors, accelerators, incubators and networks representing 20 dif- ferent countries – to start a conversation about talent management and local talent trends. 

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Talent to Spare

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 3, 2017

Talent to spare

By the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network

Do intermediaries “walk the walk” of talent? This project was initiated by the Global So- cial Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) and the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, two or- ganisations supporting and connecting organisations and individuals in the impact space globally, after having experienced di erent talent challenges themselves as well as seeing many other organisations in the impact sector face talent-related challenges.

THIS RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED IN 2015–16 WITH THREE PRIMARY GOALS:

To go beyond anecdotal evidence and explore the experiences shared by intermediaries in-depth
To understand the variety of talent challenges these organisations face
To determine possible solutions both for the organisations individually and for the social impact sector as a whole

We conducted 20 interviews and surveyed social leaders from over 50 intermediaries – foundations, social investors, accelerators, incubators and networks representing 20 dif- ferent countries – to start a conversation about talent management and local talent trends. 

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