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WHAT SMALL AND GROWING BUSINESSES NEED TO SCALE UP

Posted By Sebastian de Beurs, Aspen Institute, Monday, March 26, 2018
The Argidius Foundation, Spring Impact, and Numbers for Good partnered to investigate how technical assistance (TA) allows small and growing businesses to scale. The report finds that most TA “lacks a structured, systematic, and strategic approach to maximizing the SGB’s potential for scale.” Several recommendations are offered to improve the scale TA ecosystem, including a move towards earlier and more holistic scale TA for small and growing businesses.

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Agripreneurship Alliance Annual Report

Posted By Sebastian de Beurs, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Updated: Monday, March 5, 2018

 

The Agripreneurship Alliance Annual Report, February 2018

The Agripreneurship Alliance

 

 

The Agripreneurship Alliance was founded after two years of research following the Planting Seeds for the Future of Food conference (Switzerland, 2015) at which Dr. Nteranya Sanginga (IITA) introduced their Youth Agripreneur Programme (YAP). The YAP has inspired the development of the concept of ‘Agripreneurship’ which has led to the strategic interest of the African Union and the African Development Bank. The research identified the need to improve business curricula in the context of African agri-food within tertiary level training and university programmes. To meet this need, the Agripreneurship Alliance was launched in August 2017 as a Swiss based non-profit Association. The Alliance is working with a range of partners in the business, academic and non-profit sectors across Europe and Africa to develop culturally appropriate and contextually accurate courses and resources, using cloud-based blended learning approaches, to support the growth of new agri-food businesses led by creative and dynamic young Africans.

 
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The Investor's Perspective

Posted By Sebastian de Beurs, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The Impact Management Project is a global effort of over 700 organizations to share fundamentals for how to talk about, measure and manage impact. This involves a thorough understanding of the investor’s perspective, and how asset managers view impact on people and planet. The report describes the “five dimensions of impact” and what fundamentals investors and businesses should agree on to achieve their impact goals. 


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Financing for Social Impact

Posted By Sebastian de Beurs, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

 This report by the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) provides an overview of how to tailor the financial instruments to the needs of the social purpose organisations, by looking at pros and cons of each FI and selecting the ones that are the most suitable. The EVPA report also presents examples from the emerging field of hybrid finance, which helps bring more resources to developing societal solutions and increase the effectiveness in financing social purpose organisations.

 

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New Horizons: How Inclusive Business is Helping Achieve the SDGs in the Philippines

Posted By Sebastian de Beurs, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

This report by Business Call to Action describes the Philippines’’ progress towards achieving the sustainable development goals. The authors introduce the current state of inclusive business in the Philippines, describe ongoing opportunities across sectors, and offer a call to action for scaling up inclusive business impacts on the SDGs in the Philippines.

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Lasting Impact: The Need for Responsible Exits | GIIN

Posted By Sebastian de Beurs, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Lasting Impact report demonstrates why and how investors attempt to safeguard the continuity of their investments’ impact beyond exit. The report draws on insights from interviews with over 30 investors and entrepreneurs and outlines practical approaches to achieving responsible exits. Four case studies provide in-depth examples of responsible exits from impact investments. The report reveals investors’ strategies to strengthen their ability to meet liquidity objectives and ensure the long-term impact of their investments. These approaches span the lifecycle of the investment, including: pre-investment, at the time of investment, during the investment, and at the time of exit. The report was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Global Impact Investing Network.

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Nuevos Horizontes: Acelerando el Desarrollo Sostenible a través de los Negocios Inclusivos en Colombia

Posted By Sebastian de Beurs, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
La Agenda 2030 y sus 17 Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible -ODS, hacen un llamado a la acción al sector privado, para que contribuyan con soluciones empresariales que generen negocios comercialmente rentables involucrando en ellos a la Población Base de la Pirámide -BdP. Esta solución enfocada al diseño de modelos viables y sostenibles, se denomina Negocios Inclusivos. Esta publicación busca identificar y presentar las oportunidades de los Negocios Inclusivos como vehículo para acelerar el logro de los ODS por parte del sector privado, como agentes de cambio hacia el desarrollo sostenible en Colombia.

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Beyond the Binary: Delivering PROFIT & PURPOSE Through CORPORATE VENTURING

Posted By Carly Giddings, Aspen Institute, Monday, January 8, 2018
The purpose of the Beyond the Binary project is to understand and articulate why corporate venturing should matter to corporations and how they might deploy their underutilized capital in pursuit of both profit and purpose. This will involve a deeper understanding of why some companies are holding this cash while others are spending it. It also involves telling the stories of those businesses who are successfully unlocking cash reserves by sharing first-hand accounts, through video interviews with the CV practitioners themselves. Ultimately, this project aims to create long-term impact by inspiring more corporations to allocate more of their capital towards corporate venturing activities which align with the SDGs.


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Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Funding)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field
Funding Accelerator Programs


December 2017

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Emory University

The GALI team consistently hears questions from accelerators and others in the field about financial sustainability. In this brief, we ask:

How do accelerators fund their programs, and how do different funding profiles relate to different accelerator offerings?

Tags:  2017  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI 

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The Preschool Promise

Posted By Carly Giddings, Aspen Institute, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Preschool Holds the Promise to Transform Learning Outcomes for India's Working Poor

As the foundation for learning, preschool has the ability to set children on a path of educational success. In India, 86 percent of working poor (low-income) parents (who make up 70 percent of the urban population) invest in private preschooling for their children, which they believe can help improve their child’s academic prospects. Unfortunately, the current quality of preschooling is extremely poor, leading to poor learning outcomes through high school.  

By shifting parents' expectations toward high-quality preschooling, the quality of education being delivered by affordable private schools could be transformed. We surveyed over 4,000 of these parents to understand their beliefs and behaviors that are driving outcomes todayranging from how they choose schools to how they gauge academic progressin order to identify how change can be achieved.  

Our research uncovers several opportunities to leverage existing beliefs and motivations among low-income parentsparticularly the demand for English and mathematics skillsin order to spread high-quality preschooling in a sustainable manner at scale.

Key Takeaways:

  • Low-income parents care deeply about their child’s education and, despite the availability of free public options, are investing about 6 percent of household income per child on core preschooling-related expenses in private schools. A quarter of parents are also investing in tuition classes to further support their child’s academic progress, spending an additional 2 percent of household income. 
  • Of the parents who had chosen private providers, 78 percent had opted for an "English-medium" provider and were paying a 28 percent premium on core preschool expenses. This reflects their views about which skills are needed for success in grade school and to secure a white-collar office job—an aspiration for many working poor.  
  • Parents have 4 primary criteria when choosing a preschool provider: (1) English-medium (i.e. English is the main language of instruction), (2) Attached (i.e. provides classes beyond preprimary), (3) Close to home (i.e. is within 10 minutes of travel time from home) and (4) quality (using word-of-mouth recommendations and the school’s reputation).  
  • Parents want to know their child is learning, but there is a crucial gap between what parents expect their children to learn and the markers they are using to test learning. Currently, parents are gauging their child's learning by using "wrong" markers (e.g., can my child recite numbers up to 20). By shifting parents' expectations toward looking for "right" markers of learning (e.g., can my child pick out 12 sticks from a stack of 20), schools will need to respond by shifting their practices to the activity-based approaches that support conceptual learning or risk losing those parents’ fees.

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