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A Roadmap for the Small and Growing Business (SGB) Sector

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 4, 2019
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2019

A Roadmap for the Small and Growing Business (SGB) Sector
Prepared by Monitor Deloitte for ANDE

This Roadmap outlines the expected transformations in the sector over the next ten years, and the challenges and opportunities inherent to such change.  ANDE provides high-level strategic direction to sector support organizations through a set of 13 recommendations, which can be summarized by their four overarching pillars: improving access to capital, talent, and markets, and improving the enabling environment.  Monitor Deloitte served as a primary researcher for this Roadmap and consulted ANDE leadership and staff throughout the process.

Read the full document here. 

Tags:  ANDE publication  sector publication  SGBs 

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A Blueprint for Grassroots Organizations on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, September 23, 2019
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2019

A Blueprint for Grassroots Organizations on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change
Prepared by Criterion Institute 

This Blueprint shows how individuals working within grassroots organizations can use basic finance principles to expand their businesses with new programming and collaborations.  The report is written for change makers who have the influence and skills to guide their communities in creating strong financial models.  With this, grassroots organizations can generate social change more effectively.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  finance  sector publication  social impact 

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The Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report 2018-2019

Posted By Carlson Giddings, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 31, 2019
Updated: Friday, August 30, 2019

The Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report 2018-2019
by Dalberg Advisors

The emphasis towards digitalisation for agriculture (D4Ag) has been growing over the last decade. This report realises that there is great appetite for D4Ag and that policy mechanism should be invested in to guide the implementation of digital solutions. The value of collaborative approach that is focusing on increasing use of technologies by farmers is encouraged.

 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  Agriculture  digital economy 

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Matchmaking between businesses and investors

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Matchmaking between businesses and investors
by GIZ and Transformational Business Network

While there is an increase in support for investors and businesses to find one another, little is known on how to efficiently and effectively conduct this activity. This guide directly addresses this knowledge gap and serves as a two-part handbook: First, as an introduction on the value effective ‘Matchmaking’ offers, suggesting a typology and ways in which TA providers can effectively engage in matchmaking. And secondly, as a practical guidebook, offering a theory of change and a practical step-by-step framework on how to structure matchmaking as part of programmatic activities. Overall, this guide encourages TA providers to broaden the application of matchmaking and to adopt a shift in perspective from conventional matchmaking activities. 

Read full report here.

Tags:  business  investors 

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Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 2, 2019

Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries
by UN Capital Development Fund and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This report, the second in a collaboration between the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), outlines the latest trends in blended finance approaches in LDCs. It lays down a challenge to the actors within the financing for development architecture, calling for blended finance to be much more responsive to LDCs, to the 'last mile', and to smaller transactions in the missing middle.

Read full report here.

Tags:  finance  missing middle  SDGs 

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Impact Investing Simplified: A Guide to Making and Receiving Impact Investments in India

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Impact Investing Simplified: A Guide to Making and Receiving Impact Investments in India
by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Nishith Desai Associates, and Thomson Reuters Foundation

In India, there has been a rise in the number of social enterprises and a growing interest in impact investing, as social enterprises look to expand and seek alternate means of funding. However, there is a knowledge gap among entrepreneurs and accelerators in understanding the legal landscape and managing negotiations related to impact investing in India. This report is a collaboration between ANDE, one of India’s leading law firms Nishith Desai Associates, and Thomson Reuters Foundation. It is an attempt to address a gap in the impact investing ecosystem in India, where there are numerous complex structural and legal concepts that require understanding, both for investors and entrepreneurs.

Read full report here.

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Social entrepreneurship  TrustLaw 

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NGO and company partnerships for inclusive business

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Monday, July 8, 2019

NGO and Company Partnerships for Inclusive Business
by Endeva

Inclusive business partnerships (IB partnerships) between NGOs and companies have a very specific form: they start from a concrete opportunity to improve the lives of low-income and marginalized people, and then address this opportunity with a financially viable business model that helps ensure sustainable impact.

Many NGOs and companies are interested in engaging in such partnerships, but often struggle with the “how". This guide aims to create a better understanding for what IB partnerships actually are, provide inspiration in the form of real partnership examples, and offer a way forward by documenting the lessons learned by practitioners in the field.

Read full report here.

Tags:  inclusive business  NGOs  partnerships 

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State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2018

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, July 3, 2019

State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2018
by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Since 2009, ANDE has been tracking the growth and impact of the small and growing business sector in emerging market economies for our annual State of the Sector report. This report examines global trends in support for small and growing businesses through capacity development services, direct private investment, and donor funding, as well as specific trends in the regions covered by each of our eight chapters: the Andes, Brazil, Central America and Mexico, East Africa, East and Southeast Asia, India, South Africa, and West Africa.

Report highlights:

Capacity Development Services

  • GALI data finds that, in the aggregate, accelerators in emerging markets are a good investment.
  • ANDE members providing classroom training almost always bundle this with other types of capacity development services and are highly unlikely to provide this training alone.

SGB Investing

  • In 2018, at least 56 new SGB-inclusive investment vehicles launched, with a median target AUM of US $50 million (the highest median target tracked by ANDE to date).
  • A large majority of ANDE members are actively engaging in gender inclusive activities; however, only 10% actively use a restrictive screen to avoid exposure to SGBs with poor gender diversity records.

Donor Funding

  • This year, ANDE dug deeper into donor funding supporting SGBs in emerging markets and found that multilaterals, bilaterals, and DFIs disbursed $7.4 billion to support SMEs in 2017.
  • Using the OECD’s Creditor Reporting System, ANDE found that gender-related SME donor funding is only a small percentage of all SME-related disbursements.

Regional Insights

In 2018 ANDE added a new chapter in the Andean region of Latin America based out of Bogota, Colombia. Find capacity development, investing, and donor funding insights on this new chapter, as well as ANDE’s 7 other regional chapters, in the regional insights section of the report. 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  2018  ANDE publication  impact  sector publication  sgb  sme  Social Entrepreneurship  state 

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Cocoa Interrupted: The Role of Social Enterprise in Cocoa Sustainability

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Cocoa Interrupted: The Role of Social Enterprise in Cocoa Sustainability
by Acumen

This report details how social enterprises can play a role in creatively and sustainably addressing the varied needs of cocoa growing communities in West Africa. It presents four social enterprise case studies and an opportunity for the cocoa industry to bring new ideas and solutions to the challenges facing cocoa farmers and their communities through collaboration with social enterprises.

Read full report here.

Tags:  cocoa  smallholder farmers  social enterprise  sustainability  sustainable ag  west africa 

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Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America
by Value for Women

This report - a first of its kind focused on Latin America - summarizes information gathered from 48 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders in Latin America, primarily members of the ANDE network as well as 254 firms that comprise their portfolios. It includes information from surveys and key informant interviews with 24 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem actors. The focus on the impact investing sector is important because gender equality should be front and center for Impact Investors seeking to achieve financial and social returns on their investments. This report highlights that while it is clear that gender equality is good for business and good for development, Impact Investors in Latin America are still only in the early stages of embedding this focus in their investment process and activities.

Read full report here.

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  impact investing  latin america  women 

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