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Strengthening Social Businesses Through Venture Philanthropy

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Strengthening Social Businesses Through Venture Philanthropy
Frauke Uekermann , Luca Fratesi , Karen Hitschke , Bastian Müller , and Douglas Beal
Boston Consulting Group, Yunus Social Business

This collaboration between YSB and BCG looks at how Venture Philanthropists (VPs) have a unique opportunity to shape the future of social business. The report outlines a methodology to help VPs maximize the social impact of their investments, by analysing the type of data they are measuring their success with, as well as the quality of non-financial support they can provide.

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Tags:  2018  philanthropy  social business 

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Women, Business, and the Law 2018

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 28, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Women, Business, and the Law 2018
World Bank Group

In its 5th edition, Women, Business and the Law introduces scoring to better inform the reform agenda. The report tracks progress made over the past two years and identifies opportunities to ensure economic empowerment for all.

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Tags:  2018  gender inclusion  women 

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Entrepreneurship and Gender in Latin America

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 28, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Entrepreneurship and Gender in Latin America
Camelia Ilie, Guillermo Cardoza, Andrés Fernández, Haydee Tejada
INCAE Business School

The results of this research paper show that women perceive greater inequality in opportunities to create companies and face more barriers in accessing resources, mainly financial ones, to develop their enterprises. These barriers have a negative effect on the outcomes and growth prospects of businesses created by women. Indeed, they prevent women, who represent more than 50% of the population, from efficiently contributing to the creation of wealth and jobs in Latin American countries.

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Tags:  2018  Entrepreneurship  gender 

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Renew 2017 Impact Report

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 26, 2018

RENEW 2017 Impact Report
RENEW

In this report, RENEW takes a closer look at their business model and the Impact Angel Network’s (IAN) portfolio in Ethiopia to see how they complement and intrinsically support the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IAN’s current portfolio includes companies from the energy, coffee, teff, sesame, juice, textile, emergency care and logistics industries.

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Tags:  2018  business models  impact repot  SDGs 

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Indian Farming's Next Big Moment: Farming as a Service

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018

Indian Farming's Next Big Moment: Farming as a Service
Chris Mitchell, Shivani Sehgal, Priyanka Chopra, Hemendra Mathur 
Bain & Company

Given the importance of agriculture in India, both the government and private players are working to improve the efficiency and productivity of Indian agriculture and exploring how Farming as a Service (FaaS) solutions can play a role. FaaS seeks to provide affordable technology solutions for efficient farming. It converts fixed costs into variable costs for farmers, thus making the techniques more affordable for a majority of small farmers. Its services are available on a subscription or pay-per-use basis in three broad categories, which are crucial across the agriculture value chain.

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Tags:  2018  agriculture  india  small and growing agrobusiness 

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Future of Food: Maximizing Finance for Development in Agricultural Value Chains

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018

Future of Food: Maximizing Finance for Development in Agricultural Value Chains
The World Bank Group

Current levels of investment in agricultural value chains are insufficient to achieve key development goals including ending poverty and hunger, boosting shared prosperity through more and better jobs, and better stewarding the world’s natural resources by 2030. Crowding-in private investment to help achieve these goals and optimizing the use of scarce public resources will be needed, as will the continued promotion of good governance and environmental and social sustainability. Increasing private sector investment and associated financing will require identifying and understanding market failures currently leading to the sub-optimal private provision of goods and services needed to achieve key development goals. Where the private sector is already investing in agricultural value chains, promoting responsible investment can help increase development impacts. Crowding-in more private investment requires increasing the space for private sector activity, improving the policy and regulatory environment, and considering options for using public financing to improve private incentives and to reduce transaction costs and risks, including blended finance solutions. While these actions can help induce more private investment, there is still a critical need for public resources to finance essential public goods and services such as human capital, agricultural research, and complementary public infrastructure

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Tags:  2018  Agriculture  small and growing agrobusiness 

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A Knowledge Brief of South Africa's Incubator and Accelerator Landscape

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 14, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Knowledge Brief of South Africa's Incubator and Accelerator Landscape
ANDE

The South African Business Development Services Provider (BDSP) space is active and growing. In an effort to deepen understanding of the incubator and accelerator landscape in South Africa, ANDE hosted a series of breakfast roundtables in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2017 and 2018. Discussions focused on gathering qualitative information regarding key activities and services, programme structure and funding sources, as well as challenges and opportunities faced by BDSPs. This document presents an overview of the key findings from the roundtables and provides recommendations for further research.

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Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  Incubation 

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The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Updated: Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability
FHI 360

The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability presents 63 examples of policy, program and technology innovations that promote economic stability for individuals, communities, firms and countries, with an emphasis on the welfare of poor and vulnerable people worldwide. The report found strong and diverse innovation in India, Kenya and the United States. Indonesia stands out for the use of data and innovation tools in government, and Brazil ranks high for public safety-related domains. The majority of innovations are privately provided and enabled by mobile technology and data, although FHI 360 identified several pockets of significant government and donor participation in catalyzing or scaling innovation. This publication was funded by The Rockefeller Foundation.

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Tags:  2018  brazil  india  innovation  kenya 

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Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures

Posted By Shira Wolkenfeld, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures
An Initial Look at Program Differences and Design Choices
GALI

The third major report from GALI examines the ability of accelerators to drive funds into participating ventures and explores which programmatic choices correspond with superior outcomes. The report shows that in a sample of 52 accelerators, the average flow of incremental funds into participating ventures is significantly greater than the average that flows into rejected ventures. In the majority (but not all) of these programs, this difference exceeds the reported cost of running the program. These superior funding outcomes are accomplished in different ways; many programs are most effective at stimulating revenue growth, while others are best at increasing the supply of outside equity investment. Given these differences in program efficacy and different paths to funding success, we then examine how specific program choices correspond with the ability to drive funds into participating ventures.

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Tags:  2018  accelerators  GALI 

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Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia: Insight from Practitioners

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia: Insight from Practitioners
Helene Shao, Claire Dufour, Asha Harvey, and Zita de Pooter 
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, WISIONS, S3IDF, and GERES

Nexus with collaborations from GERES and S3IDF and support from Rockefeller Brothers Fund and WISIONS mapped more than 100 financing schemes available to renewable energy entrepreneurs in South East Asia (SEA). Particularly for those enterprises in the start-up, scale-up, or growth stages, access to finance is the primary obstacle they must overcome on the path to scaling and implementing solutions in SEA. The report indicates that by supplying communities with sustainable and affordable clean energy solutions, SME's and social enterprises can simultaneously address the key drivers of poverty while reducing carbon emissions. This report wishes to inspire mutual understanding and improved collaboration addressing barriers to scaling low-carbon solutions.

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Tags:  2018  Asia  southeast asia  sustainability 

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