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Financial Inclusion: Technology, Innovation, Progress

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Financial Inclusion: Technology, Innovation, Progress
by United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development

From innovative technology to increased engagement by the private sector, several exciting trends are propelling the world’s impressive gains in financial access, according to the newly released annual report from the UNSGSA. The report also details the many ways in which financial inclusion is driving progress on the development goals.

Despite this progress, however, gaps remain—most notably among women and the poor—and account usage lags behind access. The report details the UNSGSA’s ongoing efforts to address these issues through three key areas of work: ensuring usage and development impact, reaching neglected populations, and creating the right environment for technology-enabled financial inclusion. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  development  financial inclusion  inclusive business  sector publication  technology 

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Uganda Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative: Phase I

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Updated: Monday, November 26, 2018
Uganda Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative: Phase I
by ANDE, Center for Development Alternatives, Enterprise Uganda, Koltai & Company

ANDE, the Center for Development Alternatives, Enterprise Uganda, and Koltai & Company released the Phase I findings of ANDE's Uganda Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative on November 28. The Phase I report maps the entrepreneurial ecosystems of Kampala and Gulu—two key regions for Ugandan economic growth. It then outlines a strategic path forward for promoting entrepreneurship in these regions, recommending specific actions to overcome ecosystem constraints. The second phase of the initiative will use these findings to design and implement a multi-stakeholder, multi-million-euro program to develop Ugandan entrepreneurship, beginning in 2019. Read the full report.

Click here to read the press release.

Tags:  2018  ANDE publication  economic growth  entrepreneurship  Uganda 

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The Importance of Impact Measurement and Management in Small and Growing Business Support

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 19, 2018
The Importance of Impact Measurement and Management in Small and Growing Business Support
by ANDE South Africa

ANDE's South Africa chapter released this Impact Stories Booklet in November 2018. The booklet highlights the importance of impact measurement and management (IMM) in small and growing business support, drawing on stories from members of ANDE South Africa's Metrics Learning Lab. It highlights their measurement approaches, impact successes and their learnings in impact measurement. The booklet also shares conversations that have been taking place at the Metrics Learning Lab to encourage further dialogue in the sector and foster a greater commitment to IMM amongst SGB support organizations. Click here to read the full booklet.

Tags:  2018  ande publication  impact management  impact measurement  metrics  SGBs  south africa 

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Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape Report

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 9, 2018
Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape Report
by the Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP)

STeP released the Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape report in October 2018. Resources to validate new sanitation technologies and prepare for market entry – prerequisites for achieving sustainable, scaled solutions – tend to be quite scarce compared to those available to scale proven solutions. As such, a problematic ‘Pioneer Gap’ exists. This funder landscape seeks to both clarify the ‘Pioneer Gap’ and point readers to potential funding and other resources poised to help fill this problematic gap. Two promising forms of funding are explored in detail: catalytic philanthropy and blended finance leveraging impact investment.

Tags:  2018  sanitation  sector publication  sustainability  technology 

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A Research Agenda for the Small and Growing Business Sector: Summarizing the Current Evidence and Research Needs

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 9, 2018
A Research Agenda for the Small and Growing Business Sector: Summarizing the Current Evidence and Research Needs
by ANDE and the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics

ANDE and the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics released the report A Research Agenda for the SGB Sector in November 2018. Hundreds, if not thousands, of programs exist to help drive business growth in emerging markets. But what does the evidence actually tell us about whether these programs help businesses grow? And what can practitioners learn from this evidence to design more effective interventions? This knowledge synthesis summarizes the current evidence, identifies gaps in the academic research, and proposes a practitioner-oriented research agenda for the sector.

Want to learn more? You can read the full knowledge synthesis here, in addition to the practitioner summary.

Tags:  2018  ANDE publication  Economic Growth  SGBs 

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Impacting Investing Sector Spotlight: Biodiversity Conservation

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 5, 2018
Updated: Friday, October 26, 2018

Spotlight: Conservação da Biodiversidade

Spotlight sobre Conservação da Biodiversidade é o primeiro da série de relatórios setoriais lançados pela ANDE.

Relatório, produzido pela ANDE em parceria com a Fundação Grupo Boticário, apresenta um panorama ambiental, social e econômico do setor e fornece dados sobre o impacto do investimento na conservação da biodiversidade a partir do relatório "Panorama do Setor de Investimento do Impacto na América Latina". A fim de ilustrar o potencial de negócios e investimentos no setor de conservação da biodiversidade, apresenta um estudo de caso, e finaliza com uma série de oportunidades e recomendações para melhor fomentar o investimento neste setor.

Relatório mostra que foram feitos 8 investimentos de impacto na conservação da biodiversidade na América Latina em 2016-2017, no valor de US $ 5 milhões, com 6 deles ocorrendo no Brasil. Mais da metade dos respondentes da pesquisa afirmaram que alinham seus investimentos com ODS que estão direta ou indiretamente ligadas à conservação da biodiversidade. Além disso, o setor ficou em quarto lugar no número total de negócios em 2016-2017, atrás de Tecnologia da Informação e Comunicação (TIC), educação e saúde, e também teve uma saída reportada no período.

Confira o relatório completo aqui.

 

 

Biodiversity Conservation Spotlight

The Biodiversity Conservation Spotlight is the first in the series of sector reports launched by ANDE.

The report, produced by ANDE in partnership with Boticário Group Foundation, presents an environmental, social and economic panorama of the sector, then provides data on investment impact in biodiversity conservation from the report "Overview of the Investment Sector of Impact in Latin America". In order to illustrate the potential for business and investments in the biodiversity conservation sector, it presents a case study, before ending with a series of opportunities and recommendations to better foster investment in this sector.

The report shows that 8 impact investments were made in biodiversity conservation in Latin America in 2016-2017, to the amount of US $ 5 million, with 6 of these taking place in Brazil. More than half of the survey respondents stated that they align their investments with SGDs that are directly or indirectly linked to biodiversity conservation. In addition, the sector ranked fourth in total number of deals in 2016-2017, behind Information and Communication Technology (ICT), education and health, and also had one exit reported in the period.

Check out the full report here.


 

Tags:  2018  ANDE publication  Brazil  impact investing 

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Global Warming of 1.5°C: Summary for Policymakers

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Global Warming of 1.5°C: Summary for Policymakers
by WMO and UNEP

Global Warming of 1.5 °C is an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. This summary for policymakers is based on the assessment of scientists and socio-economists, and is an effort to strengthen the global response to the threat "of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty." You can find the full summary for policymakers here.

Tags:  2018  climate  energy  environment 

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Too Tough to Scale? Challenges to Scaling Innovation in the Humanitarian Sector

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Too Tough to Scale? Challenges to Scaling Innovation in the Humanitarian Sector
by Elrha

Elrha released the report Too tough to scale? in October 2018. Despite increased investment in the area, scaling humanitarian innovation is still a big and ongoing challenge. The report explores why more innovations aren’t successfully scaling and identify key barriers.

Drawing from Elrha’s own experience in funding over 150 humanitarian organisations to develop, test and scale many highly impactful innovations, and drawing on research and experience from the social and development sectors, Too tough to scale? identifies 13 key barriers across five different challenge areas. The report goes on to provide clear calls to action for different humanitarian actors and encourages those groups to contribute to sector-wide transformative change.

Tags:  2018  scaling  sector publication  social innovation 

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Closing the Circuit: Accelerating Clean Energy Investment in India

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Closing the Circuit: Accelerating Clean Energy Investment in India
by Miller Center, William Davidson Institute

Miller Center and the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan partnered to produce this report in September 2018. The Energy Access India Program (EAI) recognizes that development of solar energy, including decentralized solar off-grid and mini grids can immediately extend clean energy access to those who need it most. This report is based on the experiences of enterprises and investors working to scale up clean energy access through mentorship, which boosts enterprises’ investor readiness by facilitating more funding. It analyzes the business models and strategies that EAI portfolio companies implemented and provides actionable recommendations for enterprises and investors to influence the development of the overall clean energy industry. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  energy  sector publication  sustainable energy 

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Empowering through Collective Action

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Empowering through Collective Action
by Pierre Marie Bosc, IFAD Research Series

This paper is focused on how collective action can contribute to inclusion objectives, with particular respect to the agriculture sector. It was released in October 2018 as part of IFAD's Research Series, which brings together cutting-edge thinking on smallholder agriculture and rural development. Drawing on empirical and theoretical references, the paper posits that collection action could influence the domains of "public goods provision, expanding opportunities and challenging current norms and behaviours."

Tags:  2018  agriculture  inclusive business  sector publication 

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