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Housing at the Base of the Pyramid in Brazil

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This report is based on the themes and messages discussed during the Business Opportunities in Housing for the Base of the Pyramid event held in São Paulo, Brazil on 2 September 2013. The event brought together between key actors developing housing solutions for low-income communities in Brazil. More than 70 members from the United Nations Development Programme in Brazil, city government, civil society, real estate developers, private-sector companies and investors attended this invite-only event, a collaborative effort between Business Call to Action (BCtA) and Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Brazil Chapter which enabled participating stakeholders to discuss challenges and solutions.

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Base of the Pyramid  BoP  Brazil  impact investing  Latin America 

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ANDE Brazil Impact Investing Conference

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

ANDE Brazil chapter releases, in partnership with LGT VP, Quintessa Partners and University of St. Gallen, the most recent mapping about the Impact Investment sector in the country. A study conducted with various national and international investors that captures some data about capital and investments on the field as some trends and challenges for the sector evolvement in the country. 

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O polo da ANDE no Brasil lançou, em parceria com LGT VP, Quintessa Partners e Universidade de St. Gallen, o mais recente mapeamento sobre o setor de Investimento de Impacto no país. Um estudo realizado com vários investidores nacionais e internacionais, que capta alguns dados sobre o capital e os investimentos realizados no campo, assim como algumas tendências e desafios para a evolução do setor no país. 

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Brazil  impact investing  Latin America 

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Charting the Course: How Mainstream Investors can Design Visionary and Pragmatic Impact Investing Strategies

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

While impact investing has entered the mainstream mindset, it has not become part of the strategy, operations and business culture of mainstream investment institutions. For most investors today, impact investing still needs to be translated from a compelling concept into a sound strategy. This report introduces a series of roadmaps – frameworks that help investors chart their course in impact investing. 
Each investors’ motivations, operational contexts and goals for impact investing are unique – there is no standard course that fits every investor. Thus, rather than prescribing a single course, we offer useful navigational aids and waypoints so investors interested in impact investing can engage successfully. Each investor needs to evaluate whether impact investing fits with its investment principles, future growth plans and strategic constraints – and where it does fit, how it can chart its own course in impact investing that is visionary, pragmatic and competitively positioned for the long run.  
The goal of Charting the Course is to help interested investors ask the right questions as they contemplate their path into impact investing. Together, and along with the policy recommendations of yesterday’s G8 Social Impact Investment report, we can ensure that impact investing is able to reach its potential. It is with that in mind that we humbly offer this report as an attempt to bring the practice of impact investing to the next stage.

 

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Tags:  Development  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication 

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Innovative Financing for Development: Scalable Business Models that Produce Economic, Social, and Environmental Outcomes

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Innovative financing is the manifestation of two important trends in international development: an increased focus on programs that deliver results and a desire to support collaboration between the public and private sector. This report aims to create a common understanding of innovative financing by providing an overview of the market and identifying opportunities for public and private sector actors to make innovative financing commitments.

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Environment  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Many Paths to a Home: Emerging Business Models for Latin America and the Caribbean's Base of the Pyramid

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The lack of adequate housing is a problem throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Almost 40 percent of families in the region live in a house beyond repair, have no title, or lack water, sewerage, electricity, adequate building materials, or space. It is estimated that by 2015, that number will increase by 10 percent. Only an investment of at least $310 billion will close the region's current housing gap, that is 7.8 percent of LAC's GDP. The demand for improved housing among the base of the pyramid (BOP) has been consistently strong and represents a relatively steady proportion of the overall income of this segment of the population. Yet the supply of innovative and tailored solutions continues to be limited. This report presents and analyzes promising business models that are enabling companies and other organizations to provide services and products to the BOP and in doing so help address the region's pressing housing deficit.

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Tags:  access to finance  Base of the Pyramid  BoP  Economic Growth  impact investing  Latin America  Sector publication 

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Investing for Impact: A Strategy of Choice for African Policymakers

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Over the last decade, the main driver of economic progress across the African continent has arguably not been Official Development Assistance flows but growth, underpinned by private sector activity. This trend is set to continue, with private capital forecast to be the most important source of long-term finance. At the same time, an increase in the levels of social inequality and environmental degradation in many African countries has underscored the importance of a more inclusive model of progress. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Africa  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  SGB 

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Creating Opportunities Strengthening the Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs in Mexico

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

 This report analyzes the entrepreneurial journey of women in Mexico. It was undertaken in order to identify opportunities for creating an enabling environment for women through increased access to finance, skill development and public resources; unleashing their potential to contribute towards economic growth. The project stems from collaboration with a networked group of organizations under the umbrella of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), and it involved these members in the research process. Results aim to improve inclusive practices aimed at women in the sector. The Banorte Foundation, in Mexico and ANDE funded the study. The focus is on Women-led Small and Growing Businesses (WSGBs) requiring capital injections above the range of microfinance, but below commercial capital lower limits.

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Tags:  access to finance  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  financing mechanisms  Mexico  Sector publication  SGB  Women 

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invest2innovate's Pakistan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Report

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Pakistan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Report is an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the enabling environment for businesses in the country.

The study maps the space, assesses the gaps and challenges entrepreneurs face in Pakistan, and provides recommendations on how to improve the ecosystem in the future.

According to the report, there has been a noted increase in entrepreneurial activity in Pakistan, which is both exciting and encouraging. However, while this growth is encouraging, a number of challenges prevail - a lack of formalized funds, a lack of trust and transparency, and a poor policy and regulatory framework - to name a few. This report delves into these challenges and explores ways to further enable entrepreneurship and investment in Pakistan.

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Tags:  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  Pakistan  sector publication 

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GSBI: Social Enterprise Stage Assessment

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The GSBI Social Enterprise Stage Assessment Tool is designed to guide the development of a social enterprise from conception to full-scale implementation. It has four intended uses: 1. Designing methodology and content for social enterprise accelerator programs 2. Mentoring of social enterprises 3. Benchmarking social enterprises to track their progress over time 4. Selecting social enterprises for awards and accelerator programs.

The stage distinction is useful because it acknowledges that enterprises at each stage will have common characteristics and have different needs, including different capital requirements, than enterprises at other stages. This GSBI Social Enterprise Stage Assessment Tool builds on these definitions by providing a next level of detail that describes the characteristics of enterprises at each stage. This characterization allows social entrepreneurs and those working with them to identify and address gaps in the enterprise’s development as they create a business plan and seek investment to reach the next stage of growth.

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Tags:  impact investing  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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China Crowd-funding Report

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

China’s open door policy has transformed the country’s economy, but at a social and environmental cost. Chinese Social and Environmental (SE) Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) can help China face these challenges through economic development, poverty alleviation, and environmental benefits. Yet Chinese SE SGBs are limited by their lack of finance. Crowdfunding, soliciting small amounts of funding from many people primarily via the internet, provides an alternative to traditional forms of finance. Moreover, it can act as a form of impact investing when targeted towards Chinese SE SGBs, intentionally producing social and environmental (SE) benefits while also increasing the awareness and credibility of the nascent impact investing industry.

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Tags:  China  Environment  Sector publication  SGB  Social Entrepreneurship 

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