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Building a Healthy & Sustainable Social Impact Bond Market: The Investor Landscape

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Building a Healthy & Sustainable Social Impact Bond Market: The Investor Landscape
This report, produced by Godeke Consulting and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, explores the landscape of potential social impact bond (SIB) investors to determine how to build a sustainable market for SIBs that can leverage capital from a diverse set of investors to deliver better social outcomes to poor and vulnerable people. Researchers spoke with more than ninety investors and other stakeholders over an eight-month period of time, and have highlighted distinct investor insights that can inform the systems and structures needed to build a healthy market to finance SIBs.

Tags:  impact investing  investors  sector publication  social impact 

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Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance,

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Monday, December 10, 2012


Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance

Dalberg, with support from Citi Foundation and the Skoll Foundation
September 2012

Read article discussing this report: http://ande.site-ym.com/blogpost/920159/155212/Catalyzing-Smallholder-Agricultural-Finance

Tags:  Access to Finance  agriculture  sector publication 

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The Information Economy Report 2012: The Software Industry and Developing Countries

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Information Economy Report 2012: The Software Industry and Developing Countries
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, November 2012

This is the seventh report in the flagship series published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In the 2012 edition, special attention is given to the role of software capabilities in accelerating progress towards a more inclusive information society

Tags:  accelerators  Information and Communication Technology  sector publication 

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New Ventures: Voices of the Entrepreneurs

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, November 20, 2012



Voices of the Entrepreneurs
Giulia Christianson, Kate Hyder, Aram Kang
World Resources Institute, November 2012

Click here to hear Jenny Everett, ANDE Associate Director, speak at the launch of this report.

Tags:  ANDE  Entrepreneurship  sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Randall Kempner Presentation GEW Nov 2012, Rwanda

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Presentation given by ANDE Executive Director, Randall Kempner, at Global Entrepreneurship Week November 2012. Click here to view.

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Tags:  impact investing  social Entrepreneurship  women  youth 

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Creating Jobs That Reduce Poverty: A Research Agenda on Developing Country Gazelles

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Youth in Development: Realizing the Demographic Opportunity

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, November 1, 2012
Youth in Development: Realizing the Demographic Opportunity

This Policy on Youth in Development is the first of its kind for USAID. It is both timely and necessary as more than half of the world’s population today is under the age of 30, with the vast majority living in the developing world.As Secretary Clinton said in Tunisia in February 2012,"…in every region, responding to the needs and aspirations of young people is a crucial challenge for the future." The policy is predicated on emerging best and promising practice for youth development and engagement that are gleaned from USAID and partner’s experience in youth programming, as well as through consultations with young people across the developing world.The policy is further informed by principles and practices articulated in the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development (PPD), the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), the National Security Strategy 2010, State Department Youth Policy 2011, USAID Forward, and the USAID Policy Framework 20112015. Download here.

Tags:  development  sector publication  Youth 

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A Portfolio Approach to Impact Investment: A Practical Guide to Building, Analyzing and Managing a Portfolio of Impact Investments

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 12, 2012
Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves

In a 4 year study, researchers Esther Duflo, Rema Hanna and Michael Greenstone, find that while the health impacts of inexpensive improved cookstoves are positive in the short term, they are limited in the long run. Stoves often break down, are infrequently or inappropriately used, and do not offer significant fuel savings for households. They find that while these stoves offer considerable benefits in controlled laboratory environments, in real world conditions, the impacts are relatively limited because of the lack of use.

Tags:  Cookstoves  environmental impact  sector publication 

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Improved Stoves in India: A Study of Sustainable Business Models

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 12, 2012
Improved Stoves in India: A Study of Sustainable Business Models

A recent study of 12 organizations selling improved cookstoves in India identified the challenges of selling these products to the poor. The authors found the two companies with the most success focused on developing a sophisticated sales channel, had considerable person-years of management experience in marketing and operations, and had sufficient seed financing. However, none of the companies selling products directly to households (compared to those targeting commercial customers) had demonstrated financial sustainability. They find that cookstove companies in India face tradeoffs between commercial success and the ability to provide health benefits to poor customers. Improved cookstoves are often being sold to higher income customers in rural areas, rather than the poorest of the poor, which is consistent with previous research.

Tags:  business models  India  sector publication  sustainability 

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