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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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Financing social entrepreneurs

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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Catalyzing growth in the women run small and medium enterprises sector (SMEs)

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, April 13, 2012

Growth WomenCatalysing Growth in Women Run Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

An independent evaluation of the impact of the 10,000 Women program in India by The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

Tags:  ICRW  sector publication  SGB  SME  Women 

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Harvard Business Review Blog - Global Entrepreneurs Need New Funding Models

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, April 5, 2012
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Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets: how banks can grasp a $350 billion opportunity

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets: how banks can grasp a $350 billion opportunity

This paper argues that the time is right for banks to step up their effortsto serve micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) inemerging markets. There are three reasons for our optimism. First, anestimated 60 per cent of global banking revenue growth over the nextdecade will lie in emerging markets. Second, more and more banks inemerging markets are finding ways to overcome the difficulties of servingthe important MSME segment. Third, innovations in technology, riskassessment and business models are increasingly facilitating their effort.

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Tags:  Access to Finance  Banking  sector publication 

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LGT webinar, "Law and Philanthropy", presentation slides

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, March 7, 2012

LGT Venture Philanthropy Webinar:
"Law and the American Philanthropist: What Foreign Nonprofits Need to Know About Attracting Funding From U.S.-Based Donors"

The topics covered:

- Legal restrictions and requirements of American donors funding overseas projects
- Legal restrictions for recipients of American funding
- Inside the mind of the American philanthropist: motivations and concerns
- Strategies for attracting U.S.-based donors
- Providing tax deductions to U.S. donors

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Tags:  Law  Philanthropy  sector publication 

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