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Innovation Communities Case Study Articles - ANDE

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, January 17, 2012

 

Exploring the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

A KIN Innovation Communities Case Study

http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2012/01/13/exploring-the-aspen-network-of-development-entrepreneurs-ande/

 

Tags:  ANDE  innovation  sector publication 

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ANDE MBA Internship Best Practices

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Thursday, December 29, 2011
MBA Intern Hub: Best Practices for Developing a Successful MBA Intern Program

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Internship  MBA  talent 

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Learning from Leaders in a Fast-Growing Field: Results from the first Dalberg Survey of Social Enterprise - Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Posted By Saurabh Lall, ANDE, Friday, December 16, 2011
December 2011

Social enterprise, once a poorly understood cousin of charities and non-governmental organizations, has become a mainstream part of the business sector around the world. Its growth is a validation of two central principles: 1) that it is possible to do well by doing good, and 2) that financial sustainability is the key to maximizing the social benefit of an organization. 

To help them on their way, this survey has collected both basic information and insights gained through experience from dozens of prominent social entrepreneurs. We placed particular emphasis on the factors underpinning their success and the challenges they currently faced, but we also encouraged them to proffer advice to social entrepreneurs entering the field for the first time. The questions were designed for brief and easy answers, but respondents were welcome to expand upon their answers and provide general commentary as well. A complete facsimile of the survey  is available online at http://dalberg.com/news under "Recent Publications.”

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Tags:  BoP  global  impact investing  sector publication  Social entrepreneurship 

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Sustainable Value Chain Finance Workshop - Rainforest Alliance & Citi Foundation

Posted By Saurabh Lall, ANDE, Friday, December 16, 2011
December 2011

The Rainforest Alliance and the Citi Foundation Sustainable Value Chain Finance Workshop was held in April 2011 in New York City. It brought together actors in agriculture value chains - representing buyers, exporters, retailers, producers, insurers, the financial sector, civil society and development partners. During the Workshop the participants addressed the following questions:

  • What is being done already in sustainable value chain finance that we can learn from?
  • Which value chain finance instruments might lend themselves to incentivizing sustainability?
  • How do we mainstream sustainable value chain finance?
  • How do we pilot test injecting sustainability into new instruments in our value chains?





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Tags:  Agriculture  BoP  Environment  sector publication  Value Chain 

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Growth Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa - Shell Fn

Posted By Saurabh Lall, ANDE, Thursday, December 15, 2011
August 2011

Growth finance, which provides capital to small and medium sized enterprises, is emerging as an important solution to the problem of the funding gap between private equity and microfinance, often referred to as the ‘missing middle’. Addressing this capital shortage, which is prevalent across the developing world and most pronounced in sub-Saharan Africa, will lead to more robust small and medium sized sectors with increased job creation and economic development. The critical issue for the success of growth finance lies in determining how to create the conditions for it to scale and prove its potential for widespread sustainability. Confronting the nascent nature of the growth finance market and the bias towards private equity norms is vital to creating these conditions. This Report offers 15 practical recommendations to stakeholders, drawn from a strategic market review of five specialist growth finance fund managers and associated investors and entrepreneurs

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Tags:  Access to Finance  Africa  financing mechanisms  sector publication  SGB 

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Global Entrepreneurship Monitor - 2010 Women's Report - Kelley, Brush, Greene & Litovsky

Posted By Saurabh Lall, ANDE, Thursday, December 15, 2011
The purpose of the GEM Women’s report is to examine women entrepreneurs around the world. The report seeks to understand differences in the frequency and nature of women’s entrepreneurship, and makes comparisons with men across various societies. Through interviews with more than 90,000 women, GEM discovered over 14,000 women entrepreneurs, studying their motivations for
starting ventures, as well as their ambitions for growth, innovation and expansion into international markets.

The researchers also analyzed societal attitudes about entrepreneurship, paying particular attention to differences in perceptions  among men and women. Furthermore, they explored the impact of the recession on views about starting and growing businesses among women and men entrepreneurs.

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Tags:  Dataset  Entrepreneurship  global  sector publication  women 

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Assessing and Mapping the Global Finance Gap for Women-owned MSMEs

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

June 2011

Leaders at the G20 Summit in Seoul endorsed the Financial Inclusion Action Plan and the creation of the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion. The SME Finance task group of the GPFI has introduced a workstream to address the unique challenges women entrepreneurs face in growing their businesses, which are major bottlenecks to growth and development. This work is building off of the previous MSME finance gap and mapping exercises completed by IFC and McKinsey last year

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Tags:  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  sector publication  Women 

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Womenonmics - Japan's Hidden Asset

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

October 2005

Don’t underestimate the power of the purse. Higher female participation in the workforce can help mitigate some of Japan’s demographic pressures and raise the long-term trend growth rate. Womenomics is likely to become a secular
investment theme, and we identify potential beneficiaries.

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Tags:  Development  Economic Growth  sector publication  Women 

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Survival Guide for the Woman Entrepreneur/Small-Business Owner

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011


THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

Women-owned businesses (WOBs)—defined as privately held firms in which women own 51 percent or more of the businesses—are increasing at twice the rate of all businesses today, and have done so for nearly three decades. More than 28 percent of all businesses in the United States are owned by women. Only 4.2 percent of this country‘s revenue, however, is generated by women-owned businesses. One probable explanation is that the majority of these businesses are relatively small and have been in business for a relatively short period of time (69 percent began in 2000 or later). Yet, of the estimated 10.5 million women entrepreneurs in the U.S., only three percent have hit one million dollars in revenue.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  sector publication  Women 

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Women Are The New Global Growth Engine

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

September 2010

Corporate executives take note: In coming decades, the majority of global population growth will occur in countries where gender disparities are greatest and where conservative traditions and customs work against women's rights. Entrenched gender discrimination remains a defining fact of life for most of the world's bottom 2 billion, and that is not only a critical human rights issue but also a pressing economic issue. It causes staggering losses in productivity, economic activity and human capital. Conversely, the empowerment of women--as customers, employees, entrepreneurs and participants in local, regional and global supply chains is akin to stumbling on an enormous emerging market. Indeed a recent Booz & Company study suggests that women represent the "third billion," potentially equivalent to the billion-plus-population markets of India and China. Yet that potential will only be realized if women are better educated, are healthier and more secure and are more enabled by their communities to participate in the global economy.

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Tags:  Development  Economic Growth  sector publication  Women 

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