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Banking in Africa - Delivering on Financial Inclusion, Supporting Financial Stability

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In its fourth edition, this report focuses on recent developments in Africa’s banking sectors and the policy options for all stakeholders. The study of banking sectors across all African sub-regions includes the results of the EIB survey of banking groups operating in Africa. Three thematic chapters address challenges and opportunities for financing investment in Africa: (a) Crowding out of private sector lending by public debt issuance; (b) The state of bank recovery and resolution laws in Africa; and (c) Policy options on how to finance infrastructure development. The report finds that in many African banking markets, the last two years saw a pause in financial deepening. However, a rising share of banking groups report improving market conditions and plan a structural expansion of their operations in Africa and a continued push for new technologies.

Tags:  2019  Access to Finance  Africa  finance  sector publication 

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Observing Acceleration: Uncovering the Effects of Accelerators on Impact-Oriented Entrepreneurs

Posted By Abigayle Davidson, Aspen Institute, Thursday, January 10, 2019

Observing Acceleration: Uncovering the Effects of Accelerators on Impact-Oriented Entrepreneurs

by Peter W. Roberts and Saurabh A. Lall (Foreword by Randall Kempner)

This book summarizes five years of learning from data collected as part of the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative. The authors present data describing impact-oriented ventures and accelerators that operate in both high-income countries and in emerging markets. Blending survey data with insights from sector experts, their various analyses shed light on the basic structure of accelerators, showing where they are having their most promising results. Unlike previous studies, this book does not focus on a few high-profile accelerators (like TechStars and Y Combinator) and startups (like AirBnB and Uber). Instead, it compares a range of accelerator programs that target specific impact areas, challenging regions, and marginalized entrepreneurs. Therefore, it serves as a valuable tool for scholars, policymakers, and practitioners interested in the effectiveness of accelerator programs as tools that unleash the economic potential currently trapped in entrepreneurial dead spaces.

Tags:  2019  acceleration  accelerators  GALI  sector publication 

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Just Good Investing: Why gender matters to your portfolio and what you can do about it

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 7, 2018
Just Good Investing: Why gender matters to your portfolio and what you can do about it
by Calvert Impact Capital

There is growing evidence and collective understanding that gender equity is good for investment, good for businesses, good for society. However, this understanding still has not translated into widespread action in the investment world, often because investors are unsure how to incorporate gender into their analyses.

To address this, the report conducts an analysis of Calvert Impact Capital's private debt portfolio over the past eleven years examining the relationship between gender diversity at the board and leadership level and financial performance. It reveals a strong relationship between gender diversity in leadership positions (senior management) and financial performance. It also shares practical guidance and tools for creating a gender inclusive investment strategy. Read the full report

Tags:  2018  gender  gender lens investing  impact investing  sector publication 

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Amplify II: The Next Mile of Impact Investing for INGOs

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 7, 2018
Amplify II: The Next Mile of Impact Investing for INGOs
by Humentum and the INGO Impact Investing Network

Humentum and the International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Impact Investing Network published their second impact investing report, Amplify Impact Investing 2: The Next Mile of Impacting Investing for INGOs, in December 2018. This report is the follow up to the original Amplify Impact Investing report released in 2016, Amplify Impact Investing: the INGO Value Proposition for Impact Investing.

In recent years, international non-governmental organizations, traditionally known for implementing donor-funded programs for social and environmental impact around the world, have begun to make a distinctive imprint on the impact investing ecosystem. The report updates our knowledge on the role of INGOs in impact investing, and discusses their evolution in the market. It concludes that INGOs are continuing to emerge as key players in impact investing. Learn more.

Tags:  2018  impact investing  INGOs  sector publication  social impact 

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What Have We Learned: Financing Social Businesses in Uganda

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 5, 2018
What Have We Learned: Financing Social Businesses in Uganda
by YUNUS Social Business and USAID

Financing and supporting early-stage businesses in Uganda is not an easy task. Social businesses in the early growth stages require patience and support to hone their model and serve more people. In this report with USAID, YUNUS Social Business looks critically at their venture philanthropy fund in order to share their learnings from their portfolio and investment and support strategy. The report describes their investment processes, strategies, and their new criteria moving forward. Learn more.

Tags:  2018  Africa  investing  philanthropy  sector publication  uganda 

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On the functioning of agricultural markets in Mali: Strategies for development

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 5, 2018
On the functioning of agricultural markets in Mali: Strategies for development
by USAID and CrossBoundary

This study, commissioned by USAID's Economic Growth Office and implemented by CrossBoundary's Mali Investment Facilitation Platform, investigates constraints to Mali's agricultural markets. It identifies the obstacles that stand in the way of organizations and projects aiming to modernize the country's agricultural sector, and provides possible remedies. The report also presents evidence that sustained support for private sector actors can initiate a paradigm shift. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  Africa  agriculture  economic growth  sector publication 

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Impact Investing Sector Spotlight: Financial Inclusion and Fintech

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 30, 2018
Updated: Monday, December 3, 2018

Spotlight: Inclusão Financeira & Fintechs -Versão em português

Spotlight sobre Inclusão Financeira & Fintechs é o segundo da série de relatórios setoriais lançados pela ANDE.

Novo spotlight conta com o panorama local do setor. Analisamos os dados sobre o investimento de impacto no setor, extraídos da segunda edição do relatório “Panorama do Setor de Investimento de Impacto na América Latina”, publicado pela ANDE e LAVCA. Por fim, apresentamos o caso de um negócio do setor que recebeu investimento, concluindo com perspectivas e recomendações para o futuro.

Relatório mostra que as oportunidades para melhorar a inclusão financeira são abundantes no Brasil, considerando as necessidades da população de menor renda e as possibilidades oferecidas pelos avanços tecnológicos. Além disso, no lado dos investidores, sugere a necessidade de  investigar maneiras de oferecer capital com tickets menores, uma vez que a ampliação do tamanho dos investimentos ajudaria a fortalecer o pipeline de futuros investimentos. Assim como, os empreendedores precisam ficar atentos às necessidades e atitudes da população de menor renda para contemplar as três dimensões da inclusão financeira: o acesso, o uso e a qualidade.

Confira o relatório completo aqui.

 

 

Spotlight: Financial Inclusion & Fintechs - English version

The Spotlight on Financial Inclusion & Fintechs is the second in the series of sector reports launched by ANDE.

The new spotlight has the local panorama of the sector. We analyze the data on the impact investment in the sector, extracted from the second edition of the report "Overview of the Investment Sector of Impact in Latin America" published by ANDE and LAVCA. Finally, we present the case of a business that received investment, concluding with perspectives and recommendations for the future.

The report shows that opportunities to improve financial inclusion are plentiful in Brazil, considering the needs of the lower income population and the possibilities offered by technological advances. Moreover, on the investor side, it suggests the need to investigate ways to offer capital with smaller tickets, as expanding the size of investments would help strengthen the pipeline of future investments. Just as entrepreneurs need to be attentive to the needs and attitudes of the lower income population to address the three dimensions of financial inclusion: access, use, and quality.

Check out the full report here.

Tags:  ANDE publication  financial inclusion 

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Sector Spotlights in Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 30, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Spotlights setoriais em investimento de impacto

Após o lançamento da terceira edição do estudo de investimento de impacto, com o objetivo de se aprofundar e entender melhor tendências, desafios e oportunidades de crescimento, a Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) está desenvolvendo uma série de spotlights sobre investimento de impacto em quatro setores específicos: conservação da biodiversidade, educação, serviços financeiros e saúde

 

Spotlight: Conservação da Biodiversidade

 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.

 

Spotlight: Inclusão Financeira & Fintechs

Novo spotlight conta com o panorama local do setor. Analisamos os dados sobre o investimento de impacto no setor, extraídos da segunda edição do relatório “Panorama do Setor de Investimento de Impacto na América Latina”, publicado pela ANDE e LAVCA. Por fim, apresentamos o caso de um negócio do setor que recebeu investimento, concluindo com perspectivas e recomendações para o futuro.

 

 

Sector spotlights in impact investment

After the launch of the third edition of the Impact Investment Study, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is developing a series of spotlights on impact investment in four specific sectors, to analyze and better understand trends, challenges and opportunities for growth, The sectors are biodiversity conservation, education, financial services and health.

Biodiversity Conservation Spotlight

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.

 

Spotlight: Financial Inclusion & Fintechs 

The new spotlight has the local panorama of the sector and shows that opportunities to improve financial inclusion are plentiful in Brazil, considering the needs of the lower income population and the possibilities offered by technological advances. Moreover, on the investor side, it suggests the need to investigate ways to offer capital with smaller tickets, as expanding the size of investments would help strengthen the pipeline of future investments. Just as entrepreneurs need to be attentive to the needs and attitudes of the lower income population to address the three dimensions of financial inclusion: access, use, and quality.

 

 

Tags:  ANDE publication 

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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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