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Project SAGE 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital with a Gender Lens

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Project SAGE 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital with a Gender Lens
by Suzanne Biegel, Sandra M. Hunt and Sherryl Kuhlman

This report considers the shift in how funds state their use of a gender lens, and what a gender lens means in practice.  What had been a relatively clear criterion for inclusion in the Wharton Social Impact Initiative's study—the explicit and public use of a gender lens in investments—may no longer capture all the funds incorporating meaningful gender lens analysis. “Gender lens” is used quite differently from fund to fund and from investor to investor, and they are eager to add clarity to this important term. They are not making a value judgement regarding funds’ differing definitions of a gender lens; they are emphasizing that clarity and transparency are important. In short, there is an increase in the size of the private equity, venture capital, and private debt gender lens investing field and the diversity of its offerings, but still a lack of uniformity in investment processes and definitions.

Read full report here. 

Tags:  gender  gender lens investing  private equity  venture capital 

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Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fast-Forward Economic Growth

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fast-Forward Economic Growth
by Mahmoud Makki, Alice Klat and Melissa Rizk

This report shows that successful scale-ups in the region generate on average 3.4 times more revenues and 8 times more jobs than other SMEs. Several countries have recognized the economic value of scale-ups and are developing tailored policies and programs for them. Similar initiatives in the MENA region could have a significant impact. By studying the importance of scale-ups in the context of their local markets, Strategy& Middle East identified priorities for policymakers to improve their local scale-ups ecosystems across four growth pillars: business fundamentals, business propellers, demand creators, and country readiness. Within these pillars, they have recognized several priority areas, including access to financing, talent, foreign markets, large customers, and regulatory relief. Success also depends on mobilizing an ecosystem of private and public players to orchestrate growth initiatives.

Read full report here. 

Tags:  MENA  scaling  SMEs 

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Core Characteristics of Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Core Characteristics of Impact Investing
Published by Global Impact Investing Network

This report defines the growing approach of impact investing, and offers the financial markets greater clarity on what constitutes credible impact investing. The four fundamental tenets, which have been refined in collaboration with leading impact investors around the world, provide further definition of the baseline expectations for impact investing. Investors making impact investments: 1) Intentionally contribute to positive social and environmental impact; 2) Use evidence and impact data in investment design; 3) Manage impact performance; and 4) Contribute to the growth of impact investing.

Read full report here. 

Tags:  impact investing 

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Networking Works: Peer-to-Peer Business Networks Help Small and Growing Businesses Grow Revenues and Create Jobs

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Networking Works: Peer-to-Peer Business Networks Help Small and Growing Businesses Grow Revenues and Create Jobs
Published by Argidius Foundation

This report investigates the role of SGBs in economic growth and the key success factors of business networks for SGBs. It also spotlights the impact of two organizations – Enablis Senegal and CEED Moldova – on SGB growth. Finally, the report outlines implications for funders, ecosystem builders, SGB-support organizations and SGBs. 

Read full report here. 

Tags:  networking  SGBs 

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Expanding Financial Capability in Colombia

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 8, 2019
Updated: Friday, April 5, 2019

Expanding Financial Capability in Colombia
by Pablo Antón Díaz

This report describes the Center for Financial Inclusion's efforts to communicate best practices for developing financial education interventions to policymakers and practitioners via workshops in Colombia as well as an evaluation of the success
of their efforts. It also presents recommendations for further embedding behavioral insights into financial education programming so that practitioners and policymakers can deploy more effective interventions.

Read full report here. 

Tags:  financial education  financial inclusion  Latin America  Microfinance 

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Last Mile Solutions for Low-Income Customers

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 8, 2019
Updated: Friday, April 5, 2019

Last Mile Solutions for Low-Income Customers
by Richard Gomes and Meera Shah

In this report, the Shell Foundation shares the findings from their work with leading social enterprises to build sustainable rural value chains in the off-grid energy sector over the last two decades. Drawing on success and failure, they note the evolution of several approaches that can help businesses to better understand and serve rural customers, lower distribution costs and broaden reach, including the emergence of dedicated intermediaries who improve cost-efficiency through the combination of technology, specialization and economies of scale. They offer insight to help entrepreneurs select and implement these solutions effectively.

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Tags:  Rural  social enterprise  sustainable energy 

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Just Good Investing: Why Gender Matters to Your Portfolio and What You Can Do About It

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 1, 2019
Updated: Friday, March 29, 2019

Just Good Investing: Why Gender Matters to Your Portfolio and What You Can Do About It
by Najada Kumbuli, Leigh Moran and Jenn Pryce

Calvert Impact Capital found two reasons for the lack of action in incorporating gender equity into inclusive impact investing markets: 1.) the business case for incorporating gender in investment decisions needs to be strengthened from a private markets perspective and 2.) investors are confused about how to incorporate gender into their process and analysis. They wrote this report to address these two issues and share practical guidance for creating a gender inclusive investment strategy, learned from evolving their own gender-lens investment approach.

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Tags:  gender  gender lens investing  impact investing 

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Scaling Access to Finance for Early-Stage Enterprises in Emerging Markets: Lessons from the Field

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 28, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Scaling Access to Finance for Early-Stage Enterprises in Emerging Markets: Lessons from the Field

Commissioned on behalf of: Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) / Investment funds local SMEs 

The report seeks to explore how to improve the scalability and viability of early-stage finance provision, thereby reducing the need for philanthropic capital and subsidies to the local providers of finance and support to early-stage enterprises. To this end, DGGF used a landscape exercise to define and prioritize “archetypes of early-stage finance provision” as the focus of this report. They selected business accelerators, business angel networks and venture capital funds - as three key archetypical models - as the main models to be studied in more detail, together with the broader category of supplemental “non-traditional” debt options. They selected and studied 15 early-stage finance providers in detail. They discussed their initial findings from the in-depth research with 40 field-builders in a workshop during which participants shared experiences, insights and perspectives, and helped to challenge emerging conclusions and identify key points of attention to address in finalizing the report.

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Tags:  early stage ecosystem; impact investing; scaling 

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How Investment Can Unlock the Potential of Refugees

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 22, 2019
How Investment Can Unlock the Potential of Refugees
by John Kluge, Timothy Docking, Ph.D., and Joanna Ke Edelman

The Refugee Investment Network (RIN) is the first impact investing and blended finance collaborative dedicated to creating long-term solutions to global forced migration. The RIN is a specialized investment intermediary that facilitates the movement of capital.  

Tags:  2019  capacity development  impact investing  Refugee Investment Network 

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Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 15, 2019

Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide
by Transparent Trade Coffe (Emory University)

As volatile commodity prices continue to hover at historically low levels, industry leaders at various points along the supply chain are talking about the need to buffer the women and men who grow specialty coffees from price references that come from commodity markets.

This project relies on a progressive group of data donors – exporters, importers, roasters, and other support organizations – who provide detailed contract data covering specialty coffee transactions from recent harvests.  Researchers at Emory University use this anonymized information to create tables that describe the distributions of recent prices for green (unroasted) specialty coffees.

Tags:  2019  Emory University  Sustainable Ag  Transparent Trade Coffee 

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