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Future of Food: Maximizing Finance for Development in Agricultural Value Chains

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018

Future of Food: Maximizing Finance for Development in Agricultural Value Chains
The World Bank Group

Current levels of investment in agricultural value chains are insufficient to achieve key development goals including ending poverty and hunger, boosting shared prosperity through more and better jobs, and better stewarding the world’s natural resources by 2030. Crowding-in private investment to help achieve these goals and optimizing the use of scarce public resources will be needed, as will the continued promotion of good governance and environmental and social sustainability. Increasing private sector investment and associated financing will require identifying and understanding market failures currently leading to the sub-optimal private provision of goods and services needed to achieve key development goals. Where the private sector is already investing in agricultural value chains, promoting responsible investment can help increase development impacts. Crowding-in more private investment requires increasing the space for private sector activity, improving the policy and regulatory environment, and considering options for using public financing to improve private incentives and to reduce transaction costs and risks, including blended finance solutions. While these actions can help induce more private investment, there is still a critical need for public resources to finance essential public goods and services such as human capital, agricultural research, and complementary public infrastructure

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Tags:  2018  Agriculture  small and growing agrobusiness 

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A Knowledge Brief of South Africa's Incubator and Accelerator Landscape

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 14, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Knowledge Brief of South Africa's Incubator and Accelerator Landscape
ANDE

The South African Business Development Services Provider (BDSP) space is active and growing. In an effort to deepen understanding of the incubator and accelerator landscape in South Africa, ANDE hosted a series of breakfast roundtables in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2017 and 2018. Discussions focused on gathering qualitative information regarding key activities and services, programme structure and funding sources, as well as challenges and opportunities faced by BDSPs. This document presents an overview of the key findings from the roundtables and provides recommendations for further research.

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Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  Incubation 

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The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Updated: Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability
FHI 360

The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability presents 63 examples of policy, program and technology innovations that promote economic stability for individuals, communities, firms and countries, with an emphasis on the welfare of poor and vulnerable people worldwide. The report found strong and diverse innovation in India, Kenya and the United States. Indonesia stands out for the use of data and innovation tools in government, and Brazil ranks high for public safety-related domains. The majority of innovations are privately provided and enabled by mobile technology and data, although FHI 360 identified several pockets of significant government and donor participation in catalyzing or scaling innovation. This publication was funded by The Rockefeller Foundation.

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Tags:  2018  brazil  india  innovation  kenya 

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Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures

Posted By Shira Wolkenfeld, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures
An Initial Look at Program Differences and Design Choices
GALI

The third major report from GALI examines the ability of accelerators to drive funds into participating ventures and explores which programmatic choices correspond with superior outcomes. The report shows that in a sample of 52 accelerators, the average flow of incremental funds into participating ventures is significantly greater than the average that flows into rejected ventures. In the majority (but not all) of these programs, this difference exceeds the reported cost of running the program. These superior funding outcomes are accomplished in different ways; many programs are most effective at stimulating revenue growth, while others are best at increasing the supply of outside equity investment. Given these differences in program efficacy and different paths to funding success, we then examine how specific program choices correspond with the ability to drive funds into participating ventures.

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Tags:  2018  accelerators  GALI 

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Commercial Relationships between Savings Groups and Financial Service Providers

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

Commercial Relationships between Savings Groups and Financial Service Providers
Considerations in Developing a Business Model for Linkages
SEEP, Itad, Mastercard Foundation, and UNCDF

Relations between Savings Groups (SGs) and Financial Service Providers (FSPs) have received both a great deal of attention and considerable funding. In recent years, governments, donors, civil society organizations, and businesses have recognized the critical role that access to financial services can play in the fight against poverty. Despite the high-level of attention financial inclusion has commanded, the barriers to progress are numerous. Most impoverished households have neither the assets nor the skills necessary to interact with formal institutions. This report focuses on addressing these challenges and presenting opportunities for FSPs in working with SGs.

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Tags:  2018  Business Models  financing mechanisms 

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Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia: Insight from Practitioners

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia: Insight from Practitioners
Helene Shao, Claire Dufour, Asha Harvey, and Zita de Pooter 
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, WISIONS, S3IDF, and GERES

Nexus with collaborations from GERES and S3IDF and support from Rockefeller Brothers Fund and WISIONS mapped more than 100 financing schemes available to renewable energy entrepreneurs in South East Asia (SEA). Particularly for those enterprises in the start-up, scale-up, or growth stages, access to finance is the primary obstacle they must overcome on the path to scaling and implementing solutions in SEA. The report indicates that by supplying communities with sustainable and affordable clean energy solutions, SME's and social enterprises can simultaneously address the key drivers of poverty while reducing carbon emissions. This report wishes to inspire mutual understanding and improved collaboration addressing barriers to scaling low-carbon solutions.

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Tags:  2018  Asia  southeast asia  sustainability 

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Partnership for Growth: Linking Large Firms and Agro-Processing SMEs

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 4, 2018

Partnership for Growth: Linking Large Firms and Agro-Processing SMEs
World Bank Group, Norad, Sida, Minstry of Foreign Affairs of Finlad, and UKaid

This report presents lessons learned from various models that public and private sector programs use
to stimulate growth of agro-processing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through linkages to larger firms in developing countries. The study considers the unique barriers that SMEs face and the market- driven approaches spurring SME growth by facilitating linkages to lead firms in challenging development contexts which might serve as a reference for policymakers, development practitioners, and private sector actors. The report presents approaches to successful, sustainable program design for public and private sector–led initiatives, in an effort to enrich the knowledge available to expand the opportunities for agro-processing, and to attract lead firms to partner with smaller ones. 

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Tags:  2018  Agriculture  SMEs 

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Artificial Intelligence: Practical Superpowers

Posted By Administration, Saturday, June 2, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 1, 2018

Artificial Intelligence: Practical Superpowers
The Case for AI in Financial Services in Africa
FIBR, MasterCard Foundation, BFA

While admittedly often overshadowed by hype, Artificial Intelligence (AI) today offers real opportunities for financial sector players to access new and augmented business abilities. Wielded well, AI can unlock data to reveal insights about customers, operations and businesses to inform key decisions. Sensors in smartphones also open up a whole new world of data as captured through images, text, sound and location, which AI can translate into information in real-time and with high fidelity. These kinds of advancements in the field are especially exciting for financial sector players in Africa, with real-use applications in the informal retail sector, and for businesses that rely on last-mile distribution networks, such as pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) providers,1 to reach their customers. Grounded in creating a practical and compelling case for financial services providers (FSPs) in Africa, we present an overview of AI and its benefits to businesses -- lowering costs, increasing revenue and competing in a changing market -- that could ultimately enable a more customer-centric financial ecosystem.

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Tags:  2018  africa  finance 

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Philanthropic Foundations in Asia: Insights from Singapore, Myanmar and China

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Philanthropic Foundations in Asia: Insights from Singapore, Myanmar and China
Pauline Tan, Swee-Sum Lam
The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School

This study looks at an emerging trend in which wealthy families, individuals, and corporations in Asia set up foundations to institutionalise their giving. This giving is motivated by a myriad of factors beyond prestige and status, including the desire to give back to society, religion, family and personal values, the desire to drive change, personal experience, and/or affiliations.

 

 

 

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Tags:  2018  Asia  charitable giving  fundraising 

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Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong
Pauline Tan, Swee-Sum Lam
The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School and Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) 

The study reviews the current state of impact investments in Singapore and Hong Kong, particularly those that have engaged with foundations. It further looks at the trends and challenges of the impact investment sector before presenting a list of recommendations.

Impact investment assets globally represent a mere 0.2 percent of global wealth as reported by the Global Impact Investing Network. By increasing this share to just two percent, the potential of impact investments can reach over US$2 trillion (UNDP, 2016). Impact investments can play a significant role in sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region, potentially providing socio- economic progress for the billions of people living in the region. Foundations in the region can potentially play a significant role given the billions of assets they can deploy. 

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Tags:  2018  Asia  impact investing  impact investment  investors  SGBs 

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