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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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AFA Case Study: Digital Pathways for Youth in Agriculture

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 15, 2019

Digital Pathways for Youth in Agriculture
by Mercy Corps  AgriFin Accelerate

What do we know about young African farmers today? What support do they need to drive change and growth in African agriculture? AFA interviewed 23 young farmers across 10 villages in two Kenyan counties to more fully understand their financial and agricultural portfolios, needs, and outlooks. What they found were key variations in capacities and aspirations across sub-segments of young farmers – suggesting a need to customize supports and services to fit different youth persona profiles.

Tags:  2019  AFApublication  Africa  Agriculture  Mercy Corps  Sustainable Ag  Youth 

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Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 4, 2019

Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins

by Thane Kreiner, PhD and Marie Haller

Last year, Miller Center accompanied 18 early-stage social enterprises led by or dedicated to serving refugees, migrants, and trafficking survivors in their pioneering Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins (SEM) accelerator program.  This report illustrates the clear and urgent need for bottom-up, enterprise level approaches, and highlights organizations that are already addressing these challenges in innovative ways.

 


 

Tags:  2019  Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship  Social entrepreneurship 

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Project Sage 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital With a Gender Lens

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 4, 2019

Project Sage 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital With a Gender Lens

 by Suzanne Biegel, Sandra M. Hunt, and Sherryl Kuhlman

This gender lens investing report offers a global scan of gender lens private equity, venture capital, and private debt funds.  Read more in the report about key insights on the current state of the field.    

Tags:  2019  gender inclusion  social impact  UPenn publication 

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Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fastforward Economic Growth

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 4, 2019

Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fastforward Economic Growth

by Mahoumad Makki, Alice Klat, Melissa Rizk, Amr Goussous, and Reem Goussous

This report identifies the value of and support necessary to assist SMEs in scaling up in their local markets across the Middle East and North Africa. It further identifies priority support areas for policymakers including business fundamentals, business propellers, demand creators and country readiness that, when appropriately addressed, can propel local economic growth.

Tags:  2019  East Africa  Endeavor publication  North Africa  smes 

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Expanding Financial Capability in Colombia

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

 Expanding Financial Capability in Colombia

by the Center for Financial Inclusion, Accion

This report describes the processes and successes of workshops conducted by the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) with policymakers and practitioners in Colombia, as well as recommendations for replicating the workshops more broadly.  These trainings were intended to assist in Colombia’s efforts to more effectively increase financial capability in the country, and particularly highlight proven behavioral insights that differentiate the programs from the more traditional endeavors.

Tags:  2019  CFI publication  Colombia  financial inclusion 

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Landscape Mapping for Impact Measurement and Management in South Africa

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Landscape Mapping for Impact Measurement and Management in South Africa 

By Genesis Analytics and Impact Amplifier

 

Through the Catalyst Fund for Impact Measurement in Africa, supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) South Africa chapter commissioned Genesis Analytics and Impact Amplifier to conduct research into the impact measurement and management (IMM) landscape in South Africa. Mixed research methods were used to engage investors, intermediaries and investees in South Africa. The infographic presents key findings in an interactive format, accompanied by supplementary guide. These publications explore the current IMM landscape in South Africa, why and how impact is measured, the benefits and challenges of measurement and management, and how the data is used and reported. Through this publication, the authors and funders of this study aim to catalyse conversations and action, towards strengthening IMM practices in South Africa.

Click here for the supplementary guide

Click here for the infographic

Tags:  2019  ANDE publication  impact evaluation  metrics  Metrics and Research  sector publication 

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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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