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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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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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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 in Africa: A Case Study on East Africa

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 2, 2018

Impact Investing in Africa: A Case Study on East Africa
Dr. Jamie Van Leeuwen and Mr. Michael Feinberg
Wilson Center 

In this policy paper, Public Policy Fellow Jamie Van Leeuwen and Michael Feinberg analyze the case study of Staffable, a social impact company in Kampala, Uganda and their approach to measuring the efficacy of social impact. They provide policy recommendations on how philanthropists, investors, and non-governmental organizations can standardize performance metrics to measure social impact investing, as well as recommend investments in workforce development in order to reduce dependency. 

Read the full report.

Tags:  Africa  east africa  impact investing  social impact 

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Accelerating Youth-Led Enterprises in Nigeria

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Accelerating Youth-Led Enterprises in Nigeria
GALI

This knowledge brief seeks to capture information about incubators and accelerators in Nigeria and how they support youth-led enterprises. The brief was developed using Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) data alongside interviews and stakeholder meetings held in Lagos and Abuja with support from Oxfam in Nigeria.

Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  accelerators  africa  ANDE publication  gali  nigeria  youth 

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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.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  2018  africa  finance 

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Acceleration in Sub-Saharan Africa: Initial data from the Entrepreneurship Database Program

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

Acceleration in Sub-Saharan Africa: Initial Data from the Entrepreneurship Database Program
GALI

This data summary provides a snapshot of more than 2,500 early-stage ventures that applied to over 50 acceleration programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, and includes regional insights for East and West Africa and country-specific information for Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria.

Data at a Glance:

  • More than 25% of the ventures in the sample are in the agriculture sector.
  • Upon application to an accelerator, most ventures had earned revenue and hired employees, but fewer had raised funding.
  • Ventures with IP were significantly more likely to report revenue, employees, and investment.
  • Over half of the ventures include women on the founding team.
  • Teams that include women were more likely to report revenue and employees but less likely to report equity.
  • Fewer West African ventures had raised investment capital, compared to East African ventures.
  • Compared to the global sample, African entrepreneurs are more interested in gaining direct funding and business skills.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  2018  Africa  ANDE publication  GALI 

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Small and Growing Businesses in Africa: Profiles, Successes and Challenges

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 4, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Small and Growing Businesses in Africa: Profiles, Successes and Challenges
ADA – Appui au Développement Autonome

In Sub-Saharan Africa as elsewhere, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role in economic development and job creation. However, because of a general lack of knowledge about this particular segment, the sector hardly achieves its full potential. In order to better meet MSMEs’ needs, a first step consists in identifying the profiles, growth paths, success factors and challenges faced by those who managed to turn their microenterprises into small or medium entities, referred to as Small and Growing Business (SGB) owners.

As microenterprises are likely to resort to microfinance institutions to get access to financial services, ADA has coordinated a series of three studies relying on five MFIs in Ethiopia, Kenya and Madagascar in order to identify a sample of SGB owners and interview them individually to get details about their paths.

This study is the synthesis of these three surveys and specifically aims at providing detailed information about entrepreneurs’ profiles, about the main challenges and obstacles they faced through their growing process and about their current financial and non-financial needs. Based on such information, general recommendations are made to financial services providers and all kinds of organizations supporting MSMEs.

Read the full report here

 

Tags:  Africa  SGB  SME  Social entrepreneurship 

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The Power of Purpose

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 9, 2017

The Power of Purpose: Jesuits for Social Entrepreneurship

By Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 

 

Soon after their founding in 1540, the Jesuits established an expansive network of educational institutions around the world, embodying what we now call social entrepreneurship.

In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls “the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development.” Social entrepreneurship is a transformative response to this call.

The Jesuit-in-Residence experience is customized to the vocation of the individual Jesuit. The program’s pioneer, Fr. Phil Cooke, SJ, organized GSBI Boost accelerator programs in Nicaragua and the Philippines. Under the leadership of Fr. Bossou Constant, SJ, we created a Jesuit Network for Social Entrepreneurship, including four provinces in Africa, one in the United States, and one in China, with 18 affiliated Jesuits.

Miller Center imagines that this network will leverage Jesuit social and educational ministries to amplify the global impact of social entrepreneurship. The vocations of the Jesuits in this booklet illustrate the power of purpose in their approach. 

Download the report here.

Tags:  accelerators  Africa  Asia  Social entrepreneurship 

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