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Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 2, 2019

Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries
by UN Capital Development Fund and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This report, the second in a collaboration between the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), outlines the latest trends in blended finance approaches in LDCs. It lays down a challenge to the actors within the financing for development architecture, calling for blended finance to be much more responsive to LDCs, to the 'last mile', and to smaller transactions in the missing middle.

Read full report here.

Tags:  finance  missing middle  SDGs 

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Nutritious Food Foresight

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Nutritious Food Foresight
by Gurnimrat Sidhu, Chase Keenan and Angela R. Hansen

Global Knowledge Initiative is building momentum around this foresight study conducted on food system innovations having the potential to advance near-term nutrition outcomes. These innovations improve access to nutritious foods by introducing local market efficiencies within key resource constraints experienced in emerging markets. In addition to this nutrition lens, GKI is beginning to think about food system innovation as it affects all SDGs through connections to the biosphere, economy, and society alike.

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Tags:  emerging markets  food  food systems  innovation  nutrition  SDGs 

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Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Impact Investing in Action

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 24, 2018

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Impact Investing in Action
by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)


The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) published a new report in September 2018, Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Impact Investing in Action, that reiterates the need for impact investors to raise and direct new capital to help meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. With an estimated $5-7 trillion needed annually to achieve the goals, it is clear that more capital, deployed by investors whose aims align with these goals, is an absolute requirement. The report, released in advance of the agenda for the UN’s Global Goals Week, Sept. 22-29, showcases the potential for impact investing to catalyze progress towards these goals.

 

 

 

Tags:  2018  impact investing  SDGs 

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Renew 2017 Impact Report

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 26, 2018

RENEW 2017 Impact Report
RENEW

In this report, RENEW takes a closer look at their business model and the Impact Angel Network’s (IAN) portfolio in Ethiopia to see how they complement and intrinsically support the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IAN’s current portfolio includes companies from the energy, coffee, teff, sesame, juice, textile, emergency care and logistics industries.

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Tags:  2018  business models  impact repot  SDGs 

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State of Measurement in the SGB Sector

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

State of Measurement in the SGB Sector

by Brianna Losoya-Evora and Genevieve Edens, ANDE
Measurement practices are rapidly evolving in the small and growing business (SGB) sector, and organizations operating in this space may feel overwhelmed while trying to keep up with trends and best practices.

To better understand measurement practices in the SGB sector and to help organizations benchmark themselves against their peers, ANDE surveyed 30 members about their measurement practices as a follow-up to our 2014 paper.

Key Findings:

  • All investors and half of capacity development providers use IRIS.

  •  Half of our sample collects household data. Capacity Development Providers and Investors were equally likely to report collecting household data, but relatively few Africa-based organizations collect household level data.

  • Capacity development providers tend to focus on business performance outcomes for the SGB while investors more focus on the SGB reach and quality.

  • Nearly all respondents spent less than 5% of annual budget on measurement. Capacity Development Providers tend to spend a greater percentage of their budget.

  • Organizations that collect household-level data spend about the same on measurement as those that do not.

  • Over half of ANDE organizations surveyed said they have no full-time staff person dedicated to measurement.

  • Of the six Africa-based organizations who responded, only one had a full-time staff person dedicated to measurement, and none of the organizations surveyed in Latin America had a full-time staff person dedicated to measurement.

  • Members have gravitated to Salesforce because of its high level of customizability and affordable pricing for non-profit organizations. We did not ask specifically about Salesforce in our sample, but it was mentioned 25 times.

  • Two-thirds of the ANDE organizations surveyed receive grant funding for measurement, and just under half build the cost into their annual operating budgets.

 

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Tags:  2017  ANDE publication  Data Collection  impact evaluation  impact measurement  indicator  metrics and research  Performance Measurement  SDGs 

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Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2017 Annual Report

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

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2017 Annual Report

By Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 

 

At Miller Center, we believe that social entrepreneurship effects profound change, disrupts unjust social equilibria, and has the potential to be a driving force in attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. When social entrepreneurs thrive in our Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®), when our Global Social Benefit Fellows engage in action research with these entrepreneurs, and when GSBI Mentors emerge with new insights, the results are transformative.

 

On our journey, we’ve discovered that everyone who accompanies us can be transformed. Through service to others, we  and purpose. Miller Center unites the world’s most entrepreneurial ecosystem with the Jesuit tradition of serving the poor and protecting the planet.

 

Download the report here.

Tags:  Africa  SDGs  Social entrepreneurship 

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Investing for Impact

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 6, 2017

INVESTING FOR IMPACT: 27 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO CHANGE THE WORLD

By Agora Partnerships

 

Investing for Impact: 27 Investment Opportunities to Change the World outlines opportunities to support and invest in entrepreneurs across Latin America and the Caribbean who are solving the Sustainable Development Goals and building a more just, equitable society. These outstanding companies have gone through Agora’s Accelerator program and many are fully investment ready and looking for immediate capital. Every company in this book needs support - whether investment, advice, connections or access to markets - and every entrepreneur has been selected based on demonstration of the values of empathy, agency, curiosity and perseverance and their ability to create lasting, sustainable change.

 

Download the report here.

Tags:  accelerators  impact investing  Latin America  SDGs 

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