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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:  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:  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.

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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. 

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Tags:  accelerators  Africa  Asia  Social entrepreneurship 

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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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Financing the Frontier

Posted By Administrater, Thursday, June 1, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Financing the Frontier:
Inclusive Financial Sector Development in Fragility-Affected States in Africa

by Financial Sector Deepening Africa in partnership with Mercy Corps

Poverty in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is reducing, but the concentration of extreme poverty in fragile states is likely to increase, according to a new report published today by the Financial Sector Deepening Africa in partnership with Mercy Corps. The report concludes that the donor community can crowd-in legitimate financial market actors and provide the flexibility needed to take risks, and allow development actors to pivot as the fragility-affected states in Africa (FASA) change and adjust.

Download the case study here.

Tags:  Africa  Development  finance  sector publication 

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Entrepreneurship and Acceleration Questions from the Field - Feb 2015

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

In this brief, we use data from the Entrepreneurship Acceleration Research Initiative in order to respond to the following question by Steve Cumming of the MasterCard Foundation about Youth Entrepreneurship 

"At The MasterCard Foundation, we have a portfolio of youth entrepreneurship projects that we support in Sub Saharan Africa. We’re always looking for data to better understand the space and to inform our programming. I’m wondering if you could share any data by ages 18-24 and 25-30, and by African country or region if possible. Do you see anything interesting under these parameters?"

You can find the publication here. 

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Tags:  accelerators  Africa  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  West Africa  Youth 

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Strengthening SMEs: A Guide to Business Management and Governance for Small and Medium Enterprises in East Africa

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This guide gives business management and governance advice for small and medium enterprises specifically in East Africa. 

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 Attached Files:
SMEs.pdf (2.42 MB)

Tags:  Africa  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  SGB 

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Promise and Progress: Market-Based Solutions to Poverty in Africa

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

With the release of Promise and Progress, Monitor Group concludes a 16-month research project on the operations of 439 enterprises in nine sub-Saharan nations, enterprises which are active in 14 sectors and seek to use market mechanisms to improve the lives and livelihoods of people living at the bottom of the economic pyramid. These "market-based solutions" (MBSs) engage poor people as customers, offering them socially beneficial products at prices they can afford, or as business associates - suppliers, agents, or distributors - providing them with improved incomes. The report shows conclusively that MBSs make a significant difference in the fight against poverty by delivering social impact in a sustainable way, at scale.

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 Attached Files:
265-1.pdf (4.91 MB)

Tags:  Africa  Base of the Pyramid  BoP  Poverty  Sector publication 

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The Social and Economic Impact of Standard Chartered Ghana

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Standard Chartered commissioned this report to gain an understanding of its economic impact in Ghana. the bank believes it should contribute directly to the economies in which it operates. to this end, it hopes this report will help to inform its future strategy, in Ghana and elsewhere. 

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Tags:  Africa  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  Sector publication 

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