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Closing the Gaps: Finance Pathways for Serving the Missing Middles

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Closing the Gaps: Finance Pathways for Serving the Missing Middles

By Collaborative For Frontier Finance

SGBs have a diverse range of business models and a diverse range of unmet financing needs. This report identifies five alternative approaches for providing finance that meets the diverse needs of each SGB segment and investor. It also highlights critical actions that ecosystem stakeholders can take to help support these approaches as well as newly emerging ones that together can help fill the financing gaps within each SGB segment.

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Read the full report here. 

Tags:  business models  finance  sector publication  sgbs 

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Green and Inclusive Business Toolbox

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Green and Inclusive Business Toolbox: Promoting Green and Inclusive Business Models in Development Cooperation Programmes

This toolbox defines green and inclusive business (GIB) models and describes the major challenges and opportunities GIBs face. It contains various examples of best practices regarding approaches from GIZ projects that work in the field of promoting green and inclusive businesses. This toolbox was recently updated and new tools have been added in these categories: finance (p.92 and 97), capacity development (p. 54) and policy (p.110).

Read the full document here.

Tags:  business models  development  green business models  inclusive business  sector publication  tools 

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Renew 2017 Impact Report

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

RENEW 2017 Impact Report

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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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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GSBI Methodology for Social Entrepreneurship

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 11, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®), a pioneer in social enterprise capacity development, hascontinuously improved its methodology since its founding in 2003. The lessons GSBI has learned from working with 365 social enterprises are broadly applicable to capacity development efforts across sectors and geographies. This paper introduces GSBI and explains the GSBI methodology, with the goal of helping the global social enterprise movement create more exits from poverty. 

GSBI has become a leading, comprehensive program for social enterprise capacity development worldwide. Its suite of stage-specific programs for early and mid-stage social enterprises, along with its network of partners, collectively serve hundreds of impact organizations annually.

GSBI has developed a methodology that revolves around three dynamic, interactive aspects: social enterprise selection, stage-specific programs, and executive-level mentoring. GSBI invites applications from social enterprises that are “impact first,” meaning that their primary mission is to deliver goods and services to those in need.

GSBI evaluates candidates in two phases. GSBI staff filter for general program fit, then score candidates according to criteria that predict each enterprise’s potential for short-term success in GSBI as well as long-term growth. Priority is given to social enterprises with earned income business models, because this approach lends itself to scaling. To match a social enterprise with the curriculum most appropriate to help it grow, GSBI developed a Social Enterprise Stage Assessment Tool.

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Tags:  business models  capacity development  sector publication  social enterprise 

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GIZ Publications on Inclusive Business

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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Winning Together - a guide to successful corporate startup collaboration

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 6, 2015

To help corporations reap the benefits of collaborating with startups, Nesta has produced a guide along with Founders Intelligence and the Startup Europe Partnership. Their results show that companies of multiple sizes and representing multiple sectors can benefit from working with young, innovative firms. 

The guide seeks to:

  • help executives and innovation managers understand what value working with startups can bring to their organization
  • provide them with a three-step approach and framework to evaluate and select suitable programs to engage with startups
  • empower those who want to champion startup engagement inside their company with case studies and stories that clearly illustrate the transformative benefits of collaborations. 

The guide is available for download on the Nesta website


Tags:  Business Models  Entrepreneurship  Sector publication  Value Chain 

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Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 18, 2013

Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid highlights the personal stories of the leaders of some of IFC’s inclusive business clients. These clients have developed innovative and successful business models that expand access to goods, services, and livelihoods for poor people, while generating strong financial returns - read more here

October, 2013

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Tags:  business models  Entrepreneurship  innovation  sector publication 

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Improved Stoves in India: A Study of Sustainable Business Models

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 12, 2012
Improved Stoves in India: A Study of Sustainable Business Models

A recent study of 12 organizations selling improved cookstoves in India identified the challenges of selling these products to the poor. The authors found the two companies with the most success focused on developing a sophisticated sales channel, had considerable person-years of management experience in marketing and operations, and had sufficient seed financing. However, none of the companies selling products directly to households (compared to those targeting commercial customers) had demonstrated financial sustainability. They find that cookstove companies in India face tradeoffs between commercial success and the ability to provide health benefits to poor customers. Improved cookstoves are often being sold to higher income customers in rural areas, rather than the poorest of the poor, which is consistent with previous research.

Tags:  business models  India  sector publication  sustainability 

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Emerging Markets, Emerging Models: Market Based Solutions to the Challenges of Global Poverty - Monitor Inclusive Markets

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, November 14, 2011
March 2009

Market-based solutions have recently attracted strong interest in the campaign against global poverty, in part due to the remarkable success of micro-finance. They are relatively new, with an uneven performance record, and there is much yet to learn about what causes them to succeed or fail. The most successful pass two tests: they are self-funding, and they operate at suffi cient scale to make a
difference to masses of poor people. They also have one salient feature in common: a business model tailored to the special circumstances of markets at the base of the income pyramid.

The report is based on Monitor’s extensive research into hundreds of market-based solutions around the world, with a particular focus on India, which is an advanced laboratory of approaches and an especially fertile source of lessons about performance. The research is based on dozens of site visits and hundreds of interviews as well as extensive work in the public record. The report provides strong evidence that engaging the poor as customers and suppliers presents an exciting — and signifi cant — opportunity to establish new
paradigms to bring genuine social change in economically sustainable ways.

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Tags:  Base of the Pyramid  Business Models  Case Studies  Health  India  Poverty  sector publication  Water 

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