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Hystra - Enhancing Market-based Solutions for the BoP

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Broadband Effect: Enhancing Market-based Solutions for the Base of the Pyramid

by Hystra

This report provides an in-depth analysis of 8 initiatives leveraging broadband for the BoP, drawing key lessons for companies and policymakers willing to replicate innovative models or more generally invest in broadband infrastructure; in order to help bridge the digital, social, and economic divide in Latin America and the Caribbean. A report commissioned by the IDB.

Tags:  Base of the Pyramid  energy 

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Bridging Gaps: Impact Investors and Social Energy Enterprises

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Monday, December 28, 2015

Social enterprises cut across different sectors such as agriculture, energy, water/sanitation, health, education and so on. The nature of their missions leads to operations in extremely challenging environments. Despite varied sectoral differences, these organizations work in a nascent arena balancing socio-commercial objectives and therefore experience similar obstacles that are well documented such as high operating costs, scarcity of trained human resources, constrained access to capital, dearth of processes that transition grassroots R&D to practical adoption, end user financing, illdefined standards of impact assessment, conflicting expectations of scale, stifling domestic policies and a host of other issues related to an underdeveloped ecosystem.

This paper addresses one critical aspect of that ecosystemaccess to enterprise financing- and was borne out of a largely shared viewpoint by social enterprises that although there has been a widespread effort to capture the difficulties in accessing capital, there is limited insight into expectation gaps between the investment and practitioner community. While the impact investment market has enormous potential, there is a considerable amount of hype over the subject. The market is not ready to absorb commercial capital on the scale talked about and expected widespread profits and returns are probably some time away and in many cases will never be along the lines expected.

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Tags:  energy  environment  sector publication  social enterprise 

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Universal Energy Access: An Enterprise System Approach

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

Lack of energy access afflicts approximately 2.6 billion people globally: one-third of the human

population of the planet. The problem affects individuals, households, communities, local institutions, and small and medium-sized businesses across the developing world.

Defining acceptable energy access has traditionally been expressed as an energy ladder, a hierarchy of energy uses ranging from basic lighting and cooking needs “up” to things like running a sewing machine or powering small tools. Rather than this linear progression, however, we prefer the more holistic Total Energy Access (TEA) standards developed by international non-governmental organization, Practical Action, which focus on “customers” of energy rather than “people without energy.”

Despite billions of development and charity dollars spent on energy access by government aid agencies, foundations, and corporations, we still lack a viable scenario for offering everyone the energy they need to survive and thrive.

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Tags:  climate  energy  sector publication 

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Micro-Markets Analysis of Clean Energy Access in India

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 31, 2014
Please find the attached report for further details on this analysis from Regain Paradiso

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Tags:  energy  India  sector publication 

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