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Root Capital: Applying a Gender Lens to Agriculture Farmers, Leaders, and Hidden Influencers in the Rural Economy

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

In this issue brief, the second in Root Capital’s Issue Brief Series, we share our experience of applying a gender lens to our work in smallholder agricultural finance. Through our Women in Agriculture Initiative, we have been able to better understand the areas in which we know we support women (as farmers, agro-processing employees, and leaders). This work has also identified new areas for potential impact that further foster economic empowerment for women, underscoring the vital nature of women in less conspicuous — but high-impact — roles and positions. We call these protagonists “hidden influencers,” and in agriculture they include midlevel managers at agricultural businesses, agronomists, leaders of farmer networks, and agrodealers. While much of the discussion to date among impact investors and development practitioners has been focused on the two ends of the spectrum – women as leaders and women at the base of the economic pyramid – we have seen that women in the middle play critical roles. We seek to expand the dialogue in impact investing and international development to document, celebrate, and support these hidden influencers. 

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Tags:  Agriculture  Case Studies  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  Sector publication  Women 

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Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The world is on the brink of a revolution in how we solve society’s toughest problems. The force driving this revolution is “impact investing”, which harnesses entrepreneurship, innovation and capital to power social progress. This report, Impact Investing: The Invisible Heart of Markets – Harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and capital for public good, examines what is needed to catalyse the growth of a global market for impact investment. It makes recommendations that can be implemented across Taskforce countries and beyond to deliver better social outcomes and improve millions of lives across the world. 

The crash of 2008 highlighted the need for a renewed effort to ensure that finance helps build a healthy society rather than endanger it. This requires a paradigm shift in capital market thinking, from two-dimensions to three. By bringing a third dimension, impact, to the traditional capital market priorities of risk and return, impact investing has the potential to transform our ability to build a better society for all.

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Tags:  access to finance  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  Global  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  Policy  Sector publication 

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ANDE 2012 Impact Report

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

ANDE’s 2012 report on small and growing businesses (SGB) focuses on three “action areas” for the SGB sector:  hurdles for female entrepreneurs; the finance gap for start-ups; and the difficulties faced by small holder agricultural businesses when attempting to enter the global market. In addition, the report includes a comprehensive review of ANDE’s work in 2012. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Agriculture  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  Global  SGB  Women 

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Working with Smallholders

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 13, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This handbook responds to the challenges agribusinesses face by laying out the business case for working with smallholder farmers. It also provides a framework for decision making and recommends tools and resources for firms engaging with smallholder farmers.This handbook is designed for operational managers who are responsible for integrating smallholder farmers into value chains as suppliers , clients, or customers. Although the handbook is designed for the private sector, it may also be useful to governmental or nongovernmental agricultural development programs working with smallholders.

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Tags:  access to finance  Agriculture  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication 

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ANDE Legal Working Group: Entrepreneur Introduction to Term Sheets

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 13, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This guide provides an introduction to what term sheets are and provides entreprnuers with an overview of the key points to look for in negociating their own term sheets. 

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  legal 

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ANDE Legal Working Group: Investor-Friendly Best Practices Language For Term Sheets in East Africa

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 13, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This guide is intended for entrepreneurs and investors new to the process of negotiating term sheets, one of the first steps to close successful transactions. It is not intended to provide legal advice; instead it is meant to show examples of some common provisions that are not always easy to understand.

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Tags:  Africa  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Legal Working Group  Tanzania 

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invest2innovate's Pakistan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Report

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Pakistan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Report is an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the enabling environment for businesses in the country.

The study maps the space, assesses the gaps and challenges entrepreneurs face in Pakistan, and provides recommendations on how to improve the ecosystem in the future.

According to the report, there has been a noted increase in entrepreneurial activity in Pakistan, which is both exciting and encouraging. However, while this growth is encouraging, a number of challenges prevail - a lack of formalized funds, a lack of trust and transparency, and a poor policy and regulatory framework - to name a few. This report delves into these challenges and explores ways to further enable entrepreneurship and investment in Pakistan.

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Tags:  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  Pakistan  sector publication 

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Charting the Course: How Mainstream Investors can Design Visionary and Pragmatic Impact Investing Strategies

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

While impact investing has entered the mainstream mindset, it has not become part of the strategy, operations and business culture of mainstream investment institutions. For most investors today, impact investing still needs to be translated from a compelling concept into a sound strategy. This report introduces a series of roadmaps – frameworks that help investors chart their course in impact investing. 
Each investors’ motivations, operational contexts and goals for impact investing are unique – there is no standard course that fits every investor. Thus, rather than prescribing a single course, we offer useful navigational aids and waypoints so investors interested in impact investing can engage successfully. Each investor needs to evaluate whether impact investing fits with its investment principles, future growth plans and strategic constraints – and where it does fit, how it can chart its own course in impact investing that is visionary, pragmatic and competitively positioned for the long run.  
The goal of Charting the Course is to help interested investors ask the right questions as they contemplate their path into impact investing. Together, and along with the policy recommendations of yesterday’s G8 Social Impact Investment report, we can ensure that impact investing is able to reach its potential. It is with that in mind that we humbly offer this report as an attempt to bring the practice of impact investing to the next stage.

 

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Tags:  Development  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication 

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Innovative Financing for Development: Scalable Business Models that Produce Economic, Social, and Environmental Outcomes

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Innovative financing is the manifestation of two important trends in international development: an increased focus on programs that deliver results and a desire to support collaboration between the public and private sector. This report aims to create a common understanding of innovative financing by providing an overview of the market and identifying opportunities for public and private sector actors to make innovative financing commitments.

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Environment  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Investing for Impact: A Strategy of Choice for African Policymakers

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Over the last decade, the main driver of economic progress across the African continent has arguably not been Official Development Assistance flows but growth, underpinned by private sector activity. This trend is set to continue, with private capital forecast to be the most important source of long-term finance. At the same time, an increase in the levels of social inequality and environmental degradation in many African countries has underscored the importance of a more inclusive model of progress. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Africa  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  SGB 

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