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[New Oxfam report] Women's economic inequality and domestic violence: exploring the links and empowering women

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Economic empowerment of poor households is a key entry point for development organisations concerned with economic inequality. Over the decades, gender inequality has emerged as a key concern, and the result has been women’s economic empowerment (WEE) programming. This article is a study of the impact of WEE programming on domestic violence (DV) against women.

Organizations that seek to support women-run SGBs and women entrepreneurs must understand gender power relations in economic development. This report draws on practitioner experiences to offer recommendations for other practitioners on more holistic empowerment that addresses also addresses inequality. 

The report is available for free download from Taylor and Francis Online

 

Tags:  entrepreneurship  Sector publication  SGB  women 

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Measuring Value Created by Impact Incubators & Accelerators

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 2, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I-DEV International, in conjunction with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Agora Partnerships, set out to evaluate the value created by impact incubators and accelerators for social enterprises and impact investors they seek to support. This 18-month analysis included over 100 interviews and surveys with stakeholders from 8 impact-focused incubator/accelerator programs, 54 enterprises that had participated in the incubator/accelerator programs analyzed, and 18 active impact investors. Key research objectives were to:

  • Evaluate the quantifiable value created by impact-focused incubator/accelerator programs 
  • Design and pilot a framework that can be used to objectively compare and benchmark impact incubator/accelerator programs against each other

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Tags:  accelerators  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SGB 

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(Redefining) Success in a Changing World

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 2, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A number of global trends are converging to accelerate the pace of change in our communities, our lives and the way in which we define success in business. As a result,the world we are passing on to the coming generations is both promising and fragile.One response to this complexity is the rise of social entrepreneurship: the idea that economic incentives and positive social change can – and should – go hand in hand. Over the past two decades in particular, the phenomenon has gained significant traction, and in some cases is on the verge of mainstreaming into general business. This report integrates primary surveys, opinion leader and practitioner interviews, as well as experiences and observations of dozens of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, global Millennials, academics and other experts, all of whom were generous with their time and resources. We combined this with secondary desk research, and together with our analysis, offer a compelling narrative about the future of social entrepreneurship around the world.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  Global  Impact Evaluation  metrics and research  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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CIPE: Economic Inclusion: Leveraging Markets and Entrepreneurship to Extend Opportunity

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Economic inclusion refers to equality of opportunity for all members of society to participate in the economic life of their country as employers, entrepreneurs, consumers, and citizens. Fostering inclusion through active participation in the market economy involves increasing access to opportunity while generating additional economic growth. Effective strategies for inclusion engage under-represented groups in the design and implementation of policies and programs.

This article from the Center for International Private Enterprise illustrates ways to promote youth entrepreneurship and women’s entrepreneurship and to facilitate the inclusion of informal entrepreneurs in the formal economy.

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Tags:  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  Latin America  Middle-East  Poverty  Sector publication  West Africa  Women 

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New Report: Are India's social entrepreneurs who lack basic financial management skills still seen as investment-worthy?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Over the past four years, the team at Upaya Social Ventures has repeatedly heard from impact investors that the pipeline of investable social enterprises in India is frustratingly thin. While these investors regularly hear about interesting concepts, they lament the lack of entrepreneurs who have the business management skills needed to make a venture profitable. In fact, many leading investors have said that a social entrepreneur who does not have a sufficient command of fundamental business tools is not someone they can even really consider an entrepreneur.

Looking to turn these anecdotes into actionable information, Upaya has released the first of a series of spot surveys that dig deeper into investors’ impressions of the entrepreneurs they encounter.

Titled What They Really Think: Perceptions of India’s Early Stage Social Entrepreneurs Among Impact Investors, the series provides data and recommendations to the multitude of incubators, training programs and mentorship networks currently operating in India. The report captures investor opinions about the collective critical skills and competencies of entrepreneurs, and starts a substantive conversation on improving the ecosystem for early-stage social businesses.

In “Spot Survey #1: Financial Management Capabilities,” 18 of India’s 25 most active impact investors shared their impressions of the financial management competencies of entrepreneurs on whom they have conducted some level of due diligence. The report looks at entrepreneurs' skills with a variety of financial management tools for decision-making. It also looks at the quality of documentation investors receive from entrepreneurs, as well as the ability of those entrepreneurs to use valuation tools to communicate the financial health and long-term projections of their companies with investors.

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Tags:  entrepreneurship  impact investing  India  Investors  sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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The Impact of Entrepreneurship Database Program: 2014 Year-End Data Summary

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 27, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

Since 2013, the Impact of Entrepreneurship Database program has been working with partnering accelerators and entrepreneur support programs to collect detailed data from entrepreneurs during their application processes. These entrepreneurs are then resurveyed every six months to gather valuable follow-up data.

This report summarizes application data collected from entrepreneurs who applied to participating accelerator programs during 2013 and 2014. After setting aside duplicate application surveys, surveys with too much missing information, and surveys from entrepreneurs who declined to share their application information with the Impact of Entrepreneurship Database program, the observations in this 2014 Year-End Data Summary are based on 2,376 early-stage ventures.

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Tags:  accelerators  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  Impact Evaluation  impact investing 

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Venture Finance in Africa: the progress of early-stage high-potential growth companies

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 2, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The VC4Africa 2015 report shows an increasing number of African businesses successfully growing their operations over time. They generate an increasing amount of revenue and add new jobs to the African market place. VC4Africa aims to be the world’s leading social network for entrepreneurs and investors in Africa. The VC4Africa community has over 17,000 members in 159 countries, including 600 investors. 2000 entrepreneurs in Africa present their companies on the platform: early stage ventures that require investments less than USD 1 million. Each venture is scalable, makes smart use of technology, or is disruptive in their application of a business model.

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Tags:  access to finance  Africa  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  metrics and research  Sector publication 

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SPARK's "Opportunities and Challenges to SME Development in Conflict Affected States"

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Thursday, August 14, 2014

The SPARK tracer survey on ‘Opportunities and Challenges to SME Development in Conflict Affected States’ was conducted in the summer of 2013 among 900 entrepreneurs in 9 countries. The survey was conducted in order to learn more about the effectiveness of SPARK’s small and medium enterprise interventions.

Two main findings of the survey show that existing businesses are better at creating jobs than start-ups and that young people create fewer jobs on average than other businesses. The survey also identifies 5 important business barriers experienced by the participating entrepreneurs.

Please read the attached survey for further details

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Tags:  conflict affected states  entrepreneurship  job creation  Sector publication  SMEs  youth 

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Latin American Entrepreneurs: Many Firms but Little Innovation

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, December 19, 2013

This report, published by the Word Bank, details the current state of entrepreneurship in Latin America and identifies salient trends and challenges in the field. The report outlines what needs to happen in order to create an enabling environment for innovative entrepreneurs in Latin America

The World Bank
December 2013

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Tags:  entrepreneurship  latin america  Sector publication  SGBs 

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MSME: The opportunity knocks

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, December 19, 2013

Varhad Capital's research team has worked for more than six months to understand the Government of India’s new Public Procurement Policy and its likely impact on the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise sector

The Varhad Group
December 2013
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Tags:  entrepreneurship  India  Sector Publication  SGB  SME 

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