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Pulse of Impact Management

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Pulse of Impact Management:
Current Uses of and Trends in Social and Environmental Impact Measurement in Investing

by the Middlebury Institute’s Center for Social Impact Learning in partnership with SVT Group

The Middlebury Institute’s Center for Social Impact Learning in partnership with SVT Group report offers a shortcut to practical information about how impact investors are tracking and reporting their social and environmental impact today. The report also includes advice from impact investors to those new to the field, and summarizes the history of impact investing, key terms and concepts in impact measurement, and trends, and provides a practical guide to the most relevant publications. 

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Tags:  environmental impact  impact investing  impact investment  impact measurement  sector publication  Sector Trends  social impact 

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Intra-Household Externalities and Low Demand for a New Technology: Experimental Evidence of Improved Cookstoves

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Intra-Household Externalities and Low Demand for a New Technology: Experimental Evidence of Improved Cookstoves

Grant Miller and A. Mushfiq Mobarak examine some of the reasons for low adoption rates of clean cookstoves in a randomized control trial in Bangladesh. They find that women, who are primarily responsible for cooking, and bear most of the health impacts of traditional stoves, have a strong preference for cleaner, improved cookstoves. However, they lack the ability to make purchases in traditional societies, and male members of the household do not fully appreciate the benefits of this new technology.

Tags:  Bangladesh  Cookstoves  environmental impact  sector publication 

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Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the World Economic Forum, April 2013.

Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation is intended to add a perspective to the global conversation already under way about how we move beyond binary choices in crafting responses to social, economic, and environmental challenges. Fundamentally, it is about leveraging private enterprise and capital for public benefit.

Tags:  capital  environmental impact  sector publication  Social Entreprenuership 

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Telmo J.Díaz y Compañía

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Funded by ANDE's Capacity Development Fund

Telmo J.Díaz y Compañía

A case study on a Colombian SGB from the New Ventures portfolio. Mesa de los Santos is the first company to sell specialty coffee in Colombia, and is an excellent example of an SGB with high economic, social and environmental impacts.

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Tags:  CDF Grant  coffee  environmental impact  sector publication 

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Nicolás Cock el emprendedor de Ecoflora

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Funded by ANDE's Capacity Development Fund


Nicolás Cock el emprendedor de Ecoflora

A case study on a Colombian SGBs from the New Ventures portfolio. ECOFLORA is a company that sells personal care products and household supplies developed from Colombian biodiversity and is an excellent example of an SGB with high economic, social and environmental impacts.

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Tags:  CDF Grant  colombia  environmental impact  sector publication  SGBs  social impact 

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Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 12, 2012
Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves

In a 4 year study, researchers Esther Duflo, Rema Hanna and Michael Greenstone, find that while the health impacts of inexpensive improved cookstoves are positive in the short term, they are limited in the long run. Stoves often break down, are infrequently or inappropriately used, and do not offer significant fuel savings for households. They find that while these stoves offer considerable benefits in controlled laboratory environments, in real world conditions, the impacts are relatively limited because of the lack of use.

Tags:  Cookstoves  environmental impact  sector publication 

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