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The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context

Posted By Natalie Ngu, Aspen Institute, Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context

By GIIN and R3 Coalition

As the world continues to grapple with the lasting and uneven effects of the coronavirus crisis, this issue brief explores the impact investing community’s ongoing commitment to building a resilient future. Specifically, this brief demonstrates how impact investors seek to implement strategies to strengthen both market and societal resilience to future crises. Based on interviews with 16 asset owners, asset managers, service providers, and social enterprises, this brief investigates the role of social equity in enabling that resilience and shares specific tactics impact investors have implemented or are considering implementing to address inequality.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  COVID-19  impact investing  impact investment  Research 

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Accelerators as Drivers of Gender Equality

Posted By Natalie Ngu, Aspen Institute, Thursday, September 10, 2020

Accelerators as Drivers of Gender Equality

By Impact Hub

Accelerators providing business support to entrepreneurs play a crucial role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem as they prepare entrepreneurs for growth and serve as a pipeline for investors. The gender gap in acceleration is very apparent:  only 13% of applicants are women-led teams compared to 52% male-led and 35% mixed teams . This means that women entrepreneurs are less likely than their male counterparts to access and benefit from the business, network, and investment support that accelerators provide. 

For accelerators, this guide aims to be a starting point in helping to apply a gender lens to accelerators’ processes and measurement , focusing on making business support and resources more accessible for women entrepreneurs, and increasing all entrepreneurs’ awareness of gender equality and gender equity.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  Gender Lens Investing  impact investing  sector publication 

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The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context: Investor Support of Enterprises

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 7, 2020

The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context: Investor Support of Enterprises

By GIIN and R3 Coalition 

This report seeks to illustrate common challenges that entrepreneurs and intermediating financial service providers are facing because of the coronavirus crisis, as well as various strategies being implemented by impact investors to address these challenges. Specifically, the report explores ways investors work with investees to address immediate solvency constraints, adjust their activities to ensure the achievement of impact and financial objectives, and reimagine business models and processes with the future in mind. 

Read the full brief here

Tags:  COVID-19  Impact Investing  investors  sector publication 

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The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context

 By GIIN and R3 Coalition 

This brief intends to describe the current state of play for impact investors. Key topics covered through this piece include: the changing social and environmental needs facing the world as the pandemic spreads, how investors’ objectives and targets have evolved to reflect these new realities, impact investment capital currently available to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, and the challenges facing impact investors’ current portfolios and limiting additional capital deployment.

 Read the full brief here

Tags:  COVID-19  impact investing  investors  sector publication 

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The Emergence of Angel Investment Networks in Southeast Asia: A Good Practice Guide to Effective Angel Investing

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 12, 2020

The Emergence of Angel Investment Networks in Southeast Asia: A Good Practice Guide to Effective Angel Investing

 By Sasakawa Peace Foundation 

This report focuses on the development and current landscape of angel investment networks in Southeast Asia and provides an overview of the functions, taxonomy, and challenges facing angel networks in the region. Based on interviews with expert practitioners, this report also provides advice for managers and members of angel investment networks to explore mechanisms to achieve financial sustainability, implement operational improvements, and pursue collaborations with other ecosystem players including entrepreneurs, government, intermediaries, and other investors. 

 Read the full report here

Tags:  impact investing  investors  social impact  southeast asia 

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Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, March 13, 2020

Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices: A synthesis of due diligence practices employed by leading impact investors who systematically assess investments' anticipated impact

By Pacific Community Ventures

Impact due diligence, which encompasses all assessments of expected impact before making an investment, is essential to effective impact investing. Not only does impact due diligence enhance investors’ capacity to make more informed investment decisions and increase the impact of their portfolios, it also helps safeguards the entire field against “impact washing” as the market grows. This report synthesizes findings from interviews with leading practitioners, IMM experts, and consultants, and draws from PCV’s own experience developing impact due diligence systems for clients and our own loan fund. 

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Read the "Impact Due Diligence Guide" here.

Tags:  impact investing  sector publication 

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The Impact Due Diligence Guide

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, March 13, 2020

The Impact Due Diligence Guide: Practical guidance for investors seeking to systematically assess investments' anticipated impact

By Pacific Community Ventures

The Guide is a how-to for engaging in impact due diligence and contains actionable advice and guidance for both novices as well as seasoned experts in IMM, covering topics such as building impact-focused due diligence questionnaires and quantitative tools, integrating impact due diligence into existing processes, and using impact due diligence to inform investment decision-making. Given the sheer magnitude of our global challenges, it is essential that impact investors deepen their focus on impact pre-investment through impact due diligence. By doing this we can guard against “impact washing” and realize our collective vision of building a sustainable financial industry that meaningfully tackles, rather than contributes to, the most critical issues we face today.

Read the full guide here.

Read the "Emerging Best Practices" guide here.

Tags:  impact investing  sector publication 

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Best Practice Guide for Impact Investing in Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) in Mexico

Posted By Natalie Alm, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Best Practice Guide for Impact Investing in Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) in Mexico

By Thompson Reuters Foundation, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Kaya Impacto, Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C., White & Case LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

This guide is a thorough summary of the options for setting up a business in Mexico including the governance clauses and the differences between legal structures. It covers third party investments to raise capitals, and explains the concepts of impact investment, capital instruments and key economic terms.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  ANDE publication  CAM  impact investing  Mexico  SGBs 

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A Transformative Evaluation Toolkit for The Impact Investing Sector: How entrepreneurs and impact investors can deepen their data collection

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, February 10, 2020

A Transformative Evaluation Toolkit for The Impact Investing Sector: How entrepreneurs and impact investors can deepen their data collection

By Engineers without Borders

The purpose of this toolkit is to introduce a method that improves your ability to truly change people’s lives through social impact investing. More specifically, it is designed to help entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, evaluators or other practitioners deepen their social impact measurement and management process in the impact investing sector. This toolkit provides a definition of transformative evaluation as well as instructions and case examples to support the application of a TE lens to an organization’s work, among others.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  data collection  impact investing  impact measurement  sector publication 

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Unlocking the Potential of Frontier Finance

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 1, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Unlocking the Potential of Frontier Finance
By Rachel Bass 

Impact investors are motivated by the potential that emerging and frontier markets posses to create strong growth and a thriving consumer class. This report assesses the frontier finance investment landscape, presents five in-depth case studies featuring different frontier investment vehicles and transactions, and provides recommendations to build the market and overcome common challenges hindering the flow of additional capital into frontier markets. 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  finance  frontier finance  impact investing  impact investment  sector publication 

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