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From Ideas to Practice, Pilots to Strategy Practical Solutions and Actionable Insights on How to Do Impact Investing

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

From Ideas to Practice, Pilots to Strategy is both an attempt – and an opportunity – to disseminate the best practices and lessons learned from the first movers, early adopters and bold innovators in the field of impact investing, with the goal of further advancing the sector.


World Economic Forum. 
December 2013

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Tags:  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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The Indian Impact Investing Story

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

At Intellecap, we have always been fascinated by the power of entrepreneurship in driving social change. The passion and drive shown by numerous entrepreneurs working with the Base of the Pyramid is one of the most  powerful forces to address the many challenges of access, affordability and livelihoods facing low-income  communities in India. Our own tryst with narrating this entrepreneurial journey began with our first research series ‘Inverting the Pyramid’ from 2007, analyzing the rapid evolution of the microfinance sector in India. We were fortunate to have always been close to all the practitioners in the sector and the series was our effort to provide a robust commentary on the many highs and lows of this sector. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Economic Growth  Environment  impact investing  India  Market Sizing  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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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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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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GSBI: Social Enterprise Stage Assessment

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

The GSBI Social Enterprise Stage Assessment Tool is designed to guide the development of a social enterprise from conception to full-scale implementation. It has four intended uses: 1. Designing methodology and content for social enterprise accelerator programs 2. Mentoring of social enterprises 3. Benchmarking social enterprises to track their progress over time 4. Selecting social enterprises for awards and accelerator programs.

The stage distinction is useful because it acknowledges that enterprises at each stage will have common characteristics and have different needs, including different capital requirements, than enterprises at other stages. This GSBI Social Enterprise Stage Assessment Tool builds on these definitions by providing a next level of detail that describes the characteristics of enterprises at each stage. This characterization allows social entrepreneurs and those working with them to identify and address gaps in the enterprise’s development as they create a business plan and seek investment to reach the next stage of growth.

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Tags:  impact investing  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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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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Many Paths to a Home: Emerging Business Models for Latin America and the Caribbean's Base of the Pyramid

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The lack of adequate housing is a problem throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Almost 40 percent of families in the region live in a house beyond repair, have no title, or lack water, sewerage, electricity, adequate building materials, or space. It is estimated that by 2015, that number will increase by 10 percent. Only an investment of at least $310 billion will close the region's current housing gap, that is 7.8 percent of LAC's GDP. The demand for improved housing among the base of the pyramid (BOP) has been consistently strong and represents a relatively steady proportion of the overall income of this segment of the population. Yet the supply of innovative and tailored solutions continues to be limited. This report presents and analyzes promising business models that are enabling companies and other organizations to provide services and products to the BOP and in doing so help address the region's pressing housing deficit.

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Tags:  access to finance  Base of the Pyramid  BoP  Economic Growth  impact investing  Latin America  Sector publication 

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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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Housing at the Base of the Pyramid in Brazil

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This report is based on the themes and messages discussed during the Business Opportunities in Housing for the Base of the Pyramid event held in São Paulo, Brazil on 2 September 2013. The event brought together between key actors developing housing solutions for low-income communities in Brazil. More than 70 members from the United Nations Development Programme in Brazil, city government, civil society, real estate developers, private-sector companies and investors attended this invite-only event, a collaborative effort between Business Call to Action (BCtA) and Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Brazil Chapter which enabled participating stakeholders to discuss challenges and solutions.

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Base of the Pyramid  BoP  Brazil  impact investing  Latin America 

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