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Impact Investing 2.0

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 8, 2013

With lead funding from the Omidyar Network, InSight at Pacific Community Ventures, CASE at Duke and ImpactAssets have been working for over two years to examine the practices of 12 outstanding impact investing funds, culled from an initial list of 350. On November 7, at the World Economic Forum in New York, the new report Impact Investing 2.0 was released. The funds represent over $1.3 billion of assets; a rich and diverse cross-section of the field that, taken together, proves that concurrently delivering significant social impacts and financial returns that meet or exceed investor expectations is not only possible, but is being done at significant scale. For more information, please click here

Impact Investing 2.0
October, 2013 

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Tags:  finance  impact investing  sector publication  social impact 

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From the Margins to the Mainstream - Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, September 26, 2013

From the Margins to the Mainstream lays out several key recommendations for how the impact investment sector can reach scale. This includes calling on impact investment funds to be transparent about the financial returns that are generated; for impact enterprises to proactively measure and report on social and environmental impact; for governments to provide tax relief for early-stage investments in which public benefit is created; and for philanthropic endowments to commit their investment capital to impact investments and not just to programmatic allocations. To view the report, please click here

World Economic Forum
September 2013


Tags:  capital  impact investing  investors  philanthropy  sector publication 

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Making Impact Investible

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The paper begins by providing a framework of understanding for the "impact investing” term, its forms of capital, institutional landscape, and blockers as well as enablers of further market growth. It then locates impact investing in the broader context of four megatrends that are creating new investment opportunities.Download the report  here.

Maximilian Martin
July 2013

Tags:  capital  impact investing  investment  opportunity  sector publication 

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Impact investing and beyond: mapping support to social enterprises in emerging markets

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This full report and corresponding executive summary explores the range of support to social enterprises in emerging markets.

There is a lot of excitement about the potential for social enterprise to deliver innovative solutions to development problems, and anecdotal evidence indicates that there is increasing support to social enterprises in emerging markets. This support is coming from a wide range of actors including donors, commercial banks, foundations, investment funds, and NGOs. However, there is a lack of comprehensive data on the scale and range of support. Having such data could allow investments to target underrepresented geographies and sectors and help establish opportunities, overcome gaps and identify the need for more detailed research and analysis.

Tags:  access to finance  emerging markets  impact investing  sector publication  social enterprise 

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Collecting Impact Data Using Mobile Technology

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Monday, July 1, 2013
Collecting Impact Data Using Mobile Technology is a paper published the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) in partnership with Acumen, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Echo Mobile, and Grassroots Business Fund.This paper highlights a pilot project to explore the feasibility of using mobile technology to collect data that indicates the poverty level of clients.

Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
June 2013 

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Tags:  ANDE publication  data collection  ICT  impact investing  mobile 

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Where Do Impact Investing and Microfinance Meet?

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Where Do Impact Investing and Microfinance Meet?

 Mayada El-Zoghbi and Henry Gonzalez
 June 2013

Tags:  Impact Investing  Microfinance  sector publication 

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Bridging the “Pioneer Gap”: The Role of Accelerators in Launching High-Impact Enterprises

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Monday, June 3, 2013

Acc report 06 2013Bridging the "Pioneer Gap”: The Role of Accelerators in Launching High-Impact Enterprises

June 2013

This report is a quantitative analysis of 52 social impact-focused incubators and accelerators, operating around the world.

Tags:  accelerators  access to finance  ANDE publication  impact investing 

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Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in MENA - Leveraging Growth Finance for Sustainable Development

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, February 1, 2013
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in MENA - Leveraging Growth Finance for Sustainable Development
Shell Foundation and Citi Foundation, January 2013

This study assesses the state of a significant, albeit under served, segment of the SME market, known as the "Missing Middle"; to better understand their needs and the challenges they face. It addresses how governments and other stakeholders can help them reach their potential for growth and job creation to positively impact the MENA region. Commissioned by the Shell Foundation and the Citi Foundation, the new research is based on in-depth interviews with over 200 public and private leaders and SMEs in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE and Egypt.

Tags:  Access to Finance  Impact Investing  MENA  Philanthropy  sector publication 

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IFC Jobs Study - Assessing Private sector contributions to job creation and poverty reduction

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, January 25, 2013
IFC Jobs Study - Assessing Private sector contributions to job creation and poverty reduction

IFC, January 2013

This report is the result of an open-source study to assess the direct and indirect effects of private sector activity on job creation. The report examines how and under what conditions the private sector can best contribute to job creation and poverty reduction, drawing on a review of the literature and evaluations; surveys of more than 45,000 businesses in over 100 countries; a website, blog, and essay competition to solicit outside views; macro and micro case studies of IFC clients; and IFC’s own operational experience and lessons learned.

Tags:  Human Capital  Impact Investing  job creation  private sector development  sector publication 

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Building a Healthy & Sustainable Social Impact Bond Market: The Investor Landscape

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

Building a Healthy & Sustainable Social Impact Bond Market: The Investor Landscape
This report, produced by Godeke Consulting and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, explores the landscape of potential social impact bond (SIB) investors to determine how to build a sustainable market for SIBs that can leverage capital from a diverse set of investors to deliver better social outcomes to poor and vulnerable people. Researchers spoke with more than ninety investors and other stakeholders over an eight-month period of time, and have highlighted distinct investor insights that can inform the systems and structures needed to build a healthy market to finance SIBs.

Tags:  impact investing  investors  sector publication  social impact 

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