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The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing: A Review and a Road Map

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gender matters all the time, whether we're investing in women-led businesses or in companies that market goods to women. It matters in transportation infrastructure, national debt, and in the future of industry. Gender is about so much more than counting women and girls and how they are represented. This report from the Criterion Institute tells the story of gender lens investing over the last five years and draws up a roadmap to the future. Download it here, or from the Criterion Institute site

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Tags:  gender  impact investing  women 

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New Wharton Research Shows “Doing Well While Doing Good” Is Viable Investment Strategy, Investors Seeking Social Impact Can Receive Comparable Returns

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 9, 2015

Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania recently released a new report, “Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investments.”

From their press release:

The new study provides an objective, rigorous look at two of the most important aspects of impact investing: financial returns and long-term impact. Specifically, the study explores the widespread assumption that impact investing private equity funds cannot achieve market-rate financial performance. The report’s findings suggest that – in certain market segments – investors might not need to expect lower returns as a tradeoff for social impact. Impact investing is an investment approach that intentionally seeks to generate measurable social or environmental impact alongside a positive financial return.  According to the study’s authors, certain market segments of funds in the sample yield returns close to those of public market indices.

The new study evaluated the financial performance of 53 impact investing private equity funds—representing 557 individual investments—relative to public market indices such as the Russell 2000 and other benchmark indexes. The study also sought to determine what one might expect to happen to a portfolio company’s social or environmental mission when its impact investors seek liquidity.

In doing so, the study acts as a key reference point for investors seeking to compare impact investing to other asset classes and investment options.

This report also generated a lot of buzz at ANDE's 2015 Annual Conference session on Exits in Impact Investing. Make sure to view the report on Issuu or download a PDF version here.  

Tags:  impact investing 

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From Seed to Impact: Building the Foundations for a High-Impact Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 11, 2015

If we want to harness the full potential of social entrepreneurship, we need to address the fragmented social entrepreneurship ecosystem. As it stands, activities in the ecosystem remain disconnected, it's tough to identify best practices, and the focus often falls on "rock stars" who are already operating successful businesses at scale, meaning that potentially world-changing ideas are flying under the radar and may lack the appropriate support to grow into their full potential. 

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) was launched in June 2013 at the Social Impact Investment summit. It gathers organizations supporting social entrepreneurs in 50 countries, to improve the reach, quality, and sustainability of support for early-stage social entrepreneurs. 

This report dives into what kind of impact GSEN members are creating, where support is most needed for social entrepreneurs, how GSEN members are meeting those needs, and how to do more with the resources available. 

The report is available through Isuu or as PDF for download. 

Tags:  impact investing  social entrepreneurship 

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Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Impact Investing was once mainly experimental, but has now matured. Arabella Advisors, in partnership with Mission Investors Exchange, Exponent Philanthropy, and dozens of other practitioners and experts have written a primer on getting started with it investing. This book is aimed at foundations with few or no staff.

It seeks to demystify the the practice of impact investing. It includes clear definitions, case studies, and practical tools for conducting necessary due diligence, structuring investments, and building a monitoring plan into your portfolio. 

You can download the book for free here

Tags:  impact investing 

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ANDE 2010 Impact Report

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

The 2010 ANDE Impact Report is a comprehensive assessment of the state of the SGB sector. It shares lessons learned about supporting and sustaining SGBs in emerging markets and addresses areas where improvement and mobilization are needed to further promote entrepreneurship to achieve poverty reduction around the world. 

The report was released in March 2011 in conjunction with our Second Anniversary Celebration in London. 

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Tags:  access to finance  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  SGB  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Strengthening SMEs: A Guide to Business Management and Governance for Small and Medium Enterprises in East Africa

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This guide gives business management and governance advice for small and medium enterprises specifically in East Africa. 

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Tags:  Africa  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  SGB 

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Catalyzing Support for Small Growing Businesses in Developing Countries: Mapping the Policies of International Development Donors & Investors

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This report depicts the landscape of development organizations that fund and support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries: 1) multilateral development banks, 2) bilateral government donor agencies, and 3) development finance institutions (DFIs).  The report is a new contribution to both the development community, as well as the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).  Advocacy and policy work is a strategic priority for ANDE, and the report's findings will enable the Network to understand the international development community and to be more strategic in its approach as it seeks to influence and shape the international development SME agenda.

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Development  Global  impact investing  SGB 

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ANDE 2009 Impact Report

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs is proud to present its 2009 Impact Report.  This report is the first publication of its type - aggregating sector impact and demonstrating the successes of ANDE members over its first year.  This report will serve as a benchmark as ANDE continues to move forward and chart its progress.

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Tags:  access to finance  ANDE publication  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  Impact Evaluation  impact investing 

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Information Economy Report 2011

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Information Economy Report 2011 demonstrates that effective use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in both the private and the public sector can significantly contribute to and accelerate progress in private sector development (PSD). 

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Tags:  impact investing  Information and Communication Technology  private sector development  Sector publication 

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Social Impact Investment Manual: An Introduction for Social Entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Philanthropic donations were previously the major, if not the only, source of funds for a growing social enterprise. As the field of social enterprise has gained credibility and therefore scale, funding sources that can ensure not only the financial sustainability but also the growth in impact of social enterprises have increased in terms of number of funders and size of financing.

Social Investment” or “Impact Investment”, as this form of financing is often called, represents an important complement to grants or government subsidies. Social investors typically invest in organizations with a strong social change mission, who generate an income, but are not yet considered commercially attractive. 

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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