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Scaling-Up SME Access to Financial Services in the Developing World

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

This report focuses on the scaling up of SMEs. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in economic development, particularly in emerging countries. Studies indicate that formal SMEs contribute up to 45 percent of employment and up to 33 percent of GDP in developing economies; these numbers are significantly higher when taking into account the estimated contributions of SMEs operating in the informal sector. The informal sector presents one of the greatest challenges in the SME space, with issues that go well beyond finance. In the context of the international development agenda, and given the critical importance of job creation in the recovery cycle following the recent financial crisis, promoting SME development appears to be an impor- tant priority. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Impact Investments: An Emerging Asset Class

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

"In a world where government resources and charitable donations are insufficient to address the world’s social problems, impact investing offers a new alternative for channeling large-scale private capital for social benefit. With increasing numbers of investors rejecting the notion that they face a binary choice between investing for maximum risk-adjusted returns or donating for social purpose, the impact investment market is now at a significant turning point as it enters the mainstream. In this work, we argue that impact investments are emerging as an alternative asset class. As such, we analyze the questions one would ask when adding impact investments to an investment portfolio."

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Tags:  capital  impact investing  Sector publication  social impact 

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Global Financial Inclusion: Achieving full financial inclusion at the intersection of social benefit and economic sustainability

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

In the past decade, the goal of financial inclusion— ensuring that every individual has access to quality, affordable financial services—has become an increasing priority and possibility worldwide. And as we enter the second decade of the century, the necessary conditions for meeting this goal are coming together.

Financial inclusion aims at benefiting the world’s poor, the vast majority of whom do not use formal financial services of the sort provided by banks, insurers, or microfinance instititutions (MFIs). As a result, they are unable to avail themselves of the fundamental tools of economic self-determination, including savings, credit, insurance, payments, money transfer, and financial education. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Global  impact investing  Poverty  Sector publication 

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Credit Gap - Two Trillion and Counting

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

 This report reviews micro, small, and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs—enterprises that typically have fewer than 250 employees) that contribute significantly to economic development. This is particularly evident in developing countries, where formal MSMEs represent approximately 45 percent of employment and approximately 33 percent of GDP.2 This contribution to economic development is even greater when informal MSMEs—that is, enterprises that are not formally registered—are included. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Money for Good: The US Market for Impact Investments

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

For the first time since 1994's The Seven Faces of Philanthropy, the Money for Good (MFG) initiative provides a comprehensive understanding of the behaviors, attitudes, and motivations of affluent Americans with respect to impact investing, charitable giving, and international entrepreneurship.

Leveraging a nationwide survey of 4,000 Americans with household incomes of $80,000 a year and above, the Money for Good initiative analyzed the US market opportunity for impact investments and charitable gifts for individuals. The initiative also identified what for- and non-profit organizations can do to "unlock" that market opportunity, by serving their donors and investors more effectively.

The Money for Good research was run from December 2009 April 2010. The initiative was funded by the ANDE Capacity Development Fund (CDF), the Rockefeller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Metanoia Fund. A core group of ANDE members supported the Money for Good grant proposal to the CDF, and were partners throughout the initiative. These organizations included E&Co, Endeavor, Ignia Partners, Mercy Corps, Root Capital, ShoreBank, TechnoServe, and VisionSpring. 

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Tags:  charitable giving  entrepreneurship  impact investing  Philanthropy  Sector publication 

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Building Houses, Financing Homes: India's Rapidly Growing Housing and Housing Finance Markets for the Low-Income Customer

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

Rapid urbanization has led to an increase in the number of low income households in India’s cities. Despite a vibrant housing market in India, decent housing in the formal sector is beyond the reach of the vast majority of these lower income households. Monitor Inclusive Markets conducted a study in 2006-7 for NHB (funded by FIRST Initiative and with active support by the World Bank), which found that even the cheapest houses in the market, were at best affordable2 for the top 15% of the urban population. Customers in the next 30% income seg- ment generally rented rooms in slums and low income neighborhoods.

They lived in poorly constructed houses with deplorable sanitary conditions (shared toilets, bad drainage and water- logging) and lacking basic neighborhood amenities (few common spaces or gardens, unsafe alleys, open gutters). Many families had tiny quarters, for which they paid high rent and yet remained at the mercy of their landlords. Moreover, these customers aspired to live in and could afford to buy houses between 250-400 square feet in suburban areas at current market prices, but there was virtually no supply of houses, and almost no access to mortgages from traditional financial institutions (even more the case for informal sector customers). 

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Tags:  access to finance  impact investing  India  Sector publication 

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Stimulating Investment in Emerging-Market SMEs

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

Although many large institutions have begun to stabilize and recover from the global financial crisis, a serious credit crunch continues. Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face particular challenges to survival and growth. Even in good economic times, these firms lack access to flexible capital, constraining their ability to expand. The current environment exacerbates this difficulty, leading to a dangerous trend because it affects the broader economy. 

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Tags:  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Investing for Social & Environmental Impact

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
There are moments in history when the needs of an age prompt lasting, positive innovation in finance—from ideas as big as the invention of money, to the creation of new institutions such as banks and insurance firms, to the development of new products and services such as mortgages, pensions, and mutual funds.

Evidence suggests that many thousands of people and institutions around the globe believe our era needs a new type of investing. They are already ex- perimenting with it, and many of them continue even in the midst of a financial and credit crisis. That’s why the idea of using profit-seeking investment to generate social and environmental good is moving from a periphery of activist investors to the core of mainstream financial institutions. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SGB  SME  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Accion’s Frontier Investments Group: DRIVE EFFICIENCY THROUGH CENTRALIZATION

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Friday, November 30, 2012

IRIS Use Case

Accion’s Frontier Investments Group: DRIVE EFFICIENCY THROUGH CENTRALIZATION

Accion’s Frontier 

Investments Group (Frontier Investments) is an early and growth stage impact investing fund focused on catalyzing a new approach to financial inclusion. It invests in innovative technologies and disruptive business models that enhance the efficiency, reach, and scope of products and services for the unbanked. Accion is a global nonprofit organization with a mission to build a financially inclusive world by giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives. To streamline their impact measurement processes, the Frontier Investments team adopted IRIS to standardize their financial and social performance metrics, PULSE to centralize and track performance data, and Alternative Investment Management (AIM) to facilitate more thorough analysis and overall portfolio management. With its new impact measurement program, the team has increased transparency and can analyze trends across its portfolio, make better informed investment decisions, and guide investees toward scale, efficiency, and positive social impact. With IRIS as the foundation of its centralized impact measurement program, Frontier Investments’ small team can work together more effectively and take a data-driven approach to portfolio management.

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Tags:  data  early stage ecosystem  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  sector publication 

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From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report springs from a point of view shared by Monitor and Acumen Fund — that philanthropy is the essential but often overlooked catalyst that unlocks the impact potential of inclusive business and impact investing. The report has been created with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The key themes discussed here are based on the sum of Monitor’s extensive research into more than 700 inclusive businesses in Africa and India, and Acumen Fund’s decade of experience as a pioneering impact investor. They also draw together the experiences and observations of dozens of impact investors, grant funders, academics and other experts who were generous enough to share their thoughts with us. 

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Tags:  Africa  Development  impact investing  India  private sector development  Sector publication 

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