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The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Updated: Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability
FHI 360

The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability presents 63 examples of policy, program and technology innovations that promote economic stability for individuals, communities, firms and countries, with an emphasis on the welfare of poor and vulnerable people worldwide. The report found strong and diverse innovation in India, Kenya and the United States. Indonesia stands out for the use of data and innovation tools in government, and Brazil ranks high for public safety-related domains. The majority of innovations are privately provided and enabled by mobile technology and data, although FHI 360 identified several pockets of significant government and donor participation in catalyzing or scaling innovation. This publication was funded by The Rockefeller Foundation.

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Tags:  brazil  india  innovation  kenya 

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SME Program: Five Years in Review

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

SME Program:
Five Years in Review

by Innovations for Poverty Action

In this report, IPA present some highlights from their SME research portfolio, lessons learned in each of their program’s focus areas, details about the events they have hosted, and information about what they do to support, create, and promote evidence in the SME sector.

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Tags:  innovation  poverty  sector publication  SME  SMEs 

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Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Opportunity

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Opportunity:
A Case Study of the New Mongolian Entrepreneurship Landscape

by Molly McKeon, Research Fellow at Center for Social Impact Learning

This study was commissioned by the Center for Social Impact Learning out of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. It is an effort to shed light on the emerging social entrepreneurship scene in Mongolia to better identify opportunities for future research, collaborations, programs, or investment by partner organizations. 

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Tags:  Case Studies  Entrepreneurship  innovation  opportunity  sector publication 

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The Practitioner's Guide

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 9, 2016

The Practitioner’s Guide: Steps to Corporate Investment, Innovation and Collaboration

By the Multilateral Investment Fund/IDB

All corporations seek to differentiate themselves and look for new ways to create value. But, how does an organization change the way it does business? This guide addresses three key questions: 1) What is the business benefit and why should my business consider alternative options in its innovation and investment strategy? 2) What steps can I take to begin the process of designing our corporate innovation and investment strategy so that it creates positive outcomes? 3) Who can I work with to make this happen and what forms of collaboration exist in the market that I can learn from?

Tags:  2016  Corporate Responsibility  impact investing  innovation 

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Rules for Growth: Promoting Innovation and Growth Through Legal Reform

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

Three years ago the Kauffman Foundation began funding legal scholars and economists to study, research, and write about the way in which the legal system—the contents of specific laws, judicial doctrines, and regulation, as well as the legal processes—affects innovation and growth. This was both a familiar and novel undertaking for many of the scholars involved. It was familiar because for the past several decades, an increasing number of scholars had already been investigating the way in which the law affects economic efficiency, in the sense of improving or adversely affecting the production of goods and services using existing inputs of labor, capital, and ideas. But the initiative also was novel in that it asked the scholars to move beyond the “static” analysis of the extant “law and economics” literature and begin to investigate how the law was affecting what economists call “dynamic efficiency,” or the maximum rate at which the production of goods and services can grow with the right institutions and policies in place.

Our Foundation has a special interest in economic growth because our founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman, strongly believed that entrepreneurs were the key to innovation and growth, and that only growth would advance living standards. 

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Tags:  Economic Growth  innovation  legal  Sector publication 

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GIZ Publications on Inclusive Business

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 18, 2013

Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid highlights the personal stories of the leaders of some of IFC’s inclusive business clients. These clients have developed innovative and successful business models that expand access to goods, services, and livelihoods for poor people, while generating strong financial returns - read more here

October, 2013

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Tags:  business models  Entrepreneurship  innovation  sector publication 

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Innovation Communities Case Study Articles - ANDE

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Exploring the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

A KIN Innovation Communities Case Study


Tags:  ANDE  innovation  sector publication