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Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America
by Value for Women

This report - a first of its kind focused on Latin America - summarizes information gathered from 48 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders in Latin America, primarily members of the ANDE network as well as 254 firms that comprise their portfolios. It includes information from surveys and key informant interviews with 24 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem actors. The focus on the impact investing sector is important because gender equality should be front and center for Impact Investors seeking to achieve financial and social returns on their investments. This report highlights that while it is clear that gender equality is good for business and good for development, Impact Investors in Latin America are still only in the early stages of embedding this focus in their investment process and activities.

Read full report here.

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  impact investing  latin america  women 

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Gender Lens Investing: How Finance Can Accelerate Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Gender Lens Investing: How Finance Can Accelerate Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean
by Leonora Buckland, Mar Cordobés, Stephanie Oueda Cruz and Lauren Murphy

This study is the first piece of detailed research on gender lens investing in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It adds to other regional analyses of gender lens investing emerging in the last few years in Asia and in Europe (authored by the same team as this report at the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation). The specific objectives of the study are to: 1) Describe the opportunity for different gender lens investing strategies in LAC; 2)Highlight key case studies and current activities in LAC; and 3) Offer top-level recommendations for how different players can put gender lens investing into practice. It is not intended to be a comprehensive landscaping of gender lens investing activities in LAC. IDB Invest's hope is that this research helps to catalyze more gender lens investing activities in the region by providing a much-needed starting point and reference for entrepreneurs, investors, ecosystem players and corporates to explore and pursue such strategies. They also believe that it will be useful to investors not currently active in the region, but who are looking at global gender lens investing opportunities. Finally, it will help the global gender lens investing movement with a more detailed and synthesized regional overview.

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Tags:  Caribbean  gender  gender inclusion  gender lens investing  impact investing  Latin America 

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Expanding Financial Capability in Colombia

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 8, 2019
Updated: Friday, April 5, 2019

Expanding Financial Capability in Colombia
by Pablo Antón Díaz

This report describes the Center for Financial Inclusion's efforts to communicate best practices for developing financial education interventions to policymakers and practitioners via workshops in Colombia as well as an evaluation of the success
of their efforts. It also presents recommendations for further embedding behavioral insights into financial education programming so that practitioners and policymakers can deploy more effective interventions.

Read full report here. 

Tags:  financial education  financial inclusion  Latin America  Microfinance 

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The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America: 2016 & 2017 Trends

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 11, 2018
Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2018
The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America: 2016 & 2017 Trends
by ANDE and the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA)

 ANDE and the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA) teamed up to release the second edition of The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America in October, 2018. 

The report offers an updated snapshot of the growing landscape of impact investing in Latin America. It shares insight about impact investment activity in the region—including a breakdown by sector, country, deal size, and stage—and compares this progress to 2014 and 2015. It concludes with investors’ expectations for 2018 and 2019.


Click below for the English, Portuguese, and Spanish versions of the report: 

Click here for the press release (in English).




Tags:  2018  ANDE publication  impact investing  latin america 

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Investing for Impact

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 6, 2017


By Agora Partnerships


Investing for Impact: 27 Investment Opportunities to Change the World outlines opportunities to support and invest in entrepreneurs across Latin America and the Caribbean who are solving the Sustainable Development Goals and building a more just, equitable society. These outstanding companies have gone through Agora’s Accelerator program and many are fully investment ready and looking for immediate capital. Every company in this book needs support - whether investment, advice, connections or access to markets - and every entrepreneur has been selected based on demonstration of the values of empathy, agency, curiosity and perseverance and their ability to create lasting, sustainable change.


Download the report here.

Tags:  accelerators  impact investing  Latin America  SDGs 

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The State of Impact Investing in Latin America

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Updated: Monday, August 22, 2016

The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America

By ANDE, LAVCA, & LGT Impact Ventures 

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), in partnership with the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA), and LGT Impact Ventures has released a report on the growing landscape of impact investing in Latin America. Impact investing is a relatively nascent industry, and this report aims to fill the data gap in key Latin American markets.

The report covers trends in regional impact investing with a focus on impact measurement, talent, and gender. It explores fundraising, deals, and exits, and takes a deep dive into impact investing in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.

Some Key Points: 

  • Seventy-eight firms reported that they have made impact investments in Latin America. the first impact investment was made in 1997
  • Twenty-eight impact investors headquartered in Latin America manage US $1.2 billion in assets under management (AUM)
  • The type of organizations making impact investments are diverse in size, organizational structure, the type of capital they have been able to raise, and their relative expectations for financial and impact return on investment
  • Respondents reported US$1.3 billion invested in 522 impact investing deals in 2014 and 2015
  • Respondents were optimistic about fundraising for 2016
  • Across Latin America, common challenges to entrepreneurial development include the lack of interested entrepreneurs with growth ambitions, a lack of early stage funding, and weak networks

The report is available for download in English, Spanish, and Portuguese

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Tags:  2016  ANDE publication  Brazil  Colombia  impact investing  Latin America  Mexico 

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Case Studies: Bringing Latin American SGBs into the future

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Case Studies on growing MSMEs in Latin America

by FUNDES.  

FUNDES is a consultancy firm that takes Latin American small and medium businesses into the future. They have recently released a series of case studies on their work to support small and growing businesses by partnering with corporations like SABMiller, Nescafe, and more. Read the following stories: 

Tags:  2016  Case Studies  Latin America  Shared Value 

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Mapping the Impact Investing Sector in Brazil

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

During the past 10 years of impact investing in Brazil, we have observed a significant development in the impact investing space. Five years ago, only a few players identified themselves as impact investors, very few organizations in the social sector were investor-ready, and there were almost no co-investment opportunities. A steep increase in the number of investors and amount of capital, greater coordination among players, and a more professional workforce active in the industry today have facilitated the development of impact investing. This market study of the impact investing sector in Brazil reveals significant market growth. Nineteen of Brazil’s largest impact investors, including fund managers, banks, foundations, family offices and others surveyed expect to commit 40% to 50% more capital to impact investments in 2014 compared to 2013. 

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Economic Growth  financing mechanisms  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  Latin America 

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Mapping the Social/Inclusive Business Field in Brazil

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

The objectives of this study are to:

  • Identify actors in the area of businesses that aim to reduce poverty, specifically.
  • Collect and analyze data relating to operations, performance and impact, as well as relationships with other actors and role in the ecosystem
  • Promote results to people/organizations interested understanding the field in Brazil 

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Tags:  ecosystem  Impact Evaluation  Latin America  Sector publication 

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Banks and SMEs: Raising the Game. 4th Regional Survey in Latin America and the Caribbean 2011

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

SMEs are positioning themselves as a strategic branch of banking operations in the region, while banks are increasingly pushing for more active policies when it comes to the financing of SMEs. This is one of the highlighted conclusions from a 2011 joint survey conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank Group's entities dealing with the private sector: the Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN), the beyondBanking program of the department of Corporate and Structured Financing (SCF), and the Inter-American Investment Corporation, along with the Latin American Banking Federation (FELABAN). This report introduces the general results obtained during the fourth survey encompassing the views and opinions of directors, managers and deputies of the SME division of 109 banks scattered across 22 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also includes an itemized analysis of the answers divided by the banks size and location, as well as their interrelations with other trends in that sector. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Economic Growth  Impact Evaluation  Latin America  Sector publication  SGB  SME 

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