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Impact Report: Global Expansion

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 16, 2017

Impact Report: Global expansion

By Street Business School 

Three years ago, we set out to test whether the incredible business training program we developed for women making beads could create transformation far beyond the borders of Uganda. The idea was simple. Let's share our proven model with other organizations, who are already experts on the needs of their local communities, and help them maximize their impact rather than reinventing the wheel. We started in January 2014 and completed phase I of this journey on June 30 of this year.

Check out our Milestones to celebrate, as what we have accomplished has far outstripped our expectations. As you read this, Street Business School is being taught in ve countries across East Africa with the potential of two more in the near future. The 19 partner groups we have trained will help more than 6,000 women and almost 37,000 children out of poverty. Forever. 

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Tags:  East Africa  impact evaluation  poverty  social enterprise  women 

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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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Women Entrepreneurs in Mobile Retail Channels: Empowering Women, Driving Growth

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

The expansion of the mobile industry across developing and emerging markets enables a number of social and economic opportunities. In addition to the benefits that mobile technology provides, mobile network operators (MNOs) themselves can offer many opportunities for basic employment and entrepreneurial activity. Some women have been able to benefit from these opportunities, while many others remain marginalized.

In this report, we investigate the gender composition of the ‘mobile value chain’ (MVC) in 11 different markets around the world. We examine the current level of women’s participation in the MVC and the benefits of such participation both for MNOs and for women entrepreneurs. In addition to undertaking an analysis of the MVC, we broadened our scope to encompass the wider political, social and institutional conditions in each market. We interviewed policy makers and spoke to other stakeholders who have an interest in women’s economic empowerment in the markets concerned. 

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Tags:  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Impact Evaluation  Poverty  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship  Women 

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Promise and Progress: Market-Based Solutions to Poverty in Africa

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

With the release of Promise and Progress, Monitor Group concludes a 16-month research project on the operations of 439 enterprises in nine sub-Saharan nations, enterprises which are active in 14 sectors and seek to use market mechanisms to improve the lives and livelihoods of people living at the bottom of the economic pyramid. These "market-based solutions" (MBSs) engage poor people as customers, offering them socially beneficial products at prices they can afford, or as business associates - suppliers, agents, or distributors - providing them with improved incomes. The report shows conclusively that MBSs make a significant difference in the fight against poverty by delivering social impact in a sustainable way, at scale.

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Tags:  Africa  Base of the Pyramid  BoP  Poverty  Sector publication 

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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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Shared Value in Emerging Markets

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This report explores how companies are redefining business strategies to create shared value across five sectors: food, beverages, and agriculture; health care; financial services; extractives and natural resources; and housing and construction. It highlights more than thirty company case studies and provides perspectives on a range of geographies. Guided by key learning questions identified by the Rockefeller Foundation, this paper provides stories and frameworks to inspire and inform the strategies of multinationals and their partners as they seek to create shared value at the base of the pyramid.

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Tags:  access to finance  Global  Poverty  private sector development  Sector publication 

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Market Led Approach to Rural Sanitation (Monitor Inclusive Markets)

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Lack of sanitation is an acute issue in India, where close to 600Mn people defecate in the open, and 67% of rural households do not have toilets. Efforts are being made to address this issue – the Government of India subsidizes rural toilet construction through the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan campaign (previously known as the Total Sanitation Campaign, or TSC) and over the years has approved funding of over INR 200 Bn (USD 4Bn). However, less than 60% of these funds have actually been used. Also, data from the Census indicates that a significant proportion of the TSC toilets that are reported to have been constructed may be non-existent or not in use.

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Tags:  access to finance  Entrepreneurship  Poverty  Sector publication  SME  Water 

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CIPE: Economic Inclusion: Leveraging Markets and Entrepreneurship to Extend Opportunity

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Economic inclusion refers to equality of opportunity for all members of society to participate in the economic life of their country as employers, entrepreneurs, consumers, and citizens. Fostering inclusion through active participation in the market economy involves increasing access to opportunity while generating additional economic growth. Effective strategies for inclusion engage under-represented groups in the design and implementation of policies and programs.

This article from the Center for International Private Enterprise illustrates ways to promote youth entrepreneurship and women’s entrepreneurship and to facilitate the inclusion of informal entrepreneurs in the formal economy.

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Tags:  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  Latin America  Middle-East  Poverty  Sector publication  West Africa  Women 

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Creating Jobs That Reduce Poverty: A Research Agenda on Developing Country Gazelles

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Emerging Markets, Emerging Models: Market Based Solutions to the Challenges of Global Poverty - Monitor Inclusive Markets

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, November 14, 2011
March 2009

Market-based solutions have recently attracted strong interest in the campaign against global poverty, in part due to the remarkable success of micro-finance. They are relatively new, with an uneven performance record, and there is much yet to learn about what causes them to succeed or fail. The most successful pass two tests: they are self-funding, and they operate at suffi cient scale to make a
difference to masses of poor people. They also have one salient feature in common: a business model tailored to the special circumstances of markets at the base of the income pyramid.

The report is based on Monitor’s extensive research into hundreds of market-based solutions around the world, with a particular focus on India, which is an advanced laboratory of approaches and an especially fertile source of lessons about performance. The research is based on dozens of site visits and hundreds of interviews as well as extensive work in the public record. The report provides strong evidence that engaging the poor as customers and suppliers presents an exciting — and signifi cant — opportunity to establish new
paradigms to bring genuine social change in economically sustainable ways.

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Tags:  Base of the Pyramid  Business Models  Case Studies  Health  India  Poverty  sector publication  Water 

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