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Just Good Investing: Why gender matters to your portfolio and what you can do about it

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 7, 2018
Just Good Investing: Why gender matters to your portfolio and what you can do about it
by Calvert Impact Capital

There is growing evidence and collective understanding that gender equity is good for investment, good for businesses, good for society. However, this understanding still has not translated into widespread action in the investment world, often because investors are unsure how to incorporate gender into their analyses.

To address this, the report conducts an analysis of Calvert Impact Capital's private debt portfolio over the past eleven years examining the relationship between gender diversity at the board and leadership level and financial performance. It reveals a strong relationship between gender diversity in leadership positions (senior management) and financial performance. It also shares practical guidance and tools for creating a gender inclusive investment strategy. Read the full report

Tags:  2018  gender  gender lens investing  impact investing  sector publication 

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Amplify II: The Next Mile of Impact Investing for INGOs

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 7, 2018
Amplify II: The Next Mile of Impact Investing for INGOs
by Humentum and the INGO Impact Investing Network

Humentum and the International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Impact Investing Network published their second impact investing report, Amplify Impact Investing 2: The Next Mile of Impacting Investing for INGOs, in December 2018. This report is the follow up to the original Amplify Impact Investing report released in 2016, Amplify Impact Investing: the INGO Value Proposition for Impact Investing.

In recent years, international non-governmental organizations, traditionally known for implementing donor-funded programs for social and environmental impact around the world, have begun to make a distinctive imprint on the impact investing ecosystem. The report updates our knowledge on the role of INGOs in impact investing, and discusses their evolution in the market. It concludes that INGOs are continuing to emerge as key players in impact investing. Learn more.

Tags:  2018  impact investing  INGOs  sector publication  social impact 

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What Have We Learned: Financing Social Businesses in Uganda

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 5, 2018
What Have We Learned: Financing Social Businesses in Uganda
by YUNUS Social Business and USAID

Financing and supporting early-stage businesses in Uganda is not an easy task. Social businesses in the early growth stages require patience and support to hone their model and serve more people. In this report with USAID, YUNUS Social Business looks critically at their venture philanthropy fund in order to share their learnings from their portfolio and investment and support strategy. The report describes their investment processes, strategies, and their new criteria moving forward. Learn more.

Tags:  2018  Africa  investing  philanthropy  sector publication  uganda 

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On the functioning of agricultural markets in Mali: Strategies for development

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 5, 2018
On the functioning of agricultural markets in Mali: Strategies for development
by USAID and CrossBoundary

This study, commissioned by USAID's Economic Growth Office and implemented by CrossBoundary's Mali Investment Facilitation Platform, investigates constraints to Mali's agricultural markets. It identifies the obstacles that stand in the way of organizations and projects aiming to modernize the country's agricultural sector, and provides possible remedies. The report also presents evidence that sustained support for private sector actors can initiate a paradigm shift. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  Africa  agriculture  economic growth  sector publication 

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Financial Inclusion: Technology, Innovation, Progress

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Financial Inclusion: Technology, Innovation, Progress
by United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development

From innovative technology to increased engagement by the private sector, several exciting trends are propelling the world’s impressive gains in financial access, according to the newly released annual report from the UNSGSA. The report also details the many ways in which financial inclusion is driving progress on the development goals.

Despite this progress, however, gaps remain—most notably among women and the poor—and account usage lags behind access. The report details the UNSGSA’s ongoing efforts to address these issues through three key areas of work: ensuring usage and development impact, reaching neglected populations, and creating the right environment for technology-enabled financial inclusion. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  development  financial inclusion  inclusive business  sector publication  technology 

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Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape Report

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 9, 2018
Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape Report
by the Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP)

STeP released the Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape report in October 2018. Resources to validate new sanitation technologies and prepare for market entry – prerequisites for achieving sustainable, scaled solutions – tend to be quite scarce compared to those available to scale proven solutions. As such, a problematic ‘Pioneer Gap’ exists. This funder landscape seeks to both clarify the ‘Pioneer Gap’ and point readers to potential funding and other resources poised to help fill this problematic gap. Two promising forms of funding are explored in detail: catalytic philanthropy and blended finance leveraging impact investment.

Tags:  2018  sanitation  sector publication  sustainability  technology 

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Too Tough to Scale? Challenges to Scaling Innovation in the Humanitarian Sector

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Too Tough to Scale? Challenges to Scaling Innovation in the Humanitarian Sector
by Elrha

Elrha released the report Too tough to scale? in October 2018. Despite increased investment in the area, scaling humanitarian innovation is still a big and ongoing challenge. The report explores why more innovations aren’t successfully scaling and identify key barriers.

Drawing from Elrha’s own experience in funding over 150 humanitarian organisations to develop, test and scale many highly impactful innovations, and drawing on research and experience from the social and development sectors, Too tough to scale? identifies 13 key barriers across five different challenge areas. The report goes on to provide clear calls to action for different humanitarian actors and encourages those groups to contribute to sector-wide transformative change.

Tags:  2018  scaling  sector publication  social innovation 

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Closing the Circuit: Accelerating Clean Energy Investment in India

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Closing the Circuit: Accelerating Clean Energy Investment in India
by Miller Center, William Davidson Institute

Miller Center and the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan partnered to produce this report in September 2018. The Energy Access India Program (EAI) recognizes that development of solar energy, including decentralized solar off-grid and mini grids can immediately extend clean energy access to those who need it most. This report is based on the experiences of enterprises and investors working to scale up clean energy access through mentorship, which boosts enterprises’ investor readiness by facilitating more funding. It analyzes the business models and strategies that EAI portfolio companies implemented and provides actionable recommendations for enterprises and investors to influence the development of the overall clean energy industry. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  energy  sector publication  sustainable energy 

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Empowering through Collective Action

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Empowering through Collective Action
by Pierre Marie Bosc, IFAD Research Series

This paper is focused on how collective action can contribute to inclusion objectives, with particular respect to the agriculture sector. It was released in October 2018 as part of IFAD's Research Series, which brings together cutting-edge thinking on smallholder agriculture and rural development. Drawing on empirical and theoretical references, the paper posits that collection action could influence the domains of "public goods provision, expanding opportunities and challenging current norms and behaviours."

Tags:  2018  agriculture  inclusive business  sector publication 

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Fostering Productive Entrepreneurship Communities: Key Lessons on Generating Jobs, Economic Growth & Innovation

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Fostering Productive Entrepreneurship Communities: Key Lessons on Generating Jobs, Economic Growth & Innovation
by Endeavor Insight

Endeavor Insight recently completed one of the largest studies ever conducted on entrepreneurship communities. This research was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in order to answer the following question: How can decision makers empower local entrepreneurship communities to become more productive?

This project is one of the first studies to use network analyses to assess the collective impact of founders, investors, support organizations, and other entrepreneurship actors.  You can learn more and download the full report here.

Tags:  2018  development  entrepreneurship  sector publication 

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