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China Crowd-funding Report

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

China’s open door policy has transformed the country’s economy, but at a social and environmental cost. Chinese Social and Environmental (SE) Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) can help China face these challenges through economic development, poverty alleviation, and environmental benefits. Yet Chinese SE SGBs are limited by their lack of finance. Crowdfunding, soliciting small amounts of funding from many people primarily via the internet, provides an alternative to traditional forms of finance. Moreover, it can act as a form of impact investing when targeted towards Chinese SE SGBs, intentionally producing social and environmental (SE) benefits while also increasing the awareness and credibility of the nascent impact investing industry.

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Tags:  China  Environment  Sector publication  SGB  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Beyond the Pioneer: Getting Inclusive Industries to Scale

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This is Monitor Deloitte's report entitled Beyond the Pioneer: Getting Inclusive Industries to Scale, based on extensive research carried out by its Monitor Inclusive Markets unit based in Mumbai, India.

There has been increasing interest around the world in the role that inclusive businesses, which engage and benefit the global poor, can play in the fight against the problems of poverty. However, disappointingly few of these have achieved the scale required to make a significant difference to the global poor. An analysis of over 400 such firms in Africa showed that a mere 13% of them had begun to scale. This new report explains why this is the case, and provides recommendations for how these problems can be overcome

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Tags:  access to finance  Base of the Pyramid  BoP  Development  Economic Growth  impact investing  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Winning Together - a guide to successful corporate startup collaboration

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 6, 2015

To help corporations reap the benefits of collaborating with startups, Nesta has produced a guide along with Founders Intelligence and the Startup Europe Partnership. Their results show that companies of multiple sizes and representing multiple sectors can benefit from working with young, innovative firms. 

The guide seeks to:

  • help executives and innovation managers understand what value working with startups can bring to their organization
  • provide them with a three-step approach and framework to evaluate and select suitable programs to engage with startups
  • empower those who want to champion startup engagement inside their company with case studies and stories that clearly illustrate the transformative benefits of collaborations. 

The guide is available for download on the Nesta website

 

Tags:  Business Models  Entrepreneurship  Sector publication  Value Chain 

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[New Oxfam report] Women's economic inequality and domestic violence: exploring the links and empowering women

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Economic empowerment of poor households is a key entry point for development organisations concerned with economic inequality. Over the decades, gender inequality has emerged as a key concern, and the result has been women’s economic empowerment (WEE) programming. This article is a study of the impact of WEE programming on domestic violence (DV) against women.

Organizations that seek to support women-run SGBs and women entrepreneurs must understand gender power relations in economic development. This report draws on practitioner experiences to offer recommendations for other practitioners on more holistic empowerment that addresses also addresses inequality. 

The report is available for free download from Taylor and Francis Online

 

Tags:  entrepreneurship  Sector publication  SGB  women 

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Strengthening the Ecosystem for Edupreneurs in South Africa: Findings from a Roundtable Discussion

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 1, 2015
Updated: Friday, July 31, 2015
In March 2015, the ANDE South Africa chapter brought together just over 30 participants involved in the education entrepreneurship ecosystem including public and private funders, capacity development providers, academics and edupreneurs for a full-day roundtable discussion in Johannesburg to flesh out challenges and opportunities faced by edupreneurs in South Africa and to come up with collaborative actions to strengthen the ecosystem. The discussion, which covered five topics from Access to Finance to Infrastructure and Enabling Technologies, focused on direct instruction models (predominantly Low Fee Private Schools) and EdTech entrepreneurs. Findings and Ideas for Action from the discussion are summarized here.

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Tags:  ecosystem  education  entrepreneurship ecosystems  Sector publication  South Africa 

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The Landscape for Impact Investing in East Africa

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 31, 2015

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and Open Capital Advisors just launched a new report that provides a comprehensive "state of the market" analysis for impact investing in East Africa. The study, The Landscape for Impact Investing in East Africa, includes detailed chapters on Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Rwanda, and others. 

The full report, executive summary, regional overview, individual chapters, and more can all be downloaded from the GIIN's website

 

Tags:  analysis  East Africa  impact investing  sector publication 

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Building Economic Opportunities for Young People in Africa

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 17, 2015

The MasterCard Foundation recently released a review of their training and skills projects. The report, "Youth at Work: Building Economic Opportunities for Young People in Africa," provides a comprehensive review of the factors that have contributed to the success of certain projects, and examines lessons learned that will be helpful in moving forward. 

The report highlights effective skill building models, the importance of understanding which sectors of the economy have the most potential for youth, the need for more cost-effective and sustainable solutions, and the need to truly keep youth at the center of these projects. 

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Tags:  Africa  education  employment  Sector publication  youth 

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Social Finance: Creating Value for Investors

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 17, 2015

Why hasn't social finance caught on in the past? What needs to change to extend and broaden the recent growth?

BNY Mellon dives into these questions in their most recent white paper: "Social Finance: Creating Value for Investors.

In their own words:

BNY Mellon has been helping apply capital to social change for more than 225 years. It began with a loan to a fledgling government undertaking a large social experiment: The United States of America and democracy. We continue to think about the potential for investments to enable positive change today. The size and complexity of current environmental, social, and governance issues facing the global economy have motivated us to assess the market structure in order to address these issues, highlight some of the challenges to greater and more effective deployment of capital, and propose ways to address those challenges.

Read the full paper and learn how BNY Mellon sees the path ahead for social finance. 

Tags:  finance  impact investing  investors  Sector publication 

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CDC Annual Review

Posted By Stephanie Buck, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 2, 2015

CDC, a development finance institution whose mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places. has released their 2014 Annual Review. It holds some interesting insights into job creation.

Here are some highlights: 

  • A large sample of CDC-backed businesses in Africa and South Asia contributed to the creation of nearly 1.3 million new direct and indirect jobs and livelihoods in 2014 (n=388).
  • These businesses directly employed 533,000 workers.
  • The businesses impacted a further 10.8 million people when indirect employment effects, such as supply chains, wages and increased access to power and financial services were taken into account.

Tags:  africa  employment  Job Creation  Sector publication  southeast asia 

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Measuring Value Created by Impact Incubators & Accelerators

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 2, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I-DEV International, in conjunction with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Agora Partnerships, set out to evaluate the value created by impact incubators and accelerators for social enterprises and impact investors they seek to support. This 18-month analysis included over 100 interviews and surveys with stakeholders from 8 impact-focused incubator/accelerator programs, 54 enterprises that had participated in the incubator/accelerator programs analyzed, and 18 active impact investors. Key research objectives were to:

  • Evaluate the quantifiable value created by impact-focused incubator/accelerator programs 
  • Design and pilot a framework that can be used to objectively compare and benchmark impact incubator/accelerator programs against each other

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Tags:  accelerators  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SGB 

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