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(Redefining) Success in a Changing World

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

A number of global trends are converging to accelerate the pace of change in our communities, our lives and the way in which we define success in business. As a result,the world we are passing on to the coming generations is both promising and fragile.One response to this complexity is the rise of social entrepreneurship: the idea that economic incentives and positive social change can – and should – go hand in hand. Over the past two decades in particular, the phenomenon has gained significant traction, and in some cases is on the verge of mainstreaming into general business. This report integrates primary surveys, opinion leader and practitioner interviews, as well as experiences and observations of dozens of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, global Millennials, academics and other experts, all of whom were generous with their time and resources. We combined this with secondary desk research, and together with our analysis, offer a compelling narrative about the future of social entrepreneurship around the world.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  Global  Impact Evaluation  metrics and research  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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The Social Enterprise Landscape in Ghana

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 11, 2015

This report, produced by the British Council, in partnership with ODI, seeks to outline the social enterprise landscape in Ghana. It reviews the enabling environment and the scope of capacity-building activities supporting social enterprise to provide an overview of the profile of existing social enterprises and social innovation activity. It presents information on perceptions and levels of awareness of social enterprise, the obstacles and challenges faced and opportunities to improve the enabling environment; and lessons from social enterprise activities in other national contexts. 

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Tags:  Ghana  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship  West Africa 

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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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A primer on results measurement and surveys: DCED Standard for Results Measurement

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 29, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The DCED Standard is a framework that helps practitioners articulate their hypotheses clearly. It also helps them to systematically set and monitor indicators that show whether or not events are occurring as predicted. This empowers practitioners to adapt their programs based on the data they collect. Many would say this is just good management. Over 100 projects in over 50 countries are currently using the DCED Standard. This includes projects ranging from value chain development, to challenge funds, to business environment reform. 

Using the standard also helps improve the degree of rigor in results measurement. 

Attached, you can find the one page outline about the Standard and how it can help you and your organization. 

For more information, check out the DCED Standard pages here

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Tags:  metrics and research  Metrics Framework  Performance Measurement  Research  sector publication  surveys 

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Investing in Africa's Small and Growing Businesses

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 28, 2015

 https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5f7a19a9f2ee0311ba25248e0/images/e790c2a5-6a5e-49ff-ae0a-445c3d2adb29.jpgFrom launching a fund to exiting investments, this handbook provides an introduction to equity investment throughout Africa. The handbook presents a panorama of SGB investment in Africa, introduces equity investment methodology, and suggests a roadmap for launching an investment vehicle targeting African SGBs. Download the report in English or French here

Tags:  private sector development  Research  sector publication  SGB 

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Taking the Pulse of Social Enterprise Landscape in Developing and Emerging Economies - A new study by Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 28, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

For the first time, data that evaluates the ability of social enterprises to meet the basic needs of poor populations is available in a study by Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung. 

The study focuses on Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa. It examines the dynamics in the public, private, and third sectors, as well as to what extent these influence social enterprise activities. The study includes concrete recommendations on how to increase the contribution of social enterprises to poverty alleviation. 

The report is available for free here. 

Tags:  colombia  kenya  mexico  Research  sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship  south africa 

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New Report: Are India's social entrepreneurs who lack basic financial management skills still seen as investment-worthy?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Over the past four years, the team at Upaya Social Ventures has repeatedly heard from impact investors that the pipeline of investable social enterprises in India is frustratingly thin. While these investors regularly hear about interesting concepts, they lament the lack of entrepreneurs who have the business management skills needed to make a venture profitable. In fact, many leading investors have said that a social entrepreneur who does not have a sufficient command of fundamental business tools is not someone they can even really consider an entrepreneur.

Looking to turn these anecdotes into actionable information, Upaya has released the first of a series of spot surveys that dig deeper into investors’ impressions of the entrepreneurs they encounter.

Titled What They Really Think: Perceptions of India’s Early Stage Social Entrepreneurs Among Impact Investors, the series provides data and recommendations to the multitude of incubators, training programs and mentorship networks currently operating in India. The report captures investor opinions about the collective critical skills and competencies of entrepreneurs, and starts a substantive conversation on improving the ecosystem for early-stage social businesses.

In “Spot Survey #1: Financial Management Capabilities,” 18 of India’s 25 most active impact investors shared their impressions of the financial management competencies of entrepreneurs on whom they have conducted some level of due diligence. The report looks at entrepreneurs' skills with a variety of financial management tools for decision-making. It also looks at the quality of documentation investors receive from entrepreneurs, as well as the ability of those entrepreneurs to use valuation tools to communicate the financial health and long-term projections of their companies with investors.

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Tags:  entrepreneurship  impact investing  India  Investors  sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Root Capital Study: Improving Rural Livelihoods: A Study of Four Guatemalan Coffee Cooperatives

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 6, 2015

Root Capital is excited to release our first multi-site impact study — Improving Rural Livelihoods: A Study of Four Guatemalan Coffee Cooperatives. As a complement to our ongoing social and environmental due diligence, this comprehensive study provides a more detailed picture of the impacts that our client enterprises have on the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the environment. We also sought to answer the question: Does Root Capital’s financing and training enable our clients to increase their impacts, and if so, how and to what extent?

In this impact study, we synthesize and share findings from four individual studies, and explore:

  • How enterprises that reliably offer services — such as credit, training, technical assistance and the provision of inputs — to farmers can help them earn higher and more stable incomes.
  • How cooperatives are helping members adopt more sustainable agricultural practices, although overall use of soil, water, and biodiversity conservation practices remains limited.
  • How cooperatives are helping to level the playing field between households represented by female and male cooperative members.
  • How Root Capital’s lending has allowed cooperatives to strengthen their relationships with farmers and pay them earlier in the harvest season.

We also highlight areas for further research and implications for practitioners, including guidance on how to share findings and feedback with clients participating in such impact studies.

The research was conducted in collaboration with the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA). The four cooperatives that participated reflected the range of our Guatemalan coffee portfolio in terms of geography, ethnicity, length of relationship with Root Capital, and diversity of sustainability certifications and buyer relationships.

Find more info and download here: http://info.rootcapital.org/guatemalan-coffee-study. 

Tags:  Agriculture  coffee  cooperatives  environment  guatemala  sector publication 

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Venture Finance in Africa: the progress of early-stage high-potential growth companies

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 2, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The VC4Africa 2015 report shows an increasing number of African businesses successfully growing their operations over time. They generate an increasing amount of revenue and add new jobs to the African market place. VC4Africa aims to be the world’s leading social network for entrepreneurs and investors in Africa. The VC4Africa community has over 17,000 members in 159 countries, including 600 investors. 2000 entrepreneurs in Africa present their companies on the platform: early stage ventures that require investments less than USD 1 million. Each venture is scalable, makes smart use of technology, or is disruptive in their application of a business model.

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Tags:  access to finance  Africa  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  metrics and research  Sector publication 

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SPARK's "Opportunities and Challenges to SME Development in Conflict Affected States"

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Thursday, August 14, 2014

The SPARK tracer survey on ‘Opportunities and Challenges to SME Development in Conflict Affected States’ was conducted in the summer of 2013 among 900 entrepreneurs in 9 countries. The survey was conducted in order to learn more about the effectiveness of SPARK’s small and medium enterprise interventions.

Two main findings of the survey show that existing businesses are better at creating jobs than start-ups and that young people create fewer jobs on average than other businesses. The survey also identifies 5 important business barriers experienced by the participating entrepreneurs.

Please read the attached survey for further details

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Tags:  conflict affected states  entrepreneurship  job creation  Sector publication  SMEs  youth 

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