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Latin American Entrepreneurs: Many Firms but Little Innovation

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, December 19, 2013

This report, published by the Word Bank, details the current state of entrepreneurship in Latin America and identifies salient trends and challenges in the field. The report outlines what needs to happen in order to create an enabling environment for innovative entrepreneurs in Latin America

The World Bank
December 2013

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Tags:  entrepreneurship  latin america  Sector publication  SGBs 

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MSME: The opportunity knocks

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, December 19, 2013

Varhad Capital's research team has worked for more than six months to understand the Government of India’s new Public Procurement Policy and its likely impact on the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise sector

The Varhad Group
December 2013
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Banking on Growth: U.S. Support for Small and Medium Enterprises in Least- Developed Countries

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, December 19, 2013
This policy memo from the Council on Foreign Relations outlines policy recommendations on how the US can better support Small and Medium Enterprises in least developed countries. 

Council on Foreign Relations
December 2013

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Catalyst for Growth Initiative in South Africa

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, November 21, 2013
In February 2012, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation launched the SME Catalyst for Growth (C4G) programme in South Africa to support the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)in collaboration with three core partners: Dalberg Global Development Advisors (Dalberg), Aurik and Raizcorp. Only one year into the C4G initiative, businesses in the programme have experienced dramatic growth in revenue and number of employees This report provides a one year update of J.P. Morgan’s C4G pilot initiative. Click here to read the full report

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Creating the Environment for Entrepreneurial Success

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, November 19, 2013


This special report from the Center for International Private Enterprise, Creating the Environment for Entrepreneurial Success, highlights the crucial environmental dimension of entrepreneurship ecosystems. Improving the conditions for entrepreneurship and leveling the playing field goes beyond the effort to help promising entrepreneurs. It expands the pool of potential entrepreneurs, builds incentives for entrepreneurship, eases the costs of doing business, and generates healthy competition. Policy and regulatory reforms should be integrated with comprehensive services to educate, finance, advise, and encourage entrepreneurs. Read more here

Center for International Private Enterprise

November 2013

Tags:  entrepreneurship  entrepreneurship ecosystems  environment  Sector Publication 

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Impact Investing 2.0

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 8, 2013

With lead funding from the Omidyar Network, InSight at Pacific Community Ventures, CASE at Duke and ImpactAssets have been working for over two years to examine the practices of 12 outstanding impact investing funds, culled from an initial list of 350. On November 7, at the World Economic Forum in New York, the new report Impact Investing 2.0 was released. The funds represent over $1.3 billion of assets; a rich and diverse cross-section of the field that, taken together, proves that concurrently delivering significant social impacts and financial returns that meet or exceed investor expectations is not only possible, but is being done at significant scale. For more information, please click here

Impact Investing 2.0
October, 2013 

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Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 18, 2013


Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid highlights the personal stories of the leaders of some of IFC’s inclusive business clients. These clients have developed innovative and successful business models that expand access to goods, services, and livelihoods for poor people, while generating strong financial returns - read more here

IFC
October, 2013

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Beyond the Threshold: Investing in Women-led Small & Growing Businesses

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, October 17, 2013

Value for Women released a new research report, "Beyond the Threshold: Investing in Women-led Small and Growing Businesses," detailing the problems of under-investment in women-led small and growing businesses. The report is the culmination of research conducted in collaboration with ANDE, BiD Network, ING Bank Sustainability, and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and was launched at the 2013 ANDE Annual Conference in Glen Cove NY.  To read the full report please click here.

Value for Women
2013

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From the Margins to the Mainstream - Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, September 26, 2013

From the Margins to the Mainstream lays out several key recommendations for how the impact investment sector can reach scale. This includes calling on impact investment funds to be transparent about the financial returns that are generated; for impact enterprises to proactively measure and report on social and environmental impact; for governments to provide tax relief for early-stage investments in which public benefit is created; and for philanthropic endowments to commit their investment capital to impact investments and not just to programmatic allocations. To view the report, please click here

World Economic Forum
September 2013


Tags:  capital  impact investing  investors  philanthropy  sector publication 

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Farmer Bankability and Sustainable Finance: Farm-Level Metrics that Matter

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Researchers commissioned by the Rainforest Alliance compared financial recordkeeping variables between Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and noncertified farms; they also surveyed social lenders and local, in-country financial institutions. The study established a common minimum set of metrics for producers to record/report in order to apply for credit; showed that certified producers are better at tracking financial metrics; demonstrated that certified producers have better access to credit; and confirmed that although lenders prefer to lend to small and medium-sized enterprises, they also value farm-level metrics. Read the full report here.

Rainforest Alliance 

September 2013

 

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