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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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Tags:  agriculture  Environment  metrics  sector publication 

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Making Impact Investible

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The paper begins by providing a framework of understanding for the "impact investing” term, its forms of capital, institutional landscape, and blockers as well as enablers of further market growth. It then locates impact investing in the broader context of four megatrends that are creating new investment opportunities.Download the report  here.

Maximilian Martin
July 2013

Tags:  capital  impact investing  investment  opportunity  sector publication 

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Impact investing and beyond: mapping support to social enterprises in emerging markets

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This full report and corresponding executive summary explores the range of support to social enterprises in emerging markets.

There is a lot of excitement about the potential for social enterprise to deliver innovative solutions to development problems, and anecdotal evidence indicates that there is increasing support to social enterprises in emerging markets. This support is coming from a wide range of actors including donors, commercial banks, foundations, investment funds, and NGOs. However, there is a lack of comprehensive data on the scale and range of support. Having such data could allow investments to target underrepresented geographies and sectors and help establish opportunities, overcome gaps and identify the need for more detailed research and analysis.

Tags:  access to finance  emerging markets  impact investing  sector publication  social enterprise 

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Where Do Impact Investing and Microfinance Meet?

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Where Do Impact Investing and Microfinance Meet?

 Mayada El-Zoghbi and Henry Gonzalez
 June 2013

Tags:  Impact Investing  Microfinance  sector publication 

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Ready for Growth: Solutions to Increase Access to Finance for Women-Owned Business in the Middle East and North Africa

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ready for Growth: Solutions to Increase Access to Finance for Women-Owned Business in the Middle East and North Africa
Vital Voices, IFC and the MENA Businesswomen's Network (MENA BWN)
June 2013 

By surveying 431 women business owners across eight economies in the region, the report examines women business owners' demand for capital, information and training to grow their businesses. Download the report here

Tags:  Access to Finance  business  capital  sector publication  Women 

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Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the World Economic Forum, April 2013.

Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation is intended to add a perspective to the global conversation already under way about how we move beyond binary choices in crafting responses to social, economic, and environmental challenges. Fundamentally, it is about leveraging private enterprise and capital for public benefit.

Tags:  capital  environmental impact  sector publication  Social Entreprenuership 

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Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa

Omidyar Network in partnership with Monitor Group, April 2013This 48-page report is the result of a three-phase research project launched in 2012 aimed to better understand the state of entrepreneurship in Africa.

Tags:  Africa  Entrepreneurship  sector publication 

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Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in MENA - Leveraging Growth Finance for Sustainable Development

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, February 1, 2013
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in MENA - Leveraging Growth Finance for Sustainable Development
Shell Foundation and Citi Foundation, January 2013

This study assesses the state of a significant, albeit under served, segment of the SME market, known as the "Missing Middle"; to better understand their needs and the challenges they face. It addresses how governments and other stakeholders can help them reach their potential for growth and job creation to positively impact the MENA region. Commissioned by the Shell Foundation and the Citi Foundation, the new research is based on in-depth interviews with over 200 public and private leaders and SMEs in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE and Egypt.

Tags:  Access to Finance  Impact Investing  MENA  Philanthropy  sector publication 

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IFC Jobs Study - Assessing Private sector contributions to job creation and poverty reduction

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, January 25, 2013
IFC Jobs Study - Assessing Private sector contributions to job creation and poverty reduction

IFC, January 2013

This report is the result of an open-source study to assess the direct and indirect effects of private sector activity on job creation. The report examines how and under what conditions the private sector can best contribute to job creation and poverty reduction, drawing on a review of the literature and evaluations; surveys of more than 45,000 businesses in over 100 countries; a website, blog, and essay competition to solicit outside views; macro and micro case studies of IFC clients; and IFC’s own operational experience and lessons learned.

Tags:  Human Capital  Impact Investing  job creation  private sector development  sector publication 

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Innovation Scouts: A Discovery and Investment Network for Social Businesses

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Funded by ANDE's Capacity Development Fund

 Innovation Scouts: A Discovery and Investment Network for Social Businesses

Root Change launched Innovation Scouts in Tanzania. The week-long launch included training for new Tanzanian Scouts, an Opportunity Screening Workshop (OSW) with sixteen local GBOs, and a large BDS marketplace event that brought together dozens of GBOs with local Tanzanian BDS providers to negotiate the exchange of services. Over 100 individuals participated in the launch week. The event culminated with the graduation of 13 Innovation Scouts.
This report summarizes these launch activities, and includes the results from our first two GBO screening workshops. The report also presents findings on the Tanzanian BDS marketplace. The market analysis includes a value chain map with nodes (the organizations or individuals) and linkages (flows of collaboration, resources, etc.) across nine value chain (VC) stages.

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Tags:  CDF Grant  sector publication  social business  Social entrepreneurship 

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