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Spurring Entrepreneurship in A Nascent Ecosystem: How Mella Inspires Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Spurring Entrepreneurship in A Nascent Ecosystem: How Mella Inspires Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

By Triple Jump commissioned by the Dutch Good Growth Fund

Mella is an entrepreneurship program in Ethiopia, launched by Novastar Ventures, an Africa-based venture capital firm focusing on investment in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria, with support from DGGF Financing Local SMEs. Mella’s virtual platform connects a young audience with successful entrepreneurs and inspires them in their ambitions of starting or growing their businesses. This document provides an overview of the program and its main success factors. It includes an overview of all the main stakeholders in the ecosystem. Furthermore, it provides lessons learned on how Mella can serve as an example to be replicated in other countries or regions, from conception and fundraising to growth, branding and provision of services. (Please note that the paper was completed before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Read the full report here.

Tags:  africa  sector publication 

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The State of Financial Health Startups in the Middle East & North Africa

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The State of Financial Health Startups in the Middle East & North Africa

By Village Capital

Fintech recently became the most-active sector for startup investment in MENA. While much of the media coverage has focused on digital payments and e-commerce, this report will highlight fintech innovation that is improving “financial health” for the region’s most marginalized communities: tech that helps people manage their income and expenses, weather financial shocks and plan for a healthy financial future.
 
Read the full report here.

Tags:  fintech  MENA  sector publication 

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Charting the Future for Africa's Largest Economy: Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria

Posted By Anna Santiago, Aspen Institute, Friday, May 1, 2020

Charting the Future for Africa's Largest Economy: Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria

By Dalberg

In this report, Dalberg quantifies the potential impact of COVID-19 and the current global economic situation on Africa’s largest economy, identifies potential actions to mitigate the economic impacts, and calls for deeper collaboration between the public, private, and social sectors. Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are spotlighted, and the impacts of the structural inequality in Nigeria are brought to life, including findings that suggest COVID-19 will differentially affect the poor, and groups such as women and youth. The report covers sectors including agriculture, industry (focused on manufacturing and infrastructure), and services (focused on arts and entertainment, education, finance, healthcare, and trade).

 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  Africa  COVID-19  sector publication 

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Social Impact Thesis on Employability

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, April 20, 2020

Social Impact Thesis on Employability

By Artemisia

This thesis aims to present the main challenges regarding employability that the economically vulnerable population in Brazil faces, and to map opportunities for the development of social impact businesses that can support the reduction of inequality and bring improvements to their lives.

Read the full report in English.

Read the full report and the executive summary in Portuguese.

Read Artemisia's 2018 Social Impact Thesis on Financial Services.

Tags:  Brazil  employment  sector publication 

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NTF4Ag: Emerging Lessons and New Frontiers

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, April 14, 2020

NTF4Ag: Emerging Lessons and New Frontiers

By MEDA

The NTF4Ag Report brings together key results, insights and lessons from the case studies, pilots and cross-cutting research conducted by MEDA and its partners from 2017-2020 - with the overall goal of learning and documenting experiences of non-traditional finance for catalyzing smallholder agricultural innovation adoption. The report is framed around INNOVATE’s four learning themes along with key takeaways and supporting evidence from the ten research projects in the MEDA INNOVATE portfolio. The report concludes with potential opportunities for further learning, research and action by different actors in the smallholder finance landscape and ecosystem.

Read the full report here.

Read the summarized version of the report here.

Tags:  sector publication 

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Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, March 13, 2020

Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices: A synthesis of due diligence practices employed by leading impact investors who systematically assess investments' anticipated impact

By Pacific Community Ventures

Impact due diligence, which encompasses all assessments of expected impact before making an investment, is essential to effective impact investing. Not only does impact due diligence enhance investors’ capacity to make more informed investment decisions and increase the impact of their portfolios, it also helps safeguards the entire field against “impact washing” as the market grows. This report synthesizes findings from interviews with leading practitioners, IMM experts, and consultants, and draws from PCV’s own experience developing impact due diligence systems for clients and our own loan fund. 

Read the full guide here.

Read the "Impact Due Diligence Guide" here.

Tags:  impact investing  sector publication 

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The Impact Due Diligence Guide

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, March 13, 2020

The Impact Due Diligence Guide: Practical guidance for investors seeking to systematically assess investments' anticipated impact

By Pacific Community Ventures

The Guide is a how-to for engaging in impact due diligence and contains actionable advice and guidance for both novices as well as seasoned experts in IMM, covering topics such as building impact-focused due diligence questionnaires and quantitative tools, integrating impact due diligence into existing processes, and using impact due diligence to inform investment decision-making. Given the sheer magnitude of our global challenges, it is essential that impact investors deepen their focus on impact pre-investment through impact due diligence. By doing this we can guard against “impact washing” and realize our collective vision of building a sustainable financial industry that meaningfully tackles, rather than contributes to, the most critical issues we face today.

Read the full guide here.

Read the "Emerging Best Practices" guide here.

Tags:  impact investing  sector publication 

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Measuring Accelerator Performance: Potential Metrics and the “4Cs”

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, March 2, 2020

Measuring Accelerator Performance: Potential Metrics and the “4Cs”

By The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Understanding the performance of accelerators is important to a wide range of individuals and organizations: participating startups, accelerator managers and staff, investors, partners, donors, funders, and policymakers. Each of these stakeholders may have different priorities and objectives in their efforts to measure accelerators’ performance and impact. This brief identifies considerations and potential metrics for evaluating accelerator performance. In addition to metrics related to the accelerator itself, it includes measures that assess the performance of startups, and changes in the regions in which accelerators are located. 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  accelerators  measurement  metrics and research  sector publication 

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Bending The Arc: How The Full Spectrum of Capital Can Enable Inclusive Growth in Agriculture

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Bending The Arc: How The Full Spectrum of Capital Can Enable Inclusive Growth in Agriculture

By FSG

In this report, FSG explores the role of different kinds of capital in bending the arc of agricultural market development towards inclusive growth. FSG pays particular attention to how impact-focused players deploying capital that is flexible in terms of risk-return expectations can best deploy it in order to catalyze large-scale transformations towards inclusion.

Read the executive summary here.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  Agriculture  inclusive growth  sector publication 

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The Microretailers' Roadmap

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, February 21, 2020

The Microretailers' Roadmap

By TechnoServe

Drawing from TechnoServe's experience, the Microretailers’ Roadmap lays out four capabilities that shop owners need in order to transform their businesses and the developing world: recordkeeping and financial management, inventory management, merchandising as well as customer service and promotion. 

Read the full roadmap here.

Tags:  microretail  sector publication 

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