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Closing the Gaps: Finance Pathways for Serving the Missing Middles

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Closing the Gaps: Finance Pathways for Serving the Missing Middles

By Collaborative For Frontier Finance

SGBs have a diverse range of business models and a diverse range of unmet financing needs. This report identifies five alternative approaches for providing finance that meets the diverse needs of each SGB segment and investor. It also highlights critical actions that ecosystem stakeholders can take to help support these approaches as well as newly emerging ones that together can help fill the financing gaps within each SGB segment.

Read the executive summary here.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  business models  finance  sector publication  sgbs 

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Impact Investment Landscape for Women's Health: Spotlight on Colombia & Peru

Posted By Kara Gordon, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Impact Investment Landscape for Women's Health Spotlight on Colombia & Peru

By Linked Foundation and William Davidson Institute (WDI)

Investing in women’s health is a critical component of women’s economic and social development. However, while country economies and health systems have advanced, under-served women in Latin America have not necessarily obtained access to critical healthcare services and products. This report provides a landscape for impact investment women’s health focused in Colombia and Peru in order to catalyze impact investment interest and capital to the most-needed areas of women’s health in Latin America. More specifically, it identifies gaps in service provision, areas of opportunity for investment, pipeline opportunities, and examples of impact-forward, sustainability-oriented women’s health programs.

Read the full report here. 

 

Tags:  health  impact investment  latin america  sector publication  wome  women 

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Formalizing SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 25, 2019
Updated: Monday, November 25, 2019

Formalizing SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa
By Investisseurs & Partenaires

This report defines characteristics of "informality" in the context of labor and jobs and differentiates between how companies and employees are affected by informality.  Entrepreneurs and employees fear that benefits of formalization will not outweigh the costs spent to achieve it.  The report concludes that in the long term, improvements to fundamentals in the African business landscape, such as economic growth and improved training, will produce gradual but significant positive effects.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  africa  sector publication  smes 

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IFC & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Investing in Women’s Business Growth

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 18, 2019

IFC & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Investing in Women’s Business Growth
By IFC and Goldman Sachs

In 2014, IFC Banking on Women and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women founded the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility (WEOF) which was created to support women SMEs and entrepreneurs in developing countries.  Please read this progress report to learn more about WEOF, their achievements to date, and what WEOF has planned for the future.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  Access to Finance  finance  sector publication  smes  women 

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Green and Inclusive Business Toolbox

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Green and Inclusive Business Toolbox: Promoting Green and Inclusive Business Models in Development Cooperation Programmes
By GIZ 

This toolbox defines green and inclusive business (GIB) models and describes the major challenges and opportunities GIBs face. It contains various examples of best practices regarding approaches from GIZ projects that work in the field of promoting green and inclusive businesses. This toolbox was recently updated and new tools have been added in these categories: finance (p.92 and 97), capacity development (p. 54) and policy (p.110).

Read the full document here.

Tags:  business models  development  green business models  inclusive business  sector publication  tools 

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USAID Invest Close-Up: Catalyzing Private Investment for Women's Economic Empowerment

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 1, 2019

USAID Invest Close-Up: Catalyzing Private Investment for Women's Economic Empowerment
By ANDE

When women are economically empowered, they invest in their businesses, families, and communities, producing a multiplier effect that spurs economic growth.  Unfortunately, pervasive gender gaps and lack of access to financial services often block women from the tools and resources that they need for their families and businesses to thrive. This close-up provides background on USAID and Women's World Banking's partnership and the creation of WWBCP II. It explores the potential of using blended finance, digital financial inclusion, and the process and implications of an international development institution engaging the private sector in a new way.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  ector publication  emerging markets  ender inclusion  gender inclusion  merging markets  private sector development  rivate Sector  sector publication  women 

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Unlocking the Potential of Frontier Finance

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 1, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Unlocking the Potential of Frontier Finance
By Rachel Bass 

Impact investors are motivated by the potential that emerging and frontier markets posses to create strong growth and a thriving consumer class. This report assesses the frontier finance investment landscape, presents five in-depth case studies featuring different frontier investment vehicles and transactions, and provides recommendations to build the market and overcome common challenges hindering the flow of additional capital into frontier markets. 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  finance  frontier finance  impact investing  impact investment  sector publication 

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South African Early Childhood Review 2019

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

South African Early Childhood Review 2019
By Ilifa Labantwana 

This publication analyses and comments on over 50 current data indicators spread across five categories: nutrition, health, support for caregivers, social services and early stimulation. The authors draw links between service provision across the five categories as several government departments are responsible but don't always work in tandem for the holistic development of a child. Suggestions are made in the publications on how service delivery can be better integrated across departments using the public health system as a base, due to its frequent contact with the primary caregiver-child pair during the first 1000 days of life. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  sector publication  youth 

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ELIMINATING POOR VISION IN A GENERATION: What will it take to eliminate uncorrected refractive errors by 2050?

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Eliminating Poor Vision in a Generation: What will it take to eliminate uncorrected refractive errors by 2050?
by Essilor See Change

This report seeks to define the scale of the vision care crisis, as it relates to uncorrected refractive errors, and proposes key priorities, actions and investment needed to sustainably address it.  Uncorrected poor vision is the world's most widespread unaddressed disability, affecting one in three people, 90 percent of whom live in the developing world at the base of the pyramid.  Essilor provides an evidence based plan which clarifies what it will take to eliminate refractive errors by 2050.  

Read full report here. 

Tags:  Health  sector publication 

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A Roadmap for the Small and Growing Business (SGB) Sector

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 4, 2019
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2019

A Roadmap for the Small and Growing Business (SGB) Sector
Prepared by Monitor Deloitte for ANDE

This Roadmap outlines the expected transformations in the sector over the next ten years, and the challenges and opportunities inherent to such change.  ANDE provides high-level strategic direction to sector support organizations through a set of 13 recommendations, which can be summarized by their four overarching pillars: improving access to capital, talent, and markets, and improving the enabling environment.  Monitor Deloitte served as a primary researcher for this Roadmap and consulted ANDE leadership and staff throughout the process.

Read the full document here. 

Tags:  ANDE publication  sector publication  SGBs 

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