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On the functioning of agricultural markets in Mali: Strategies for development

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 5, 2018
On the functioning of agricultural markets in Mali: Strategies for development
by USAID and CrossBoundary

This study, commissioned by USAID's Economic Growth Office and implemented by CrossBoundary's Mali Investment Facilitation Platform, investigates constraints to Mali's agricultural markets. It identifies the obstacles that stand in the way of organizations and projects aiming to modernize the country's agricultural sector, and provides possible remedies. The report also presents evidence that sustained support for private sector actors can initiate a paradigm shift. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  Africa  agriculture  economic growth  sector publication 

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Financial Inclusion: Technology, Innovation, Progress

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Financial Inclusion: Technology, Innovation, Progress
by United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development

From innovative technology to increased engagement by the private sector, several exciting trends are propelling the world’s impressive gains in financial access, according to the newly released annual report from the UNSGSA. The report also details the many ways in which financial inclusion is driving progress on the development goals.

Despite this progress, however, gaps remain—most notably among women and the poor—and account usage lags behind access. The report details the UNSGSA’s ongoing efforts to address these issues through three key areas of work: ensuring usage and development impact, reaching neglected populations, and creating the right environment for technology-enabled financial inclusion. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  development  financial inclusion  inclusive business  sector publication  technology 

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Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape Report

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 9, 2018
Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape Report
by the Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP)

STeP released the Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape report in October 2018. Resources to validate new sanitation technologies and prepare for market entry – prerequisites for achieving sustainable, scaled solutions – tend to be quite scarce compared to those available to scale proven solutions. As such, a problematic ‘Pioneer Gap’ exists. This funder landscape seeks to both clarify the ‘Pioneer Gap’ and point readers to potential funding and other resources poised to help fill this problematic gap. Two promising forms of funding are explored in detail: catalytic philanthropy and blended finance leveraging impact investment.

Tags:  2018  sanitation  sector publication  sustainability  technology 

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Too Tough to Scale? Challenges to Scaling Innovation in the Humanitarian Sector

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Too Tough to Scale? Challenges to Scaling Innovation in the Humanitarian Sector
by Elrha

Elrha released the report Too tough to scale? in October 2018. Despite increased investment in the area, scaling humanitarian innovation is still a big and ongoing challenge. The report explores why more innovations aren’t successfully scaling and identify key barriers.

Drawing from Elrha’s own experience in funding over 150 humanitarian organisations to develop, test and scale many highly impactful innovations, and drawing on research and experience from the social and development sectors, Too tough to scale? identifies 13 key barriers across five different challenge areas. The report goes on to provide clear calls to action for different humanitarian actors and encourages those groups to contribute to sector-wide transformative change.

Tags:  2018  scaling  sector publication  social innovation 

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Closing the Circuit: Accelerating Clean Energy Investment in India

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Closing the Circuit: Accelerating Clean Energy Investment in India
by Miller Center, William Davidson Institute

Miller Center and the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan partnered to produce this report in September 2018. The Energy Access India Program (EAI) recognizes that development of solar energy, including decentralized solar off-grid and mini grids can immediately extend clean energy access to those who need it most. This report is based on the experiences of enterprises and investors working to scale up clean energy access through mentorship, which boosts enterprises’ investor readiness by facilitating more funding. It analyzes the business models and strategies that EAI portfolio companies implemented and provides actionable recommendations for enterprises and investors to influence the development of the overall clean energy industry. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  energy  sector publication  sustainable energy 

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Empowering through Collective Action

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Empowering through Collective Action
by Pierre Marie Bosc, IFAD Research Series

This paper is focused on how collective action can contribute to inclusion objectives, with particular respect to the agriculture sector. It was released in October 2018 as part of IFAD's Research Series, which brings together cutting-edge thinking on smallholder agriculture and rural development. Drawing on empirical and theoretical references, the paper posits that collection action could influence the domains of "public goods provision, expanding opportunities and challenging current norms and behaviours."

Tags:  2018  agriculture  inclusive business  sector publication 

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Fostering Productive Entrepreneurship Communities: Key Lessons on Generating Jobs, Economic Growth & Innovation

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Fostering Productive Entrepreneurship Communities: Key Lessons on Generating Jobs, Economic Growth & Innovation
by Endeavor Insight

Endeavor Insight recently completed one of the largest studies ever conducted on entrepreneurship communities. This research was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in order to answer the following question: How can decision makers empower local entrepreneurship communities to become more productive?

This project is one of the first studies to use network analyses to assess the collective impact of founders, investors, support organizations, and other entrepreneurship actors.  You can learn more and download the full report here.

Tags:  2018  development  entrepreneurship  sector publication 

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State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2017

Posted By Brianna Losoya, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2018

State of the Small & Growing Business Sector:

2017 Impact Report

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs 

Since 2009 ANDE has been tracking the state of the small and growing business (SGB) sector to assess its growth and impact on emerging market economies. This year’s report begins with an overview of SGB intermediaries in 2017. including data on capacity development services, direct investments into SGBs, and donor funding. Next, the report focuses on trends and activities at ANDE’s seven regional chapters that were active in 2017: Brazil, Central America/Mexico, East Africa, East and Southeast Asia, India, South Africa, and West Africa.  

Here are some report insights. Check out the report to get the full picture.

Capacity Development Services

  • Over half of ANDE members say they prioritize gender inclusion. Of the capacity development providers that completed the survey, 77 percent said they prioritize gender inclusion, as opposed to 54 percent of investors.
  • GALI has identified over 500 accelerators working globally, at least 218 of which operate in emerging markets. 
  • Corporate foundations are important funders in the sector, and corporate social responsibility units often facilitate important capacity development services. However, data shows that the majority of ANDE member partnerships focus on the corporation’s core business unit.

SGB Investing

  • Over 400 investment vehicles have launched in the past 10 years that invest in emerging market SGBs, with an estimated US $11 billion in committed capital.
  • Forty-seven investment vehicles launched in 2017, and a third of these focus on the information, communications, and technology (ICT) sector.
  • According to the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA), US $217 million was invested in deals US $2 million and under in 2017, which represents 21 percent of total emerging market deals.

Donor Funding for the SGB Sector

  • In 2016, Funding for SMEs declined to US $3.7 billion from US $4.1 billion in 2015.
  • European donors and institutions continued to make up 80 percent of all donor disbursements to SMEs in 2016.
  • In 2016, Turkey received the most SME funding for the third consecutive year, receiving one third of all funding allocated to SMEs from 2012 to 2016.

Regional Insights

ANDE’s regional chapters promote collaboration and knowledge sharing among local ANDE members and support regional activities and advocacy efforts that support SGBs in the region. This section of the report highlights data on each entrepreneurial ecosystem, and regional leaders’ perspectives on key trends for each region. 



Tags:  2017  ANDE publication  impact  sector publication  sgb  sme  Social Entrepreneurship  State 

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Understanding How to Unleash the Untapped Potential of Women Entrepreneurs in Mexico

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

This report was written by Value for Women (VFW) in collaboration with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (“The Foundation”) as part of its Road to Women’s Business Growth initiative in Mexico, supported by the ExxonMobil Foundation

It summarizes a more comprehensive assessment undertaken in 2017 which examined the characteristics of women-led, small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Mexico. Aimed at understanding Mexico’s current entrepreneurial ecosystem and the financial and non-financial barriers facing female entrepreneurs, the assessment offered recommendations for how different actors can support women entrepreneurs. It informed the design of the Road to Women’s Business Growth project in Mexico, which uses a blended learning approach (a combination of face-to-face and online training and business development support) to support women SGB owners to become successful entrepreneurs. 

Read the Full Report Here

Tags:  2018  gender  mexico  sector publication  SGBs  women 

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Financing the Frontier

Posted By Administrater, Thursday, June 1, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Financing the Frontier:
Inclusive Financial Sector Development in Fragility-Affected States in Africa

by Financial Sector Deepening Africa in partnership with Mercy Corps

Poverty in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is reducing, but the concentration of extreme poverty in fragile states is likely to increase, according to a new report published today by the Financial Sector Deepening Africa in partnership with Mercy Corps. The report concludes that the donor community can crowd-in legitimate financial market actors and provide the flexibility needed to take risks, and allow development actors to pivot as the fragility-affected states in Africa (FASA) change and adjust.

Download the case study here.

Tags:  Africa  Development  finance  sector publication 

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