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Microfinance Funds – 10 years of research and practice

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Microfinance Funds – 10 years of research and practice:
A Review and Analysis of CGAP & Symbiotics' Microfinance Investment Vehicles Surveys

by CCAP and Symbiotics

This 10-year review of the landscape of microfinance offshore investments is based on data collected through annual CGAP/Symbiotics surveys of Microfinance Investment Vehicles (MIVs) conducted between 2007 and 2016. The current paper largely focuses on MIVs, as defined in the disclosure guidelines – namely independent investment vehicles with more than 50% of non-cash assets invested in microfinance and open to multiple investors. However, and to a lesser extent, this paper also compiles data on some microfinance investment intermediaries (MIIs), such as funds open to single investors.

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Tags:  investment  investors  Microfinance  sector publication 

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Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Opportunity

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Opportunity:
A Case Study of the New Mongolian Entrepreneurship Landscape

by Molly McKeon, Research Fellow at Center for Social Impact Learning

This study was commissioned by the Center for Social Impact Learning out of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. It is an effort to shed light on the emerging social entrepreneurship scene in Mongolia to better identify opportunities for future research, collaborations, programs, or investment by partner organizations. 

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Tags:  Case Studies  Entrepreneurship  innovation  opportunity  sector publication 

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Impact Investing: Who Are We Serving?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Impact Investing: Who Are We Serving? 
A case of mismatch between supply and demand.

By Oxfam and Sumerian Partners

This report from Oxfam and Sumerian Partners questions some of the assumptions around impact investment and highlights the experience of enterprises contributing to poverty reduction so that they might be better served by the field. It argues that the sector risks being discredited due to rising, unrealistic expectations about financial returns.

Tags:  2017  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  sector publication 

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Hardware Pioneers

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 18, 2016

Hardware Pioneers: Harnessing the Impact Potential of Technology Entrepreneurs

by FSG

A new report from FSG, Hardware Pioneers: Harnessing the Impact Potential of Technology Entrepreneurs, investigates the obstacles to development and scaling faced by those seeking to bring innovative hardware technologies, such as solar lanterns or low-cost medical devices, to people living in poverty throughout developing countries. The report suggests ways in which various sectors can leverage their unique resources to strategically support the journeys of these pioneers, from the initial inspiration to ultimate impact at scale.

Tags:  2016  inclusive business  sector publication  technology 

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Bridging Gaps: Impact Investors and Social Energy Enterprises

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Monday, December 28, 2015

Social enterprises cut across different sectors such as agriculture, energy, water/sanitation, health, education and so on. The nature of their missions leads to operations in extremely challenging environments. Despite varied sectoral differences, these organizations work in a nascent arena balancing socio-commercial objectives and therefore experience similar obstacles that are well documented such as high operating costs, scarcity of trained human resources, constrained access to capital, dearth of processes that transition grassroots R&D to practical adoption, end user financing, illdefined standards of impact assessment, conflicting expectations of scale, stifling domestic policies and a host of other issues related to an underdeveloped ecosystem.

This paper addresses one critical aspect of that ecosystemaccess to enterprise financing- and was borne out of a largely shared viewpoint by social enterprises that although there has been a widespread effort to capture the difficulties in accessing capital, there is limited insight into expectation gaps between the investment and practitioner community. While the impact investment market has enormous potential, there is a considerable amount of hype over the subject. The market is not ready to absorb commercial capital on the scale talked about and expected widespread profits and returns are probably some time away and in many cases will never be along the lines expected.

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Tags:  energy  environment  sector publication  social enterprise 

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GEM 2014 Women's Report

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 11, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2015

This report offers an in-depth view of women who start and run businesses around the world. It provides a broadly global and comprehensively detailed foundation to guide future research, policy decision-making and the design of initiatives and programs to enhance awareness and participation in women’s entrepreneurship. The report facilitates understanding of women’s entrepreneurship by researchers, policy-makers, educators and practitioners. The ultimate aim is to foster an environment that: encourages women to see entrepreneurship as a viable career option; equips them with the tools to create the type and quality of business each wishes to build; and creates awareness among stakeholders who will support their efforts.

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Tags:  Babson College  entrepreneurship  sector publication  women 

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Creating Climate Resilience Through Social Entrepreneurship

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 11, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2015

As the average global temperature increases, the consequences of climate change are having the largest impact on the world’s poor. This is the population least responsible for greenhouse gas emissions driving global warming — and least able to cope with effects such as droughts, flooding, deforestation and other habitat loss, diminished agricultural crops, lack of access to potable water, diminished energy sources, and the spread of tropical diseases.

The effects of climate change are already being felt in poor and developing regions of the world. In particular, poor women are likely to be most vulnerable to the effects of climate change: Their livelihoods rely more on natural resources threatened by climate change, and their ability to cope with the changes are hampered by social, economic, and political challenges.

One promising response to the effects of climate change is to empower these populations to develop climate resilience. 

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Tags:  climate  environment  resources  sector publication  women 

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Universal Energy Access: An Enterprise System Approach

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 11, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lack of energy access afflicts approximately 2.6 billion people globally: one-third of the human

population of the planet. The problem affects individuals, households, communities, local institutions, and small and medium-sized businesses across the developing world.

Defining acceptable energy access has traditionally been expressed as an energy ladder, a hierarchy of energy uses ranging from basic lighting and cooking needs “up” to things like running a sewing machine or powering small tools. Rather than this linear progression, however, we prefer the more holistic Total Energy Access (TEA) standards developed by international non-governmental organization, Practical Action, which focus on “customers” of energy rather than “people without energy.”

Despite billions of development and charity dollars spent on energy access by government aid agencies, foundations, and corporations, we still lack a viable scenario for offering everyone the energy they need to survive and thrive.

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Tags:  climate  energy  sector publication 

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GSBI Methodology for Social Entrepreneurship

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 11, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®), a pioneer in social enterprise capacity development, hascontinuously improved its methodology since its founding in 2003. The lessons GSBI has learned from working with 365 social enterprises are broadly applicable to capacity development efforts across sectors and geographies. This paper introduces GSBI and explains the GSBI methodology, with the goal of helping the global social enterprise movement create more exits from poverty. 

GSBI has become a leading, comprehensive program for social enterprise capacity development worldwide. Its suite of stage-specific programs for early and mid-stage social enterprises, along with its network of partners, collectively serve hundreds of impact organizations annually.

GSBI has developed a methodology that revolves around three dynamic, interactive aspects: social enterprise selection, stage-specific programs, and executive-level mentoring. GSBI invites applications from social enterprises that are “impact first,” meaning that their primary mission is to deliver goods and services to those in need.

GSBI evaluates candidates in two phases. GSBI staff filter for general program fit, then score candidates according to criteria that predict each enterprise’s potential for short-term success in GSBI as well as long-term growth. Priority is given to social enterprises with earned income business models, because this approach lends itself to scaling. To match a social enterprise with the curriculum most appropriate to help it grow, GSBI developed a Social Enterprise Stage Assessment Tool.

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Tags:  business models  capacity development  sector publication  social enterprise 

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Paths to Prosperity: Promoting Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Updated: Monday, November 23, 2015

Entrepreneurship is one of the driving forces of the modern global economy. It is a primary source of job creation, prosperity, and economic competitiveness. But although the effects of entrepreneurship on economic progress are widely recognized, there is little understanding of how best to promote it. In this Monitor Group paper, the authors' key findings are:

  • Although most research on entrepreneurship policy occurs at the national level, entrepreneurship is in critical ways a local phenomenon.
  • Surveys of entrepreneurs around the world indicate that much conventional wisdom about these policy areas is misleading or simply wrong.
  • The authors then leverage those findings to prescribe a series of key activities and policies that leaders can leverage to promote entrepreneurship, enhance prosperity, and create job growth.

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    Tags:  economics  Entrepreneurship  job creation  sector publication 

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