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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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A Blueprint for Grassroots Organizations on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, September 23, 2019
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2019

A Blueprint for Grassroots Organizations on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change
Prepared by Criterion Institute 

This Blueprint shows how individuals working within grassroots organizations can use basic finance principles to expand their businesses with new programming and collaborations.  The report is written for change makers who have the influence and skills to guide their communities in creating strong financial models.  With this, grassroots organizations can generate social change more effectively.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  finance  sector publication  social impact 

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State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2018

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, July 3, 2019

State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2018
by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Since 2009, ANDE has been tracking the growth and impact of the small and growing business sector in emerging market economies for our annual State of the Sector report. This report examines global trends in support for small and growing businesses through capacity development services, direct private investment, and donor funding, as well as specific trends in the regions covered by each of our eight chapters: the Andes, Brazil, Central America and Mexico, East Africa, East and Southeast Asia, India, South Africa, and West Africa.

Report highlights:

Capacity Development Services

  • GALI data finds that, in the aggregate, accelerators in emerging markets are a good investment.
  • ANDE members providing classroom training almost always bundle this with other types of capacity development services and are highly unlikely to provide this training alone.

SGB Investing

  • In 2018, at least 56 new SGB-inclusive investment vehicles launched, with a median target AUM of US $50 million (the highest median target tracked by ANDE to date).
  • A large majority of ANDE members are actively engaging in gender inclusive activities; however, only 10% actively use a restrictive screen to avoid exposure to SGBs with poor gender diversity records.

Donor Funding

  • This year, ANDE dug deeper into donor funding supporting SGBs in emerging markets and found that multilaterals, bilaterals, and DFIs disbursed $7.4 billion to support SMEs in 2017.
  • Using the OECD’s Creditor Reporting System, ANDE found that gender-related SME donor funding is only a small percentage of all SME-related disbursements.

Regional Insights

In 2018 ANDE added a new chapter in the Andean region of Latin America based out of Bogota, Colombia. Find capacity development, investing, and donor funding insights on this new chapter, as well as ANDE’s 7 other regional chapters, in the regional insights section of the report. 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  2018  ANDE publication  impact  sector publication  sgb  sme  Social Entrepreneurship  state 

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Landscape Mapping for Impact Measurement and Management in South Africa

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Landscape Mapping for Impact Measurement and Management in South Africa 

By Genesis Analytics and Impact Amplifier

 

Through the Catalyst Fund for Impact Measurement in Africa, supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) South Africa chapter commissioned Genesis Analytics and Impact Amplifier to conduct research into the impact measurement and management (IMM) landscape in South Africa. Mixed research methods were used to engage investors, intermediaries and investees in South Africa. The infographic presents key findings in an interactive format, accompanied by supplementary guide. These publications explore the current IMM landscape in South Africa, why and how impact is measured, the benefits and challenges of measurement and management, and how the data is used and reported. Through this publication, the authors and funders of this study aim to catalyse conversations and action, towards strengthening IMM practices in South Africa.

Click here for the supplementary guide

Click here for the infographic

Tags:  2019  ANDE publication  impact evaluation  metrics  Metrics and Research  sector publication 

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Banking in Africa - Delivering on Financial Inclusion, Supporting Financial Stability

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In its fourth edition, this report focuses on recent developments in Africa’s banking sectors and the policy options for all stakeholders. The study of banking sectors across all African sub-regions includes the results of the EIB survey of banking groups operating in Africa. Three thematic chapters address challenges and opportunities for financing investment in Africa: (a) Crowding out of private sector lending by public debt issuance; (b) The state of bank recovery and resolution laws in Africa; and (c) Policy options on how to finance infrastructure development. The report finds that in many African banking markets, the last two years saw a pause in financial deepening. However, a rising share of banking groups report improving market conditions and plan a structural expansion of their operations in Africa and a continued push for new technologies.

Tags:  2019  Access to Finance  Africa  finance  sector publication 

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Observing Acceleration: Uncovering the Effects of Accelerators on Impact-Oriented Entrepreneurs

Posted By Abigayle Davidson, Aspen Institute, Thursday, January 10, 2019

Observing Acceleration: Uncovering the Effects of Accelerators on Impact-Oriented Entrepreneurs

by Peter W. Roberts and Saurabh A. Lall (Foreword by Randall Kempner)

This book summarizes five years of learning from data collected as part of the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative. The authors present data describing impact-oriented ventures and accelerators that operate in both high-income countries and in emerging markets. Blending survey data with insights from sector experts, their various analyses shed light on the basic structure of accelerators, showing where they are having their most promising results. Unlike previous studies, this book does not focus on a few high-profile accelerators (like TechStars and Y Combinator) and startups (like AirBnB and Uber). Instead, it compares a range of accelerator programs that target specific impact areas, challenging regions, and marginalized entrepreneurs. Therefore, it serves as a valuable tool for scholars, policymakers, and practitioners interested in the effectiveness of accelerator programs as tools that unleash the economic potential currently trapped in entrepreneurial dead spaces.

Tags:  2019  acceleration  accelerators  GALI  sector publication 

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