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Women Entrepreneurs in Mobile Retail Channels: Empowering Women, Driving Growth

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The expansion of the mobile industry across developing and emerging markets enables a number of social and economic opportunities. In addition to the benefits that mobile technology provides, mobile network operators (MNOs) themselves can offer many opportunities for basic employment and entrepreneurial activity. Some women have been able to benefit from these opportunities, while many others remain marginalized.

In this report, we investigate the gender composition of the ‘mobile value chain’ (MVC) in 11 different markets around the world. We examine the current level of women’s participation in the MVC and the benefits of such participation both for MNOs and for women entrepreneurs. In addition to undertaking an analysis of the MVC, we broadened our scope to encompass the wider political, social and institutional conditions in each market. We interviewed policy makers and spoke to other stakeholders who have an interest in women’s economic empowerment in the markets concerned. 

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Tags:  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Impact Evaluation  Poverty  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship  Women 

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Understanding Human Resource Challenges in the Indian Social Enterprise Sector

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The study aims to deliver findings that might serve as triggers for the design of new, more effective methods of addressing HR challenges in this space, and hopes that the collected insights will contribute to accelerating the development of the socent ecosystem. Further, while this study focuses on India, it hopes to also share insights that would be relevant to other parts of the world, and encourage similar research around HR practices in other regions. 

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  India  private sector development  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report springs from a point of view shared by Monitor and Acumen Fund — that philanthropy is the essential but often overlooked catalyst that unlocks the impact potential of inclusive business and impact investing. The report has been created with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The key themes discussed here are based on the sum of Monitor’s extensive research into more than 700 inclusive businesses in Africa and India, and Acumen Fund’s decade of experience as a pioneering impact investor. They also draw together the experiences and observations of dozens of impact investors, grant funders, academics and other experts who were generous enough to share their thoughts with us. 

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Tags:  Africa  Development  impact investing  India  private sector development  Sector publication 

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The Impact Investor, The Need for Evidence and Engagment

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report dives into how impact investing is at an inflection point, building off the rich histories of community finance in the United States and other countries, microfinance, international development, and the integration of ESG factors (Environmental, Social and Governance) in institutional portfolios more broadly. For over 30 years, these practices have been laying the foundation for an expanded continuum of investor options for thematic and asset allocations into privately-owned investments structured for financial returns and social and environmental impacts. 

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Tags:  Global  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  Sector publication 

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Catalysing Growth in Women Run Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015


This is an independent evaluation of the impact of the 10,000 Women program in India by The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  Sector publication  SME  Women 

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Banks and SMEs: Raising the Game. 4th Regional Survey in Latin America and the Caribbean 2011

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SMEs are positioning themselves as a strategic branch of banking operations in the region, while banks are increasingly pushing for more active policies when it comes to the financing of SMEs. This is one of the highlighted conclusions from a 2011 joint survey conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank Group's entities dealing with the private sector: the Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN), the beyondBanking program of the department of Corporate and Structured Financing (SCF), and the Inter-American Investment Corporation, along with the Latin American Banking Federation (FELABAN). This report introduces the general results obtained during the fourth survey encompassing the views and opinions of directors, managers and deputies of the SME division of 109 banks scattered across 22 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also includes an itemized analysis of the answers divided by the banks size and location, as well as their interrelations with other trends in that sector. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Economic Growth  Impact Evaluation  Latin America  Sector publication  SGB  SME 

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Sharing Risk in a World of Dangers and Opportunities: U.S. Development Finance Tools

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report makes broad policy recommendations that are applicable to the general use of development finance by the U.S. government, as well as agency-specific recommendations.  

In order to achieve the best policy and development outcomes, these agencies need expanded authorities, must work in close alignment, and need to use their grant money more creatively. Given the current domestic economic situation and focus on reducing the federal deficit, any U.S. government agency that increases U.S. influence abroad and links international development to the U.S. economy should be given the opportunity to grow and expand. Development finance instruments are also an important way for the United States to help middle-income countries graduate from traditional USAID programs and offer a set of instruments to leverage and comple- ment MCC compact programs. Now is the time to help U.S. government agencies create innova- tive solutions in a more coordinated fashion and increase the capabilities of existing development finance programs. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication 

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Insight into the Impact Investment Market: An in-depth analysis of investor perspectives and over 2,200 transactions

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Impact investments are investments intended to create positive impact alongside financial return. Over the past few years, traditional investors have been increasingly interested by the nascent impact investment market and in 2010, the Global Impact Investing Network (“GIIN”), the Rockefeller Foundation and J.P. Morgan collaborated on a piece of research titled Impact Investments: An Emerging Asset Class, which examined the market landscape, the characteristics of investments, and the size of potential investment opportunities1. Last year’s work included a survey that yielded data on over 1,000 private impact investment transactions. This year, the GIIN and J.P. Morgan have partnered on an expanded survey, capturing data on over 2,200 private transactions totaling over USD 4bn of investment. In complement to this investment survey, we also surveyed investor views on investment philosophy and the overall development of the sector. The 2011 survey returned data from a broader and more geographically diverse pool of respondents. The questions explore returns, risk and impact measurement practices in more depth and also gauge general market perceptions. 

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Tags:  Global  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  private sector development  Sector publication 

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Growth Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This Report aims to examine the particular characteristics, challenges and needs of the market targeted by growth finance investment funds in sub-Saharan Africa, and make recommendations on how this space can best grow in scale and sustainability.

Although this Report is focused on growth finance in sub-Saharan Africa, the problem of the ‘missing middle’ and the solution of growth finance are pertinent to creating a vibrant and sustainable small to medium sized enterprise space in many developing country contexts. Accordingly, it is hoped that the recommendations contained in this Report will serve to encourage and strengthen the growth finance space worldwide. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Africa  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Intra-Household Externalities and Low Demand for a New Technology: Experimental Evidence of Improved Cookstoves

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Intra-Household Externalities and Low Demand for a New Technology: Experimental Evidence of Improved Cookstoves

Grant Miller and A. Mushfiq Mobarak examine some of the reasons for low adoption rates of clean cookstoves in a randomized control trial in Bangladesh. They find that women, who are primarily responsible for cooking, and bear most of the health impacts of traditional stoves, have a strong preference for cleaner, improved cookstoves. However, they lack the ability to make purchases in traditional societies, and male members of the household do not fully appreciate the benefits of this new technology.

Tags:  Bangladesh  Cookstoves  environmental impact  sector publication 

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