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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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Willingness to Pay for Cleaner Water in Less Developed Countries: Systematic Review of Experimental Evidence

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Willingness to Pay for Cleaner Water in Less Developed Countries: Systematic Review of Experimental Evidence

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) recently published a systematic review of the evidence on willingness to pay for clean water in developing countries. The researchers found 5 experimental studies that tested households’ demand for point-of-use water purification technologies (such as chlorine and ceramic filters). The results suggest that while the majority of people understood the importance of cleaner water, and the link to diarrhea, actual willingness to pay for it is often less than the cost of the technology.

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Tags:  development  sector publication  technology  Water 

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Perspectives on Progress - The Impact Investor Survey

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 7, 2013

Perspectives on Progress - The Impact Investor Survey

JP Morgan and GIIN, January 2013

The third annual survey on the impact investment market sheds light on this nascent and growing market by collecting data on investors’ expectations and experiences in 2012, as well as their plans for 2013.

Tags:  impact investing  investors  sector publication 

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Understanding the BoP from an Access to Opportunities Perspective

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Understanding the BoP from an Access to Opportunities Perspective
May 2013

Understanding the BoP from an access to opportunities perspective. Creating enabling environments for BoP communities in Latin America.

 

Tags:  BOP  Latin America  sector publication 

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