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A White Paper: Metrics Milestones for Incubators

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

In this whitepaper NEN agues that Incubators are not a uniform beast and can and should be categorized. Categorization enables us to identify the unique characteristics, success factors for each incubator model thereby enabling propagation of successful models appropriate under different conditions. Development of incubators can be systematized with milestone driven indicators of progress and predictable outcomes. However, the key challenge is lack of nationally accepted metrics and milestones that are relevant to the different kinds of incubator models. We strongly advocate that in the near term, the framework illustrated in this document be used to help institute a nationally accepted set of metrics and milestones for incubators in India.

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Tags:  accelerators  impact investing  India  metrics and research  Sector publication 

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Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013: A generation at risk

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This paper examines how the weakening of the global recovery in 2012 and 2013 has further aggravated the youth jobs crisis and the queues for available jobs have become longer and longer for some unfortunate young jobseekers. So long, in fact, that many youth are giving up on the job search. The prolonged jobs crisis also forces the current generation of youth to be less selective about the type of job they are prepared to accept, a tendency that was already evident before the crisis. Increasing numbers of youth are now turning to available part-time jobs or find themselves stuck in temporary employment. Secure jobs, which were once the norm for previous generations – at least in the advanced economies – have become less easily accessible for today’s youth. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  Jobs  Sector publication  youth 

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Early Stage Social Enterprise EcoSystem Workshop

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This is a summary of a workshop held in Nairobi December 4-6, 2012. Stakeholders from across the early-stage enterprise ecosystem convened to identify & design high-leverage initiatives that could strengthen support for enterprises through development stages to achieve scale and build sustainably in order to provide broad solutions for large, disadvantaged populations.

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Tags:  accelerators  Africa  Base of the Pyramid  BoP  Development  Economic Growth  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  Philanthropy; impact investing  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Creating the Chinese Dream - A practitioners guide to impact investing in China's green SMEs

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This report reflects a combination of on-the-ground experiences of China Impact Fund (CIF) and New Ventures China (NVC), and points of view from emerging impact investing practitioners active in mainland China.

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Tags:  China  Development  Environment  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Priming the Pump - The Case for a Sector Based Approach to Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This discussion paper argues for a shit in focus toward the goal of scaling entire industry sectors, in addition to individual firms. Our experience from the past eight years is that impact investors can massively increase the number of lives they touch by concentrating investments in specific industry sectors in specific geographies, and by investing in a range of organizations to accelerate the development of these industry segments. The need for investment is particularly acute at the earliest stages of innovation, which provide the foundation in which entire new sectors can emerge and scale rapidly by tapping commercial capital markets. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Global  impact investing  Sector publication 

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Shared Value in Emerging Markets

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This report explores how companies are redefining business strategies to create shared value across five sectors: food, beverages, and agriculture; health care; financial services; extractives and natural resources; and housing and construction. It highlights more than thirty company case studies and provides perspectives on a range of geographies. Guided by key learning questions identified by the Rockefeller Foundation, this paper provides stories and frameworks to inspire and inform the strategies of multinationals and their partners as they seek to create shared value at the base of the pyramid.

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Tags:  access to finance  Global  Poverty  private sector development  Sector publication 

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Accelerating Impact: Achievements, Challenges and What's Next in Building the Impact Investing Industry

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This report assesses the progress made over the past four years in building the global impact investing industry. It is divided into three parts: first, context, which introduces the structure of and key actors in the impact investing field; next, an examination of the recent achievements and challenges in building the impact investing marketplace; and finally, presentation of a set of recommendations for accelerating the rate of growth of the field.

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Tags:  access to finance  Global  impact investing  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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The Enterprise Development Report

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Friday, August 2, 2013

This report  frames the landscape of current Enterprise Development strategies in an effort to understand how these strategies are decided and implemented. Sixty Enterprise Development practitioners from the Top 100 companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, representing some of South Africa’s largest ED programs, contributed their time and insights to this study. They shared details about all aspects of their companies’ ED strategies and offered rich, thoughtful commentary on their perceptions of Enterprise Development as a tool. To read more, please click here

Impact Amplifier
& NYU Center for Global Affairs 
July 2013 

Tags:  enterprise development  Philanthropy; impact investing  Sector publication  South Africa 

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From Ideas to Practice, Pilots to Strategy Practical Solutions and Actionable Insights on How to Do Impact Investing

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

From Ideas to Practice, Pilots to Strategy is both an attempt – and an opportunity – to disseminate the best practices and lessons learned from the first movers, early adopters and bold innovators in the field of impact investing, with the goal of further advancing the sector.


World Economic Forum. 
December 2013

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Tags:  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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