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Building Houses, Financing Homes: India's Rapidly Growing Housing and Housing Finance Markets for the Low-Income Customer

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

Rapid urbanization has led to an increase in the number of low income households in India’s cities. Despite a vibrant housing market in India, decent housing in the formal sector is beyond the reach of the vast majority of these lower income households. Monitor Inclusive Markets conducted a study in 2006-7 for NHB (funded by FIRST Initiative and with active support by the World Bank), which found that even the cheapest houses in the market, were at best affordable2 for the top 15% of the urban population. Customers in the next 30% income seg- ment generally rented rooms in slums and low income neighborhoods.

They lived in poorly constructed houses with deplorable sanitary conditions (shared toilets, bad drainage and water- logging) and lacking basic neighborhood amenities (few common spaces or gardens, unsafe alleys, open gutters). Many families had tiny quarters, for which they paid high rent and yet remained at the mercy of their landlords. Moreover, these customers aspired to live in and could afford to buy houses between 250-400 square feet in suburban areas at current market prices, but there was virtually no supply of houses, and almost no access to mortgages from traditional financial institutions (even more the case for informal sector customers). 

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Tags:  access to finance  impact investing  India  Sector publication 

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Cultural Entrepreneurship: At the Crossroads of People, Place and Prosperity

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

 "Using Census and NAICS data, we have learned that the Cultural Economy accounts for 12% of New Mexico’s workforce occupations. It is a cornerstone of our economic foundation and far outpaces other states’ involvement in this growing global marketspace. As such, New Mexico is uniquely positioned to leapfrog into the burgeoning global Cultural Economy, building economic opportunities for families and while fostering local culture and traditions.

For New Mexico families to succeed in the shifting global economy, our state must build an innovation-based workforce in which human creativity and capacity are the foremost natural resources. New Mexico’s leadership is challenged to identify targeted strategies that capitalize on our unique assets and core competencies while addressing the disparities in income, health, and social equality that persist in our communities. Across the globe, the Cultural Economy is emerging as a force for creating thriving communities, improving livelihoods, and perpetuating diversity."

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  Global  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Stimulating Investment in Emerging-Market SMEs

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

Although many large institutions have begun to stabilize and recover from the global financial crisis, a serious credit crunch continues. Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face particular challenges to survival and growth. Even in good economic times, these firms lack access to flexible capital, constraining their ability to expand. The current environment exacerbates this difficulty, leading to a dangerous trend because it affects the broader economy. 

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Tags:  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Investing for Social & Environmental Impact

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
There are moments in history when the needs of an age prompt lasting, positive innovation in finance—from ideas as big as the invention of money, to the creation of new institutions such as banks and insurance firms, to the development of new products and services such as mortgages, pensions, and mutual funds.

Evidence suggests that many thousands of people and institutions around the globe believe our era needs a new type of investing. They are already ex- perimenting with it, and many of them continue even in the midst of a financial and credit crisis. That’s why the idea of using profit-seeking investment to generate social and environmental good is moving from a periphery of activist investors to the core of mainstream financial institutions. 

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

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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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Accion’s Frontier Investments Group: DRIVE EFFICIENCY THROUGH CENTRALIZATION

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Friday, November 30, 2012

IRIS Use Case

Accion’s Frontier Investments Group: DRIVE EFFICIENCY THROUGH CENTRALIZATION

Accion’s Frontier 

Investments Group (Frontier Investments) is an early and growth stage impact investing fund focused on catalyzing a new approach to financial inclusion. It invests in innovative technologies and disruptive business models that enhance the efficiency, reach, and scope of products and services for the unbanked. Accion is a global nonprofit organization with a mission to build a financially inclusive world by giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives. To streamline their impact measurement processes, the Frontier Investments team adopted IRIS to standardize their financial and social performance metrics, PULSE to centralize and track performance data, and Alternative Investment Management (AIM) to facilitate more thorough analysis and overall portfolio management. With its new impact measurement program, the team has increased transparency and can analyze trends across its portfolio, make better informed investment decisions, and guide investees toward scale, efficiency, and positive social impact. With IRIS as the foundation of its centralized impact measurement program, Frontier Investments’ small team can work together more effectively and take a data-driven approach to portfolio management.

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Tags:  data  early stage ecosystem  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  sector publication 

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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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