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The Emergence of Angel Investment Networks in Southeast Asia: A Good Practice Guide to Effective Angel Investing

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 12, 2020

The Emergence of Angel Investment Networks in Southeast Asia: A Good Practice Guide to Effective Angel Investing

 By Sasakawa Peace Foundation 

This report focuses on the development and current landscape of angel investment networks in Southeast Asia and provides an overview of the functions, taxonomy, and challenges facing angel networks in the region. Based on interviews with expert practitioners, this report also provides advice for managers and members of angel investment networks to explore mechanisms to achieve financial sustainability, implement operational improvements, and pursue collaborations with other ecosystem players including entrepreneurs, government, intermediaries, and other investors. 

 Read the full report here

Tags:  impact investing  investors  social impact  southeast asia 

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​ANDE South Africa Impact Measurement and Management Knowledge Brief

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Thursday, June 11, 2020

 ANDE South Africa Impact Measurement and Management Knowledge Brief 

By ANDE South Africa

Our ANDE SA Impact Management Knowledge Brief provides a summary and resources from the 'Impact Management for the South African social and creative enterprises sectors' project, in partnership with Social Value UK and supported by the British Council's DICE Fund. The project aimed to further understand the Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) landscape in South Africa, with a focus on social and creative enterprises. In the efforts to drive inclusivity and development, the project supported entrepreneurial support organisations that wanted to learn how to better measure and manage their impact and, in turn, support their entrepreneurs when using data to improve their decisions and performance, regardless of their level of exposure to IMM practices.

Read the full issue brief here


Tags:  ANDE publication  impact management  social enterprise  social impact  South Africa 

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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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Villgro's Impact Report 2018

Posted By Sukriti Somvanshi - Villgro, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Villgro's Impact Report 2018
by Villgro Innovations Foundation

In the last 19 years, Villgro | India has worked with over 270 entrepreneurs who have created more than 3500 jobs and impacted over 19 million underprivileged lives. This Impact Report deep dives into the impact footprints over the last 19 years - the entrepreneurs and their journeys with creating bottom of the pyramid impact.

Read full report here.

Tags:  impact investing  inclusive innovation  india; ANDE members  innovation  social entrepreneurship  social impact 

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Project Sage 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital With a Gender Lens

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 4, 2019

Project Sage 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital With a Gender Lens

 by Suzanne Biegel, Sandra M. Hunt, and Sherryl Kuhlman

This gender lens investing report offers a global scan of gender lens private equity, venture capital, and private debt funds.  Read more in the report about key insights on the current state of the field.    

Tags:  2019  gender inclusion  social impact  UPenn publication 

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Amplify II: The Next Mile of Impact Investing for INGOs

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 7, 2018
Amplify II: The Next Mile of Impact Investing for INGOs
by Humentum and the INGO Impact Investing Network

Humentum and the International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Impact Investing Network published their second impact investing report, Amplify Impact Investing 2: The Next Mile of Impacting Investing for INGOs, in December 2018. This report is the follow up to the original Amplify Impact Investing report released in 2016, Amplify Impact Investing: the INGO Value Proposition for Impact Investing.

In recent years, international non-governmental organizations, traditionally known for implementing donor-funded programs for social and environmental impact around the world, have begun to make a distinctive imprint on the impact investing ecosystem. The report updates our knowledge on the role of INGOs in impact investing, and discusses their evolution in the market. It concludes that INGOs are continuing to emerge as key players in impact investing. Learn more.

Tags:  2018  impact investing  INGOs  sector publication  social impact 

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Impact Investing in Africa: A Case Study on East Africa

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 2, 2018

Impact Investing in Africa: A Case Study on East Africa
Dr. Jamie Van Leeuwen and Mr. Michael Feinberg
Wilson Center 

In this policy paper, Public Policy Fellow Jamie Van Leeuwen and Michael Feinberg analyze the case study of Staffable, a social impact company in Kampala, Uganda and their approach to measuring the efficacy of social impact. They provide policy recommendations on how philanthropists, investors, and non-governmental organizations can standardize performance metrics to measure social impact investing, as well as recommend investments in workforce development in order to reduce dependency. 

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Tags:  Africa  east africa  impact investing  social impact 

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Pulse of Impact Management

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Pulse of Impact Management:
Current Uses of and Trends in Social and Environmental Impact Measurement in Investing

by the Middlebury Institute’s Center for Social Impact Learning in partnership with SVT Group

The Middlebury Institute’s Center for Social Impact Learning in partnership with SVT Group report offers a shortcut to practical information about how impact investors are tracking and reporting their social and environmental impact today. The report also includes advice from impact investors to those new to the field, and summarizes the history of impact investing, key terms and concepts in impact measurement, and trends, and provides a practical guide to the most relevant publications. 

Download the case study here.

Tags:  environmental impact  impact investing  impact investment  impact measurement  sector publication  Sector Trends  social impact 

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More than Measurement

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 10, 2016

More than Measurement: A Practitioner's Journey to Impact Management 

By Bridges Impact+ and Skopos Impact Fund 

More than Measurement is a new report by Bridges Impact+ and Skopos Impact Fund.

It describes our development of an ‘impact management’ approach – which we define as the management of assets in order to meet explicit impact goals (alongside financial goals).

This paper has catalysed a global effort to develop a shared convention for describing impact goals, in a way that can inform portfolio construction.

In traditional asset management, we have developed a shared convention (risk, return, liquidity – and asset classes, as a shorthand) to describe, align and manage against our respective financial goals. However, the same is not yet true within impact investment.

Over the last decade, there has been an industry push to improve impact measurement. Better measurement is essential, but we found it is most meaningful when you have spent time thinking about what success looks like from the start.

Tags:  impact investing  impact measurement  social impact 

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Driving Corporate Growth Through Social Impact

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 11, 2016

Driving Corporate Growth Through Social Impact:
Four corporate archetypes to maximize your social impact

By Deloitte

There has been a noticeable shift in the past 10 years in the way that public companies think about the social impact of their businesses as a strategic driver of value. Deloitte recently examined the social impact practices of the 2014 Fortune 500 global public companies. They observed four archetypes that companies typically fall into, which reflect social impact trends and how companies
stack up against competitors

Tags:  Corporate Responsibility  social impact 

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