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#ClosingTheGap Mekong: Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessments

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019
Updated: Friday, May 3, 2019

#ClosingTheGap - Cambodia
by David Totten and Michael Smiddy

This country report highlights that the Cambodian entrepreneur ecosystem has good foundations based on active participation of motivated ‘ecosystem builders’ and successful entrepreneurs. However, the Cambodian Government needs to sustain broad-based improvements to the overall business environment.

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#ClosingTheGap - Laos
by Matt van Roosmalen and Latdamone Phodsavang

This country report highlights that the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lao PDR depends on broad-based improvements to the overall business environment. Fast growing and larger SMEs with more internal capacity are more likely to benefit from a wider and more flexible selection of financial offerings, which would make continued growth possible and therefore allow them to emerge from the missing middle successfully.

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#ClosingTheGap - Myanmar 
by David Totten
, Grace Pyone Mya Moe Lwin and Matt van Roosmalen

This country report highlights that SMEs in Myanmar face familiar challenges to other developing economies, compounded by a political and economic environment that is still in transition. This has also impacted the financial sector, and consequently SMEs’ access to credit. A flourishing tech ecosystem indicates high potential, yet at this time, there have been few opportunities for SMEs with traditional business models.

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#ClosingTheGap - Vietnam
by Matt van Roosmalen and David Totten

This country report highlights that the Vietnamese entrepreneur ecosystem is developing very quickly, with an increasing number of participants and diversity of services. Support for ecosystem development is equally diverse, with government, development partners, and domestic and international private sector accounting for significant investment.

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Tags:  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  SMEs  southeast asia 

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Financing the Future of Asia: Innovations in Sustainable Finance

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 18, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Financing the Future of Asia: Innovations in Sustainable Finance
by Johan Thuard, Harvey Koh, Anand Agarwal and Riya Garg

This report lays out initial recommendations for how a range of different actors could engage across sustainable finance intervention. FSG's hope is many more investors and financial services providers will seize the opportunity to shape this emerging sector and move toward a future in which all of finance is turned toward building a better world.

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Tags:  Asia  finance  fintech  India  innovation  Southeast Asia  Southeast Asia; India  sustainable finance  sustainable finance; fintech; finance; Asia; innov 

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ASEAN Social Enterprise Structuring Guide

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 22, 2018
Updated: Monday, October 22, 2018
ASEAN Social Enterprise Structuring Guide
by British Council, Tilleke & Gibbins, United Nations ESCAP and Thomson Reuters Foundation

British Council, Tilleke & Gibbins, United Nations ESCAP and Thomson Reuters Foundation teamed up to release the ASEAN Social Enterprise Structuring Guide in February 2018.  The Thomson Reuters Foundation has always championed the emerging impact economy. A key priority for TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service, is to support innovative organizations who are addressing environmental, humanitarian and social problems across the globe. Thomson Reuters Foundation is continuously inspired at the passion, innovation and resilience of these businesses. Thomson Reuters Foundation's work in Southeast Asia continues to prove that social entrepreneurs are at the forefront of driving change and creating social impact.

The legal structure a social entrepreneur chooses for their venture can have a significant bearing on their ability to achieve social change. This guide identifies the advantages and disadvantages of each structure and sets out the relevant registration procedures, regulatory and governance considerations, tax treatment as well as finance and fundraising options – an understanding of all of this is so crucial to ensuring the sustainability, good governance and success of a social venture.  Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  asia  impact investing  social entrepreneurship  southeast asia 

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The Landscape for Impact Investing in Southeast Asia

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Landscape for Impact Investing in Southeast Asia
GIIN and Intellecap

This report is the first-ever detailed analysis of impact investing activity across Southeast Asia. It provides deep insight into the three most active markets in the region: Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, and a broader regional overview of the remaining eight countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.

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Tags:  2018  impact investing  indonesia  landscape  philippines  southeast asia  vietnam 

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Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia: Insight from Practitioners

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia: Insight from Practitioners
Helene Shao, Claire Dufour, Asha Harvey, and Zita de Pooter 
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, WISIONS, S3IDF, and GERES

Nexus with collaborations from GERES and S3IDF and support from Rockefeller Brothers Fund and WISIONS mapped more than 100 financing schemes available to renewable energy entrepreneurs in South East Asia (SEA). Particularly for those enterprises in the start-up, scale-up, or growth stages, access to finance is the primary obstacle they must overcome on the path to scaling and implementing solutions in SEA. The report indicates that by supplying communities with sustainable and affordable clean energy solutions, SME's and social enterprises can simultaneously address the key drivers of poverty while reducing carbon emissions. This report wishes to inspire mutual understanding and improved collaboration addressing barriers to scaling low-carbon solutions.

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Tags:  2018  Asia  southeast asia  sustainability 

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CDC Annual Review

Posted By Stephanie Buck, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 2, 2015

CDC, a development finance institution whose mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places. has released their 2014 Annual Review. It holds some interesting insights into job creation.

Here are some highlights: 

  • A large sample of CDC-backed businesses in Africa and South Asia contributed to the creation of nearly 1.3 million new direct and indirect jobs and livelihoods in 2014 (n=388).
  • These businesses directly employed 533,000 workers.
  • The businesses impacted a further 10.8 million people when indirect employment effects, such as supply chains, wages and increased access to power and financial services were taken into account.

Tags:  africa  employment  Job Creation  Sector publication  southeast asia 

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