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Cocoa Interrupted: The Role of Social Enterprise in Cocoa Sustainability

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Cocoa Interrupted: The Role of Social Enterprise in Cocoa Sustainability
by Acumen

This report details how social enterprises can play a role in creatively and sustainably addressing the varied needs of cocoa growing communities in West Africa. It presents four social enterprise case studies and an opportunity for the cocoa industry to bring new ideas and solutions to the challenges facing cocoa farmers and their communities through collaboration with social enterprises.

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Tags:  cocoa  smallholder farmers  social enterprise  sustainability  sustainable ag  west africa 

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Scaling Impact Investment in Forestry

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 25, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Scaling Impact Investment in Forestry
by Rachel Bass, Peter Murphy and Hannah Dithrich

Building from interviews with asset owners, asset managers, and intermediaries, and from the database of forestry vehicles, this report identifies opportunities to strengthen and grow the sustainable and impact forestry market that connect asset owners’ motivations with asset managers’ products and strategies. This report begins to address some of the communications gaps that restrict capital flows into the sustainable forestry market and seeks to uncover opportunities to unlock further investment. Investment in these vehicles is critical, both to the conservation of critical biodiversity and animal habitat and to the ability to deliver a low-carbon or negative emission future.

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Tags:  climate change  Environment  forestry  impact investing  scaling  sustainability 

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Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape Report

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 9, 2018
Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape Report
by the Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP)

STeP released the Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape report in October 2018. Resources to validate new sanitation technologies and prepare for market entry – prerequisites for achieving sustainable, scaled solutions – tend to be quite scarce compared to those available to scale proven solutions. As such, a problematic ‘Pioneer Gap’ exists. This funder landscape seeks to both clarify the ‘Pioneer Gap’ and point readers to potential funding and other resources poised to help fill this problematic gap. Two promising forms of funding are explored in detail: catalytic philanthropy and blended finance leveraging impact investment.

Tags:  2018  sanitation  sector publication  sustainability  technology 

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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.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  2018  Asia  southeast asia  sustainability 

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Unleashing the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs

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

Unleashing the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs

by Babson College and The Coca-Cola Company

This report provides an overview of The Coca-Cola Company's 5by20 initiative, starting with its multi-dimensional contextual setting: the extensive focus on gender equality shared by governments, NGOs and private enterprise, and Coca-Cola’s commitment to and investment in a broad array of initiatives focused on economic development, sustainability, and social goals. The report then describes eight programs from six value chain sectors: Producers, Suppliers, Distributors, Retailers, Recyclers and Artisans, and it concludes with a review of 5by20’s efforts to measure the impact of the initiative, a summary of key elements that contribute to successful scaling, and lessons learned. 

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  INGOs  Private Sector  Scale  scaling program  sector publication  sustainability  women 

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El Dinero Si Crece En Los Árboles: Guia Para Inversores Interesados En El Sector Forestal Boliviano

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

La Alianza Financiera para el Comercio Sostenible (Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade – FAST por su nombre y siglas en inglés) en colaboración con el programa La Alternativa Amazónica (The Amazon Alternative – TAA por su nombre y siglas en inglés) están implementado una estrategia de tres amos para mejorar el accesc al financiamento en el sector forestal sostenible y la industdria manufacturera de madera certificada FSC en Peru, Bolivia y Brasil. Esta guia es parte integral de esta estrtegia.

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Tags:  Environment  Latin America  sector publication  sustainability 

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Improved Stoves in India: A Study of Sustainable Business Models

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 12, 2012
Improved Stoves in India: A Study of Sustainable Business Models

A recent study of 12 organizations selling improved cookstoves in India identified the challenges of selling these products to the poor. The authors found the two companies with the most success focused on developing a sophisticated sales channel, had considerable person-years of management experience in marketing and operations, and had sufficient seed financing. However, none of the companies selling products directly to households (compared to those targeting commercial customers) had demonstrated financial sustainability. They find that cookstove companies in India face tradeoffs between commercial success and the ability to provide health benefits to poor customers. Improved cookstoves are often being sold to higher income customers in rural areas, rather than the poorest of the poor, which is consistent with previous research.

Tags:  business models  India  sector publication  sustainability 

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