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We are measuring impact BEYOND sustainability. What about you?

Posted By Cecilia Latapí, SVX México, Friday, April 27, 2018
We want to invite you to join a collaborative effort to define what REGENERATIVE - going beyond sustainability - means in our daily practice and to design the metrics for measuring it. Our aim is to collect as many opinions as possible from regenerative practitioners and others with different perspectives, taking into account as many voices as possible before ReGen18 in early May 2018.
In the words of Kevin Jones, co-convenor of ReGen18 and co-founder of SOCAP: "the challenge for regenerative metrics is that we have to find a way for them to add value, instead of being seen as a cost." 
The intention of this undertaking is a collaboratively-designed, co-created regenerative tool to provide organizations the capacity to determine the positive and negative impacts of their practices while establishing some common ground on what regeneration means, its sector-specific metrics, and guidance on best practices for generating Regenerative outcomes. 
As a first step, we invite you to participate in the following survey: 
The results of this survey will be made available to all participants and presented during ReGen18 for further discussion and exploration. After the event, we will keep working on the project on a shared platform, aiming to develop our regenerative tool with your participation (the resulting tool will be placed in the public domain under a Creative Commons license).
If you are doing something similar, working on ideas that could contribute or are interested in co-creating in this exciting new field of endeavor, we want to hear from you!
Thanks for co-creating with us.  We look forward to your contributions.
- Holly Dublin, Kevin Jones, Cecilia Latapi, Laura Ortiz Montemayor, Shaun Paul @ ReGen18

Tags:  Environment  impact assessment  impact investing  impact investing; gender lens investing; gender; w  Performance Measurement  Private sector development  Risk; Risk Assessment; ANDE Members  study  Survey  sustainability  sustainable development  sustainable energy 

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Webinar: What Does ‘Impact’ Mean to You?

Posted By Mia Haughton, Vera Solutions, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Live Webinar on Thursday, May 3rd at 10am (BST)

Every nonprofit is working towards making a positive change in some way, be it in the lives of individuals, our communities, or the world we live in. But how do you measure the impact of the good work you do?

Nonprofits who want to increase their mission’s reach need to define what success looks like to them so that they can measure it more effectively. Join us for a live panel discussion where three nonprofit trailblazers from different ends of the spectrum, each with their own unique insights and real-world experience on the topic, will answer the question: what does ‘impact’ mean to you?


Zak Kaufman, Co-Founder & CEO at Vera Solutions
Joanne Trotter, Global Lead, Results and Learning at the Aga Khan Foundation
Amanda Feldman, Director at The Impact Management Project

Don’t miss out, save your seat today >>>


Tags:  impact measurement  innovation  Performance Measurement  salesforce  social impact  webinar 

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AXiiS is closing the gap with 6 billion (USD) in assets under management ready for SMEs to access finance Today!

Posted By FAST International, Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade, Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Updated: Thursday, April 13, 2017

About AXiiS:

Unique in its industry, Access and eXchange impact investment for Sustainability (AXiiS), is populated with local Financial Advisors based on their grounded work in the field with agriculture and forestry SMEs in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, ensuring sustainable investment ready cases.

Selected SMEs are profiled based on criteria ensuring their investment-readiness, while collecting relevant data on investment in agriculture and forestry sectors. It showcases blind profiles of SMEs and Financial Service Providers to ensure security and to enhance the matchmaking process.

To join or find out more, visit:

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International Development Organization and Poverty Measurement- Are we doing it right?

Posted By Nobuyuki Otsuka, IADB – Multilateral Investment Fund, Friday, April 4, 2014

Recently, the MIF published a study on how microfinance institutions and others in Latin America and the Caribbean use Grameen Foundation’s Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) to measure the impact their work has on reducing poverty. The study also got me thinking about how my colleagues and our counterparts in international development use this tool ourselves—and about how other, perhaps unexpected, entities use it.

We at the MIF and the IDB, along with the World Bank, dream of a world free of poverty, and the PPI is arguably the most reliable and cost-effective tool for measuring the progress that we make toward reaching that goal. However, I am sorry to say that all too often I encounter evidence that even though we claim to use the PPI, many in the development world still don’t seem to understand exactly how it works. Here are a few examples I collected recently:

“It is necessary to tailor PPI specifically to the agriculture sector. Some farmers have lots of assets like land and tractors, but often are poor. I don’t see such questions in the PPI questionnaire.” (Remark by an agricultural expert at a US-based NGO)

“All beneficiaries of the project are those who live below the poverty line with households incomes of US$ 2-4/day. The project will use the PPI in the countries where it is available. The PPI measures changes in poverty levels.” (Excerpt from a MIF/IDB project document)

If you didn’t see what was wrong in those statements, you should definitely read our new study. (Here’s a hint: The PPI is meant to tell you only how likely it is that a household with a given PPI score falls below a selected poverty line.)

So if development banks and NGOs aren’t using the PPI correctly, who is? The answer might surprise you. Today, an increasing number of large food and beverage corporations have familiarized themselves with the PPI and other poverty measurement tools. How come? The answer is simple. For food and beverage businesses, the quality and availability of raw materials used as inputs is a critical issue. This means, then, that helping small producers and paying attention to their living conditions is a priority. Interestingly enough, these businesses have now started applying the PPI to the small farmer suppliers they work with in developing countries. 
The PPI was originally developed for microfinance clients, but as our study shows, it can also be used for non-microfinance beneficiaries. But while we were still exploring it as a possibility, a few corporate giants have already tested it, with many others following their lead. How is it that they have gotten a head start on this initiative? Well, simply because it is perfectly aligned with their core business goals. 

But wait a second… Isn’t it ironic that we, development practitioners, are falling behind these icons of global capitalism in using one of the most essential and easy-to-administer tools to measure poverty? Perhaps it is time for us to remind ourselves of our own core business goal. Is it to “eliminate poverty,” or not?

Tags:  Performance Measurement  Poverty 

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