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Case Study: Honey Care Africa, Open Capital Advisors, Root Capital, Lundin Foundation, Grameen Foundation

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that provide critical financing and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) in the developing world. ANDE members believe that support for SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, produce environmental and social benefits, and ultimately help lift developing countries out of poverty. We also believe that in order to thrive, SGBs need an entire ecosystem that promotes their growth. This series of stories from the SGB sector highlights the power of collaboration among ecosystem actors. To read the full article please click here 
 
ANDE
September 2013

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From Ideas to Practice, Pilots to Strategy Practical Solutions and Actionable Insights on How to Do Impact Investing

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

From Ideas to Practice, Pilots to Strategy is both an attempt – and an opportunity – to disseminate the best practices and lessons learned from the first movers, early adopters and bold innovators in the field of impact investing, with the goal of further advancing the sector.


World Economic Forum. 
December 2013

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Tags:  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Investment Facilitation in Transitional and Fragile States

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies outlines how investment in fragile states is vital and the current barriers to such investment. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Africa  Global  impact investing  Sector publication 

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Root Capital: Applying a Gender Lens to Agriculture Farmers, Leaders, and Hidden Influencers in the Rural Economy

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

In this issue brief, the second in Root Capital’s Issue Brief Series, we share our experience of applying a gender lens to our work in smallholder agricultural finance. Through our Women in Agriculture Initiative, we have been able to better understand the areas in which we know we support women (as farmers, agro-processing employees, and leaders). This work has also identified new areas for potential impact that further foster economic empowerment for women, underscoring the vital nature of women in less conspicuous — but high-impact — roles and positions. We call these protagonists “hidden influencers,” and in agriculture they include midlevel managers at agricultural businesses, agronomists, leaders of farmer networks, and agrodealers. While much of the discussion to date among impact investors and development practitioners has been focused on the two ends of the spectrum – women as leaders and women at the base of the economic pyramid – we have seen that women in the middle play critical roles. We seek to expand the dialogue in impact investing and international development to document, celebrate, and support these hidden influencers. 

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Tags:  Agriculture  Case Studies  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  Sector publication  Women 

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Private Capital for Social Outcomes: Identifying More Opportunities for Impact Investment in International Development

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The International Development Working Group is one of four thematic Working Groups of the independent Social Impact Investment Taskforce established in June 2013 under the UK’s presidency of the G8. The International Development Working Group, composed of experts in international development and finance, was created to inform the Taskforce on the role of impact investment in international development, and contribute to the Taskforce’s objectives of reporting on and helping to catalyze the development of a global social impact investment market.

The International Development Working Group brought together development practitioners and investors to explore the ways in which the changing landscape of development is creating new opportunities for effective partnerships to drive improvement in social outcomes. The Working Group assessed how impact investment can help to further drive economic development and improvement on social issues in developing countries. Working Group members agree that there is an opportunity for impact investment, in conjunction with public, private and philanthropic capital, to bring greater effectiveness, innovation, accountability and scale to address some of the world’s toughest challenges. The group presents in this report its key recommendations on some proposed joint initiatives to advance the impact investing market for the benefit of the world’s poor populations.

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Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The world is on the brink of a revolution in how we solve society’s toughest problems. The force driving this revolution is “impact investing”, which harnesses entrepreneurship, innovation and capital to power social progress. This report, Impact Investing: The Invisible Heart of Markets – Harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and capital for public good, examines what is needed to catalyse the growth of a global market for impact investment. It makes recommendations that can be implemented across Taskforce countries and beyond to deliver better social outcomes and improve millions of lives across the world. 

The crash of 2008 highlighted the need for a renewed effort to ensure that finance helps build a healthy society rather than endanger it. This requires a paradigm shift in capital market thinking, from two-dimensions to three. By bringing a third dimension, impact, to the traditional capital market priorities of risk and return, impact investing has the potential to transform our ability to build a better society for all.

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Tags:  access to finance  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  Global  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  Policy  Sector publication 

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ANDE 2012 Impact Report

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

ANDE’s 2012 report on small and growing businesses (SGB) focuses on three “action areas” for the SGB sector:  hurdles for female entrepreneurs; the finance gap for start-ups; and the difficulties faced by small holder agricultural businesses when attempting to enter the global market. In addition, the report includes a comprehensive review of ANDE’s work in 2012. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Agriculture  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  Global  SGB  Women 

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Innovations - Bridging the "Pioneer Gap"

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Village Capital believes there is a pressing need for a more holistic, evidence-based approach to leveraging the potential of incubators and accelerators and to understanding what makes them successful. 

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Tags:  accelerators  access to finance  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  Global  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  Investors 

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Innovations - Incubators Are Popping Up Like Wildflowers...

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) believes there is a pressing need for a more holistic, evidence-based approach to leveraging the potential of incubators and accelerators and to understanding what makes them successful. This lead essay by ANDE Executive Director, Randall Kempner, published in MIT Press' "Innovations,"details what we know about incubators and accelerators in the developing world so far, and what more we need to learn. 

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Around the Globe and Early-Stage Company Growth Dynamics

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Entrepreneurs are key drivers of economic and social progress. Rapidly growing entrepreneurial enterprises are often viewed as important sources of innovation, productivity growth and employment (small and medium-sized enterprises account for a high percentage of all jobs in emerging economies). Many governments are therefore trying to actively promote entrepreneurship through various forms of support.The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Stanford University, Ernst & Young and Endeavor, surveyed over 1,000 entrepreneurs from around the globe with the goal of better understanding how successful entrepreneurial companies speed access to new markets and become scalable, high-growth businesses. Executive case studies for 43 early-stage companies from 23 different countries were developed to enrich the feedback from the survey.

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Tags:  accelerators  Economic Growth  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  Global  private sector development  Sector publication  SGB  SME 

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