Print Page   |   Sign In   |   Register
Publications Library
Blog Home All Blogs
Welcome to the Publications Library! Here you will find a searchable index of reports, toolkits, research papers, and other resources relevant to the Small and Growing Business Sector. Sort by clicking on the relevant tags, or by typing in key words in the box below.

 

Search all posts for:   

 

Top tags: sector publication  impact investing  Entrepreneurship  access to finance  ANDE publication  Global  Social entrepreneurship  Women  Development  Economic Growth  Impact Evaluation  SGB  SME  accelerators  africa  2016  India  ecosystem  Latin America  social enterprise  finance  private sector development  Agriculture  Base of the Pyramid  BoP  environment  poverty  2017  GALI  Acceleration 

Social Finance: Creating Value for Investors

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 17, 2015

Why hasn't social finance caught on in the past? What needs to change to extend and broaden the recent growth?

BNY Mellon dives into these questions in their most recent white paper: "Social Finance: Creating Value for Investors.

In their own words:

BNY Mellon has been helping apply capital to social change for more than 225 years. It began with a loan to a fledgling government undertaking a large social experiment: The United States of America and democracy. We continue to think about the potential for investments to enable positive change today. The size and complexity of current environmental, social, and governance issues facing the global economy have motivated us to assess the market structure in order to address these issues, highlight some of the challenges to greater and more effective deployment of capital, and propose ways to address those challenges.

Read the full paper and learn how BNY Mellon sees the path ahead for social finance. 

Tags:  finance  impact investing  investors  Sector publication 

PermalinkComments (0)
 

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 

PermalinkComments (0)
 

Measuring Value Created by Impact Incubators & Accelerators

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 2, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I-DEV International, in conjunction with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Agora Partnerships, set out to evaluate the value created by impact incubators and accelerators for social enterprises and impact investors they seek to support. This 18-month analysis included over 100 interviews and surveys with stakeholders from 8 impact-focused incubator/accelerator programs, 54 enterprises that had participated in the incubator/accelerator programs analyzed, and 18 active impact investors. Key research objectives were to:

  • Evaluate the quantifiable value created by impact-focused incubator/accelerator programs 
  • Design and pilot a framework that can be used to objectively compare and benchmark impact incubator/accelerator programs against each other

Download Publication >>

 Attached Files:

Tags:  accelerators  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SGB 

PermalinkComments (0)
 

(Redefining) Success in a Changing World

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 2, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A number of global trends are converging to accelerate the pace of change in our communities, our lives and the way in which we define success in business. As a result,the world we are passing on to the coming generations is both promising and fragile.One response to this complexity is the rise of social entrepreneurship: the idea that economic incentives and positive social change can – and should – go hand in hand. Over the past two decades in particular, the phenomenon has gained significant traction, and in some cases is on the verge of mainstreaming into general business. This report integrates primary surveys, opinion leader and practitioner interviews, as well as experiences and observations of dozens of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, global Millennials, academics and other experts, all of whom were generous with their time and resources. We combined this with secondary desk research, and together with our analysis, offer a compelling narrative about the future of social entrepreneurship around the world.

Download Publication >>

 Attached Files:

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  Global  Impact Evaluation  metrics and research  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

PermalinkComments (0)
 

The Social Enterprise Landscape in Ghana

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 11, 2015

This report, produced by the British Council, in partnership with ODI, seeks to outline the social enterprise landscape in Ghana. It reviews the enabling environment and the scope of capacity-building activities supporting social enterprise to provide an overview of the profile of existing social enterprises and social innovation activity. It presents information on perceptions and levels of awareness of social enterprise, the obstacles and challenges faced and opportunities to improve the enabling environment; and lessons from social enterprise activities in other national contexts. 

Read the full study here

Tags:  Ghana  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship  West Africa 

PermalinkComments (0)
 

CIPE: Economic Inclusion: Leveraging Markets and Entrepreneurship to Extend Opportunity

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Economic inclusion refers to equality of opportunity for all members of society to participate in the economic life of their country as employers, entrepreneurs, consumers, and citizens. Fostering inclusion through active participation in the market economy involves increasing access to opportunity while generating additional economic growth. Effective strategies for inclusion engage under-represented groups in the design and implementation of policies and programs.

This article from the Center for International Private Enterprise illustrates ways to promote youth entrepreneurship and women’s entrepreneurship and to facilitate the inclusion of informal entrepreneurs in the formal economy.

Read the article here >>

Tags:  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  Latin America  Middle-East  Poverty  Sector publication  West Africa  Women 

PermalinkComments (0)
 

A primer on results measurement and surveys: DCED Standard for Results Measurement

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 29, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The DCED Standard is a framework that helps practitioners articulate their hypotheses clearly. It also helps them to systematically set and monitor indicators that show whether or not events are occurring as predicted. This empowers practitioners to adapt their programs based on the data they collect. Many would say this is just good management. Over 100 projects in over 50 countries are currently using the DCED Standard. This includes projects ranging from value chain development, to challenge funds, to business environment reform. 

Using the standard also helps improve the degree of rigor in results measurement. 

Attached, you can find the one page outline about the Standard and how it can help you and your organization. 

For more information, check out the DCED Standard pages here

Download File (PDF)

Tags:  metrics and research  Metrics Framework  Performance Measurement  Research  sector publication  surveys 

PermalinkComments (0)
 

Investing in Africa's Small and Growing Businesses

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 28, 2015

 https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5f7a19a9f2ee0311ba25248e0/images/e790c2a5-6a5e-49ff-ae0a-445c3d2adb29.jpgFrom launching a fund to exiting investments, this handbook provides an introduction to equity investment throughout Africa. The handbook presents a panorama of SGB investment in Africa, introduces equity investment methodology, and suggests a roadmap for launching an investment vehicle targeting African SGBs. Download the report in English or French here

Tags:  private sector development  Research  sector publication  SGB 

PermalinkComments (0)
 

Taking the Pulse of Social Enterprise Landscape in Developing and Emerging Economies - A new study by Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 28, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

For the first time, data that evaluates the ability of social enterprises to meet the basic needs of poor populations is available in a study by Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung. 

The study focuses on Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa. It examines the dynamics in the public, private, and third sectors, as well as to what extent these influence social enterprise activities. The study includes concrete recommendations on how to increase the contribution of social enterprises to poverty alleviation. 

The report is available for free here. 

Tags:  colombia  kenya  mexico  Research  sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship  south africa 

PermalinkComments (0)
 

New Report: Are India's social entrepreneurs who lack basic financial management skills still seen as investment-worthy?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Over the past four years, the team at Upaya Social Ventures has repeatedly heard from impact investors that the pipeline of investable social enterprises in India is frustratingly thin. While these investors regularly hear about interesting concepts, they lament the lack of entrepreneurs who have the business management skills needed to make a venture profitable. In fact, many leading investors have said that a social entrepreneur who does not have a sufficient command of fundamental business tools is not someone they can even really consider an entrepreneur.

Looking to turn these anecdotes into actionable information, Upaya has released the first of a series of spot surveys that dig deeper into investors’ impressions of the entrepreneurs they encounter.

Titled What They Really Think: Perceptions of India’s Early Stage Social Entrepreneurs Among Impact Investors, the series provides data and recommendations to the multitude of incubators, training programs and mentorship networks currently operating in India. The report captures investor opinions about the collective critical skills and competencies of entrepreneurs, and starts a substantive conversation on improving the ecosystem for early-stage social businesses.

In “Spot Survey #1: Financial Management Capabilities,” 18 of India’s 25 most active impact investors shared their impressions of the financial management competencies of entrepreneurs on whom they have conducted some level of due diligence. The report looks at entrepreneurs' skills with a variety of financial management tools for decision-making. It also looks at the quality of documentation investors receive from entrepreneurs, as well as the ability of those entrepreneurs to use valuation tools to communicate the financial health and long-term projections of their companies with investors.

 Attached Files:

Tags:  entrepreneurship  impact investing  India  Investors  sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

PermalinkComments (0)
 
Page 26 of 35
 |<   <<   <  21  |  22  |  23  |  24  |  25  |  26  |  27  |  28  |  29  |  30  |  31  >   >>   >|