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Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 18, 2013


Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid highlights the personal stories of the leaders of some of IFC’s inclusive business clients. These clients have developed innovative and successful business models that expand access to goods, services, and livelihoods for poor people, while generating strong financial returns - read more here

IFC
October, 2013

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Tags:  business models  Entrepreneurship  innovation  sector publication 

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Beyond the Threshold: Investing in Women-led Small & Growing Businesses

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, October 17, 2013

Value for Women released a new research report, "Beyond the Threshold: Investing in Women-led Small and Growing Businesses," detailing the problems of under-investment in women-led small and growing businesses. The report is the culmination of research conducted in collaboration with ANDE, BiD Network, ING Bank Sustainability, and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and was launched at the 2013 ANDE Annual Conference in Glen Cove NY.  To read the full report please click here.

Value for Women
2013

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Tags:  ANDE publication  investment  Sector publication  SGB  women 

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Case Study: WEConnect International, Fidenza Disegno, S.A., and Walmart

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, 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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Tags:  ANDE publication  economic growth  ecosystem  jobs  SGB 

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From the Margins to the Mainstream - Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, September 26, 2013

From the Margins to the Mainstream lays out several key recommendations for how the impact investment sector can reach scale. This includes calling on impact investment funds to be transparent about the financial returns that are generated; for impact enterprises to proactively measure and report on social and environmental impact; for governments to provide tax relief for early-stage investments in which public benefit is created; and for philanthropic endowments to commit their investment capital to impact investments and not just to programmatic allocations. To view the report, please click here

World Economic Forum
September 2013


Tags:  capital  impact investing  investors  philanthropy  sector publication 

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Farmer Bankability and Sustainable Finance: Farm-Level Metrics that Matter

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Researchers commissioned by the Rainforest Alliance compared financial recordkeeping variables between Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and noncertified farms; they also surveyed social lenders and local, in-country financial institutions. The study established a common minimum set of metrics for producers to record/report in order to apply for credit; showed that certified producers are better at tracking financial metrics; demonstrated that certified producers have better access to credit; and confirmed that although lenders prefer to lend to small and medium-sized enterprises, they also value farm-level metrics. Read the full report here.

Rainforest Alliance 

September 2013

 

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Tags:  agriculture  Environment  metrics  sector publication 

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Making Impact Investible

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The paper begins by providing a framework of understanding for the "impact investing” term, its forms of capital, institutional landscape, and blockers as well as enablers of further market growth. It then locates impact investing in the broader context of four megatrends that are creating new investment opportunities.Download the report  here.

Maximilian Martin
July 2013

Tags:  capital  impact investing  investment  opportunity  sector publication 

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Impact investing and beyond: mapping support to social enterprises in emerging markets

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This full report and corresponding executive summary explores the range of support to social enterprises in emerging markets.

There is a lot of excitement about the potential for social enterprise to deliver innovative solutions to development problems, and anecdotal evidence indicates that there is increasing support to social enterprises in emerging markets. This support is coming from a wide range of actors including donors, commercial banks, foundations, investment funds, and NGOs. However, there is a lack of comprehensive data on the scale and range of support. Having such data could allow investments to target underrepresented geographies and sectors and help establish opportunities, overcome gaps and identify the need for more detailed research and analysis.

Tags:  access to finance  emerging markets  impact investing  sector publication  social enterprise 

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Collecting Impact Data Using Mobile Technology

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Monday, July 1, 2013
Collecting Impact Data Using Mobile Technology is a paper published the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) in partnership with Acumen, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Echo Mobile, and Grassroots Business Fund.This paper highlights a pilot project to explore the feasibility of using mobile technology to collect data that indicates the poverty level of clients.

Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
June 2013 

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Tags:  ANDE publication  data collection  ICT  impact investing  mobile 

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Where Do Impact Investing and Microfinance Meet?

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Where Do Impact Investing and Microfinance Meet?

 Mayada El-Zoghbi and Henry Gonzalez
 June 2013

Tags:  Impact Investing  Microfinance  sector publication 

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Ready for Growth: Solutions to Increase Access to Finance for Women-Owned Business in the Middle East and North Africa

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ready for Growth: Solutions to Increase Access to Finance for Women-Owned Business in the Middle East and North Africa
Vital Voices, IFC and the MENA Businesswomen's Network (MENA BWN)
June 2013 

By surveying 431 women business owners across eight economies in the region, the report examines women business owners' demand for capital, information and training to grow their businesses. Download the report here

Tags:  Access to Finance  business  capital  sector publication  Women 

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