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Imagine Africa 2030: Technologies that will shape Africa’s tomorrow

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Imagine Africa 2030:
Technologies that will shape Africa’s tomorrow

by Intellecap

The report highlights our vision of how emerging technologies can trigger a set of big shifts to help Africa leapfrog and combat its development challenges. Our research indicates that although early evidence of these shifts is already visible signaling the beginning of Africa’s innovation journey, significant whitespaces currently exist. The report identifies these key innovation whitespaces based on scanning of 100 technology use cases in Africa. It concludes by identifying a set of opportunities these whitespaces present for key stakeholders to help nurture a vibrant and high impact technology innovation ecosystem and in the process, become a part of Africa’s journey towards economic transformation.

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Voices that count: The Inclusive Business Scan

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Voices that count:
The Inclusive Business Scan

by VECO

The Inclusive Business Scan is a SenseMaker®-based approach to gain insights into inclusive business principles within a smallholder supply chain. By collecting the experiences of many smallholder farmers on the inclusivity of a supply chain, self-interpreted at the point of origin, the Inclusive Business Scan offers a practical tool for organising real-time feedback from smallholder farmers in formal markets.

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Energy at the Base of the Pyramid Report

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Energy at the Base of the Pyramid Report:

by Impact Amplifier

This research paper reviews the decentralised renewable energy business models being used in poor communities, if and how they have been tried in South Africa, and the potential these models have for expansion. As firm believers in the power of the private sector to create lasting, innovative solutions to the challenges confronting the poor, this paper is intended to support entrepreneurs, researchers, public benefit organisations, government and other institutions interested in creating economically sustainable energy solutions at the base of the pyramid.

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Accelerating Impact for Entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Accelerating Impact for Entrepreneurs:
Lessons Learnt from TechnoServe's Work with SGB's in Central America

by Emory University; TechnoServe

This report learned from TechnoServe´s work with SGBs in Central America compares more than 400 companies that participated in ten different business acceleration cohorts from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. This diverse sample of entrepreneurs shows that carefully designed accelerator programs can, on average, facilitate revenue growth. However, it also shows important differences in revenue-growth performance across the companies in this TechnoServe sample.

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Scaling Pathways: Case Study

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Scaling Pathways:
Case Study

by USAID; Skoll Foundation; Mercy Corps; Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke

The Scaling Pathways series explores the strategies that leading social enterprises have taken to scale their social impact and answers questions like - What were their scaling tactics? What were their biggest surprises and pivots? What have we learned from their successes – and failures – along the way? Here are three case studies that tell the stories of  three IIA-funded organizations: their scaling strategies, pivots, successes and failures on the road to scale. 

Download the report on Imazon here.

Download the report on Evidence Action here.

Download the report on Vision Spring here.

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Pivoting to Impact: Navigating the Road to Scale

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pivoting to Impact:
Navigating the Road to Scale

by USAID; Skoll Foundation; Mercy Corps; Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke

To add to the ongoing conversation on how to create systems-level change and sustainable impact at scale, we are pleased to present the Scaling Pathways series. This piece, Pivoting to Impact, distills critical lessons that cut across geographies and sectors and provides vital information for enterprises and funders trying to unlock impact at scale. Pivoting to Impact builds on in-depth Case Studies that share the scaling journeys of three organizations that have completed their IIA-funded work.

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Annual Impact Investor Survey 2017

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Annual Impact Investor Survey 2017:

by The Global Impact Investing Network

This state of the market report presents investors’ perspectives on key issues important to the impact investing industry, as well as analysis of their investment activity, asset allocations by geography, sector, and investment instrument, impact measurement practice, and performance. For the first time, the GIIN also examined investor perspectives on current market topics, such as market segmentation, the role of below-market-rate capital in impact investing, the entry of large-scale financial firms into the market, and impact investing in public equities. New topics also include investors’ commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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FIVE YEARS: ACCELERATING IMPACT. DRIVING CHANGE.

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Five Years:
Accelerating Impact. Driving Change.

by Reach for Change

The learnings and best practices presented by members of the PIA Mobile Phones and Behavior Change Working Group informed the development of this guide and the group’s insights and examples have been incorporated throughout. With a focus on maternal and child health, this guide includes a list of good practices for organizations developing mHealth platforms and highlights key considerations for program design.

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The Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Growth Landscape

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Growth Landscape:
Tanzania

by Argidius

The report includes a contextual overview of Tanzania, which helps to shed light on some of the challenges and opportunities for SME development and poverty alleviation. It then puts into perspective some of the key sectors that have been the focus of enterprise development activities. The report also includes an overview of key donor programs, as they can often stimulate SME-related activities and also provide a sense of where large-scale interventions in the SME landscape are occurring.

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A Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment:

by United Nations Foundation; Exxon Mobile

This report summarizes the findings of 18 research efforts commissioned specifically for this project across four categories of employment – entrepreneurship, farming, wage employment and young women's employment. Some conducted new data analysis while others reviewed the existing evidence. The commissions analyzed effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the programs when this information was available. Some of the commissioned studies conducted new data analyses while others reviewed existing evidence – analyzing available evidence on the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of programs. 

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