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Beyond Microfinance: Getting Capital to Small and Medium Enterprises to Fuel Faster Development

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Friday, October 21, 2011
A Brookings Institution policy brief that argues that small and medium sized enterprises contribute more to economic development and growth than micro-enterprises, but face barriers to scale in developing countries. 

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Tags:  Development  Entrepreneurship  Microfinance  sector publication  SME 

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Alphamundi - Impact Finance Survey 2010

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Friday, October 21, 2011
October 2010

A survey of 62 financial institutions in the field of Impact Investing, with a particular focus on European institutions. According to Alphamundi, the survey findings have "helped shape policy changes in Luxembourg and provided private and institutional investors with a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by Impact Finance fund managers". 


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Tags:  Access to Finance  Dataset  financing mechanisms  Global  impact investing  sector publication  survey 

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SME Innovators and Gazelles in MENA - The World Bank

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Published September 2011

The Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region faces no greater challenge than employment generation. An expanding literature on
"gazelles” suggests that a small percentage of fast-growing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) generate the majority of new jobs in
diverse economies. This paper observes the characteristics of fast growing SMEs included in World Bank Investment Climate Assessment (ICA) enterprise surveys in the MENA region. The identified enterprises characteristics associated with high growth among SMEs include being an innovator, offering workers formal training and receiving an international quality certification.

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Tags:  Gazelles  High-Growth Entrepreneurship  Job Creation  Middle-East  North Africa  sector publication 

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Coordinating Impact Capital: A New Approach to Investing in Small and Growing Businesses - Santa Clara University, Center for Science, Technology and Society

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Published in July 2011

Note: This research document is a result of an ANDE-funded Capacity Development Fund grant.

This study by Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society (CSTS), finds the need to develop a more collaborative approach to deploying capital in the impact investing space. The majority of the 45 organizations surveyed in the report ‘Coordinating Impact Capital’ expressed an interest in linking with potential co-investors to lower the risk associated with funding small and growing businesses (SGBs) in developing countries.

The authors also find that nearly 60 percent of respondents used multiple investment vehicles (grants, loans, convertible notes and equity) and 50 percent employed local intermediary organizations when making debt investments. However, only 17 percent reported having used Capacity Development Organizations (CDOs) to help their enterprises build management and systems capacity, despite the potential benefits.

They recommend a syndicated approach of ‘phased investing’, in which two or more investors provide capital during different phases of an SGB’s development, to ensure a steady stream of capital to the enterprise. The authors also suggest that equity may not be the most effective funding instrument for the sector. Instead, the development of cash-flow based investment vehicles could improve the predictability of returns and drive more mainstream capital into impact investing.

The study was funded by the ANDE Capacity Development Fund 2010, and these findings present an opportunity for ANDE to play a greater role in coordinating the flow of impact capital and capacity development services to SGBs. The report also suggests potential areas of future research on the impact of SGBs on poverty and economic development, and identifying factors that lead to greater social outcomes.

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Tags:  Access to Finance  ANDE Members  Global  impact investing  sector publication 

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Data Driven: A Performance Analysis for the Impact Investing Industry - Global Impact Investing Network

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Friday, September 23, 2011
Published September 2011

IRIS is a universal language for social, environmental, and financial performance reporting. It was developed as a tool for the impact investing industry to improve transparency, increase the credibility of social and environmental performance data, and facilitate investment comparability and performance benchmarking.

This first report presents early findings from 2,394 organizations - including 1,931 microfinance institutions and 463 mission-driven organizations - that work with leading impact investment intermediaries. In addition to presenting early aggregated performance data, this report's objective is to drive widespread adoption of IRIS and to encourage impact investors, funds, and mission-driven organizations to strengthen future market intelligence by voluntarily contributing data for analysis through IRIS data collection partners.

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Tags:  Dataset  Global  impact investing  IRIS  Market Sizing  sector publication 

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