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Impacts of Small-Scale Electricity Systems:

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Impacts of Small-Scale Electricity Systems: A Study of Rural Communities in India and Nepal

by World Resources Institute

This study assesses and compares the benefits of electricity service to households and small enterprises from microgrids, solar home systems (SHS), and the national grid in select rural communities in India and Nepal. Electricity access, in general, leads to reduced kerosene use, more time spent by women on income-generation, and the acquisition of home appliances. However, different types of systems have distinct differences in electricity service conditions. These conditions partly explain why households with SHS exhibit the greatest reduction in kerosene use; why grid-connected households own more appliances; and why electricity access benefits small businesses, but seldom drives key business decisions. The developmental impacts of rural electricity access may benefit from supply standards, greater policy support for investments in productive uses, and further research into the cost-effectiveness of electrification from different supply systems. 

Tags:  2016  India  social enterprise 

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Good Incubation in India

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 1, 2016

Good Incubation in India: Strategies for supporting social enterprises in challenging contexts 

By Nesta

Building on Nesta’s 2014 Good Incubation report, this research draws on case studies to highlight strategies for good incubation in challenging environments. It focuses on weaker entrepreneurial ecosystems and offers advice to incubation managers and other ecosystem players, from policymakers to funders alike. 

Tags:  Acceleration  accelerators  Incubation  India 

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World Bank Enterprise Surveys: Country Reports

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Since 2002, the World Bank has collected firm-level surveys of a representative sample of an economy's private sector. To date, this has resulted in data that covers a broad range of business environment topics including access to finance, corruption, infrastructure, performance measures, and more. 

The Enterprise Surveys team has recently released five country highlights: Ghana, India, Namibia, Sweden, and Tanzania. The country highlights are two-page summaries of key findings from each survey, and provide a great overview of priority issues in each country's business environment. 

More reports are available for download on the Enterprise Surveys website

Tags:  enterprise development  Ghana  India  Namibia  Research  sector publication  surveys  Sweden  Tanzani 

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Building Houses, Financing Homes: India's Rapidly Growing Housing and Housing Finance Markets for the Low-Income Customer

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rapid urbanization has led to an increase in the number of low income households in India’s cities. Despite a vibrant housing market in India, decent housing in the formal sector is beyond the reach of the vast majority of these lower income households. Monitor Inclusive Markets conducted a study in 2006-7 for NHB (funded by FIRST Initiative and with active support by the World Bank), which found that even the cheapest houses in the market, were at best affordable2 for the top 15% of the urban population. Customers in the next 30% income seg- ment generally rented rooms in slums and low income neighborhoods.

They lived in poorly constructed houses with deplorable sanitary conditions (shared toilets, bad drainage and water- logging) and lacking basic neighborhood amenities (few common spaces or gardens, unsafe alleys, open gutters). Many families had tiny quarters, for which they paid high rent and yet remained at the mercy of their landlords. Moreover, these customers aspired to live in and could afford to buy houses between 250-400 square feet in suburban areas at current market prices, but there was virtually no supply of houses, and almost no access to mortgages from traditional financial institutions (even more the case for informal sector customers). 

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Tags:  access to finance  impact investing  India  Sector publication 

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Understanding Human Resource Challenges in the Indian Social Enterprise Sector

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The study aims to deliver findings that might serve as triggers for the design of new, more effective methods of addressing HR challenges in this space, and hopes that the collected insights will contribute to accelerating the development of the socent ecosystem. Further, while this study focuses on India, it hopes to also share insights that would be relevant to other parts of the world, and encourage similar research around HR practices in other regions. 

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  India  private sector development  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report springs from a point of view shared by Monitor and Acumen Fund — that philanthropy is the essential but often overlooked catalyst that unlocks the impact potential of inclusive business and impact investing. The report has been created with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The key themes discussed here are based on the sum of Monitor’s extensive research into more than 700 inclusive businesses in Africa and India, and Acumen Fund’s decade of experience as a pioneering impact investor. They also draw together the experiences and observations of dozens of impact investors, grant funders, academics and other experts who were generous enough to share their thoughts with us. 

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Tags:  Africa  Development  impact investing  India  private sector development  Sector publication 

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A White Paper: Metrics Milestones for Incubators

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

In this whitepaper NEN agues that Incubators are not a uniform beast and can and should be categorized. Categorization enables us to identify the unique characteristics, success factors for each incubator model thereby enabling propagation of successful models appropriate under different conditions. Development of incubators can be systematized with milestone driven indicators of progress and predictable outcomes. However, the key challenge is lack of nationally accepted metrics and milestones that are relevant to the different kinds of incubator models. We strongly advocate that in the near term, the framework illustrated in this document be used to help institute a nationally accepted set of metrics and milestones for incubators in India.

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Tags:  accelerators  impact investing  India  metrics and research  Sector publication 

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GIZ Publications on Inclusive Business

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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The Indian Impact Investing Story

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 13, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

At Intellecap, we have always been fascinated by the power of entrepreneurship in driving social change. The passion and drive shown by numerous entrepreneurs working with the Base of the Pyramid is one of the most  powerful forces to address the many challenges of access, affordability and livelihoods facing low-income  communities in India. Our own tryst with narrating this entrepreneurial journey began with our first research series ‘Inverting the Pyramid’ from 2007, analyzing the rapid evolution of the microfinance sector in India. We were fortunate to have always been close to all the practitioners in the sector and the series was our effort to provide a robust commentary on the many highs and lows of this sector. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Economic Growth  Environment  impact investing  India  Market Sizing  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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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.

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Tags:  entrepreneurship  impact investing  India  Investors  sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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