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New Perspectives on Financing Small Cap SME's in Emerging Markets

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 2, 2016

New Perspectives on Financing Small Cap SME's in Emerging Markets:
The Case for Mezzanine Finance

by the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF)/Investment funds local SME

 In search for new models to provide risk capital, mezzanine finance, which blends elements from traditional Private Equity (PE) and debt financing into a unique product, provides an additional offer in the SME finance ecosystem for missing middle entrepreneurs.

As a relatively young and rather complex segment in the impact investing space, the commissioned study 'Publication of new perspectives on financing small cap SMEs in emerging markets: the case for mezzanine finance' provides an understanding of the specificities, diversity (and complexities) of it, critical to spur innovative thinking on both the fund managers and investors sides so products may be improved and models may be more scalable.

This study is the first of its kind and represents a first step into building small cap SME mezzanine finance as an asset class on its own.

Tags:  2016  finance  Financing Mechanisms  SME 

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The Elephant in the Room: Financial Inclusion for the Missing Middle

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Elephant in the Room: Financial Inclusion for the Missing Middle

By Joe Dougherty and Radoslava Dogandjieva

Donor agencies, philanthropists, and social innovators are much enamored of financial inclusion these days. This report explores current limitations of financial inclusion and makes the case for why financing SMEs (or the missing middle) is so difficult, and so important. 

Originally published in the MIT Press Journal Innovations 

Also available on the Dalberg Blog

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Tags:  access to finance  finance  missing middle 

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New Data Indicates a Leveling of the Playing Field for Global Commerce

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

eBay Policy Lab: Enabling Commerce
Over the past decade, technology has driven a game-changing shift in the global economy, enabling more small businesses to sell to customers around the world and compete with large enterprises. For the 2016 Small Online Business Growth Report, we looked at eBay sales and seller data across 10 markets and four years (2010-2014). The data reveals how these small business (SMB) sellers are using technology to drive growth and engage in global trade at rates that far outpace traditional businesses around the world.

See the full report here > > 

Tags:  access to finance  Finance 

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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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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 

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Impact Investing 2.0

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 8, 2013

With lead funding from the Omidyar Network, InSight at Pacific Community Ventures, CASE at Duke and ImpactAssets have been working for over two years to examine the practices of 12 outstanding impact investing funds, culled from an initial list of 350. On November 7, at the World Economic Forum in New York, the new report Impact Investing 2.0 was released. The funds represent over $1.3 billion of assets; a rich and diverse cross-section of the field that, taken together, proves that concurrently delivering significant social impacts and financial returns that meet or exceed investor expectations is not only possible, but is being done at significant scale. For more information, please click here

Impact Investing 2.0
October, 2013 

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Tags:  finance  impact investing  sector publication  social impact 

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Bridging the Gap: The Business Case for Financial Capability

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bridging the Gap: The Business Case for Financial Capability
Executive Summary

Commissioned and funded by the Citi Foundation

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Tags:  finance  financial capability  sector publication 

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Investing for Impact: How social entrepreneurship is redefining the meaning of return

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Monday, February 6, 2012

Research Institute
Thought leadership from Credit Suisse Research and the world’s foremost experts

How social entrepreneurship is redefining the meaning of return

January 2012

 

Tags:  finance  Impact Investing  sector publication  Social entrepreneurship 

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