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Impact Report: Global Expansion

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 16, 2017

Impact Report: Global expansion

By Street Business School 

Three years ago, we set out to test whether the incredible business training program we developed for women making beads could create transformation far beyond the borders of Uganda. The idea was simple. Let's share our proven model with other organizations, who are already experts on the needs of their local communities, and help them maximize their impact rather than reinventing the wheel. We started in January 2014 and completed phase I of this journey on June 30 of this year.

Check out our Milestones to celebrate, as what we have accomplished has far outstripped our expectations. As you read this, Street Business School is being taught in ve countries across East Africa with the potential of two more in the near future. The 19 partner groups we have trained will help more than 6,000 women and almost 37,000 children out of poverty. Forever. 

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Tags:  East Africa  impact evaluation  poverty  social enterprise  women 

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Toniic T100: Launch

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Toniic T100 Launch:
Insights from the Frontier of Impact Investing

by Toniic

This report makes public for the first time the aggregated portfolios of more than 50 investors, ranging in size from less than $2 million to more than $100 million, successfully targeting and achieving both impact and financial returns across the same asset classes available to traditional investors. The results of this study also demonstrate that though the surveyed impact investors’ primary motivation is to invest with measurable impact, their financial motivation is generally the same as traditional investors: to preserve capital and generate a financial return for the asset owner.

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Tags:  impact evaluation  impact investing  impact measurement  investors  sector publication 

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Impact Investing: Who Are We Serving?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Impact Investing: Who Are We Serving? 
A case of mismatch between supply and demand.

By Oxfam and Sumerian Partners

This report from Oxfam and Sumerian Partners questions some of the assumptions around impact investment and highlights the experience of enterprises contributing to poverty reduction so that they might be better served by the field. It argues that the sector risks being discredited due to rising, unrealistic expectations about financial returns.

Tags:  2017  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  sector publication 

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Impact Report 2014: State of the Small and Growing Business Sector

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016

This report focuses on the state of the global SGB sector, and also dives into regional trends. First, we provide an overview on intermediaries in 2014, including data on capacity development services, direct investments into SGBs, and donor funding. Next, we highlight trends and activities at ANDE’s five most established regional chapters: Brazil, Central America/Mexico, East Africa, India, and South Africa. We also expose current challenges for the sector to address, such as how to recruit and retain talent, improve entrepreneurial acceleration, and increase donor support to fulfill global development goals.  

Since ANDE’s founding in 2009, we have seen much progress made by the SGB sector, composed of those organizations that support entrepreneurs in emerging markets. In 2014, more than 200 members were operating in more than 150 countries, and had collectively supported nearly 350,000 entrepreneurs.

Nonfinancial support has increased.
We have identified over 600 accelerator programs operating globally, including at least 200 based in emerging market countries. This model shows promise: preliminary research results show revenue and employee growth for accelerated enterprises was three times faster than growth for nonaccelerated enterprises.

The pace of investing has picked up.
We estimate that in the past five years, investment vehicles that do deals $2 million and below in emerging markets have raised $10 billion to invest in SGBs. The number of private equity deals below $2 million tripled in 2014 compared to 2010. And encouragingly, investors are increasingly willing to make earlier stage deals—lowering their median minimum target deal size in the past five years to $250,000.

But, there is still work to be done.
Despite the growing recognition that SGBs are a powerful mechanism to achieve economic and social change, investments from the international donor community have decreased to one percent of total development assistance.  We believe that if donors increase support directly to small and growing businesses, and more importantly invest in initiatives that strengthen the overall entrepreneurial ecosystem, they can have a catalytic effect on market-based approaches that will solve critical global challenges.

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Tags:  accelerators  ANDE publication  employment  entrepreneurship  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  SGB 

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The State of Measurement Practice in the SGB Sector

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This report reviews the current state of measurement in two types of organizations that directly support SGBs – impact investors and capacity development providers. Using a mixed-methods approach, we collected data and interviewed over 30 organizations across these two categories, and analyzed key trends in measurement practice. 

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  metrics and research  SGB 

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Mapping the Impact Investing Sector in Brazil

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

During the past 10 years of impact investing in Brazil, we have observed a significant development in the impact investing space. Five years ago, only a few players identified themselves as impact investors, very few organizations in the social sector were investor-ready, and there were almost no co-investment opportunities. A steep increase in the number of investors and amount of capital, greater coordination among players, and a more professional workforce active in the industry today have facilitated the development of impact investing. This market study of the impact investing sector in Brazil reveals significant market growth. Nineteen of Brazil’s largest impact investors, including fund managers, banks, foundations, family offices and others surveyed expect to commit 40% to 50% more capital to impact investments in 2014 compared to 2013. 

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Economic Growth  financing mechanisms  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  Latin America 

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Growth and Opportunity: The Landscape of Organizations that Support Small and Growing Businesses in the Developing World

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

Commissioned by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) as part of its own strategic planning process, this study maps the landscape of the SGB sector, and in so doing, determines both the challenges facing SGB intermediaries and how ANDE and other organizations should support the field in addressing these challenges. 

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Tags:  access to finance  ANDE publication  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  Policy  SGB 

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Impact Report 2013: State of the Small and Growing Business Sector

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This report highlights the state of the SGB sector and also ANDE's vision for our future. You may notice differences from previous years' publications. This year, we have designed a report that we hope will be a reference for organizations who already are involved in the sector. Rather than making the case for SGBs, this report focuses on the progress and challenges that we have seen over the past five years. We draw on data provided by ANDE members and others over the past year to understand sector trends. We also leverage ANDE's proprietary research and the work of our member-led working groups and regional chapters to highlight important issues and milestones. The member initiatives that we describe represent just a small fraction of the exciting developments among ANDE members.

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  Philanthropy  private sector development  SGB  Social Entreprenuership 

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Transforming Impact Measurement with Lean Data

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 11, 2015

ANDE provided support to a new report co-authored by Acumen and Root Capital: Innovations in Impact Measurement. The report shares detailed case studies of how these organizations are using muobile surveys to gather customer insights. Here's a preview of what Acumen learned from applying Lean Data principles to Acumen investee SolarNow:

EXCERPT FROM THE REPORT:

Although the company was receiving customer feedback through word of mouth mainly from their sales agents, they craved greater quality data about their customers and the social impact of owning a SolarNow system. Acumen helped SolarNow construct a short, non-intrusive survey and gathered data from over 200 customers through trained call center employees. Here’s what we learned:

CUSTOMER IMPACT:
95% reduction in kerosene usage
49% live below $2.50 per day
32% of customers reported service issues

COMPANY IMPACT:
Addressed product performance issues
Recruited a customer service team
Started quarterly Lean Data customer calls

Read the full report for more stories like this. 

 

Tags:  impact evaluation  Lean data  metrics  Metrics and Research  mobile  survey  surveys 

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Women Entrepreneurs in Mobile Retail Channels: Empowering Women, Driving Growth

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

The expansion of the mobile industry across developing and emerging markets enables a number of social and economic opportunities. In addition to the benefits that mobile technology provides, mobile network operators (MNOs) themselves can offer many opportunities for basic employment and entrepreneurial activity. Some women have been able to benefit from these opportunities, while many others remain marginalized.

In this report, we investigate the gender composition of the ‘mobile value chain’ (MVC) in 11 different markets around the world. We examine the current level of women’s participation in the MVC and the benefits of such participation both for MNOs and for women entrepreneurs. In addition to undertaking an analysis of the MVC, we broadened our scope to encompass the wider political, social and institutional conditions in each market. We interviewed policy makers and spoke to other stakeholders who have an interest in women’s economic empowerment in the markets concerned. 

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Tags:  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Impact Evaluation  Poverty  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship  Women 

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