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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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More than Measurement

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 10, 2016

More than Measurement: A Practitioner's Journey to Impact Management 

By Bridges Impact+ and Skopos Impact Fund 

More than Measurement is a new report by Bridges Impact+ and Skopos Impact Fund.

It describes our development of an ‘impact management’ approach – which we define as the management of assets in order to meet explicit impact goals (alongside financial goals).

This paper has catalysed a global effort to develop a shared convention for describing impact goals, in a way that can inform portfolio construction.

In traditional asset management, we have developed a shared convention (risk, return, liquidity – and asset classes, as a shorthand) to describe, align and manage against our respective financial goals. However, the same is not yet true within impact investment.

Over the last decade, there has been an industry push to improve impact measurement. Better measurement is essential, but we found it is most meaningful when you have spent time thinking about what success looks like from the start.

Tags:  impact investing  impact measurement  social impact 

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The Practitioner's Guide

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 9, 2016

The Practitioner’s Guide: Steps to Corporate Investment, Innovation and Collaboration

By the Multilateral Investment Fund/IDB

All corporations seek to differentiate themselves and look for new ways to create value. But, how does an organization change the way it does business? This guide addresses three key questions: 1) What is the business benefit and why should my business consider alternative options in its innovation and investment strategy? 2) What steps can I take to begin the process of designing our corporate innovation and investment strategy so that it creates positive outcomes? 3) Who can I work with to make this happen and what forms of collaboration exist in the market that I can learn from?

Tags:  2016  Corporate Responsibility  impact investing  innovation 

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From Innovation to Practice

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 1, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

From Innovation to Practice: Impact Investing Education and Training 

By the Beeck Center for Innovation + Social Impact

Produced with support from the MacArthur Foundation, Pathways to Innovation focuses onthe current state of impact investing education and training, and assesses opportunities to meet emergent demand and build capacity across the impact investing ecosystem. It also includes a listing of nearly 200 providers of courses, events, and other opportunities learn about impact investing.

Tags:  2016  education  impact investing 

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The State of Impact Investing in Latin America

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Updated: Monday, August 22, 2016

The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America

By ANDE, LAVCA, & LGT Impact Ventures 

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), in partnership with the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA), and LGT Impact Ventures has released a report on the growing landscape of impact investing in Latin America. Impact investing is a relatively nascent industry, and this report aims to fill the data gap in key Latin American markets.

The report covers trends in regional impact investing with a focus on impact measurement, talent, and gender. It explores fundraising, deals, and exits, and takes a deep dive into impact investing in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.

Some Key Points: 

  • Seventy-eight firms reported that they have made impact investments in Latin America. the first impact investment was made in 1997
  • Twenty-eight impact investors headquartered in Latin America manage US $1.2 billion in assets under management (AUM)
  • The type of organizations making impact investments are diverse in size, organizational structure, the type of capital they have been able to raise, and their relative expectations for financial and impact return on investment
  • Respondents reported US$1.3 billion invested in 522 impact investing deals in 2014 and 2015
  • Respondents were optimistic about fundraising for 2016
  • Across Latin America, common challenges to entrepreneurial development include the lack of interested entrepreneurs with growth ambitions, a lack of early stage funding, and weak networks

The report is available for download in English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Infographics on what's happening in BrazilColombiaMexico, and in Central America are also available. 

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Tags:  2016  ANDE publication  Brazil  Colombia  impact investing  Latin America  Mexico 

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Impact Investment and Health Innovations

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 15, 2016

Impact Investment Primer for Health Innovations

by the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation produced this primer to provide global health innovators with some introductory information on impact investment and the challenges and opportunities to access new forms of capital.

Get your copy of the primer through the "download" link below. 

Download File (PDF)

Tags:  2016  Health  impact investing 

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Inventing Green

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Impact Inventing: Going Green

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs 

In 2015 and 2016, ANDE held roundtables on green inventing in Brazil,  India, Kenya, Mexico, and South Africa with a diverse group of participants. The report compiles the findings from these discussions, from desk research, and from interviews with subject matter experts on the areas where invention-based entrepreneurs who promote environmental responsibility require ecosystem-level support in order to succeed. 

 Key Findings:

  • Invention-based businesses can have a significant impact on emerging market economies by driving prosperity and job creation. Those that focus on sustainability can further ensure they have a positive impact on the environment through their business operations in addition to their products or services.
  • Green inventors in emerging markets face unique challenges, but in an age of rapidly advancing technology, ANDE has identified opportunities for success.
  • In many of the markets where the roundtables took place the idea of taking a green approach to invention is still nascent.

ANDE’s recommendations include:

  • How to improve the finance landscape and market structure for green SGBs
  • Ways to enhance sustainable design, prototyping, and manufacturing processes that are green
  • Opportunities to influence the regulatory environment to better support green inventors
  • How to adapt current capacity development services to better meet the needs of environmentally-conscious inventors
  • How to improve technology transfer and ensure new ideas can be commercialized

Read the report now

The report was made possible with the generous support and guidance of The Lemelson Foundation.

 

Tags:  2016  ANDE publication  impact investing 

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Amplify Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Amplify Impact Investing:
The International Value Proposition for Impact Investing

By InsideNGO and the INGO Impact Investing Network

InsideNGO and the International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Impact Investing Network announce the publication of Amplify Impact Investing: The INGO Value Proposition for Impact Investing, an in-depth study of the current impact investing landscape among INGOs in the international development sector. The report reveals that the development sector’s impact investing activity is growing, with INGO-managed or -founded impact investing funds encompassing more than $545 million in assets.

While the traditional development funding model has relied upon government grants and contracts, foundations, and philanthropic giving, the impact investing model seeks solutions to economic and social challenges that result in a financial return for the investors. The INGO Impact Investing Network was formed last year by InsideNGO, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Pact, Mercy Corps, and GOAL as a consortium of more than 40 INGOs that are working together to gather and share knowledge about how INGOs are using private investment capital to advance their work in solving pressing global development challenges.

Tags:  2016  impact investing 

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Venture Philanthropists & Impact Investors

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 20, 2016

Venture Philanthropists & Impact Investors 

by Toniic

As impact investing matures as a movement, more investment models are being deployed, especially in sectors and regions where various forms of capital are needed to support solutions to some of the world’s chronic social and environmental issues. In this report, we share a number of examples of how venture philanthropists and impact investors are working together to fund early-stage impact enterprises around the world.  How are different types of capital and other resources complementing each other to achieve impact? What lessons can be learned from some of the current efforts by foundations and individual investors to collaborate?

Tags:  2016  Impact Investing  philanthropy 

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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.

Read the full report >>

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

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