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Unleashing the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs

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

Unleashing the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs

by Babson College and The Coca-Cola Company

This report provides an overview of The Coca-Cola Company's 5by20 initiative, starting with its multi-dimensional contextual setting: the extensive focus on gender equality shared by governments, NGOs and private enterprise, and Coca-Cola’s commitment to and investment in a broad array of initiatives focused on economic development, sustainability, and social goals. The report then describes eight programs from six value chain sectors: Producers, Suppliers, Distributors, Retailers, Recyclers and Artisans, and it concludes with a review of 5by20’s efforts to measure the impact of the initiative, a summary of key elements that contribute to successful scaling, and lessons learned. 

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  INGOs  Private Sector  Scale  scaling program  sector publication  sustainability  women 

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Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field Volume II

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 21, 2016

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field
August 2015

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Emory University

In this brief, we respond to questions about gender and entrepreneurship from The Unreasonable Institute: Do new ventures with women on their founding teams outperform their peers? And if a team has more women in roles of leadership, or they more or less likely to raise equity?

Tags:  Acceleration  accelerators  GALI  gender  women 

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GEM 2014 Women's Report

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 11, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2015

This report offers an in-depth view of women who start and run businesses around the world. It provides a broadly global and comprehensively detailed foundation to guide future research, policy decision-making and the design of initiatives and programs to enhance awareness and participation in women’s entrepreneurship. The report facilitates understanding of women’s entrepreneurship by researchers, policy-makers, educators and practitioners. The ultimate aim is to foster an environment that: encourages women to see entrepreneurship as a viable career option; equips them with the tools to create the type and quality of business each wishes to build; and creates awareness among stakeholders who will support their efforts.

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Tags:  Babson College  entrepreneurship  sector publication  women 

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Creating Climate Resilience Through Social Entrepreneurship

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 11, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2015

As the average global temperature increases, the consequences of climate change are having the largest impact on the world’s poor. This is the population least responsible for greenhouse gas emissions driving global warming — and least able to cope with effects such as droughts, flooding, deforestation and other habitat loss, diminished agricultural crops, lack of access to potable water, diminished energy sources, and the spread of tropical diseases.

The effects of climate change are already being felt in poor and developing regions of the world. In particular, poor women are likely to be most vulnerable to the effects of climate change: Their livelihoods rely more on natural resources threatened by climate change, and their ability to cope with the changes are hampered by social, economic, and political challenges.

One promising response to the effects of climate change is to empower these populations to develop climate resilience. 

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Tags:  climate  environment  resources  sector publication  women 

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The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing: A Review and a Road Map

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gender matters all the time, whether we're investing in women-led businesses or in companies that market goods to women. It matters in transportation infrastructure, national debt, and in the future of industry. Gender is about so much more than counting women and girls and how they are represented. This report from the Criterion Institute tells the story of gender lens investing over the last five years and draws up a roadmap to the future. Download it here, or from the Criterion Institute site

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Tags:  gender  impact investing  women 

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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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Catalysing Growth in Women Run Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

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


This is an independent evaluation of the impact of the 10,000 Women program in India by The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  Sector publication  SME  Women 

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Mobile Value Added Services: A Business Growth Opportunity for Women Entrepreneurs

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report demonstrates the enormous commercial potential that exists for mobile value added services that are specifically designed to address the needs, challenges and desires of women entrepreneurs. This Foundation believes that the private sector is an integral partner in our effort to promote women’s financial independence. With generous support from the ExxonMobil Foundation, this report will enable my Foundation to explore the many exciting mobile services that exist for women throughout the developing world, ultimately providing us with the necessary insight to tangibly address the various challenges to growth that many women entrepreneurs face. 

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Information and Communication Technology  Sector publication  SGB  SME  Women 

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ANDE 2012 Impact Report

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

ANDE’s 2012 report on small and growing businesses (SGB) focuses on three “action areas” for the SGB sector:  hurdles for female entrepreneurs; the finance gap for start-ups; and the difficulties faced by small holder agricultural businesses when attempting to enter the global market. In addition, the report includes a comprehensive review of ANDE’s work in 2012. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Agriculture  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  Global  SGB  Women 

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Root Capital: Applying a Gender Lens to Agriculture Farmers, Leaders, and Hidden Influencers in the Rural Economy

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

In this issue brief, the second in Root Capital’s Issue Brief Series, we share our experience of applying a gender lens to our work in smallholder agricultural finance. Through our Women in Agriculture Initiative, we have been able to better understand the areas in which we know we support women (as farmers, agro-processing employees, and leaders). This work has also identified new areas for potential impact that further foster economic empowerment for women, underscoring the vital nature of women in less conspicuous — but high-impact — roles and positions. We call these protagonists “hidden influencers,” and in agriculture they include midlevel managers at agricultural businesses, agronomists, leaders of farmer networks, and agrodealers. While much of the discussion to date among impact investors and development practitioners has been focused on the two ends of the spectrum – women as leaders and women at the base of the economic pyramid – we have seen that women in the middle play critical roles. We seek to expand the dialogue in impact investing and international development to document, celebrate, and support these hidden influencers. 

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Tags:  Agriculture  Case Studies  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  Sector publication  Women 

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