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Pakistan's social entrepreneurs eager to unlock innovation potential

Pakistan's social entrepreneurs eager to unlock innovation potential | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

The social enterprise landscape in Pakistan is nascent but fast-growing. From diverse sectors ranging from dairy farms to educational hubs to micro drip irrigation, early-stage enterprises have the potential of achieving hybrid financial return and social impact. Crucially, they are attracting interest from impact investors and business angels alike.

But how can these entrepreneurs be better financed, nurtured and trained?

Crucially, funding for small enterprises should meet the specific needs of the entrepreneur from seed financing to venture capital to growth equity. Social entrepreneurs need financial, but also non-financial, support such as mentoring, implementation guidance, and skills training development. Business school 'accelerator' programs and incubator hubs, which aim to accelerate the development of successful enterprises through such support mechanisms, combined with strong policy frameworks, can help create a long-term, self-sustaining ecosystem.

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Agricultural producers can reap advantages from new technology - VietNamNet Bridge

Agricultural producers can reap advantages from new technology - VietNamNet Bridge | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
VietNamNet Bridge – Applying advanced technology can lead to breakthroughs in the agriculture sector, Science and Technology Minister Nguyen Quan tells Nong Thon Ngay Nay (Countryside Today).
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Philanthropy is a powerful tool, says Acumen's founder - The Hindu

Philanthropy is a powerful tool, says Acumen's founder - The Hindu | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Social entrepreneurship is one more avatar of entrepreneurial ecosystem, where firms try to solve social problems.
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Collective Impact (SSIR)

Collective Impact (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, not the isolated intervention of individual organizations.
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USAID to help Asean enterprises through impact investment | Daily Express Newspaper Online, Sabah, Malaysia.

None: BANGKOK: The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will help small enterprises access funding to strengthen poor and vulnerable communities in Asia through impact investment.
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Developing a Global Marketplace for Social Services (SSIR)

Developing a Global Marketplace for Social Services (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Bonds for schoolgirls and malaria vaccines: Pay-for-success initiatives are now tackling issues in the developing world.
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Running a development bank needs political will - Donald Kaberuka - The Africa Report

Running a development bank needs political will - Donald Kaberuka - The Africa Report | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
With African development banks needing money to spend, Donald Kaberuka, AfDB chief, says he would rather see the pools of African savings being invested in low-yielding instruments, and sometimes even outside Africa, invested in local development...
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Five lessons learned in development finance

Five lessons learned in development finance | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Eriko Ishikawa shares her top five lessons learned from her work at the International Finance Corporation
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China Competitiveness Report | Deloitte | Reports, insights, perspectives

China Competitiveness Report | Deloitte | Reports, insights, perspectives | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The latest report in Deloitte’s national competitiveness series looks at the rapid growth and expansion of China and explores how the country must evolve its strategies and economic policies to continue on a growth trajectory. ...
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How to bring mobile coverage to the remotest parts of the world

How to bring mobile coverage to the remotest parts of the world | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
A box that can fit anywhere—even on a tree.
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A Different Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty - The Atlantic

A Different Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty - The Atlantic | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Two-generation programs focus on improving education for children and job opportunities for parents at the same time.
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What might capitalism look like in 2015? - PBS NewsHour

What might capitalism look like in 2015? - PBS NewsHour | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
As baby boomers leave the workforce and millennials, and increasingly women, move in to take their places, former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck predicts capitalism will become more inclusive, and consequently, more prosperous -- for everyone.
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Monitor Inclusive Markets India merges with FSG as new report shows scale of impact investing in South Asia | Alliance magazine

Monitor Inclusive Markets India merges with FSG as new report shows scale of impact investing in South Asia | Alliance magazine | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Monitor Inclusive Markets India merges with FSG as report shows scale of impact investing in South Asia @FSGtweets http://t.co/zmmVM7iBZZ
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Firm Focuses Investments in Israel Agricultural Technologies - TheTower.org

Firm Focuses Investments in Israel Agricultural Technologies - TheTower.org | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
How does a world of billions feed itself sustainably in the future? Agtech — agriculture technologies — are the key.
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The Fairshare Model: Turning The Middle Classes Into Angel Investors

The Fairshare Model: Turning The Middle Classes Into Angel Investors | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
A new and innovative way to raise capital via a public offering, the fairshare model increases access to capital and creates liquidity for angel investors.
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Measuring Social Value (SSIR)

Measuring Social Value (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Too many people believe social value is objective, fixed, and stable, when in fact it is subjective, malleable, and variable.
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Billionaire couple give plenty to charity, but they do quite a bit of homework - Washington Post

Billionaire couple give plenty to charity, but they do quite a bit of homework - Washington Post | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz use evidence and reason to determine where they can do the most good.
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XPRIZE Brings Incentivized Prize Competitions to India - India West

XPRIZE Brings Incentivized Prize Competitions to India - India West | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
XPRIZE, a U.S. leader of incentivized prize competitions, Dec. 12 recently announced a formal expansion to India at an event held in and attended by many influential business leaders, including Tata Sons chairman emeritus Ratan Tata.
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BRAC Bank gets largest int'l syndicated loan - Financial Express Bangladesh

BRAC Bank has received USD 70 million (BDT 5.46 billion approx.) syndicated loan from the Dutch development bank FMO to
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Yes Bank gets $200 million from Asian Development Bank

Yes Bank gets $200 million from Asian Development Bank | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
MUMBAI: Private sector lender Yes Bank today said it has raised $200 million in an unsecured loan from Asian Development Bank for onlending to small farm households and rural womens' self help...
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The Impact Investing Landscape in India: An Overview - Acumen

The Impact Investing Landscape in India: An Overview - Acumen | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The impact investing landscape in India has grown quickly over the last decade. In 2000, $1.17 million of capital was injected into social enterprises in India; in 2011, this figure rose to $250 million per annum, according to Intellecap.
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The Future Of Social Enterprise In 2015

The Future Of Social Enterprise In 2015 | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Three simple things conscious capitalism must do to grow in the New Year.
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Marc Benioff's Philanthropic Mission: San Francisco - Businessweek

Marc Benioff's Philanthropic Mission: San Francisco - Businessweek | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The Salesforce.com CEO is pushing his fellow tech billionaires into giving back to the city
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JinkoSolar: A Promising Outlook (JKS) - Seeking Alpha

JinkoSolar: A Promising Outlook (JKS) - Seeking Alpha | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The solar industry has been growing at a relentless pace over the past few decades, almost doubling every two years.
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Socially Responsible Investing and the True Meaning of Growth - Institutional Investor

Socially Responsible Investing and the True Meaning of Growth - Institutional Investor | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Investors in emerging markets should incorporate ESG factors into their research to find companies with sustainable growth.
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