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Pakistan's social entrepreneurs eager to unlock innovation potential

Pakistan's social entrepreneurs eager to unlock innovation potential | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | 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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Blended Finance - OECD

Blended finance is the strategic use of public or private funds, including concessional tools, to mobilise additional capital flows (public and/or private) to emerging and frontier markets and represents one approach that has the potential to attract new sources of funding to the biggest global challenges.
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Richard Gilbert and Don Seville: How Can Companies Harness the SDGs to Strengthen Smallholder Supply Chains? – Business Fights Poverty

Richard Gilbert and Don Seville: How Can Companies Harness the SDGs to Strengthen Smallholder Supply Chains? – Business Fights Poverty | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In the food and agricultural sectors it estimates that achieving the SDGs could unlock 14 major business opportunities worth US$2.3 trillion annually by 2030, for example reducing food waste in value chains could be worth US$405 billion to the private sector.
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Earth Day: Nine Ideas to Bridge the Gap in Conservation Finance | ImpactAlpha

Earth Day: Nine Ideas to Bridge the Gap in Conservation Finance | ImpactAlpha | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Consider this: The $400 billion in private capital that is needed annually for large-scale conservation, according to Credit Suisse and McKinsey & Co., is eight times even the more generous current estimates of total conservation financing.
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India: Hero Enterprises to invest $15.5m in Aavishkaar Bharat Fund | NextBillion

India: Hero Enterprises to invest $15.5m in Aavishkaar Bharat Fund | NextBillion | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In India, @HeroEnterprises to invest $15.5 million in impact investor Aavishkaar Bharat’s fund (via @DealStreetAsia) https://t.co/9mDcxlCN5f
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Cambridge to roll out benchmarks for impact investments in real assets | ImpactAlpha

Cambridge to roll out benchmarks for impact investments in real assets | ImpactAlpha | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Cambridge Associates will benchmark impact investments in real estate, infrastructure, timber and other real assets. The move reflects growing interest in such investments as impact investors seek alternatives across asset classes.
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WaterEquity, an Innovation of Water.org, Launches New $50M Social Impact Investment Fund

WaterEquity, an Innovation of Water.org, Launches New $50M Social Impact Investment Fund | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (PRWEB) April 20, 2017 -- http://waterequity.org/ [WaterEquity __title__ ], an innovation of http://water.org/ [Water.org __title__ ], has
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Can investing in "do-good" companies make you rich? Here's the truth.

Can investing in "do-good" companies make you rich? Here's the truth. | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
These are the pros and cons of so-called "socially responsible investing."
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The Ford Foundation Just Made A Billion Dollar Bet On Impact Investing

The Ford Foundation Just Made A Billion Dollar Bet On Impact Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Besides giving grants, the foundation now wants to make sure its endowment is being invested in places that will have a positive impact.

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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence; What Will This Mean for Poverty?

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence; What Will This Mean for Poverty? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Artificial Intelligence has begun to revolutionize societies; it’s the fastest developing technology, the potential for educating and aiding thos
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Can SDGs Survive the GLOBAL Investment Competition?

Can SDGs Survive the GLOBAL Investment Competition? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
With a little over 5,000 days before the Sustainable Development Goals expire, two things appear inevitable for their funding: the need for private capital and a way of ensuring it reaches SDG projects across the globe.
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A $2.7 trillion money manager is preaching sustainable investing to its 7,000 financial advisors

A $2.7 trillion money manager is preaching sustainable investing to its 7,000 financial advisors | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
UBS Wealth Management Americas announced its appointment of Stephen Freedman as the head of the firm's Sustainable Investing Solutions division.
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Sustainability is the forgotten half of globalisation, says Achim Steiner

Sustainability is the forgotten half of globalisation, says Achim Steiner | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Globalisation is not just driven by trade, it's about sustainability too - and businesses should be using the SDGs to guide them towards a sustainabl
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Oklahoma announces Pay for Success program to reduce female incarceration

Oklahoma announces Pay for Success program to reduce female incarceration | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
OKLAHOMA CITY – On Monday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced a new public-private partnership called Pay for Success to help lower the state's female incarceration rate, which is the highest in the nation.
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Most European insurers ignore responsible investment criteria according to AXA IM

Most European insurers ignore responsible investment criteria according to AXA IM | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Only one-in-three European insurance companies take environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into account when investing, and most of these do so because of regulatory pressure, according to a survey by Axa IM.
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Why impact investing needs Silicon Valley

Why impact investing needs Silicon Valley | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
RT @UBS: #SiliconValley x #ImpactInvesting.
Here's why there is a synergy: https://t.co/uDFUKQWpv8 https://t.co/287pXF2RUJ
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Rajiv Shah on Rockefeller Foundation priorities, multilateralism and philanthropy

Rajiv Shah on Rockefeller Foundation priorities, multilateralism and philanthropy | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Rajiv Shah on Rockefeller Foundation priorities, multilateralism and philanthropy https://t.co/hourbEmdB1. @micheleweldon
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The five biggest myths about impact investing

The five biggest myths about impact investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
It is time to put the old perceptions and uninformed impressions to rest.
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Danone to create a public benefit corporation to hold WhiteWave | ImpactAlpha

Danone to create a public benefit corporation to hold WhiteWave | ImpactAlpha | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The French multinational food company signaled it wants to preserve WhiteWave’s healthy vibe after completing its $10 billion acquisition of the U.S. dairy company.
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ImpactUs signs up first issuers for new impact-investing marketplace | ImpactAlpha

ImpactUs signs up first issuers for new impact-investing marketplace | ImpactAlpha | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
ImpactUs, a new Washington, D.C.-based online broker-dealer, aims to connect accredited institutions, individuals and financial advisors with impact investing opportunities.
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Now Is the Time for Foundations to Invest for Mission and Impact (SSIR)

Now Is the Time for Foundations to Invest for Mission and Impact (SSIR) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

The Mission Possible series is a call to action for philanthropy to fully embrace impact investing as an essential tool to drive meaningful social and environmental change.

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How Trump’s election inspired a new investing model

How Trump’s election inspired a new investing model | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

How Trump’s election inspired a new investing model https://t.co/FvAtxM3ULX via @YahooFinance

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Dutch pensions sector to draw up ESG covenant

Dutch pensions sector to draw up ESG covenant | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Agreement seeks greater collaboration as separate study suggests only top pension funds make full use of ESG tools
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Incofin’s agRIF fund reaches $140 million for smallholder farm finance | ImpactAlpha

Incofin’s agRIF fund reaches $140 million for smallholder farm finance | ImpactAlpha | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Incofin’s agRIF fund has reached $140 million for smallholder farm finance. The Belgian impact investor raised an additional $27 million from a new crop of investors, including AXA Investment Managers, Belgium-based family office Korys, and Invest in Visions in Frankfurt.
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Big Data and AI in Corporate Transparency

Big Data and AI in Corporate Transparency | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

The dawn of the Internet was a revolution in how it restructured the landscape of the economy and society around a network structure. Today’s launch of S-Ray, a new tool that allows anyone to monitor the sustainability of thousands of the world’s largest companies, marks the latest development in how the availability of data can be harnessed for good.

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How to Identify High-Impact, High-Return Investment Opportunities – Circle Economy

How to Identify High-Impact, High-Return Investment Opportunities – Circle Economy | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Is impact investment the new black? We think so: https://t.co/qQr578YD5N #circularfinance https://t.co/uUSC9LQ8gr
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