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The new geography of trade: Globalization’s decline may stimulate local recovery

The new geography of trade: Globalization’s decline may stimulate local recovery | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Many hold it as an article of faith that global trade will be an ever-growing presence in the world. Yet this belief rests on shaky foundations. Global trade depends on cheap, long-distance freight transportation. Freight costs will rise with climate change, the end of cheap oil, and policies to mitigate these two challenges.

At first, the increase in freight costs will be bad news for developed and developing nations alike but, as adjustments in the patterns of trade occur, the result is likely to be decreased outsourcing with more manufacturing and food production jobs in North America and the European Union. The pattern of trade will change as increasing transportation costs outweigh traditional sources of comparative advantage, such as lower wages.


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Introducing CI3 Impact Investing Fund

Introducing CI3 Impact Investing Fund | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Columbia Impact Investing Fund will train the next generation of leaders in investing and supporting social enterprises committed to improving the quality of life for vulnerable families around the World.

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Small Emerging Markets: A Growing Opportunity « T. Rowe Price

Small Emerging Markets: A Growing Opportunity « T. Rowe Price | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

In the emerging markets universe, the BRIC countries—Brazil, Russia, India, and China—command the most attention. But a number of smaller countries are experiencing rapid trade, strong demand, and vast improvements in business and finance that are propelling growth rates higher. Implementing modern fiscal and government reforms will help these economies further bridge the gap with more advanced markets, yielding some exciting investment opportunities.

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His Highness the Aga Khan Urges "Impact Investing" at ULI Europe Conference

His Highness the Aga Khan Urges "Impact Investing" at ULI Europe Conference | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
PARIS -- His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, urged guests at the ULI Europe Annual Conference in Paris to consider the social and environmental impacts of investment decisions.

His Highness the Aga Khan, who recently was awarded the 2011 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, said the industry would benefit from “a great deal” of upside potential if it made investment decisions that pursued a balanced mixed of financial, social, economic and environment goals.

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New Research Paper on Inclusive Business - What It Is All About? Managing Inclusive Companies | Golja | International Review of Management and Marketing

New Research Paper on Inclusive Business - What It Is All About? Managing Inclusive Companies | Golja | International Review of Management and Marketing | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

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Following the challenges we face today, the inclusive business models are future business models through which the Millennium Development Goals can be fostered and strengthen. These are the models which, through their strategic orientation on inclusivity, include low income communities in their value chain. This can be done through combining variety of strategies which all have two common points – recognition of stakeholders and adjustment of the product to the target market. The paper presents the analysis of inclusive markets. Hence, the research results show the dispersion of inclusive businesses worldwide, type of the organization, sector coverage, and contribution to MDGs as well as the particular way of inclusion of low income communities in their value chain. The aim is to present how inclusive business benefits not only the low income societies, but the companies that operate in this way as well.

Keywords: Inclusive business organizations; MDGs, Inclusive business models; Base of the Pyramid strategy

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Top Trends in Impact Investing 2012: #10- The U.S. Heats Up | Village Capital

Top Trends in Impact Investing 2012: #10- The U.S. Heats Up | Village Capital | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Last year, we previewed what we thought the top trends in impact investing/social enterprise would be, and with a few glaring exceptions, we were pretty spot-on. In the next 10 days, we’re going to take a crack at the upcoming year (though, with it almost being February, maybe we’re cheating a bit by having a sneak peek. Too bad.) Without any further delay, here’s trend #10:

Most of the press surrounding impact investing has been international; over 50% of the featured social entrepreneurs in Forbes’ “Impact30” are US-based, but operating abroad (e.g. Jacqueline Novogratz, Willy Foote). In a survey we did of over 300 impact investing funds, fewer than 10% were U.S. focused, though over 50% were U.S. based. While some major funds and entrepreneurs (e.g. RSF Social Finance, Calvert Foundation) have been active in the U.S., the bulk of activity hasn’t been concentrated in the States.

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South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco lead Tweeting in Africa

South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco lead Tweeting in Africa | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Curated by Beth Kanter

http://www.bethkanter.org   

 

I'm working with a network of African Women's Leadership Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa this spring.     Twitter might well be on the list.

 

From the report:

 

Young people Tweeting from mobile devices are driving the growth of Twitter in Africa, according to How Africa Tweets, new research launched by Portland in Nairobi today.

 

In the first ever attempt to comprehensively map the use of Twitter in Africa, Portland and Tweetminster analysed over 11.5 million geo-located Tweets originating on the continent during the last three months of 2011. This pan-African analysis of Twitter traffic was complemented by a survey of 500 of Africa’s most active Tweeters.

 

How Africa Tweets found that:

 

South Africa is the continent’s most active country by volume of geo-located Tweets, with over twice as many Tweets (5,030,226 during Q4 2011) as the next most active Kenya (2,476,800). Nigeria (1,646,212), Egypt (1,214,062) and Morocco (745,620) make up the remainder of the top five most active countries.
57% of Tweets from Africa are sent from mobile devices.
60% of Africa’s most active Tweeters are aged 20-29.


Twitter in Africa is widely used for social conversation, with 81% of those polled saying that they mainly used it for communicating with friends.
Twitter is becoming an important source of information in Africa. 68% of those polled said that they use Twitter to monitor news. 22% use it to search for employment opportunities.
African Twitter users are active across a range of social media, including Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn.

 

Source:

Blog post:

http://notebook.portland-communications.com/2012/01/new-research-reveals-how-africa-tweets/

 

 

Hi Res Image:

http://www.portland-communications.com/How_Africa_Tweets_(hi_res).jpg

 

Full Report:

http://www.portland-communications.com/Twitter_in_Africa_PPT.pdf

 

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Latin America Sees Own Past in West’s Economic Crises

Latin America Sees Own Past in West’s Economic Crises | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

After years of hearing lectures on fiscal prudence from the West, many in Latin America are left with bewilderment, and even a little schadenfreude, at the West’s problems.

 

For many months now, Latin Americans have been monitoring the constant drumbeat of crises in developed countries with bewilderment, irony and, yes, even a bit of schadenfreude. To them, Europe and the United States are displaying problems once associated with their region, which, not long ago, was a perennial champion in financial crises and bailouts.


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New Soil Carbon Methodology Approved - WorldBank

New Soil Carbon Methodology Approved - WorldBank | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

A new methodology to encourage smallholder farmers in Kenya – and potentially worldwide -- to adopt improved farming techniques, boost productivity, increase their resilience to climate change, and earn carbon credits, has been given international approval.

The Verified Carbon Standard approved this first methodology on soil carbon, a new approach for sustainable agricultural land management (SALM) practices.

Photo: World Agroforestry Centre


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Global Trade move toward South by Southeast » INSEAD Blog

Global Trade move toward South by Southeast » INSEAD Blog | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

During the INSEAD Leadership Summit Middle East on 22 January, my colleague, Antonio Fatas, Portuguese Council Chaired Professor of European Studies and Professor of Economics at INSEAD, presented a map of the world with a red dot representing the center of gravity of world economic activity. The basic idea is simple: put this dot on the map at the spot that is least distant from the most global economic activity. Comparing the location of this dot from 1980 to 2010 shows a clear trend; it is moving south and east. There is no reason to expect that this trend will not continue. A variety of emerging markets have accounted for the lion’s share of economic growth over the last 30 years and seem poised to continue to do so.
I have a belief, based on some evidence, that, at least in the field of business, theory follows practice. As a result, I predict that research and theory in business will be moving south and east. Of course, south and east are always relative to one’s current position, and this statement is no different. It is shorthand to describe the massive shift in the locations that show the most growth in economic activity. The former centers of economic activity, the U.S. and Europe, are stagnating, while areas to the South and East are booming. While the so-called BRIC countries, Brazil, Russia, India, and China, are getting a lot of the attention, the phenomenon is far more widespread. A December report by The Economist noted that between 2000 and 2010, six of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies were in sub-Saharan Africa; over the next five years, growth in Africa rate should outpace that of Asia.

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Insight into the Impact Investment Market: An Interview with Amit Bouri « Acumen Fund Blog

Insight into the Impact Investment Market: An Interview with Amit Bouri « Acumen Fund Blog | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

J.P. Morgan and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) recently released “Insight into the Impact Investment Market,” a report incorporating data from over 2,200 private transactions and the perspectives of 52 impact investors on returns, risk and impact measurement practices. The report states that while the impact investing industry is “in its infancy and growing,” its outlook is generally positive: data indicate that the surveyed investors are planning to invest almost USD 4 billion over the next year and that they expect impact investments will compose between five and ten percent of overall portfolios in ten years’ time.

One of the report’s authors is Amit Bouri, Director of Strategy and Development for the GIIN. I recently spoke with Amit about the challenges and opportunities he sees across our nascent industry. I first met Amit in 2009, when he was a strategy consultant at the Monitor Institute. In fact, he was part of the team that produced the “Investing for Social & Environmental Impact” report (2009), which essentially launched impact investing as a sector by describing the role private capital can play in advancing social and environmental causes.

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The Coca-Cola Company Takes Digital Approach To Sustainability Reporting And Releases First-Ever GRI Report – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

The Coca-Cola Company Takes Digital Approach To Sustainability Reporting And Releases First-Ever GRI Report – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

ATLANTA, Jan. 30 /CSRwire/ - The Coca-Cola Company released its eighth systemwide Sustainability Report, titled Reasons to Believe. In the Company’s effort to increase transparency across its broad sustainability platform, this year’s Report was created using stakeholder feedback and, for the first time, follows the disclosure and reporting requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to achieve a self-declared grade level “B+.” With new digital tools available to more people, the report was also created in a unique format offering easier access from smart phones, tablets and other popular mobile devices. And, for the first time ever, its entire content is available exclusively online.

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Business leaders and ‘Millennials’ agree – the purpose of business is more than just profit

Business leaders and ‘Millennials’ agree – the purpose of business is more than just profit | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The 2012 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum opened today in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Being here in Davos is exhilarating and inspiring – and the time always flies by so quickly.

 

Earlier this week, Deloitte announced the results of a global survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), of business leaders’ attitudes on the purpose, impact, and leadership of business on society.

 

76% believe the value of a company should be measured by the positive contribution its core business makes to society, as well as by its profits.

 

73% believe that their core business activities make a positive contribution to society.

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Rice Exports From Myanmar Seen Doubling in Challenge to Thailand, Vietnam

Rice Exports From Myanmar Seen Doubling in Challenge to Thailand, Vietnam | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Rice exports from Myanmar may more than double to 1.5 million metric tons this year, an industry group forecast, highlighting the country’s potential to boost overseas trade as its government pursues reform.
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The Evolution Of Impact: Expanding Social Commitment To Drive Brand Advantage | Impact Investing News

The Evolution Of Impact: Expanding Social Commitment To Drive Brand Advantage | Impact Investing News | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

I recently spoke on a panel about cause marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, where an MBA candidate asked a simple but fundamental question: “Who is driving cause in the marketplace, consumers or companies?” The answer: both. And things are about to get a lot more interesting. Marketers and brand builders take note: the future will be all about leveraging societal impact as a source of innovation and business advantage. Here’s a look at some key trends showing where things are headed.

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NextBillion.net | Incubator and Impact Investor Aims for Multiple BoP Sectors

NextBillion.net | Incubator and Impact Investor Aims for Multiple BoP Sectors | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

In July 2011, Anurag Jain decided to leave his position as the head of Dell’s Services Delivery unit, where he lead a team of 18,000 IT professionals working in key areas like cloud computing, applications, and business process solutions. Jain, an engineer and entrepreneur, decided to focus exclusively on growing an impact investing incubator, Viziniti Global, LLC. Leaving Dell wasn’t necessarily a leap of faith. After all, Jain has founded multiple India-based IT services outsourcing firms, which have been acquired by multinationals such as Perot Systems. (He's much more of a serial entrepreneur than a corporate climber.) Still, this was his first foray into operating an incubator, and one focused on scaling BoP startups offering a wide assortment of products and services. Viziniti is developing diverse collection of enterprises in the education/skill development, telemedicine, bio-energy/water and housing sectors

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Free market failure: Isn't it time to consider a different model?

Free market failure: Isn't it time to consider a different model? | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Many countries have avoided economic hardship in the past few years, not because they were lucky, but because they have a different economic philosophy.
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Why cluster development is good for business | Phil Preston

Why cluster development is good for business | Phil Preston | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

If we look at the wine industry in Australia or the IT sector in Silicon Valley, California, we see how the development of clusters can improve the prospects of a region or industry, driving productivity, innovation and competitiveness.

What role do social factors play in this process?

Michael Porter has been advocating the power of clusters for many years[1]. Along with Mark Kramer, he has explored the social dimensions of cluster development.

This is the third and final in a series of articles that looks and Porter & Kramer’s main methods for creating shared value[2]. The first two were re-conceiving products and markets and redefining value in the productivity chain.

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What is IRIS and Why is Social Impact Measurement Important

What is IRIS and Why is Social Impact Measurement Important | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The audio above is a Socially Conscious Investing online radio interview discussing social impact measurement. Push “Play” to listen and get additional details to the write-up below.

The ability to track and measure social impact is critical as social impact investing grows in its ability to compete with traditional investments. App-X, a B-Corporation in Colorado, has developed two cloud-computing solutions, PULSE and AIM, to help track criteria, benchmark and manage investment portfolios. App-X has integrated IRIS (Impact Reporting and Investment Standards) into their PULSE product.

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Latin Business Chronicle

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India’s trade with Latin America will likely jump 20 percent this year, while Indian investments in the region will also grow, predicts R. Viswanathan, India’s ambassador to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay and the country’s leading Latin America expert.

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Starbucks to Open First Indian Store This Autumn

Starbucks to Open First Indian Store This Autumn | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

After years of studying the Indian market, Starbucks Coffee said Monday that it would open its first store here by September through a 50-50 joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, a unit of the largest business group in India.

Starbucks will be in competition with the Indian coffee chain, Cafe Coffee Day.
The announcement comes a year after Starbucks said it was going to enter this market and nearly two months after the Indian government fumbled an effort to attract more foreign investment in its retailing industry.


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‘What works’? Systematic reviews in international development research and policy

‘What works’? Systematic reviews in international development research and policy | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Although well established in the natural sciences, systematic reviews are relatively new to the world of international development research. But they are being increasingly promoted by the likes of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and AusAID as an important step in strengthening evidence-informed policy-making amongst aid agencies.

 

However, a new briefing paper by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) suggests that systematic reviews may not be all they’re cracked up to be. Drawing on researchers’ shared experiences of conducting eight systematic reviews into the impacts of a range of development interventions – from cash transfers to school feeding – the paper identifies a number of ways in which this approach may become problematic, suggesting that their use within international development research demands more careful consideration than has perhaps so far been the case...


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EU highlights trade-led growth as central to modern development agenda | Invest in Europe

EU highlights trade-led growth as central to modern development agenda | Invest in Europe | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Brussels, 27 January 2012 – A range of proposals to make trade and development instruments work hand-in-hand to ensure real poverty reduction across the world are presented by the European Commission today. The proposals aim at reinforcing the trade capacities of developing countries by making trade part of their development strategy. And to ensure we hit our target, the EU is currently looking into better ways of differentiating between developing countries to ensure the world’s poorest countries receive our biggest help. The role of trade is underlined in the proposal as one of the key drivers to support development, stimulate growth and to lift people out of poverty. Furthermore, today the EU calls for all developed economies to match its significant levels of market access to developing countries.

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Roboinvest Launches First-of-Its-Kind Social Investing Platform

Roboinvest Launches First-of-Its-Kind Social Investing Platform | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Today is the official launch of Roboinvest (www.roboinvest.com), a social investing platform that allows anyone to "look over the shoulder" of top investors in real time. As the first social investing platform to integrate on the E*TRADE API platform, this new technology has the potential to fundamentally change how millions of people invest on a daily basis.  Referred to by CNNMoney as a 'broadcast-your-trades' system, Roboinvest has the potential to increase the odds of investing successfully by getting to see what the 'gurus' are investing in, which research has shown can be up to 66%* more profitable than investing alone.

 

Curator´s Note:  Imagine if this could be applied to the impact investment space -- it would accelerate pipeline generation and co-investment opportunities.

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Changing the World with 140 Characters

Changing the World with 140 Characters | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
With more than 100 million active users of Twitter and over 800 million Facebook members around the world today, social media offer opportunities to reach new audiences, and engage in new ways.

The pace of growth of social media platforms is extraordinary. Twitter reached around 100 million tweets per day in January 2011. Six months later, that number had doubled. And as new technologies develop, the rate of adoption on the “Big Three”—Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn—only accelerates. Immediately after Apple’s release of iOS5, which directly integrates Twitter for the iPhone and iPad, the number of tweets quickly jumped to 250 million a day. Facebook is expected to hit the one billion user mark within the next few months, just in time for the company’s predicted IPO (the Wall Street Journal reported last week that Facebook may file the paperwork for an IPO as early as Wednesday ).

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