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Mining Industry Investment in Renewable Energy Will Reach Almost $20 Billion by 2020 | Caelus Green Room

Mining Industry Investment in Renewable Energy Will Reach Almost $20 Billion by 2020 | Caelus Green Room | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

These are critical times for the mining industry.  Even as demand for mineral resources rises, driven by emerging economies, mining companies are under ever-increasing pressure from governments, customers, and other stakeholders to operate in a sustainable manner.  Many of the key industry players in the mining sector have developed energy saving strategies and are investing directly into renewable energy infrastructure.  According to a new report from Pike Research, worldwide investment by the mining industry on renewable energy and energy conservation will reach approximately $8.4 billion by 2016 and nearly $20 billion by 2020.

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Peru's coffee growers turn carbon traders to save their farms from climate change

Peru's coffee growers turn carbon traders to save their farms from climate change | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

In the foothills of the Andes, in the Sierra Piura region of Peru, the problems faced by coffee farmers are clear. Up to 6,600 farmers produce here for the Central Piurana de Cafetaleros co-operative (Cepicafe), growing 4,000 tonnes a year of the finest Peruvian coffee on family plots scattered across the mountainside. Together, year in, year out, they bring in this special harvest, the arabica coffee cherries, which are painstakingly picked by hand, processed and dried in the sun.

However, thanks to "weather change", a continual topic of conversation in the area, the harvest is unpredictable. Last year, there was too little rain in the region. This year there has been a deluge: in some areas an increase of 500% on the "norm".

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En Santa Marta: Proyecto Zuana, modelo de mercados inclusivos

Una alianza entre el PNUD, el Gobierno y el sector privado permitirá que los más pobres puedan acceder a un empleo formal.

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Sharing knowledge and experiences to deliver effective nutrition solutions to the base of the pyramid - Business Fights Poverty

Sharing knowledge and experiences to deliver effective nutrition solutions to the base of the pyramid - Business Fights Poverty | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) has been partnering with public and private sector organizations to deliver nutrition solutions to populations in need for 10 years. GAIN is now reaching more than 600 million people with nutritious foods which help them reach their full potential.

 

Today GAIN is excited to launch the ‘Nutrition Zone’, the first online platform dedicated to multi-stakeholder approaches to improved nutrition. We are proud to launch this platform through the network Business Fights Poverty, which is reaching professionals across sectors with cutting edge approaches and best practices.

 

By tapping into the range of experience across development sectors – at the national and international level – we hope to broaden and strengthen the community of actors invested in the critical issue of global malnutrition, which is affecting two billion people worldwide and has a direct impact on all the major development goals.

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Learning to Trade and to Innovate at the Base of the Pyramid | Innovation Management

Learning to Trade and to Innovate at the Base of the Pyramid | Innovation Management | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Is sustainable business the missing link in alleviating poverty and boosting global trade and prosperity? If so, how should companies exploit this opportunity in practice? Louise Koch, Danish Anthropologist and Business Innovator, talks about best practice, mindsets and resources for sustainable, people-centred innovation in developing countries.

 

Is sustainable business the missing link in alleviating poverty and boosting global trade and prosperity? If so, how should companies exploit this opportunity in practice? Louise Koch, Danish Anthropologist and Business Innovator, talks about best practice, mindsets and resources for sustainable, people-centred innovation in developing countries.

The Base of the Pyramid is a socio-economic concept that refers to the demographic group of approximately 2 billion poor people around the world, who survive on 2 dollars or less a day. The Base of the Pyramid has become the common denominator for a relatively new and booming field of innovation projects and business ventures aimed at developing profitable and sustainable new markets.


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DFID - Research for Development > Making health markets work better for poor people: the case of informal providers

There has been a dramatic spread of market relationships in many low- and middle-income countries. This spread has been much faster than the development of the institutional arrangements to influence the performance of health service providers. In many countries poor people obtain a large proportion of their outpatient medical care and drugs from informal providers working outside a regulatory framework, with deleterious consequences in terms of the safety and efficacy of treatment and its cost. Interventions that focus only on improving the knowledge of these providers have had limited impact. There is a considerable amount of experience in other sectors with interventions for improving the performance of markets that poor people use. This paper applies lessons from this experience to the issue of informal providers, drawing on the findings of studies in Bangladesh and Nigeria. These studies analyse the markets for informal health care services in terms of the sources of health-related knowledge for the providers, the livelihood strategies of these providers and the institutional arrangements within which they build and maintain their reputation. The paper concludes that there is a need to build a systematic understanding of these markets to support collaboration between key actors in building institutional arrangements that provide incentives for better performance.

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Investing For Global Impact: Be Early Be Patient - Forbes

Investing For Global Impact: Be Early Be Patient - Forbes | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Over the last several years, the world has woken up to the enormous market potential of serving 2-3 billion people at the base of the economic pyramid. A growing cadre of investors recognizes that we can create new ways to meet the needs of this huge population in a sustainable, business-like way. A new wave of socially responsible funds, institutional investors, microfinance investment vehicles, banks and even conventional venture and private equity funds collectively have raised billions to invest in social enterprises.

Some portion of the optimism stems from the success of microfinance – the provision of financial services to help those living in poverty. Today, microfinance has grown to reach over 200 million clients around the world who previously were ignored by mainstream financial services providers. As a result, 200 million people have access to loans and an increasing array of services including savings, insurance, payments and remittances that help them improve their lives and weather financial uncertainties.

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Supporting Inclusive Business Models in East Africa

Supporting Inclusive Business Models in East Africa | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Business Call to Action (BCtA), will host a panel discussion and reception featuring senior representatives from two of Kenya’s leading companies, Equity Bank and Safaricom. The event will take place at Sarova Stanley, Wednesday, May 16 at 18:00. Attendees at this event will hear private sector representatives speak about current trends in East Africa’s inclusive business landscape and have the opportunity to meet with BCtA partner organizations, companies and institutions.

Recognizing the importance of the private sector for promoting innovation and economic development, the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global initiative housed at the UN Development Programme (UNDP), encourages companies to promote inclusive business through initiatives which offer the potential for both commercial success and development impact. (www.businesscalltoaction.org)

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Business Motivation | J.P. Morgan Chase

Responsibility
As a global company, we believe that we have the responsibility to use our expertise and resources to invest in our communities and to help them address the social challenges they face. Many communities at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP) lack access to government services and often pay high prices to procure basic products and services from private sector providers. Impact investments can address this by harnessing more efficient, competitive business models to deliver better, cheaper and more widely-available services to low-income and excluded communities around the world. Impact investments can complement government and philanthropy by providing goods and services to these communities, thereby allowing government and philanthropy to concentrate their resources on reaching the poorest communities who cannot participate in market-based solutions.

 

Opportunity
Beyond being the right thing to do, addressing social challenges also fosters the economic growth that is core to our business as a global financial institution. As such, we view the impact investment market as a business opportunity and we facilitate growth by:

Investing J.P. Morgan's own capital in impact investment funds, which seek to improve the livelihoods of low-income and excluded populations Building our market-leading research franchise as a public good Using our investment experience and research expertise to respond to demand from our clients for impact investment products
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Paradigm Shifts & Entrepreneurship: Investing in Social Solutions vs. Symptoms

Paradigm Shifts & Entrepreneurship: Investing in Social Solutions vs. Symptoms | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

When historian Thomas Kuhn published his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions in 1962, not only did he introduce the term ‘paradigm shift’ to the world, but the theories he presented also caused a sort of paradigm shift in themselves as to how we understand the evolution of science. Rather than progressing in a linear and continuous way, science sometimes finds unexpected new answers that turn old assumptions on their head.

At a point in history when old assumptions on how to manage our resources are no longer valid, many of us put our hope to a new breed of entrepreneurs who are looking to fix our social and environmental problems by using business as a tool for change. So it’s no surprise that conferences, grants and accelerator programs, all devoted to nurture these social entrepreneurs, are popping up all over the world.

From Toronto to Tokyo and Tottenham, government officials and philanthropists are betting on these handful of entrepreneurs to conceive the paradigm shifts Kuhn referred to that we need to get our society and planet on the right track.

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Long term supplier partnerships key to Unilever’s sustainable growth | The CSR Digest

Unilever recently signed its thirtieth strategic supplier partnership to support the company’s sustainable growth ambitions. The partnerships now cover more than €3billion of annual spend and support investment in growth, more sustainable practices and bigger and better innovations.

Last year, Unilever launched a specific programme, called ‘Partner to Win’, to work more closely with its key suppliers. ’Partner to Win’ has enabled the company to create more long-term partnerships in co-creating new capabilities. The latest partnership signing took place against the backdrop of the second annual ‘Partner to Win Supplier Summit’ in London. Unilever invited 160 strategic suppliers to meet senior managers from across the organisation, gain a deeper understanding of the company’s strategic priorities and to share latest innovations.

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Novartis Malaria Initiative: SMS for Life

Novartis Malaria Initiative: SMS for Life | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

SMS for Life is an innovative public-private partnership led by Novartis and supported by the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, IBM, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Vodacom and Vodafone. The project comes under the umbrella of the global Roll Back Malaria Partnership.

 

SMS for Life harnesses everyday technology to improve access to essential malaria medicines in rural areas of developing countries. It uses a combination of mobile phones, SMS messages and electronic mapping technology to track weekly stock levels at public health facilities in order to:

Eliminate stock-outs Increase access to essential medicines Reduce the number of deaths from malaria
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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil real slumps to 3-yr low as investors panic

SAO PAULO, May 14 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies tumbled o n M onday, with the Brazilian real slumping to a nearly three-year low as fears Greece could exit the euro zone hammered riskier assets and raised concerns the region's central banks could fight back.

Brazil's real briefly crossed the 2-per-dollar threshold for the first time since July 2009, before pulling back amid concerns that the country's central bank could wade into the spot market with dollar sales from its huge reserves.

Global markets swooned with renewed fears that a political impasse in Greece could push the country to be the first nation to pull out of the euro-zone pact, which could have widespread, unforeseen impacts on financial markets.

The uncertainty drove investors into the safety of the U.S. dollar.

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Dispelling the myths of shared value

Dispelling the myths of shared value | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Creating shared value is about business addressing society's most pressing issues by acting as business, and not as charitable donors. This, we believe will drive future innovation and productivity growth in the global economy. Why then, is creating shared value still not a mainstream business practice? There are many reasons but we have found three misconceptions or "myths" to be among the most common.

Myth 1: my products and services already benefit society or the environment

Many companies may meet social or environmental needs as a by-product of their normal course of business. For example, generic drug manufacturers and drip irrigation suppliers create social value simply by being in the business they are. However, without an intentional strategy that seeks to maximise business value by solving the social problem, companies rarely realise the full potential of such opportunities. Jain Irrigation is one of the largest suppliers of drip irrigation in India and serves as a good example. Instead of being satisfied with the social value created as a by-product of simply selling drip irrigation solutions, Jain has an intentional strategy to reach customers who are most water-constrained and thus, most in need of its solution, ie smallholder farmers. Jain has been able to maximise the business benefit (it commands an impressive 50% share of the micro-irrigation market) only by intentionally targeting this difficult-to-reach customer base by coupling its product with innovative financing and technical assistance.

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World Bank eAtlas

World Bank eAtlas | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Free and open access to the world’s most comprehensive collection of economic and development data. Browse, map, graph, or download data by country, topic on over 4,000 indicators. Available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Arabic.

 

The World Bank eAtlas suite of user-friendly, interactive electronic atlases, allows users to map and graph dozens of indicators over time and across countries.


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How a biobased economy can meet the needs of a growing population

CleanStar Mozambique launches the world's first sustainable cooking fuel facility.
The biofuel manufacturing plant enables innovative food and household energy venture to improve family health, increase farmer incomes and nutrition, and protect Mozambique's forests.

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Loaning Your Money for Impact Can Also Generate Income

Loaning Your Money for Impact Can Also Generate Income | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Fixed income investments play an important role in investment portfolios, generating regular income with reduced risk as compared to equities, although not immune from it of course. Within the family of fixed income investments there are four categories where you can seek to be more HIP, with the potential for both positive human impact and profit:

1) Fixed-income mutual funds
2) Pooled loan funds
3) Microfinance funds
4) Peer-to-peer loans

Each of these different categories of fixed income investments have their own traditional and evolving characteristics, and each of them have the opportunity to enhance human impact and potential profit.

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Assessing One’s Own Performance (SSIR)

Assessing One’s Own  Performance (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Private foundations enjoy a unique degree of freedom to pursue their missions without the constraints that face many other nonprofit organizations. Such freedom can also be a challenge insofar as it comes without the external forces that can drive organizations to achieve results. As Thomas Tierney and Joel Fleishman note in their book Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results: “in philanthropy excellence is self-imposed.” That reality contributed to our decision to create a new framework—called Foundation Performance Assessment—to help us assessThe James Irvine Foundation’s performance.

In this article we describe the Irvine Foundation’s approach to performance assessment and discuss some of the lessons we have learned over the past six years.

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The "Zeronauts" Book Review: Sustainability and Self-Interest (SSIR)

The "Zeronauts" Book Review: Sustainability and Self-Interest (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

John Elkington is an optimist. In his new book, Elkington, an authority on corporate responsibility and coiner of the term “triple bottom line,” argues that a new set of entrepreneurs in business, government, and universities are stepping up and taking actions that will help us to reinvent capitalism, combat climate change, and reduce our exposure to toxics.

Let’s start with the definition he provides early in the book.

ZERONAUT, n. 1. An inventor, innovator, entrepreneur, intrapreneur, investor, manager, or educator who promotes wealth creation while driving adverse environmental, social, and economic impacts toward zero. 2. Someone who finds, investigates, and develops breakthrough, footprint-shrinking solutions for the growing tensions between demography, consumerist lifestyles, and sustainability. 3. Political leader or policymaker who helps to create the regulatory frameworks and incentives needed to drive related “1-Earth” solutions to scale.

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Inclusive Business Finance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Inclusive Business Finance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Inclusive business finance refers to capital that supports the creation, growth, and sustainability of base of the pyramid actors, including entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium sized enterprises. The instruments used in inclusive business finance include, but are not necessarily limited to: debt, equity, quasi-equity, grants, insurance, guarantees, development finance and various shared risk instruments and mechanisms. The definition of inclusive business finance also goes beyond exclusively referring to the funding activities of regulated and non-regulated, formal and informal, financial services providers, but also includes the provision of a variety of financial resources (guarantees, loans, equity, leasing) by corporations to consumers, distributers and suppliers within their value chains. Lastly, inclusive business finance also describes capital that supports environmental sustainability and “green business” development.[1]

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Private Equity Executives See Large Increases in Investments in “Frontier” Markets, such as Turkey, Russia/CIS, and Africa

Senior executives of private equity (PE) firms are maintaining a cautious but optimistic outlook on the state of the economy, both locally and globally, according to the results of the latest Ernst & Young Capital Confidence Barometer.

Nearly half (48%) of the 150 PE investors surveyed globally were optimistic about the number of deal opportunities in 2012. Fewer than 6% remain pessimistic, down from 11% six months ago. This is matched by the overall corporate sentiment in the barometer. Globally, 31% of the 1,500 respondents indicated a likelihood to divest in the next 12 months. Forty-four percent of large companies – those with revenues of US$5b or higher – indicated their interest in making acquisitions in the same time period.

The availability of credit has become an important concern to PE investors, particularly as developments in the Eurozone have unfolded. Globally, more than 70% of survey respondents described their level of confidence as “positive” or “stable.” In North America, 9 out of 10 respondents viewed credit availability the same way.

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DCED: Publications on Partnerships and Inclusive Business

DCED: Publications on Partnerships and Inclusive Business | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Partnering with the private sector to achieve developmental goals is attracting growing interest of DCED member agencies. However, there is no clear-cut definition of the term public-private partnership (PPP), which covers a multitude of different formats. Accordingly, the literature on PPPs is very broad. A unifying principle of most PPPs is the aim to leverage the development impact of companies’ core business activities. This page provides a provisional list of studies and reports related to public-private or cross-sector partnerships as well as on the role of the private sector in development.

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Indian economy to grow 7.5% in 2012 as compared to 6.9% in 2011 [ESCAP Report]

Indian economy to grow 7.5% in 2012 as compared to 6.9% in 2011 [ESCAP Report] | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

As the markets slide to 4 month lows and poor Q4 results project a grim outlook for the Indian economyin 2012. However United Nations, Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) reportoutlines defining factors that project growth and stability of Indian economy and surrounding regions in the Asia-Pacific.

For India, ESCAP puts forward a positive outlook for increased GDP growth in 2012 as compared to 2011.

Inflation remains one of the key things to watch out for in 2012. Until recently RBI has increased raise policy rates 13 times in 19 months. For the first time in many months, the policy rate was reduced by 50 basis points, hinting towards an easing monetary policy. As the government and RBI loosen their death grip over monetary and fiscal policies, ESCAP has a positive outlook for growth in 2012.

On the brighter side, despite tighter monetary policies that directly impacted personal consumption and demand, GDP grew by 6.9% in 2011. The ESCAP survey talks about reducing the impact of inflation on the poor by strengthening the government’s already existing policies to increase distribution of food items at subsidized prices

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Zamboanga Today Online, the most read newspaper in Zamboanga City | “Zamboanga Business Leaders take a LEAP into Business Version 2.0"

Zamboanga Today Online, the most read newspaper in Zamboanga City | “Zamboanga Business Leaders take a LEAP into Business Version 2.0" | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Business Version 2.0 is among the important topics discussed during the recently concluded business seminar entitled “How to Adapt to Global Business Trends and Build Strategies for Innovative Trade: An Inclusive Business Approach using ICT and Partnership” last May 3-5, 2012 at the Badjao 3, GardenOrchid Hotel here in Zamboanga City. 

This seminar was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc, the Industrial Group of Zamboanga, Inc. and E-Designs and Solutions, Inc. The event was also co-sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry Region 9, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company and Smart Telecommunications. Special thanks to Ms. Tessie Sebastian of PNB and Councilor VP Elago for the assistance extended. Such a contemporary seminar was attended by no less than a chosen breed of business owners and stakeholders who were eager to learn the different techniques and approaches of modern businesses.

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Will Indonesia Replace India in the BRICs?

Will Indonesia Replace India in the BRICs? | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

As India fails to deliver on its promise of growth, a smaller Asian country Indonesia, finds itself in a position to lure investors away from the third largest economy in the region with higher stock market returns, better fiscal management and lower inflation.

 

   

“Indonesia looks like it has hit the sweet spot, whereas India is nursing a headache from its latest boom,” says Frederic Neumann, Co-Head of Asian Economic Research at HSBC. 

While the two economies aren’t similar in terms of size, with India’s population of 1.2 billion and Indonesia’s at 240 million, the countries share many similarities, leading to comparisons. Both have a burgeoning consumer base and are democracies with an investment grade rating.

 

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