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NextBillion.net | Day 1 at the BoP Summit

NextBillion.net | Day 1 at the BoP Summit | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Stuart Hart: My personal view is that if we don’t create business models/strategies that reward investors, we won’t be able to attract the investment capital that we need to make a bigger impact."

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Impact investing finds its place in India | McKinsey & Company

Impact investing finds its place in India | McKinsey & Company | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Cumulative investment in impact investments in India since 2010 has been $5.2 billion. In many ways, 2015 was a turning point, as investments crossed $1 billion (Exhibit 1). Much of the growth has come from a doubling or more of average deal size, which rose to $17.6 million in 2016, from $7.6 million in 2010. The volume of deals has remained stable, at about 60 to 80 a year, demonstrating the emphasis on scaling new models of impact.

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IB Case studies: Natura, Brazil

IB Case studies: Natura, Brazil | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

In 2011 Natura developed an inclusive business model for a range of its products that leverages traditional community knowledge to put into practice the valorisation of biodiversity assets whilst preserving natural capital.


There are financial, social and environmental benefits to this activity. Natura has a brand new revenue-generating product line; long-term sustainable employment has been generated for more than 2000 families and the risk of the ucuuba tree being made extinct through timber felling has been decreased. 

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Mapping the Trillion Dollar Impact Investing Sector, with Rehana Nathoo, The Case Foundation

Mapping the Trillion Dollar Impact Investing Sector, with Rehana Nathoo, The Case Foundation | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The Impact Investing Network Map visually presents the best publicly available information on impact investments. Any good entrepreneur will tell you, problems are opportunities. People in a remote village don’t have access to electricity, and yet, they have funds for kerosene. Companies like d.light and Barefoot Power see a market opportunity. Consumers throw textil
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Billions to Trillions? Issues on the Role of Development Banks in Mobilizing Private Finance

It is time to take a fresh look at the PSWs and to ask some basic questions about their role and instruments. The aim of this essay is to raise issues that need to be addressed as we think about how PSWs should evolve and adapt to meet the formidable challenges ahead. These questions and the answers gained through careful research can help chart the right course and set the right expectations for MDB PSWs, DFIs, and impact investors generally.
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Inclusive Business Strategies in Africa - Final Research Conference

Inclusive Business Strategies in Africa - Final Research Conference | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
On Wednesday 25th of October 2017, Rotterdam School of Management hosted the Closing Conference for the NWO/WOTRO research project on Inclusive Business Strategies in Africa. The project has been going on for the past two and half years through a collaboration between Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) and …
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The OECD Social Impact Investment Initiative - OECD

Innovative approaches such as social impact investment - the provision of finance to organisations addressing social needs with the explicit expectation of a measurable social, as well as financial, return - can help to further drive economic development and improvement in achieving social outcomes.
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Unitus Seed Fund's investees touch 1.2 million lives in India

Unitus Seed Fund's investees touch 1.2 million lives in India | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

The social impact investment firm's first fund, of $23 million, helped 14 investee startups create real jobs, find financial stability and expand the ecosystem


In a mid-year report released in September, the firm—led by Dave Richards, Will Poole, both co-founders and managing partners, and Srikrishna Ramamoorthy, partner—revealed that over four-and-a-half years (from 2013 when Unitus started its investments), its 14 active investee companies have impacted people across 29 states, creating over 6,200 sustainable, quality jobs. In doing that, the companies have registered a 106 percent year-on-year growth in revenues and raised 3.6x additional capital since Unitus’s initial investments. Unitus had initially invested $23 million in 23 companies (selected from a long list of 2,500), of which nine are off the portfolio due to exits and write-offs. 


“The one million landmark is significant for the entire investing ecosystem: We’ve now shown the scale of impact a seed-level fund can achieve in a short span of four-and-a-half years,” Poole writes in the report. The report also says that Unitus has aligned its outcomes with some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) laid down by the United Nations (UN), calling it a “first-of-its-kind move within the Indian investment ecosystem”. Aligning with UN goals means that investors get a standardised framework for any participant—donors, traditional or impact investors, non-profits, philanthropists and social-impact businesses—to track cumulative progress against targets. That, in turn, makes it easier to channelise money to meet the twin objectives of maximum impact and market-rate financial returns. 

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The role of the private sector in sustainable development in Nepal

The role of the private sector in sustainable development in Nepal | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it


The role of the private sector in sustainable development in Nepal: Conference Nov 17, 2017 A one-day conference organised by KOICA and UNDP in December 2016 addressed ‘Private sector engagement for Sustainable Development Goals implementation in Nepal: opportunity for shared value’.

KOICA works on engaging the private sector’s resources and expertise in boosting economic development. Its Inclusive Business Solution initiative invites private sector to channel their resources allocated under Corporate Social Responsibility to development projects for impact on shared economic growth.

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There is need to solve challenges farmers face

There is need to solve challenges farmers face | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

African agriculture is more complex than most people think. For instance, intermediaries have been part and parcel of Zimbabwean agriculture for generations. The symbiotic relationship between farmers and middlemen who understand the market is one of the reasons why smallholder agriculture has remained resilient.


Beyond dollars and cents


Lessons from rural markets indicate the need to go beyond dollars and cents when formulating business models. Indigenous knowledge, relationships and practices have to be considered when developing inclusive business models. Local institutions like burial societies have their own powerful role in most communities. For instance, in the absence of markets, the burial society end up functioning as a market for local crops and livestock. Members of a burial society become the first consumers around which a Community of Practice is built.

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Lombard Odier survey shows Asia’s young HNWI and UHNWI ready to Gear their portfolios for Impact

Lombard Odier survey shows Asia’s young HNWI and UHNWI ready to Gear their portfolios for Impact | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
<p>An Impact Investment survey by Lombard Odier of next generation High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) in Asia found that almost all (98%) of those who participated were looking to increase their allocations to Impact Investments, with 3% of these seeking to make 100% of their portfolio impact-driven</p>
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Aavishkaar raises $95 million in first close of largest impact investment fund

Aavishkaar raises $95 million in first close of largest impact investment fund | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it


Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group intends to raise $200 million for the Aavishkaar Bharat Fund, making it the largest impact investment fund raised by an Indian asset manager

To raise the largest impact fund in India, the firm has also had to tweak its fundraising strategy, which has seen almost half of the first close being raised from Indian investors. “We realized that India is no more seen as a developmental hub. The world today acknowledges India not as a country that is poor or developing. Generally, our investors have been development finance institutions (DFIs) and we realized that their interest has moved on to other developing countries or continents like Africa. So, we had to adjust our fund-raising strategy and we made a significant focus on India and our old relationships,” said Rai. So, in contrast to its expectation of raising a fifth of the contribution from domestic investors, the fund managed to raise 50%, he said, adding that earlier Aavishkaar funds usually had 95% overseas investors and just 5% domestic investors

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Philippines delivers on ASEAN Inclusive Business agenda

Philippines delivers on ASEAN Inclusive Business agenda | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

The Philippines, however, has “fully and technically” achieved its other economic priority deliverables such as the completion of the Focused and Strategic Action Agenda on Investment, adoption of the ASEAN Seamless Trade Facilitation Indicators by the AEMs, the operationalization of the ASEAN Roll-On, Roll-Off connecting Davao-General Santos to Bitung, and the development of the ASEAN Inclusive Business Framework to promote inclusive business in the region, among others 

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Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing in the UK - GOV.UK

Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing in the UK - GOV.UK | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
This report, published by an independent Advisory Group, looks at how to grow a culture of social impact investing in the UK.
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UN awards US $1 million for Bangladesh solar entrepreneurship initiative to aid rural electrification | UN DESA | United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

UN awards US $1 million for Bangladesh solar entrepreneurship initiative to aid rural electrification | UN DESA | United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Two companies in Bangladesh received the UN DESA US $1 million 2017 UN Energy grant at the United Nations Headquarters in New York today in recognition of a
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Zurich Insurance ups 'impact investment' target to $5 bln

Zurich Insurance ups 'impact investment' target to $5 bln | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Switzerland’s Zurich Insurance (ZURN.S) plans to more than double its “impact investments” to $5 billion (3.76 billion pounds), it said on Thursday, aiming to improve the lives of five million people a year. The target forms part of a move by insurers to tackle the causes of climate change and other social issues for which they often pick up the bill, including healthcare costs associated with tobacco use. Unlike other forms of sustainable or responsible investing, impact investments have a focus on measuring their effects against a set of pre-determined goals.

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Ghanaian companies, government, NGOs partner for Sustainable Development

Ghanaian companies, government, NGOs partner for Sustainable Development | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Reach for Change/UNDP ACCRA, GHANA (November 21, 2017)  – The UNDP-led SDG Philanthropy Platform in partnership with Reach for Change and the Ministry of Finance in Ghana, hosted an inaugural... Read more »
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Impact Fund Surpasses $17 Million for Sustainable Coastal Fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines

Impact Fund Surpasses $17 Million for Sustainable Coastal Fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

The Meloy Fund I, LP (the “Fund”), an impact investment fund dedicated to promoting sustainable coastal fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines, today announced closing an additional $7 million of funding and finalizing a partial guarantee with the U.S. Agency for International Development through its Development Credit Authority (DCA). This brings the total amount of capital raised to $17.1 million.

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BAMBOO CAPITAL PARTNERS BREAKS NEW GROUND BY INVESTING IN AWARD-WINNING CREDIT SCORING AND DATA ANALYTICS PLATFORM FIRST ACCESS

BAMBOO CAPITAL PARTNERS BREAKS NEW GROUND BY INVESTING IN AWARD-WINNING CREDIT SCORING AND DATA ANALYTICS PLATFORM FIRST ACCESS | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Bamboo Capital Partners (“Bamboo”), a leading impact investment private equity firm delivering social and financial value, has led the $7m Series A investment round in First Access, a cutting-edge fintech company that offers a smart data platform for analytics and credit scoring to lending institutions in emerging markets.
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Vietnam: Inclusive Business Accelerator (IBA)

Vietnam: Inclusive Business Accelerator (IBA) | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Continuing its activities in accelerating integrated innovative solutions that deliver both commercial benefits to themselves, and development benefits for people in low-income groups, in terms of job creation, income improvements and availability of more affordable goods and services, the IBA Vietnam launched a Call for Proposals (2017). 27 proposals were submitted till the end of the deadline, 15th October 2017. 6 proposals were shortlisted to be presented at the Pitching Competition organized on 8th November 2017 in Hanoi. Of these, the Advisory Panel recommended 4 proposals for implementation and co-financed by the IBA with support equivalent to 70% of the total value of the project, but valued at no more than $25,000 per selected Inclusive Business project.

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Keeping it Real (SSIR)

Keeping it Real (SSIR) | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Simon's book warns against short-sighted impact investing that brings more benefit to investors than to the communities it supposedly supports.
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Impact Investing in Sustainable Food and Agriculture across Asset Classes | Croatan Institute

This paper provides a framework for impact investors as they consider how to invest in issues related to food and agriculture across asset classes, including public equities, fixed income, venture capital, and real assets. By identifying these opportunities for investment, investors can maximize the potential for positive impact and portfolio returns.
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First ever TV reality show for social entrepreneurs and impact investors in Sri Lanka 

First ever TV reality show for social entrepreneurs and impact investors in Sri Lanka  | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

One month since its inception, Ath Pavura, the first ever TV reality show for social entrepreneurs and impact investors hosted on nation’s premier TV channel is creating a unique platform to flow equity capital to micro, small and medium level entrepreneurs. It is Sri Lanka’s first reality to show to promote entrepreneurship and impact investment aired on ITN. The nine investors including Abeywickrema started with one million Rupees each, and now it has been increased to Rs.12 million within three months since starting the programme. “Our goal is to build a community and network of over 1000 passionate impact investors across Sri Lanka within the next two years whilst targeting 10,000 social entrepreneurs. These impact investors who have been very successful entrepreneurs by themselves have created wealth from the society and the environment which they anchor their successful business to, and they now want to give back to the fabric of society and environment which they are an integral part of, not only to their kith and kin,” Abeywickrema added. Ath Pavura co-partnered and co-hosted by LIIN, Selanka and ITN is that dynamic platform now here to stay and here to do that. Ath Pavura is powered by the partnership HNB, Dialog, Horizon Campus and Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.

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Data, data everywhere... But what does it mean for inclusive business?

Data, data everywhere... But what does it mean for inclusive business? | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Three things we know to be true:  a data revolution is underway, with more data available and processable than ever before;  businesses are seizing the data opportunity, as providers of data services and users of information; and the development community has stepped up its investment in data as part of …
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Novartis to Host Stakeholder Dialogue on Access to Healthcare in Lower-Income Countries

Novartis to Host Stakeholder Dialogue on Access to Healthcare in Lower-Income Countries | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

The third Novartis Social Business stakeholder dialogue, co-hosted this year with Novartis Oncology, will bring together a cross-section of stakeholders in Basel on November 21. They will discuss opportunities and innovations that will define the future of access programs and social business models in developing countries. The event will be an opportunity to reflect on how access models have helped deliver better healthcare for populations living at the base of the pyramid – including key hurdles and achievements, and how learnings can help define next steps. It will also provide perspectives on how innovative partnerships, inclusive business approaches, digital health, impact investment and local solutions can help shape the future of access to healthcare in lower-income countries..

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Inclusive Business Study "Business+ Philippines" launched

Inclusive Business Study "Business+ Philippines" launched | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines and the Department of Trade and Industry-Board of Investments, with support from UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development and the country's most prominent business associations, initiated a study to learn the private sector’s level of knowledge, engagement, and awareness of Inclusive Business to identify the characteristics and key drivers of successful initiatives. This can guide stakeholders – businesses, government agencies and local government units, communities, NGOs – to innovate and support the development of Inclusive Business models toward poverty alleviation and human development especially as guided by the 17 goals specified in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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