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The Landscape for Impact Investing in Southeast Asia (GIIN)
Claudius Gutemann, The Landscape for Impact Investing in Southeast Asia (GIIN) 02 Aug 2018
Being the Change (FSG)
Claudius Gutemann, Being the Change (FSG) 11 Apr 2018
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India's Nonperforming Assets: A Lurking Crisis

by Rasika Gynedi Read more »
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IRIS getting started guide

IRIS is a free, online catalog for selecting performance metrics. Read more »
Agriculture Products

The relevance of content in ICT initiatives in Indian agriculture

by Claire J.Glendenning and Pier Paolo Ficarelli, Read more »
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Innovation or imitation? Does it matter?

It matters how philanthropy in Asia will develop in the coming decade. Despite economic progress having lifted millions out of poverty in the last 20 years, half of Asia’s 1.63 billion people live on incomes of less than $2 a day. Personal wealth is being created in Asia Pacific at unprecedented levels – the number of high net worth individuals grew by 1.6 per cent in 2011 to 3.37 million, overtaking the number of wealthy in either North America or Europe – but wealth alone is no guarantee that the region’s philanthropy is risk-taking and transformative. Read more »
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A Portfolio Approach to Impact Investment: A Practical Guide to Building, Analyzing and Managing a Portfolio of Impact Investments

J.P. Morgan Social Finance produces thought leadership and analytical research on the impact investment market, in addition to their principal investment and client advisory capabilities. To date, they have published a flagship market landscape and sizing study as well as a more in-depth analysis of over 2,000 private transactions – the largest data set in the market. Building off of that work, this new research presents a portfolio management tool to analyze impact investments across the three dimensions that determine the performance of these assets: impact, return and risk. Using their own portfolio and drawing from the experiences of over twenty leading impact investors, they have created a graphical framework to set targets, map investments and aggregate the profile of an impact investment portfolio as a whole. The work responds to an increasing demand for portfolio management strategies from both new and experienced impact asset managers, as market opportunities and portfolios grow. Read more »
Energy and Power

Does energy access help women? Beyond anecdotes: a review of the evidence

Nearly one fifth of humanity do not have access to electricity, and more than double this number still rely on the use of biomass for cooking. Experience suggests that when a household or a whole community gains access to modern energy, defined here as electricity and improved cookstoves (see Appendix), there are many benefits to the economy and to people’s quality of life. However because of the different roles that are assigned to men and women, any major change in living situation such as energy access has the potential to affect men and women differently. While there are many anecdotes suggesting that gaining access to modern energy brings specific benefits to women, rigorous impact evaluation studies are harder to find. This paper reviews the evidence from available studies on how gaining access to electricity and clean cooking impacts women and girls. Read more »
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“Investor Roundtable on “Building a view on a common framework for Environmental and Social Disclosure”: Exploring the business case for investors and how will it impact flow of capital

The Investor based roundtable on “Building a view on a common framework for Environmental and Social Disclosure” was convened by cKinetics in association with GIZ and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation as a part of an ongoing study to determine the nature of investor interest in standardized E&S disclosure in India. Read more »
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India’s Pollution Nightmare: Can It Be Tackled?

The earth’s expanding human population and industrial growth have been known to cause serious environmental disasters. At the end of 2011, India’s population reached 1.21 billion and its economy is growing at 8.5%, the fastest after China. Due to the population pressure, India pushes ahead with aggressive industrial development. Consequently, thousands of industrial clusters nationwide produce enormous amounts of untreated toxic waste that often end up in rivers, lakes, forests, and landfills. Even though India has sufficient environmental laws, weak enforcement and the lack of funds and manpower are most often the stumbling blocks for the pollution control boards. In this dismal setting, can India tackle the mushrooming toxic pollution? A closer look at the crisis facing India’s environment may shed some answers. Read more »
Financial Services

Responsible Finance - A Catalyst for Responsible Business

International and Indian Trends and Challenges in Responsible Finance Read more »
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Understanding Human Resource Challenges in the Indian Social Enterprise Sector

Sponsored by Potencia Ventures, IFC, and the G-20 SME Finance Challenge. On the Path to Sustainability and Scale provides insights on the for-profit social enterprise landscape in India. Drawing from an in-depth survey of 101 social enterprises in India, this report analyzes the state of these mission-driven businesses including their geographic and sector distribution, business structure, stage of development, financial viability, funding sources and key challenges. This analysis and the actionable recommendations that follow will assist investors, donors, sector enablers, policy-makers and academics in making informed decisions about their involvement in the social enterprise industry. Read more »