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McKinsey Report on Impact Investing in India
Claudius Gutemann, McKinsey Report on Impact Investing in India 14 Sep 2017
Enhancing Capabilities, Empowering Lives - CSR in Skills and Livelihood: What are India’s top companies up to?
Claudius Gutemann, Enhancing Capabilities, Empowering Lives - CSR in Skills and Livelihood: What are India’s top companies up to? 02 Feb 2017
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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 »
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From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing

This report springs from a point of view shared by Monitor and Acumen Fund—that philanthropy is the essential but often overlooked catalyst that unlocks the impact potential of inclusive business and impact investing. The report has been created with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The key themes discussed here are based on the sum of Monitor’s extensive research into more than 700 inclusive businesses in Africa and India, and Acumen Fund’s decade of experience as a pioneering impact investor. They also draw together the experiences and observations of dozens of impact investors, grant funders, academics and other experts who were generous enough to share their thoughts with us. In addition, a Monitor team conducted a three-month study of companies in the Acumen Fund portfolio whose development had been significantly affected by grant subsidies, to further develop our insights and provide helpful illustrations. Four company case studies are contained in the main report, and two further case studies can be found as an appendix. Finally, a thoughtful, diverse and generous group of external expert reviewers helped us to fine-tune the report and its recommendations for clarity and impact. This report has focused on developing an in-depth, demand-side understanding of the needs and challenges facing inclusive businesses, rather than on studying the drivers and constraints of grantmakers and investors. However, we acknowledge that the latter is a valuable area for further study and action going forward. Read more »
Education

Environment and Education: A Pathway to Sustainability by Dr Gursharan Singh Kainth

Human resource development is the key to successfully achieving sustainable development, and a range of educational measures, including formal, non-formal and informal education and learning in broad terms is the primary tool to develop the human capacity required for sustainable development. Pertinent practices are widespread in various forms and efforts are ever expanding and their contribution to sustainable development is demonstrated in a number of cases at individual, group, community and local levels. However, despite their potential and expectations, the impacts of educational measures on society-wide changes have yet to be demonstrated with substantiated evidence. Read more »
Health Services and Supplies

The lack of public health research output from India

Systematic assessment of recent health research output from India, and its relation with the estimated disease burden, is not available. This information would help understand the areas in health research that need improvement in India to enhance the health of India's population. Read more »