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"Track Your Metrics" - new self reporting tool from Outline India
Claudius Gutemann, "Track Your Metrics" - new self reporting tool from Outline India 12 Sep 2018
Investing in Distributed Generation in India (CREO Syndiate)
Claudius Gutemann, Investing in Distributed Generation in India (CREO Syndiate) 24 Aug 2018
Financial Services

Responsible Finance - A Catalyst for Responsible Business

International and Indian Trends and Challenges in Responsible Finance Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »
Energy and Power

Potential of wind power projects under the Clean Development Mechanism in India

So far, the cumulative installed capacity of wind power projects in India is far below their gross potential (. 15%) despite very high level of policy support, tax benefits, long term financing schemes etc., for more than 10 years etc. One of the major barriers is the high costs of investments in these systems. The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol provides industrialized countries with an incentive to invest in emission reduction projects in developing countries to achieve a reduction in CO2 emissions at lowest cost that also promotes sustainable development in the host country. Wind power projects could be of interest under the CDM because they directly displace greenhouse gas emissions while contributing to sustainable rural development, if developed correctly. Read more »

Status of Women in India

A Quick Review of Facts on the Status of Women in India Read more »
Health Services and Supplies

Causes of neonatal and child mortality in India

Background More than 2·3 million children died in India in 2005; however, the major causes of death have not been measured in the country. We investigated the causes of neonatal and child mortality in India and their diff erences by sex and region. Read more »

Capitalism 3.0: Exploring the future of Capital Investing and Value Creation

How should capitalism evolve to meet the challenges of the new century? Article by Jed Emerson, Sheila Bonini (March 2006) Read more »
Energy and Power

Power to the People: Investing in Clean Energy for the Base of the Pyramid in India

Power to the People provides an examination of the significant market potential for investors in India's growing rural BoP clean energy market. By analyzing the opportunities and obstacles of four clean energy sectors with an aggregated potential market of INR 97.28 billion (US$2.11 billion) each year, the report offers potential investors an in-depth view of the current landscape as well as recommendations for tactics to increase the investment potential of the Indian rural BoP clean energy industry.

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