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Farming as a Service (Bain & Company)
Claudius Gutemann, Farming as a Service (Bain & Company) 15 Mar 2018
Acumen Energy Impact Report 2017
Claudius Gutemann, Acumen Energy Impact Report 2017 28 Feb 2018

A De-risking Toolkit for Impact Investment

The debate about a supply-demand mismatch in impact investing has often centred on its characterisation as a relatively high risk strategy and therefore on whether sufficiently high risk-adjusted financial returns are achievable. This report shifts the lens: while demonstrating a track record of sufficient financial return is one way to bring supply-and-demand into line (and is a key step forward for the impact investment industry), another approach is to adjust the risk side of the equation – to ‘de-risk’ impact investment. Read more »

Creating Sustainable Apparel Value Chains - A Primer on Industry Transformation

The global textile and garment industry is at a crossroads. It is a three trillion dollar industry that encompasses the manufacturing and selling of textiles and garments, and has long been considered a source of economic progress around the world, historically serving as a catalyst for national development and industrialization. The flipside of this growth and the accelerating production of fashion has been a broadening and deepening track record of poor working conditions and heavy pollution. The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in April 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh jolted to life widespread and increasingly prolonged scrutiny of the industry. This incident has brought longstanding questions to the forefront over how to bridge the gap between economic viability and social and environmental performance. Read more »
Agriculture Products

Seasonal Effects of Water Quality: The Hidden Costs of the Green Revolution to Infant and Child Health in India

India is expected to cross 260 million metric tonnes of food grain production this year - a record but at the same time the issue of non sustainability of current chemical agriculture is becoming more evident. The study shows that the child mortality can be linked with chemical levels in water. India has been struggling to bring down neonatal mortality rate which accounts for 75% of infant deaths in the country. A paper published in the Journal of Development Economics indicates that the high mortality of neonates (babies less than 29 days old) might be due to the exposure to fertilizer chemicals in water, especially in rural areas where agriculture is the main occupation for women. Read more »

Markets for Good Selected Readings: Making Sense of Data and Information in the Social Sector

New compendium of blog posts from Markets For Good captures discussion and debate around how to strengthen the “information infrastructure” of the social sector. Read more »

Toniic E-Guide

Why an E-Guide? Read more »
Financial Services

Privcap Special Reports

Each month Privcap focuses on a critical theme and produces a “bundle” of thought-leadership content in multiple formats – a digital report, video interviews and panel discussions, and audio programs. We capture the market intelligence of leading authorities, whose expertise forms the core of each report. Privcap Special Reports help market participants better understand opportunities and practices in private capital, as well as gain deep insights into the people with whom they may become long-term investment partners. Read more »

Impact Investments in India

Impact investments, which aim to generate financial returns while creating measurable social and environmental benefits to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, have attained significant traction in India. J P Morgan estimates that global assets under management through impact investment strategies were ~ $50 billion in 2010, with projections of between $400 billion and $1 trillion and profit opportunity of between $183 billion and $667 billion over the next decade.1 The Rockefeller Foundation reports that impact investing is set to grow at an annual pace of 30 percent. India is the second-largest market for impact investing after the US, with USD 500 million worth of investments made in 2012 alone.2 However according to the Planning Commission of India, though many global and local funds have presence in the country, investments to the tune of only Rs 1,200 crore (around $260 million) have been made in India in the last five years.3 Despite the discrepancy in terms of the total investment numbers reported, India is definitely one of the key markets in the impact investing landscape - given the enormous requirement, potential and opportunities across sectors, which requires market-based solutions to address many social situations. The literature on this topic and research on the Indian industry has, however, been quite limited so far. Read more »

India Social Enterprise Landscape Report

Social enterprises (SEs) have the potential to make India’s spectacular growth story work better for its poor citizens. Currently, India’s rapidly growing economy has not managed to alleviate the extreme poverty of nearly half the country’s population that lives below the $1.25 per day poverty line. There are several reasons for this, including non-uniform infrastructure, low quality public good provision by the government (especially in health and education), and resource limitations. By employing innovative business models, SEs are addressing India’s vast development needs, while maintaining sustainability through viable revenue models. Simultaneously, this space is witnessing an increasing number of impact investors who are interested in supporting businesses with triple bottom line returns – that is, profits (or financial sustainability at the least), social impact, and environmental impact. Read more »

Evolution of an impact portfolio: Implementation to Results

In 2004, in order to meaningfully address the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues, the KL Felicitas Foundation (“KLF” or the “Foundation”) made the decision to begin a process that would eventually allocate 100% of the Foundation’s capital to “impact investments” – that is, investing with the intent to generate both financial returnsand purposeful, measurable, positive social or environmental impact. The Foundation determined that its needs would be met best by adhering to a return-based impact investment strategy, while taking select opportunities to introduce new concepts with impact first investments. Read more »

Solar Mini-Grids for Rural Electrification

Off-grid solutions based on renewable energy sources, particularly Solar Photo-Voltaic (PV), hold great promise to bring electricity to the 80 million or so households that are currently without it (Census 2011). India is very well endowed with solar energy. Solar PV systems scale well with increasing demands and need minimal day-to-day operation. We argue that villages and remote hamlets that are off the main grid can leapfrog into sustainable power access via Solar PV mini-grids as a long term solution rather than as a stop-gap ‘till the time the grid comes’. Rural areas that are power starved despite having a grid line can also benefit from grid-interactive versions of these community level power plants. These mini-grids will provide ‘Electricity beyond Lighting’, which is critical for achieving livelihood enhancement. Read more »