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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

Exploring the venture philanthropy ecosystem in India

In India, venture philanthropy (VP) and allied organisations are making long-term strategic investments to build for-profit and non-profit innovative social purpose organisations (SPOs) that can make a mass social impact. VPs place emphasis on social returns, although some such organisations also demand muted financial returns in addition to social returns. The former acknowledge that investment for social purposes and professional effectiveness are not in conflict with one another, but can exist and work in synergy. Read more »

Innovation in Asian Philanthropy

The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) is an academic research centre at the National University of Singapore Business School, comprising an international multi-disciplinary research team. ACSEP came into formal existence in April 2011, with a geographic focus embracing 34 nations and special administrative regions across Asia. The Centre aims to advance the understanding and impactful practice of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy in Asia, through research and education. Its working papers are authored by in-house researchers and aim to provide insights into key questions of interest to researchers and practitioners. Read more »

Pathways to Progress A Sectoral Study of Indian Social Enterprises

April 5, 2013 marked 1000 days to the end of 2015. At the end of 2015, India and all the other signatory countries will reach the deadline for achieving theMillennium Development Goals (MDGs). Discussions around the development agenda beyond 2015 are already underway, with calls for continuing the efforts and perhaps adding some new elements to the MDG framework such as security, equality and good governance. For a small, but very agile and lively group of social entrepreneurs in India and around the world, 2012 was business as usual and a particularly eventful period – some enterprises scaled out of their original geographies, others built the blueprint to do so. Many of them found smart answers to resolve their operational challenges, while others refined and introduced innovative solutions to market needs. Looking forward toward 2015 and future years, these social enterprises will continue their efforts toward helping to achieve the MDGs and thus improve the lives and livelihoods of around the nearly 2 billion people around the world living at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP). Read more »

Cracking the Conundrum

An emerging group of investors, globally and in India, are looking beyond the customary financial returns, and integrating Environmental and Social (E&S) information in their investment decision making. The advent of these investors and their needs have been manifested in an increasing demand for greater disclosure and reporting of E&S information by businesses in India. However, E&S information currently is both limited and scattered. This background predicates the question: Can such investors, which are using E&S information and targeting India, find a standardized and reliable means to get this information and make investment decisions more effectively? Read more »
Financial Services


The Inherent Conflict between Intent and Resolve Read more »
Energy and Power

Integrated Energy Centres in India: A progress report

Integrated Energy Centres are solar powered community centres that can host a range of basic services and activities lacking in an underserved community. The centre aims to positively impact quality of life and livelihoods by addressing fundamental energy needs and services relying on energy. This document is a brief progress report on four running centres and four new energy centres. Some of IEC's partners, services and ongoing activities are mentioned in the section under 'Other projects'. Villages features include: Dharmastala, Pai-Layout, Tubrahalli, Chitradurga, Udupi, Dharwad, Ramswamy-Palia, Panambur and others. Read more »

Accelerating Impact Achievements, Challenges and What’s Next in Building the Impact Investing Industry

There is both a need and an opportunity for industry leaders to join together to catalyze a powerful further acceleration—a surge in the rate of growth—across a wider range of dimensions, in order for the field to reach maturity, scale and sustainability. Read more »
Energy and Power

UN Foundation report about RIO+20

A note from UN Foundation President Tim Wirth about our activities at Rio+20 and the progress being made on the Secretary-General’s initiative on Sustainable Energy for All. Read more »

How can we better solve the ‘big problems’ of today?

Perhaps the biggest questions facing the social sector today are around scale and sustainability, creating greater and more long-lasting impact. This paper argues against the perceived benefits of philanthropy and offers a point of view on perhaps why social enterprise is better suited to solving the ‘big problems’. To make the shift from grant-based models to more self-sustainable business models that combine profit and social good. Read more »
Health Services and Supplies

Integrated Health and Microfinance in India: Harnessing the Strengths of Two Sectors to Improve Health and Alleviate Poverty

The idea for this report grew out of a meeting of leaders of the microfinance and health communities held in Ahmedabad, India in July 2011, thanks to the support of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Johnson & Johnson, Ananya Finance for Inclusive Growth, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Relation (CSIR). In an unusual exchange, leaders from microfinance and health—two diverse sectors—shared information, approaches, impact evidence, and the opportunities and challenges of combining health and microfinance to reach millions of underserved poor in India. They urged us to tell the story of this emerging field more broadly. Freedom from Hunger, the Indian Institute of Public Health at Ghandinagar, and the Microcredit Summit Campaign prepared this report to inform and educate policymakers, microfinance institutions (MFIs), self-help promoting institutions (SHPIs), private and public health providers, researchers, donors and social investors, and other stakeholders about approaches to combining microfinance and health. We hope it will catalyze dialogue and debate and encourage further exploration of the potential to combine microfinance and health for a low-cost approach to improve health and productivity of the Indian poor. We are grateful for the financial support of the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, NABARD, and SIDBI, who agreed that it was important to share more broadly the current state of the Indian field of health and microfinance. We especially acknowledge and thank the many pioneering microfinance and self-help promoting institutions, healthcare providers, and others who are working across sectors to improve the health and financial security of vulnerable Indian families. They have generously shared program information and experiences so that others might learn about both the opportunities and challenges of linking microfinance and health. - Kathleen Stack, Vice President for Asia and Africa, Freedom from Hunger - Dr. Dileep Mavalankar, Director, Indian Institute of Public Health, Ghandhinagar - Larry Reed, Director, Microcredit Summit Campaign Read more »