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Digitizing Rural Value Chains in India (Intellecap)
Claudius Gutemann, Digitizing Rural Value Chains in India (Intellecap) 12 Sep 2018
Graymatters Capital - coLABS learning report #1
Claudius Gutemann, Graymatters Capital - coLABS learning report #1 25 Jul 2018
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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 CHALLENGES FOR CREATING GREATER SOCIAL GOOD

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 »
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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 »
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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 »
Financial Services

Investment Opportunity in India

This recent report, issued by Ada Investments, outlines the basic merits of looking at investing in India, with a view on growth and equity prices, issues facing investors seeking exposure to the country, and commentary on Alpha, Currenty Risk and the overall opportunities at hand. Read more »
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GIIRS Quarterly Analytics Report

The GIIRS Quarterly Analytics Report is the first impact investing industry report to provide key findings and trends in data collected from GIIRS rated companies and funds, covering sectors, sizes, maturities and geographies. Findings from the report provide a uniquely powerful tool for investors to benchmark their own portfolios against this data set. To compare your own portfolio of impact investments to this rated universe, sign up as a subscriber to GIIRS Ratings & Analytics. 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.1 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 »