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"Track Your Metrics" - new self reporting tool from Outline India
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Digitizing Rural Value Chains in India (Intellecap)
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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Edtion 8 - June 2012

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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 »
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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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 »
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Edtion 7 - April/May 2012

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Edition 6 - April 2012

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