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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
Digitizing Rural Value Chains in India (Intellecap)
Claudius Gutemann, Digitizing Rural Value Chains in India (Intellecap) 12 Sep 2018
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Edition 14 - March 2013

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India’s path from poverty to empowerment

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute finds that while India has reduced its official poverty rate, more than half a billion people lack the means to meet their basic needs. Policy makers need a better way to measure the gaps and allocate resources. Read more »
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A market led, evidence based, approach to rural sanitation

Globally, lack of access to hygienic sanitation facilities causes 2.7Mn deaths annually, and 0.8Mn children die of diarrheal disease every year. The UN has made access to sanitation a Millennium Development Goal, and foundations and multilateral organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), World Bank, etc. have dedicated fund outlays and / or service verticals addressing the issue. Read more »
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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 »
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IRIS getting started guide

IRIS is a free, online catalog for selecting performance metrics. Read more »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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Impact Measurement - Brief note by Ennovent

For any enterprise intent on making a social, environmental and/or economic impact, describing the impact created by its operations and services is a necessary part of demonstrating what it is achieving. Consequently, enterprises are increasingly undertaking the task of monitoring and measuring the impact of their ventures as a part of the pursuit of their respective organisational missions. This brief note describes the definition, barriers, benefits and tools of impact measurement currently being employed by enterprises. Read more »
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Handbook on Corporate Social Responsibility in India

The handbook builds a common understanding of the concept of CSR, based on global practices, Indian tradition, and the intent and provisions of the Companies Act, 2013. It highlights important aspects of Clause 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 and its implications on companies. A major part of the handbook focuses on the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of strategising, planning, executing and monitoring these CSR activities. Read more »