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Development Mantra for Sustainability
Audrey Selian, Development Mantra for Sustainability 19 Mar 2018
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Claudius Gutemann, Farming as a Service (Bain & Company) 15 Mar 2018

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 »
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The relevance of content in ICT initiatives in Indian agriculture

by Claire J.Glendenning and Pier Paolo Ficarelli, 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 »
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The Inherent Conflict between Intent and Resolve Read more »

Innovation or imitation? Does it matter?

It matters how philanthropy in Asia will develop in the coming decade. Despite economic progress having lifted millions out of poverty in the last 20 years, half of Asia’s 1.63 billion people live on incomes of less than $2 a day. Personal wealth is being created in Asia Pacific at unprecedented levels – the number of high net worth individuals grew by 1.6 per cent in 2011 to 3.37 million, overtaking the number of wealthy in either North America or Europe – but wealth alone is no guarantee that the region’s philanthropy is risk-taking and transformative. Read more »

Edition 13 - January 2013

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M-CRIL Microfinance Review 2012: MFIs in a Regulated Environment - a financial and social analysis

Do you want to know: • The emerging impact of regulation on the MFI industry in India • The likely future impact on MFI financial performance of a key regulatory measure like the cap on margins • The current status of the Indian MFI industry - its operational and social performance as well as its financial status - efficiency and profitability M-CRIL Microfinance Review 2012 has a comprehensive analysis of the performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India providing microfinance services to low income clients. Read more »

Editon 12 - October

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A Portfolio Approach to Impact Investment: A Practical Guide to Building, Analyzing and Managing a Portfolio of Impact Investments

J.P. Morgan Social Finance produces thought leadership and analytical research on the impact investment market, in addition to their principal investment and client advisory capabilities. To date, they have published a flagship market landscape and sizing study as well as a more in-depth analysis of over 2,000 private transactions – the largest data set in the market. Building off of that work, this new research presents a portfolio management tool to analyze impact investments across the three dimensions that determine the performance of these assets: impact, return and risk. Using their own portfolio and drawing from the experiences of over twenty leading impact investors, they have created a graphical framework to set targets, map investments and aggregate the profile of an impact investment portfolio as a whole. The work responds to an increasing demand for portfolio management strategies from both new and experienced impact asset managers, as market opportunities and portfolios grow. Read more »

Edition 11 - September 2012

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