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Gray Ghost Annual Report 2017
Claudius Gutemann, Gray Ghost Annual Report 2017 14 Jun 2018
Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures
Audrey Selian, Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures 03 Jun 2018
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Artha Newsletter Nr. 18

Artha News 01/ Oct 13 Read more »
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From the Margin to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors

A report by the World Economic Forum Investors Industries Prepared in collaboration with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu New Report: Bringing Impact Investing From the Margins to the Mainstream - World Economic Forum report highlights the potential of impact investing to generate market returns while addressing key social and environmental challenges - 79% of impact investors are already targeting market rates of return; to reach a 2020 market projection of more than US$ 500 billion, the impact investment sector needs to grow significantly - The report engaged 150 mainstream investors, business executives and policy-makers, advancing the Forum's impact investment agenda Read more »
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Interface between government officials and social innovators: Challenges and Recommendations

India, today, is witnessing a number of social innovations across sectors and at various levels. The incredible solutions that social innovations offer, and the energy that they bring to the ‘traditional’ market are being felt. However, we as a country still have a long way to go in embracing social innovation and providing it the impetus that it needs. There exist substantial challenges that need to be addressed, in order to take cognizance of innovation. This document has been drafted drawing from responses elicited through conversations with social innovators. A total of 9 social innovators, from the education, energy and agriculture sectors were spoken to, in a semi-structured interview to retain the focus of the conversation while allowing them to bring in their own additional perspectives, all the same. This exercise has resulted in the detailed discussion that follows, on challenges and roadblocks that social innovators face in dealing with the government, in a pointed manner. The aim is to emphasise the on-ground practicalities with the aim to provoke thought-processes to address these issues. The respondents have also made recommendations drawing from their own experiences, in their respective sectors of operation. The idea is to identify areas inherent with the scope to implement these recommendations in order to establish an ecosystem that is conducive to and appreciative of social innovation and entrepreneurship. Read more »
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Solar Mini-Grids for Rural Electrification

Off-grid solutions based on renewable energy sources, particularly Solar Photo-Voltaic (PV), hold great promise to bring electricity to the 80 million or so households that are currently without it (Census 2011). India is very well endowed with solar energy. Solar PV systems scale well with increasing demands and need minimal day-to-day operation. We argue that villages and remote hamlets that are off the main grid can leapfrog into sustainable power access via Solar PV mini-grids as a long term solution rather than as a stop-gap ‘till the time the grid comes’. Rural areas that are power starved despite having a grid line can also benefit from grid-interactive versions of these community level power plants. These mini-grids will provide ‘Electricity beyond Lighting’, which is critical for achieving livelihood enhancement. Read more »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
Agriculture Products

The relevance of content in ICT initiatives in Indian agriculture

by Claire J.Glendenning and Pier Paolo Ficarelli, Read more »
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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 »
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THE CHALLENGES FOR CREATING GREATER SOCIAL GOOD

The Inherent Conflict between Intent and Resolve Read more »