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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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »