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Responsible Finance - A Catalyst for Responsible Business

International and Indian Trends and Challenges in Responsible Finance Read more »


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 »

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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 »


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 »


Edtion 7 - April/May 2012

Newsletter Artha - April/May 2012 Read more »


Edition 6 - April 2012

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GIIRS Quarterly Analytics Report

The GIIRS Quarterly Analytics Report is the first impact investing industry report to provide key findings and trends in data collected from GIIRS rated companies and funds, covering sectors, sizes, maturities and geographies. Findings from the report provide a uniquely powerful tool for investors to benchmark their own portfolios against this data set. To compare your own portfolio of impact investments to this rated universe, sign up as a subscriber to GIIRS Ratings & Analytics. Read more »


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.1 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 »


Edition 5 - February 2012

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Financial Services

Sustainable Capitalism: A Report by Generation

The challenges facing the planet today are unprecedented and extraordinary; climate change, water scarcity, poverty, disease, growing inequality of income and wealth, demographic shifts, trans-border and internal migration, urbanisation and a global economy in a state of constant dramatic volatility and flux, to name but a few. While governments and civil society will need to be part of the solution to these massive challenges, ultimately it will be companies and investors that will mobilise the capital needed to overcome them. Read more »