Enhancing Capabilities, Empowering Lives - CSR in Skills and Livelihood: What are India’s top companies up to?
Samhita Social Ventures, in partnership with Ambuja Cement Foundation, DHFL (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited), Godrej and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) releases a report which maps the CSR trends in Skill development and Livelihoods of the 100 Indian companies with the largest CSR budgets on the BSE 500. The report aims to highlight major trends, identify gaps and opportunities in the skills and livelihood value chain and provide a roadmap for companies and other stakeholders to overcome these challenges.
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FSG's Report on Informal Housing, Inadequate Property Rights
In India, as in many other developing countries, urban population growth and the short¬age of planned affordable housing have led to 26–37 million households (33–47 percent of the urban population) living in informal housing (residences on encroached land or in unplanned settlements). This report written by FSG and funded by Omidyar Network applies a property rights lens to segment the different types of informal housing, to understand the size and the needs of these segments, and to identify potential solutions to meet these needs.
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About the report
With their Annual Impact Report 2016 Aavishkaar has this year tried to take a deeper look at their impact thesis and their focus on the distinction between the fund impact and portfolio impact. Find the full report here.
Aavishkaar, part of the Intellecap-Aavishkaar Group is one of the global pioneers in taking an entrepreneurship based approach to development. Since its incorporation in 2002, Aavishkaar has gone on to make more than 50 investments, across sectors and has raised five funds with a total of ~US$ 200 million under management. Through this, Aavishkaar has successfully demonstrated the potential for venture capital investment in enterprises that engage with the low-income population or operate in under-served markets. Aavishkaar began with a focus on early-stage enterprises operating in India, and with the launch of Aavishkaar Frontier Fund in 2015, it is now expanding into South and South East Asia.
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This report by Jack Luft and Tim Chambers, and sponsored by the Shell Foundation, the Small Foundation, and Epven, reflects the first-hand experiences and perspectives of over 70 asset finance experts, contains case studies from Kenya, Guatemala, and India and highlights the critical success factors that drive scale in asset finance.
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As impact investing matures as a movement, more investment models are being deployed, especially in sectors and regions where various forms of capital are needed to support solutions to some of the world’s chronic social and environmental issues.
In this report by the Toniic Institute with support from the Shell Foundation a number of examples are shown of how venture philanthropists and impact investors are working together to fund early-stage impact enterprises around the world.
The report is also a “call to action” for all venture philanthropists, impact investors, and other players within the early-stage social impactfunding ecosystem to continue to test, scope and roll out collaborative efforts in order to catalyze impact investment capital. The reward for greater collaboration according to the report can be a higher volume and quality of investment activity, which will attract greater, smarter impact capital into the marketplace, ultimately enhancing the viability of impactful solutions for the world’s toughest problems.
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