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Edtion 8 - June 2012

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Edition 8 - June 2012
ARTHA PLATFORM NEWS FOR THE INDIA-FOCUSED IMPACT INVESTING COMMUNITY
ARTHA MISSION
A tremendous opportunity exists today to transform the face of investor/donor engagement with the vast, untapped markets at the base of the pyramid (BOP). The Artha Platform mission is to help unlock this opportunity.

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Table of Contents:

News
Case studies
Stats of interest
Recent investments
investment opportunities
Platforms of interest
Awards
Competitions
Jobs
Tweet Corner
Events
@PanasonicIndia: India accounts for 4% of total energy consumptions of the world and ranks 5th largest energy consumer#ecoideas via (Link)

@NextBillion
: From ?#BPO? to ?#BoP? and why training India's next generation of skilled labor is criticcal (Link)? … ?#bopbiz? @Anavoglobal ?#Bopbiz

@softpedianews: India Is Soon to Double Its Green Energy Production (Link)

@EarthTechling
: India
Can Solar-Powered ATMs Make Banking Easier In Rural India? (Link)… ?#bopbiz? @Anavoglobal ?#Bopbiz

@AshokaIndia: Women in this village in rural ?#India? are now trained to fight for their rights using a videocam (Link)  via @thebetterindia

@thebetterindia: @official_kalam (Link)  2 Lakes are saved from becoming dumping grounds and given a new lease of life by citizens in Bangalore

@saurabhmhr: Expanding jobs for rural women in India | UN Women (Link)

@ImaginMor: Telecom India Fact 9: In March 2006, rural ?#telecom? ?#density? was just 2% vs. 33% in March 2011. For more info, visit (Link)

@India_IN: Retail inflation for farm, rural marginally up in May: Retail inflation index for farm and rural labourers increased marginally by fi...

@indiawater
: Tiruchy farmer S. Thalapathy constructs India's first zero waste toilet Link  ?#sanitation? ?#waste? ?#India


@bbcnewscom
: World : VIDEO: Unrest at India's water shortage (Link)


@altenergyshift: Solar Getting Cheaper Than Diesel Generators: SunEdison is replacing diesel engines in villages in India and oth... (Link)

 
EVENTS

The Impact Forum 2012

Date: June 25-26, 2012
Location: Shaw Foundation Alumni House and Kent Ridge Guild House, National University of Singapore

The Impact Forum 2012: Igniting Capital Markets for Social Good is a global conference dedicated to the evolution of sustainable development in Asia that will be focusing on connecting impact and innovation with investment. Join Shujog in the keynotes, plenaries, breakout and networking sessions that will spark your interest and inspire you! Click here for more.



M-CRIL Webinar Invitation
Date: July 3, 2012
Location: 
Online (Duration: 1 hour)

Two of the world's leading social rating agencies - M-CRIL and MicroFinanza - recently completed interviews with more than 10,000 clients of 70+ MFIs around the world. The data they have collected reveals some important and surprising facts. Join their webinar for an exclusive 'sneak preview' of their findings. The discussion is open to a wide audience, including investors, practitioners, advisors, donors, and policy makers. Please click here to register.


Partnering for Global Impact
Date: July 9-10, 2012
Location: Lugano, Switzerland

Partnering for Global Impact (PGI) is a new initiative designed to facilitate transactions in impact investing and philanthropy through one-to-one meetings.  Partnering for Global Impact aims to become the leading and most innovative forum for the social impact community through which to partner, identify and generate investment and funding opportunities, attract capital to the sector and shape public opinion. PGI's goal is for this annual event to evolve into an open and dynamic ecosystem to scale global impact. Click here to read more.


Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference
Date: September 11-13, 2012
Location: Inter-American Development Bank's, Washington DC

The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference is the leading annual global conference on increasing economic opportunities for young people. This year's conference showcases 60 sessions and 120 world-class speakers from 25 countries with a special cross-cutting spotlight on technology. Read more...

AWARDS
Activating Empathy Competition
After careful deliberation, 14 winners have been chosen from 628 entries as innovative models with strong potential to scale. Together, along with every entrant from the competition, we hope to create a world guided by empathy and collaboration, one led by empowered young people who succeed in the classroom and in every walk of life.
Read more...

2012 Innovation Challenges
Innovative Ideas for Decoding Data, Irrigating Efficiency, and Farming Now address key levers for change and will create significant impact. What these ideas could look like is still largely unknown. The Innovation Challenges are designed to discover and reward ideas that show unique promise for addressing global needs from a variety of geographies, perspectives, and contexts. All challenge entrants will be competing for an accolade from The Rockefeller Foundation. Additionally, fifteen challenge finalists will be considered for up to nine, $100,000 grants and recognition at The Rockefeller Innovation Forum. Finalists will be announced
on June 28, 2012. Read more...

COMPETITIONS

Changemakers:  Launched by SAP and Ashoka Changemakers, The Power of Small: Entrepreneurs Strengthening Local Economies seeks innovative strategies that help emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities. Four winners will each receive a comprehensive capital, technology and promotion package from SAP – including a cash prize of US $10,000 and a technology donation to optimize performance and scale-up operations. Enter or nominate a solution before the deadline on September 5, 2012. Please visit our Guidelines, Criteria & Prizes page for more information on how to enter. Click here for more information. 

Sitaram Rao Livelihoods Case Study Competition 2012
ACCESS Development Services, Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology and Sustainability, and XLRI Jamshedpur are happy to announce the Sitaram Rao Livelihood India Case Study Competition 2012, supported by Oxfam India.   The theme of the competition is “experiences in enhancing the livelihoods of poorest of the poor”.  The last date for submitting 500 word abstracts of the case is this week.   Please find the details and registration form enclosed. For further details please click here.

CASE STUDIES
Changing the energy landscape in developing countries
The Solar for All Initiative takes a systemic approach to develop the solar sector aiming for energy access for people at the base of the pyramid. This is essential for any socio-economic development, be it in the areas of health, education, production of goods or livelihood. By setting up an Investment Fund and its complementary Support Facility it pursues an entrepreneurial concept to scale up quickly, expanding its impact to 20 million households in 2020.
Read more...
RECENT INVESTMENTS
Lok Capital, Acumen to invest $1.2M in Hippocampus Learning Centres
Lok Capital and Acumen, the social venture capital investor, are investing $1.2 million in Karnataka-based rural education service provider Hippocampus Learning Centres (HLC).
This is the first investment of Lok Capital and Acumen Fund in the education sector. Earlier, Unitus Seed Fund, an initiative of the Unitus Labs, invested an undisclosed sum in HLC. In 2010, the firm had also raised Rs 1.8 crore from angel investors.


Welcome to the Artha Newsletter!
The Artha Team is pleased to present our 8th newsletter to the Artha community, which is now comprised of 122 members!  We have just completed our specifications for v1.2 of the system, which we will aim to launch in Q4 2012, and which will afford greater levels of dynamism and activity to other user types (besides investors). Artha Entrepreneurs will be able to initiate "live pitches" to investors, third parties will be able to more actively pitch their service offerings to the community, and support organization/accelerators will also have enhanced visibility. Our aim is to provide a space for information exchange for famliy offices, social venture capital funds, venture philanthropies, foundations, DFIs, and HNW individuals who operate in this niche arena, and who share a collective focus on maximizing both social impact and financial return in India.
NEWS
Bill Gates in Bangalore
When the world’s second richest man talks about philanthropy, the wealthy in India (unlike in China, where Gates and Warren Buffett got a cool reception) flock to listen. And so it was on the afternoon of June 1st in Bangalore where Bill Gates stopped over as part of his India tour last week.  As reported by Forbes last month, Gates along with tech billionaire Azim Premji and Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata co-hosted a philanthropy gathering in a Bangalore hotel. Premji is India’s most generous philanthropist having donated over $2 billion to his foundation. Please click here to read more.

The Power Of A Story – Rural Women in Sathyamangalam Empowered With Video Cameras
Women in remote hamlets in Tamil Nadu are being empowered with training in the handling of video cameras and are now producing films to show the reality of their lives and to fight for their rights. Please click here to read more.

RBS: The bank that's selling charity
Royal Bank of Scotland is targeting India's young super-rich with a range of products designed to help make giving to the needy easier and more efficient. Whether making business out of society's ills is ethical or not is a moot point. Click here to read the whole article.

ZIMBA – A Simple Machine To Quench The Thirst For Clean Water
An affordable device that does not need electricity or moving gears but runs only on gravity, is scientist Suprio Das’s answer to water contamination. Odd as it may seem, innovation and its usage/deployment have become inversely proportionate today. Says scientist Suprio Das, “90 per cent of our leading designs are created for only 10 per cent of the people- those who can afford to benefit from them.” While not interfering with the age-old discrepancies between the haves and the have-nots, Das intends to make something as basic as pure drinking water affordable and accessible to the common man. Please click here to read more.

TBI Women: Village Women Educate Themselves To Manage Money
The women of West Bengal’s Purulia district have been striding towards change for the last few years, transforming the livelihood status and economic conditions of hundreds of families. Aided by Pradan, a non-profit working on creating sustainable livelihood in the region, it is a women-powered Self-Help Group (SHG) revolution that has acted as catalyst. Please click here to read more.

PLATFORMS
OF INTEREST

If your social enterprise has previously raised funding only from self, family, and friends, and has been in operation for some time, and you are ready to go back to the drawing board and undergo rigorous training to prepare for investment, apply for SEED today. Villgro will bring India’s most promising social entrepreneurs back to the drawing board -- with high-touch mentoring, close involvement of seed investors, and a world-class curriculum, their social enterprises will be poised for powerful growth. SEED will accept 10 high-potential social entrepreneurs and will run from November 2012 to March 2013. Applications close June 30th.


Cherie Blair Foundation for women
Many women across Africa, South Asia and the Middle East have the ideas and ambition required to become successful entrepreneurs but are held back by barriers such as lack of access to business skills, technology, networks and finance. In response to this problem, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women has developed an innovative solution that combines mentoring with technology to offer cross-border support to women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies. Please click here for more.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Solar Education & Cinema Pvt Ltd
The Solar Cinema is an attractive platform for young Indian men to engage in building stronger, more equitable communities. Popular films draw men to our cinema where this enterprise encourages them to be better citizens by offering new skills and perspectives on life. Their unique approach trains more men and acts as an effective catalyst for broader community development. Please see the Artha Pipeline for more information.

Friday Micro Ventures
This enterprise's mission is to bring at least 2 Million small entrepreneurs into the Food & Agro Sector by 2020. Their business model is comprised of developing a network of existing small enterprises (such as rice mills and food processing units) using consortium companies in local areas (at a district level), to execute on backward integration with farmers using rural agri enterprises (such as for paddy go downs), and to create a direct household and small retail network. For more information please log in to the Artha Enterprise Pipeline.

Chaupal
This enterprise is focused on providing affordable quality healthcare as a networked offering of low-cost hospitals, mobile wellness clinics, and community outreach for under-served areas. Their mission is to uplift communities in India by providing affordable quality healthcare with high regard and responsiveness to the local people.  Chaupal’s business model is based on a networked healthcare delivery approach, where a low cost hospital with standardized processes provides high quality yet affordable secondary services supporting the primary care, preventive screening and diagnostics provided by community outreach health camps and mobile wellness clinics.  The 20-bed hospital will provide child, maternal and eye care to the periphery of Sonipat district initially, and to Tier II and Tier III towns (semi-urban areas) in the future. Please check out the Artha Enterprise Pipeline for more information.

JOBS
Acumen Fund is looking to hire a Business Development (BD) Manager to lead the strategic growth, fundraising and community building functions in India. Responsible for raising funds for Acumen Fund India and significantly strengthening our strategic presence in the country. The role includes refining our fundraising and communications strategies; expanding our advisory and partner community to leverage their expertise for the development of local governance structures for Acumen Fund in India, and where possible utilize these relationships to assist in sourcing talent and developing our team as top leaders for the sector. As we build our team, the BD manager will play a core strategic role. Please contact Molly Alexander for more information.

GIA Advisors Seeks Program Manager
GIA Advisors is a boutique financial advisory firm focused on social enterprises in the education & employability sectors in India, and is looking at building a higher education scholarship program in India. The program will cover academics and will also support extra-curricular areas such as arts, language and sports.  They currently seek a manager for 'Scholarships' possessing entrepreneurial zeal and rigor.  Minimum 10 years' work experience, a background in fundraising, and candidates with prior knowledge of the scholarships ecosystem are preferred.  Please send detailed profile to: gia.advisors@gmail.com.

Sabras seeks Chief Executive Officer
Based in Ahmedabad, India, the Chief Executive Officer will lead the expansion of a
socially-responsible for-profit salt production and retail business. The CEO will drive
corporate strategy for all aspects of the business, while guiding the individuals and teams responsible for supply chain management, marketing, and finance.
The CEO will work closely with the Chairman and Founder of SABRAS, Mr. Rajesh Shah,
who has 30 years' experience working in the social development sector and with low- income salt farmers.  Contact Mr. Joseph Du Bey and Mr. Rajesh Shah for further details.

 
STATS OF INTEREST
A majority of investors like assets for emotional rather than financial reasons:
Though collectibles are increasingly being placed by wealth managers as an attractive alternate investments asset class, more investors like to preserve them for emotional reasons rather than financial ones, according to a study by Barclays Wealth.  The investment behavior of high net worth individuals, apparently is that globally only 19% of treasure assets are held for financial motivations. Please click here to read the article.

India: Population and Development
Since independence, India has recognised the role of population in development. In the latter half of the 20th century, India’s population boomed, courtesy a remarkable dip in mortality.  India’s population crossed 1 billion at the turn of the century. In 2008, its population stood at approximately 1.15 billion. However, as mortality dipped, fertility declined too, thus decelerating the pace of growth from over 2% per annum (late 20th century) to about 1.5% now. The current total fertility rate is 2.7 births per woman (Source: SRS India Report No. 1 of 2009, ORGI, New Delhi). Read the whole report.
 
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