IIX’s Impact Accelerator, an intensive acceleration program that provides mentorship, seed capital and ongoing advisory services to four Philippines-based Impact Enterprises over a period of six to eight months, successfully concluded in September 2015. Throughout the program, IIX and Shujog staff, as well as external experts, provided customized training and mentoring to each enterprise on specific key needs areas that were critical for their sustainable growth. Impact Accelerator culminated in Impact Showcase at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines, which provided the enterprises with the opportunity to pitch their businesses to potential investors and local ecosystem partners. Impact Showcase attracted fifty-two guests, including angel investors and twenty different organizations.
Impact investing funds seeking market rates perform about as well as traditional counterparts. Plus the mission tends to stay intact post exit.
But it’s not a bad idea for funds to hold companies until they reach a large enough size to dictate the terms of their exits or become acquirers themselves.
Those are some of the conclusions of a recently published study of 52 fund exits conducted by the Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII), Skopos Impact Fund and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA).
When it comes to the planet and banking on its future resources, we have been terrible accountants. It’s no surprise that the balance is nothing short of disastrous. This year, besides surprising ourselves with no flying cars and unsophisticated hover boards, we also discovered that we fell tragically short of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). On 18 August, we arrived at Earth Overshoot Day, marking the day at which humanity starts clocking ecological debt for the year.
Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Agriculture, and rice farming in particular, has been a way of life for many years in Thailand. The importance of rice cultivation goes beyond economic benefits and food supply, and stems from the preservation of deep socio-cultural roots of Thai people. With Thailand exporting the second largest amount of rice in the world and rice farmers making up one in every four Thai people, rice cultivation is deeply tied into the country’s cultural identity.
Despite the enormous spotlight held up against gender inequality through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the total female entrepreneurial activity is less than 10 percent in Asia today. Building on the MDGs, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a new set of 17 goals aimed at bringing about inclusive development. SDG’s gender equality goal highlights the themes of discrimination, exploitation, and unequal access to opportunity. At Shujog ACTS, we believe that expanding social finance is critical to addressing these themes. To achieve inclusive and equitable growth, women need to be lifted out of the informal economy and into formal employment. Entrepreneurship is the key to this shift.
With the launch of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals last month, countries have set an ambitious agenda to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all over the next 15 years. Among the 17 goals, SDG 14 focuses on conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development, including a range of targets from reducing marine pollution and protecting coastal ecosystems to ending illegal fishing and addressing the impacts of climate change on the oceans.
For centuries, Asia has been fragmented by conflict over divided beliefs (religious violence), divided borders (wars over territories), divided power (battles for resources). Governments, politicians and donor agencies often have peacebuilding as their number one agenda, taking a top-down approach and repeatedly asking: ‘How can we resolve conflict? How can we accelerate recovery? How can we avoid the next World War?’
The United Nations tabled a resolution in September 2015 to achieve the following Sustainable Development Goals by 2030: “to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.”