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Posted on February 01, 2017

pakistan_0WomenX is a program launched in 2014 by the World Bank Group to support women entrepreneurs with high-growth potential. The program is being implemented in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar by Enclude and, to date, has supported almost 300 Pakistani women entrepreneurs with business training, mentorship, and networking opportunities. A key component of the program is a four-month business training designed and delivered by Enclude’s business education partner IBA AMAN-CED.

IBA Aman-CED’s business education course won the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award in the category of Outstanding Specialty Program. The award was given to IBA Aman-CED at the annual conference of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) held in Philadelphia from January 19 to 22, 2017.

Read more about the program here.

Posted on November 01, 2016

We are very pleased to share the news that Enclude is one of 5 winners of a grant from ANDE’s 2016 Catalyst Fund. The goal of the fund is to increase the productivity and effectiveness of ANDE members, while creating tools and insights that can help the SGB sector as a whole. ANDE is the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, a global membership network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

This year’s competition focused on ways to increase women’s access to finance using data and technology, and to support invention-based entrepreneurship initiatives. Five grants totaling $244,000 will be disbursed with support from S&P Global and The Lemelson Foundation. Winners were selected based on their alignment with the goals of the fund, as well as clarity of the proposal, feasibility, capacity, and potential for broad and deep impact. To read more about the winners and their innovative solutions, see the announcement from ANDE. For more detail on the Gender Benchmarking Tool which Enclude will pilot with this funding, see Enclude’s blog.

Posted on October 04, 2016

The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, our partner in a global initiative to connect 1 million microentrepreneurs to the formal economy, invites representatives of stakeholder organizations to participate in this event focusing on how to support growth of the middle class in India.

Date: Wednesday, October 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Location: ITC Maurya Hotel – Chaitya Room Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi

To learn more, click on the following links:

To register for the event visit:

Posted on July 26, 2016

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values is an independent network of banks and banking cooperatives with a shared mission to use finance to deliver sustainable economic, social and environmental development.  The GABV has recently released a series of interviews with CEOs of member banks about how their institutions and the GABV contribute to more sustainable financial systems and local economies.  Among those interviewed was Enclude CEO Laurie Spengler, who talked about Sustainability | Finance | Real Economies (SFRE, pronounced “Sapphire”), the first-ever global, open-ended fund investing in financial institutions committed to a set of sustainability principles.

Posted on July 15, 2016

Enclude’s Outcome Management and Strategy Lead, Geert Jan Schuite, will speak at the Annual Meeting and Conference of the Microfinance Council of the Philippines (MCPI) which will be held in Manila on July 28-29, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference is Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals through Microfinance. Mr. Schuite will discuss the “Green Inclusive Finance” approach and how it can be implemented by MFIs to support their clients in adapting to the effects of climate change in a session with 2 other speakers.

Posted on June 09, 2016

Enclude is currently doing some research for Infodev on the effectiveness of small business acceleration programmes, together with ANDE and Emory University.  We have proposed a panel session for the SOCAP16, a very prominent annual conference for social entrepreneurs, impact investors, foundations, corporations, global nonprofits and as they say “other valuable strangers.” Sonke Buschmann, Enclude’s Director, Sustainable Business Practices, will participate as a panelist, along with colleagues from ANDE, USAID, and Emory University.

The SOCAP agenda is decided in part by votes from this community.  Please take a minute now to vote for the panel which will highlight Enclude’s work, among others.

Let’s make sure that the decision makers know how important this research is! Vote for this session using the link below.

Accelerator Effectiveness in Developing Countries







Posted on June 06, 2016

Contracted by the South Africa’s energy agency SANEDI, Enclude is managing the technical assistance facility implementing a EUR 120M green credit line provided by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to three South African Banks to enhance sustainable energy financing. The project is concluding in June 2016. Learn more about the project and its results.

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Posted on June 03, 2016

Laurie Spengler, Enclude’s President & CEO, was invited to speak at Building Banking on Values Radio Show with VoiceAmerica on June 2nd.  The show airs live on Thursdays at 3 PM Pacific time on VoiceAmerica Business.  Listen to this episode here.

Posted on April 11, 2016

Enclude and The World Bank Group hosted an event on December 9th, 2015 in Karachi, Pakistan. The purpose of the event was to celebrate women’s entrepreneurship in Pakistan, begin important conversations about the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and how to address them, and to allow networking opportunities for WomenX community members with stakeholders in the entrepreneurship ecosystem both locally as well as internationally.Guests included over 150 growth-oriented entrepreneurs, along with their trainers, facilitators, mentors, and other stakeholders represented by academics, policy makers, financial institutions, the private sector, and community leaders.

Guests included over 150 growth-oriented entrepreneurs, along with their trainers, facilitators, mentors, and other stakeholders represented by academics, policy makers, financial institutions, the private sector, and community leaders.

Panel discussions with WomenX entrepreneurs included:

Panel #1: Leading Ladies & Supportive Men: Successful Women Entrepreneurs and The Men Who Support Them; Sumaira and Waseem (Husband/Wife), Sonya and her-father-in law, Dr. Ambreen and her WomenX mentor

Panel #2: Tech Pioneers Breaking Through: A Panel of Game Changers With Unconventional Business and Approaches in the Tech Space.

Panel #3: Women Entrepreneurs Sharing their WomenX Jouneys: Four Seasons after WomenX

Watch a short video with the event coverage and a short clip of the speakers.

Posted on April 08, 2016

IMG_6881 (1)Left to right: Josh Zinner (ICCR), Anna Falkenberg (SRIC), Fr. Séamus Finn (ICCR), Vince Siciliano (New Resource Bank), Laurie Spengler (Enclude), Darrin Williams (Southern Bancorp), and Jan Piercy (Enclude)

Members of The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), Socially Responsible Investment Coalition (SRIC), academics, bankers, and wealth advisors gathered with Global Alliance for Banking on Values member bank CEOs from New Resource Bank and Southern Bancorp on Wednesday, April 6th in San Antonio, Texas to discuss the big question: Why don’t all banks drive sustainable prosperity? 

It was an eventful day, in which over 100 stakeholders from diverse backgrounds – including members of religious orders, bankers, wealth advisors, and academics – gathered to explore how banks drive of sustainable prosperity in both local and global communities. The discussions centered on a dinnertime panel in which moderator Fr. Séamus Finn, ICCR Chair, drew out the reasons why Laurie Spengler (Enclude), Vince Siciliano (New Resource Bank), and Darrin Williams (Southern Bancorp) are each motivated to be involved in values-based banking.