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Posted on March 27, 2018

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has just launched: Roadmap for the Future of Impact Investing: Reshaping Financial Markets. This Roadmap examines the journey of impact investing to date, identifies challenges that remain, presents a vision for the future, and details specific actions to be taken to help achieve this vision. Learn more about this ambitious vision about transforming financial markets to create a world where social and environmental impact are routinely integrated into investment decisions. Find out how we can collectively take action to achieve this vision here:

Posted on December 04, 2017

The Dutch Good Growth Fund’s regional study covering francophone West African entrepreneurial ecosystems under the #ClosingTheGap series has launched its third and fourth reports, focuding on Mali and Benin respectfully.

Read the Reports Here: #ClosingtheGapMali and #ClosingtheGapBenin

Posted on September 04, 2017

On behalf of IDH and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Enclude has recently completed a report analysing trends and lessons learned about how technical assistance can contribute to scaling investments in the agricultural sector. Enclude Senior Consultant Carolijn Gommans presented the findings of the study during a session focusing on blended finance at the African Green Revolution Forum 2017 (AGRF) on the 7th of September in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. A preview of the study, which calls for more coordinated and specialised technical assistance to catalyse blended finance for the agricultural sector, is available here.

Posted on June 07, 2017

In partnership with Echoing Green, a 30-year-old nonprofit unleashing next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems, Enclude has released the Echoing Green Portfolio Segmentation Report, a white paper featuring learnings from an in-depth study of Echoing Green’s for-profit and hybrid entrepreneur portfolio.  With support from the MacArthur and Kresge Foundations, Enclude’s analysis involved both a quantitative and qualitative assessment that illustrates enterprises’ current and anticipated funding needs, top barriers to accessing capital, and desired support needs across four Capital Readiness Segments: Seed, Early, Growth, and Scale. The report also contains an in depth case study for each segment. 

Posted on February 06, 2017

Enclude has recently issued a report on strategies for bridging the gap between institutional capital and projects or businesses that adhere to the “landscape approach,”  a school of thought that seeks to balance competing social, environmental, political and economic demands for space and other resources. Landscape investment aims for smart integration of agricultural production, nature conservation, and livelihood enhancement.

Commissioned by the Platform Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Economy (“Platform BEE”), a public-private partnership in the Netherlands, “The Missing Link: Connecting International Capital Markets with Sustainable Landscape Investments” analyses the universe of investment opportunities in landscape finance, including deep dives into four funds that exemplify how capital can be deployed (Africa Agriculture Trade and Investment Fund, Althelia Climate Fund, Ecosystem Investment Partners II, and New Forests’ Tropical Asia Forest Fund). Enclude also partnered with Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation on this initiative.

The report also provides key takeaways for entrepreneurs, fund initiators, governments, and investors on how blended finance can be used to mobilize private capital for impact investments.

Posted on January 20, 2017

Financial transactions have real-world impacts on the environment, society and the economy. Taking these into account with a triple bottom line approach can be a powerful driver of more positive outcomes beyond the economic, and even beyond the direct borrower or customer.  MFIs’ clients are among the most affected by climate change and environmental degradation, and indeed, so are the MFIs’ portfolios. At the same time, clients’ activities can pollute the environment and endanger the health of employees and local populations. Microfinance can contribute to transforming these threats into opportunities, providing financial and non-financial services which improve clients’ resiliency, foster sustainable rural development, offer access to good quality clean energy, and contribute to supporting social and environmental responsibility.

In this article Davide Forcella, Senior Consultant, Inclusive Finance & Energy Finance at Enclude and Geert Jan Schuite, Enclude’s Global Group Lead, Outcomes Management and Strategy, present the activities of e-MFP’s Action Group on Microfinance and the Environment, which they are leading.

Posted on October 27, 2016
In partnership with members of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and Environment Action Group, Enclude has developed a tool to assess environmental performance in the microfinance sector.

The Green Index 2.0 is the most recent experience-based update of the tool developed by the e-MFP Microfinance and Environment Action Group in 2014 to assess the environmental performance of MFIs. The Action Group has updated the Green Index based Building on results from a two year pilot by members of e-MFP Microfinance and Environment Action Group, a dedicated joint study between e-MFP and the MIX in 2015, and index’s implementation within the Social Performance Indicators 4 (SPI4). The present version is more balanced and user-friendly, and for the first time includes quantitative environmental indicators. The Green Index 2.0 has already been integrated into the current (2016) version of SPI4, and it aims to become the standard reference for environmental performance assessment in microfinance.

Posted on October 13, 2016

In partnership with  the Dutch Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM1), Enclude has completed a study assessing progress in “greening” inclusive finance across the members of NpM.  The report suggests next steps following the 2015 signing of a Letter of Intent to make strides in this direction. The Letter was presented to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, detailing the shared intentions of the NpM members to make policies and practices more green.

Download the report with the assessment: Greening Financial Inclusion

Posted on June 08, 2016

5878122945_93e621ec70_oFrom 2013-2015 Hivos, Enclude and Triodos Investment Management implemented the Sustainable Agricultural Finance Expansion Programme, whose purpose was to enhance access to financing for “green growth” in the agricultural sector.  The program worked with 8 partner microfinance institutions of Hivos and TIM, helping them to expand services in the area of green finance.  Target clients were small producers involved in agriculture, producer organisations and agricultural SMEs, and the types of projects financed  included organic farming or climate smart coffee production, or other expansion efforts by farmers applying Good Agricultural Practices.   Six case studies have been published, detailing the unique experiences of each partner organization and highlighting the three pillars of greening agriculture: institutional, financial and environmental sustainability.

Posted on April 26, 2016

With support from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and engagement with over 20 leading impact investors, Enclude has published “Beyond Inclusion: A Strategic Approach to Investing in Financial Capability”. The report details Enclude’s findings on how impact investors can play a role in improving the financial health of poor consumers—the desired outcome—through a focus on financial capability. After socializing the findings at the Social Capital Markets Conference in October 2015 as well as with Financial Inclusion Equity Council members in April 2016, Enclude has identified 12 recommendations to help investors (i) empower low asset consumers to make sound financial decisions; and (ii) encourage individuals to use financial services to advance long-term life goals.