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Posted on January 21, 2016

Under the Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) program, Enclude conducted an Assessment of the Potential for Digital Financial Services in Agricultural Value Chains, in partnership with FHI 360 and the U.S. Agency. for International Development (USAID). The purpose of the study was to assess the potential for DFS to contribute to value chain efficiency and improved agricultural productivity by expanding financial services. The main objectives of the assessment were to advance the understanding of:

  • Payment flows and payment service providers in select agriculture value chains
  • Potential for DFS to enhance the efficiency of existing products and transactions within the value chains, enable new partnerships, business models, and product design, and thereby contribute to improved livelihoods
  • Value chain actors’ familiarity with and openness to DFS, particularly mobile-based payments

The assessment report elaborates on the assessment findings, which shed light on the challenges faced by Myanmar’s agriculture sector and the readiness of the sector for DFS. Based on these findings, the report also includes recommendations on ways in which DFS could contribute to greater agricultural productivity and rural development, as well as areas for stakeholder investment and support to further develop DFS in the country.

Download the report: Supporting Digital Financial Services in Myanmar: Assessment of the Potential for Digital Financial Services in Agriculture Value Chains

Posted on November 02, 2015

The latest Enterprise Development and Microfinance issue (Vol. 26, Number 3, September 2015), includes an article produced by Natalia Agathou, Consultant, Sustainable Business Practices and Geert Jan Schuite, Global Group Lead, Outcomes Management and Strategy at Enclude.

This article introduces the Green Performance Agenda framework to investigate the environmental management component of the microfinance sector in southern and eastern Africa. The application of the framework reveals valuable insights on the environmental performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in both regions, their ambition and vision for future performance, and the underlying challenges the sector faces as it embarks on a ‘green’ trajectory.

Read more in the article: Environmental performance of African microfinance institutions: using the Green Performance Agenda framework to assess and build the business case for sustainability

Posted on October 22, 2015

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), a not-for-profit organisation representing a network of the world’s leading values-based banks, today released an updated report reinforcing the business case for the growing values-based banking movement. Based on 10 years of data, the GABV is posing a question to policy makers, regulators and banking institutions worldwide that asks ‘Why isn’t all banking done this way?’ 

Download the report: Real Economy – Real Returns: The Power of Sustainability-focused Banking

Posted on September 25, 2015

Enclude is proud to present its latest research, published on behalf of the Lemelson foundation: Catalyzing Capital for Invention Spotlight on India. The report examines India’s impact investing ecosystem through an invention lens, and presents actionable solutions to challenges in that ecosystem.

Posted on September 18, 2014

Jesse Fripp, Managing Director of Capacity Solutions at Enclude, collaborated with non-profit and business leaders to author a joint article on the intersection between commercial capital, impact investing, and philanthropy. The article was published in the most recent issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review and explores how Wall Street, philanthropy, and impact investment can converge to alleviate poverty on a global scale.

Read more in the article, Philanthropy and Impact Investing-Stormy Seas, Rocky Shore.

Posted on August 29, 2014
Enclude and IFC published a market survey report for Lighting Africa that presents individual and household solar lighting consumption in peri-urban and rural villages in Mali. Lighting Africa is a joint IFC and World Bank program to improve access to energy in the Sub-Saharan region by accelerating the development of commercial off-grid lighting markets. In Mali access to electricity is limited, and Lighting Africa seeks to provide access to safe, quality lighting options to households in Mali via solar lanterns. This study determined consumers’ willingness to pay for solar lanterns and proposed methods for wider distribution of solar lanterns in Mali. The report was written in June 2013 by Nienke Stam and Gerrit Ribbink, Triodos Facet BV, the Netherlands and Mahamadou Karamoko Diarra, Mali Folkcenter, Mali. 
Download the Analysis of Household and Individual Lighting Consumption in Mali report or visit the Lighting Africa website for more information. 
Posted on June 30, 2014

Natalia Agathou, Consultant, Outcomes Measurement and Strategy at Enclude, contributed two articles for Upsides about waste management. Read about her research done in emerging markets, such as Peru, Kenya, Benin and the Philippines below:

Waste opportunities in Kathmandu:
http://www.upsides.com/2014/06/18/waste-opportunities-kathmandu-2/

Turning waste into money:

http://www.upsides.com/2014/06/06/turning-waste-money/

Posted on May 16, 2014

Enclude and IFC have published a market survey report for private sector companies seeking to provide off-grid lighting to PNG bottom of the pyramid consumers.  The Lighting Papua New Guinea Report relies on the inputs of a broad range of industry experts, manufacturers, distributors and NGO leaders both within and outside PNG.  This report was written in December 2013 by Nienke Stam and Arjan Visser, Enclude BV, the Netherlands, Raj Reddy, Projectioneering, Australia, and Liam Grealish, IFC.  Download the report: The Lighting Papua New Guinea Report

Posted on May 01, 2014

The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) assembled perspectives of microfinance organisations and the investor community regarding responsible shareholder exits.  Three Enclude leaders were interviewed for the report: Laurie Spengler, Ian Callaghan and Jesse Fripp.  The report also includes a case study on Sathapana, Ltd., an exit which Enclude advised.  The report can be found at: The Art of the Responsible Exit in Microfinance Equity Sales.

Posted on April 25, 2014

CEO Laurie Spengler participated in the 2013 Brookings Blum Roundtable, whose discussions led to this report. From the Brookings Institution:

This report includes three topical essays that highlight some of the most prominent themes discussed and debated at the conference—disaggregating the various kinds of private sector actors involved in poverty alleviation efforts around the world, fostering entire industries’ “ecosystems” within developing countries, reforming US government engagement with the private sector for global development, etc.—drawing from the rich roundtable discussion and follow-up research.

Download the Profitable Development Solutions report or visit the Brookings Institute website for more information.