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On the Path to Sustainability and Scale: A Study of India's Social Enterprise Landscape

In India, social enterprises have become a national phenomenon in less than a decade, with a growing ecosystem of supporting players. Yet, despite this impressive growth, little is known about these social enterprises collectively: their geographic and sector distribution, business structure, stage of development, financial viability and funding sources.

Published: 
April, 2012

Indian Microfinance: Looking Beyond The AP Act and its Devastating Impact on the Poor

In December 2010 the Government of Andhra Pradesh (“AP”) passed a law (the “AP Act”, originally conceived in October 2010) which effectively shut down private sector microfinance in the State. The AP Government stated that its goal was to protect the poor. Now, 18 months later, the impact of the AP Act is clear: rather than protecting the poor, it has had the opposite effect, harming the poor by starving them of access to credit and basic financial services.

A study by Legatum Ventures, with contributions from Intellecap.

Published: 
March, 2012

Lighting Asia: Solar Off-Grid Lighting

Nearly 800 million people in Asia live in a state of near darkness, coping with unreliable or non existent or no access to electricity on a daily basis. There is a strong demand among off-grid consumers in Asia for reliable, clean and cost-effective alternatives to fuel-based lighting.

Published: 
February, 2012

Partnering for Impact in India

This article written by Intellecap's Head - Corporate Development Manju George, talks about how big business can join forces with social enterprises to support India’s inclusive growth. It was originally written for the Stanford Social Innovation Review (www.ssireview.org).
Published: 
February, 2012

From Davos: On Leadership, Diversity and Jobs

Deciphering the World Economic Forum's annual think-fest at Davos is not easy - with hundreds of panels, workshops and thousands of delegates, the week is intense, conversations diverse. Add to this programme venues dispersed across multiple snowy hilltops and parties, the major networking galas that run till wee hours of the morning and you have an overwhelming, almost exhausting experience. This article was written by Manju George, Head - Corporate Development at Intellecap, for the Economic Times (www.articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com).
Published: 
February, 2012

The World's Poor: An Economic Opportunity

The world’s poor do not want to remain poor. It’s an important lesson for anybody working in global development. Many a development project, corporate philanthropy and NGO are designed with the view of the poor as a ‘beneficiary’ and often fail to scale and create sustainable impact. This article was written by Manju George, Head - Corporate Development, for the World Economic Forum Blog (www.forumblog.org).
Published: 
January, 2012

Social Enterprise in India – Balancing 'Social' and Risk

The introduction of profit complicates the meaning of social enterprise for many of us. Justification of social motivations gets challenged when the social enterprise moves from its early struggle to generate significant profits. The monetisation of these profits can sometimes cause furore and backlash. Practitioners in India witnessed a backlash like this in the Micro-finance space last year. Qualifying a for-profit enterprise as "social", therefore, becomes a risky proposition. This article was authored by Vineet Rai, Chairman Intellecap, for the Guardian Social Enterprise Network (http://socialenterprise.guardian.co.uk).
Published: 
September, 2011

The Business of Climate Change: Opportunities in Adaptation and Resilience

While mitigating the future rise in global temperature has received much attention worldwide, support to help those vulnerable adapt to the inevitable impacts of rising temperature has been limited. The estimated annual cost of adaptation is USD 100 bn, and bilateral and multilateral funding pledges form just a fraction of this amount. Given that donor and government funding is neither sufficient nor sustainable, there is an urgent need to engage private capital and enterprise in climate change adaptation. This article was written by Devyani Parmeshwar, Engagement Manager at Intellecap, for the World Wildlife Fund's ClimatePrep Blog (http://www.climateprep.org).
Published: 
September, 2011

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