Posts by Randall Kempner
TuesdayShare / Comment
In 2009, ANDE hosted the first Metrics from the Ground Up conference in partnership with the Grassroots Business Fund. This event dedicated two days to the discussion of impact measurement, bringing together data wonks, evaluation specialists, technology gurus, and SGB sector practitioners - the whole ecosystem of people we needed to start building intelligence on the sector. Fast-forward four years, and ANDE is planning to host its fifth Metrics from the Ground Up conference on June 12-13.
SaturdayShare / Comment
Entrepreneurial Solutions to Poverty: As we wrap up Global Entrepreneurship Week, let’s salute entrepreneurs in frontier markets
As we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week across 130 countries, I want to salute entrepreneurs in frontier markets who take the biggest risks and face the longest odds—yet still find ways of growing firms that build prosperity for the world’s poor. With few assets other than passion and ingenuity, successful emerging market entrepreneurs envision new business ideas and then implement them.
MondayShare / Comment
Nigeria is blessed with major oil reserves, and a petrochemical industry drives the economy. Still, more than 50 percent of Nigerians live below the international poverty line of $2 a day. In rural areas, it’s closer to 70 or 80 percent. Despite this environment (and indeed, in part because of it), Lagos is an entrepreneurial hotspot.
FridayShare / Comment
From 2001 to 2009, poverty rates dropped from 35.2 percent of the total population to 21.4 percent. Yet, that still leaves more than 40 million Brazilians below the poverty line. But over the past few years, leading Brazilian-based organizations have been cultivating social or inclusive business models.
FridayShare / Comment
Small and growing businesses (SGBs) are key to long-term poverty eradication. More and more investors are realizing that they can reap financial rewards as well as social and environmental impacts by investing in them. Our upcoming Impact Report will share research that demonstrates that in 2010 alone, 31 new funds targeting SGBs were launched.