Posts by Clint Bartlett
The challenges small- and medium-sized businesses face in accessing capital in emerging markets are well-known. But Clint Bartlett and Michael Eastman wonder: What if the problem is not with the SMEs, but with the capital providers and their understanding of risk? They argue that the conventional perception of risk wrongly reinforces poor access to funding, which leads to a vicious circle impacting entire markets. They explore how shifting this perception could help funders see more opportunities and strengthen the system.
It started with a USD 22 million investment in a farm in Ghana’s Afram Plains District. The investment was designed to reduce hunger, create jobs and provide economic opportunities for 80,000 smallholder farmers. That's not how it turned out. Gayle Peterson of Oxford's Impact Investing Programme and her colleagues explore a real-world case of impact investing gone wrong.