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轉寄︰ Updates from the GIIN – Jobs, News, and Information from the Impact Investing Field

2012 年 02 月 29 日

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What is Social Entrepreneurship?

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I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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GIIN February Updates

Impact Investing News & Events

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Press Highlights

Visit the press clips resource page of the GIIN website for a more complete index of impact investing coverage.

The Economist features an article on social impact bonds and financial innovations. 
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Forbes interviews Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and GIIN Board Chair, on the current and future state of impact investing.
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Acumen Fund interviews Amit Bouri, Director of Strategy and Development at the GIIN, on impact investing trends.
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  Fast Company features an article on social impact bonds in the U.S.
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SNS Impact Investing features an opinion piece on its website by GIIN CEO Luther Ragin Jr. with GIIN Program Associate Katy Lankester.
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  Progress out of Poverty speaks with GIIN Program Associate Katy Lankester about using IRIS with the Progress out of Poverty Index.
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Recent Research

Visit the research resource page of the GIIN website for a more complete survey of impact investing research.

InSight at Pacific Community Ventures and the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University released a report focused on policy innovation for institutional investment with social and environmental benefit.
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The Credit Suisse Research Institute, in collaboration with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, released a report that provides insight into the major trends shaping impact investing.
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Social Finance published a white paper that discusses the promise and challenges of developing and implementing social impact bonds in the United States.
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Upcoming Events

Visit the events resource page of the GIIN website for an updated list of industry events.

Financial Innovations Roundtable
March 20 – 21, Boston, Massachusetts

Investing for Environmental and Social Impact

March 28 – 30, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Impact Conference at Sustainatopia

April 22 – 25, Miami, Florida

In this issue:

Investor Spotlight: The IDB Group >
Two New Investors’ Council Members >
ImpactBase Launches New Resource > 
IRIS and FIELD Announce Data Sharing Partnership >
The GIIN is Hiring a Technical Product Manager >


Investor Spotlight: Inter-American Development Bank Group

President MorenoEach month, an impact investor discusses with the GIIN their motivations, their impact investment strategy, and challenges they face in this growing industry. This month we spoke to Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group. In this interview, President Moreno discusses how the IDB Group, a new GIIN Investors’ Council member, approaches impact investing and the climate for impact investing in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Read full interview with Luis Alberto Moreno >


GIIN Investors’ Council Welcomes Two New Members

Enterprise Community Partners

Enterprise logoEnterprise Community Partners is a leading provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes and rebuild communities. For 30 years, Enterprise has introduced neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships with financial institutions, governments, community organizations, and others to create vibrant communities. Enterprise leads research and undertakes policy advocacy work in U.S. community development, and through two subsidiaries, manages USD 7.94 billion in investments in affordable housing, green retrofits, and community facilities across the U.S. 

Inter-American Development Bank Group

The IDB Group logoThe Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group is a multilateral finance institution that supports the efforts of Latin America and Caribbean  countries to reduce poverty and inequality. The IDB Group is the largest source of development financing in the region and has 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members. The IDB Group is a leader in channeling impact investing capital to Latin America, particularly to countries underserved by commercial banks. Each of the IDB Group’s four private sector windows engages in impact investing in a wide range of sectors. 

Read more about the GIIN Investors’ Council >
See a complete list of Investors’ Council Members >


ImpactBase Releases New Investor Resource

ImpactBase ImpactBase released Assessing Impact Strategy, a discussion guide to aid investor conversations with fund managers about impact objectives. ImpactBase, a project of the GIIN, is the global online directory of impact investment funds and products, on which fund managers can post profiles, and subscribers can search for profiles that match their impact investing goals. Assessing Impact Strategy is available free of charge to ImpactBase users via a downloadable PDF or through an online, interactive document at www.impactbase.org.

Become an ImpactBase user >


IRIS and FIELD Announce Data Sharing Partnership

IRIS logoThe Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) and FIELD at the Aspen Institute announced a partnership that enables data from 803 U.S. microenterprise organizations to be shared with the IRIS initiative. The partnership represents a continued focus on unifying the currently fragmented landscape of social and environmental performance measures and data for a growing set of investors who seek to finance global solutions.

Read the full press release >


The GIIN is Hiring
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is hiring a Technical Product Manager to guide and direct the development of the IRIS data infrastructure and technology platform. Applications are due by March 16, but will be reviewed on a rolling basis so early applications are strongly encouraged.

Read the job description >


New Jobs Posted to the GIIN Career Center

Career CenterNew job openings in Jakarta, New Delhi, Washington D.C., and other global locations have been posted on the GIIN Career Center. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, and Omidyar Network are among the organizations looking for qualified impact investment professionals.

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2012 年 02 月 27 日

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轉寄︰ Save The People’s Supermarket!

2012 年 02 月 26 日

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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主題︰ Save The People’s Supermarket!

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Date: 26 February 2012

The People’s Supermarket in danger of closure within the week

Ground-breaking community project and social enterprise The People’s Supermarket is faced with closure within the week unless payments can be renegotiated with one of its creditors.  

Members of The People’s Supermarket are asking Camden Council to enter into further negotiations on their business rate debts, considering the alternative nature of the supermarket. The member-owned co-operative in Holborn functions for the social and environmental benefit of its local community, not in pursuit of profit. Closure of the supermarket would mean the loss of 23 in-store jobs that were given to members, some of whom were long-term unemployed. Over thirty local and small suppliers who have benefitted from The People’s Supermarket as a retail outlet in Central London will also lose business. Local resident John Levitt said, “seeing our supermarket close will mean another empty shop on the high street”.

The project, which is unique to Camden, and is run by hundreds of volunteer members, has engaged citizens from all generations and backgrounds. They have created a home-grown community centre operating as a waste-free and democratic supermarket. It is a new and growing enterprise, and by that nature has not dealt easily with its finances.

However, The People’s Supermarket has recently been meeting benchmark figures to break even. It has worked with all its other creditors, mostly product suppliers, who have granted them breathing space on their debts. The co-operative has also fulfilled its payments to HMRC. “It’s ironic,” said member Jake Pover, “that huge businesses can survive without paying taxes, but small businesses wanting to pay taxes are in danger.”

The People’s Supermarket doesn’t currently benefit from any rate relief, and is charged with the same amount of tax that any of the Big Four would be charged with in the same unit. “Camden Council also struggles financially, having lost 45% of their central government funding,” said member and local student Elliot Bannister. “But we’re not asking for funding from them, all we need is more time to pay back our debts. It’s about co-operation.”

If the project closes, none of its creditors would be paid. It is the business rates bill that will be the decisive factor in the survival of the project. Members are confident that Camden Council will want to partner with the project because of the assets it brings to the borough, and the social costs involved with the end of its community work.

The People’s Supermarket launched a petition on Friday evening and by Sunday morning it had reached over a thousand signatures. http://www.change.org/petitions/camden-council-london-save-the-peoples-supermarket

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For press enquiries please contact members of The People’s Supermarket:
Tara Mulqueen on 07584 063 278 or tara@thepeoplessupermarket.org
Michael Mulcahy on 07808 721 376 or michael@thepeoplessupermarket.org  
Elliot Bannister on 07986 882 690 or elliot.bannister@hotmail.co.uk  
Andy Leach on 07921 220 689 or andy@thepeoplessupermarket.org  
Jake Pover on 07954 615 949 or jake.pover@live.com  

  Notes to editors:
The People’s Supermarket began trading in June 2010 as a sustainable food co-op that is run and owned by members of the community. Members work four hours a month voluntarily and can shop for 20% cheaper than the public. Decisions, including those on the shop’s products, policies and outreach work, are made democratically by members, with the goal of maintaining a commercially-viable enterprise that is also socially and environmentally beneficial.

The project has been recognised nationally and internationally for community cohesion, job creation, provision of work experience and training, solutions to food waste and ethical remodelling of the food supply chain. The collective effort has won various awards including the Local Retailer Award in the Observer Ethical Awards 2011.

Since December 2011, The People’s Supermarket has had debts put on hold to all creditors apart from Camden Council and has been paying its suppliers cash on delivery. These voluntary agreements last until the new financial year when repayment plans will begin.

The People’s Supermarket has been asked to pay immediately the remainder of its business rates for 2010/11 and 2011/12, which it cannot afford in the short term. Members are hoping for Camden Council to demonstrate compassion and flexibility by providing a similar graceperiod to other creditors.

The Board of The People’s Supermarket consists of members who were elected last year by the rest of the membership body. It would be a criminal offence for The Board to allow operation whilst insolvent. Unless Camden Council becomes flexible with its demands for immediate payment of business rates, insolvency will be unavoidable, and therefore the Board will ask on Friday 2 March for the members’ permission to close

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轉寄︰ The Conference Comes to You

2012 年 02 月 25 日

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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轉寄︰ DNA Newsletter – February 2012

2012 年 02 月 25 日

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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主題︰ DNA Newsletter – February 2012

Coram Deo

I recently came across a wonderful quote which expresses the essence of the DNA as well as anything I’ve seen.
“Social engagement is not first of all to change society–that may happen but it is not the goal. Rather, it is to witness to the Lordship of Christ over all areas of public life and to love our neighbor as we struggle against dehumanizing idolatry.”
These are the words of Michael Goheen, professor of theology at Trinity Western University in British Colombia, and the author of a terrific book called Living at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Christian Worldview.
According to Goheen, our ultimate aim in Christian social engagement is, ironically, “not to change society” but to “witness to the Lordship of Christ over all areas of public life.” The DNA exists to “equip the church to transform the world” as we say in our byline, yet I firmly agree with Goheen. Our ultimate goal is to see Christ glorified. At the center of the DNA is a set of seven core beliefs, and the first of these is “Jesus is King.”
When communities languish in poverty, or suffer from the destructive consequences of Satanic lies, Christ is not glorified, for He is not seen as the great Lord, redeemer, and healer that He is. As members of Christ’s family, we are called to join him in blessing and discipling nations, that “your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations” (Ps. 67:2). DNA co-founder Bob Moffitt wrote a powerful paper on this which I commend to you. The paper is titled Our Target, God’s Glory.
Goheen goes on to say that we are to witness to Christ’s Lordship over all areas of public life. It is not enough for us to acknowledge His Lordship over our personal lives, and over the church. Christ is Lord over every area of life, both public and private. He is Lord over the the nations and every aspect of cultural life, including the arts, business, education, and the family. These areas are often seen as “lower” or worldly. When this happens, God and His Word no longer provide the framework in which we act in these areas. Rather, we function within another framework, and by “another set of rules,” whether materialistic or animistic. This is why we encourage Christians to not only be the church on Sunday, but also on Monday.
According to Goheen, our goal is “love our neighbor as we struggle against dehumanizing idolatry.” We agree, which is why we teach the “irreducible minimum” of the Great Commandment as “love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s important to get practical with this through Seed Projects. But Seed Projects are not enough. We must oppose “dehumanizing idolatry,” which is why we emphasize the importance of Biblical truth, or the Biblical Worldview in cultural transformation.
I hope you will be inspired and encouraged by the stories in this newsletter, accounts of Christians around the world who are actively embodying Goeheen’s words in their daily lives.
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Stories of Global Impact

An Unlikely Journey Toward Transformation

Steve Chia is a Consultant Civil Engineer in Jos, Nigeria where he also works for Youth Leadership Development Forum (YLDF) and chairs the Biblical National Transformation Committee.
After serving in leadership in his local church for many years, Steve grew concerned about a trend in the churches he knew. During his search for answers, Steve found two DNA books: Against All Hope: Hope for Africa and Discipling Nations. He read both and started passing out copies to friends.
Although Steve was invited to several Vision Conferences, he was unable to attend any. He first met DNA co-founders Darrow Miller and Bob Moffitt last March when he had the opportunity to attend a global forum in Pretoria.
In this video, Steve shares his story about how the message of DNA changed his world, and what he is doing to spread that message in Nigeria.
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Mercy Ships Incorporates DNA Training

An innovative ministry of wholistic service has embraced DNA training for its Africa volunteers. For the first time, Mercy Ships sent a volunteer crew to a four-week Worldview and Development training led by Chris Ampadu, West Africa representative for Samaritan Strategy Africa.
“We are very excited about this program and we count ourselves as privileged to have this opportunity to serve Mercy Ships,” Chris said. “Starting this year they want to send all their new African crew members through this Worldview and Development course.”
Go here for the rest of the story!
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A Call to Pray

Dr. Eisuke Kanda is executive director of Friends with the Voiceless International (FVI), the national DNA organization in Japan.
In this brief video, Dr. Kanda shares how Friends with the Voiceless was launched through a radical commitment to a neglected activity.
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News and Updates

Shawn Carson Joins Phoenix Team

The DNA international secretariat welcomes Shawn Carson as Discipleship/Training Program Manager. Shawn comes from Food for the Hungry where he served since 2005.
After spending 20 years working with mission organizations and local churches to disciple/mentor young people in basic Christianity and missions, Shawn is joining DNA to help create a Training/Discipleship program.
“It is our desire to create a step by step process for people wanting to be exposed to and grow in Biblical Worldview/Wholistic Ministry,” Shawn writes. “I feel very honored to be a part of the DNA and am thrilled to see how God will help us create a program to get the teaching of DNA into the hands of many people around the world.”
Shawn and his wife, Amy, fostered three siblings from Afghanistan, Mansoor, Palwasha and Haroon, adopted Mahir (ethnically Somalian), and have one biological son, Matias. Now that the foster kids are out of the house, Amy fills her days homeschooling Mahir (5) and Matias (3).
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Other Stories from the Disciple Nations Alliance

To view previous articles and stories, visit Disciple Nations Alliance Global News.
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Partner Spotlight: Chrysalis International

Every child is a promise
with a name,
a passion, a story,
and a place in His Story!
In 2002, Elizabeth Youmans was challenged by an international NGO to create a principle-based curriculum for at-risk children around the world. The result: a curriculum dubbed “AMO” (acronym for ‘Feed My Lambs’ in the Romance languages). AMO® is an enriched children’s program that has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Romanian, Korean, and Burmese.
Dr. Youmans wants to “break the cycle of ignorance and the poverty of ideas in the Church by teaching the knowledge and application of Biblical principles for education and self-government to transform the culture for Christ.” Her organization, Chyrsalis International, serves as the platform for her global effort to reform education “by laying teaching and learning solidly on the foundation of Christ and His Word.”
A recent newsletter puts it like this: one of the goals of our AMO® Program is to nurture and disciple the whole child for Christ—spirit, mind, conscience, and imagination—with beauty, truth, and moral goodness for individual and cultural transformation.
AMO is just one of a number of resources Chrysalis has to offer. DNA is happy to promote this fine partner organization working to “disciple leaders by Biblical principles, methods, and tools of Christian education and government for individual and cultural transformation.”
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Another Post You Don’t Want to Miss

Last time we featured a powerful blog post from Darrow Miller and Friends. Now a sequel, The Moral Poverty of the West: Part 2 is available.
See the full post here. Go here to subscribe to Darrow Miller and Friends.
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Save the Date!

The next Disciple Nations Alliance Global Forum is scheduled for the week of March 10-16, 2013. We encourage you to mark your calendar, and hope you can join us!
The location has not been finalized, but it will be in Central/South America or the Caribbean. Possible locations include Brazil, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, or Trinidad and Tobago.
Watch for further information in the months ahead.
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轉寄︰ Plunkett Weekly News 24-02-2012

2012 年 02 月 25 日

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

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I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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主題︰ Plunkett Weekly News 24-02-2012

Dear all,

This week in the Plunkett Weekly News:

-Sell-out Village SOS conference all set for Monday

-Countess to visit South Somerset community shop

-Community Composting Network

-Buy Better Together Challenge

-Farming in the UK ? Young Blood

-Which? report on ?creative? food labelling

-Australian co-operative windfarm to feature on stamps

Very best wishes,

Katherine

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轉寄︰ Letter from Jacqueline Novogratz – Winter 2012

2012 年 02 月 24 日

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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主題︰ Letter from Jacqueline Novogratz – Winter 2012

From the desk of JN - pink

    

Dear Houghton,
 
As I write, soft rain is blessing Accra’s early morning, allowing a quiet moment of reflection about our work in West Africa and what it means for Acumen globally.  When Acumen Fund’s board approved an exploration of a new region in September 2011, it did so knowing we were determined to put into action our values around patient capital and moral leadership.  We would go quietly, do more listening than talking, insist on partnering with local leaders, and ensure there was a solid pipeline of investment opportunities.  We chose West Africa, starting with Ghana and Nigeria, because we believed opportunity was here.  A year later, we are thrilled we made the right decision.

It starts with leadership.  Our colleague Catherine Casey took on the challenge and flew to Accra in early January 2011 with just a suitcase and a few phone numbers, exemplifying the spirit of servant-leadership. Soon, Ghana’s warm spirit welcomed her through people like Ken Ofori-Atta, one of Ghana’s leading investment bankers, and Kweku Bedu-Addo, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank in Ghana. Our global team gave support from afar in developing investments and navigating regulatory requirements.

A year later, we have launched the West Africa office after making significant strides.  The team has invested $2.5 million in two companies that provide a sense of what patient capital can mean for the region.  I am also proud and excited to announce our new West Africa Director, Godfrey Mwindaare. Catherine will now assume leadership for our global expansion efforts.


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GADCO’s community of smallholder farmers.

medeemMedeem’s unique ParcelCert™ product provides land documentation.
Godfrey brings more than a dozen years of experience investing across 32 African countries, both at commercial banks and as Chief Investment Officer at the African Development Bank. Acumen Fund West Africa also launches with three founding partners who are contributing financially to these efforts: Ken (who also joined our global Board of Directors), Kweku, and Ashok Mohinani.  And our team is supported by a strong, vibrant community: more than 170 professionals joined our launch event, a wonderful night of celebration. We could not be more grateful for the generosity of so many individuals in Ghana and Nigeria.

I’m particularly excited about our two first West African investments.  They have the potential to impact millions. Together, they also represent powerful innovations at the nexus of land rights, food production, and incomes.

The complexity and scale of these issues is enormous.  Much of Africa’s land has no legal title – a huge challenge given the millions of acres of land currently being purchased by foreign investors, often for bio-fuel production, export, and land speculation – not for domestic food markets.  At the same time, aid systems too often romanticize smallholder farmers, providing insufficient inputs and failing to recognize that larger farms are required to feed the population.  Layer on this the estimation that 80% of food crops currently grown in Africa are produced by low-income smallholders.  More than a fifth of Africans, 239 million, are undernourished.

A country like Ghana, heavily dependent on agriculture, imports 70% of its rice, a main staple, mostly from Asia. Given dramatic weather fluctuations, the country is increasingly vulnerable to huge price spikes.  Yet there is ample opportunity to build systems and markets that enable domestic production for domestic markets.

One of our first investments in West Africa is in GADCO, a company that focuses on improving smallholder farmer livelihoods by commanding the full agricultural value chain from farmer to domestic sales. GADCO is innovating in several ways.  First, the company, founded by entrepreneurs Iggy Bassi and Toks Abimbola, has leased formerly unproductive land from the Fievie clan in Sogakope, a part of Ghana’s Volta region. Because the land is located in potential swampland alongside the mighty Volta River, the community had not seen its value for rice production, and so the land lay fallow.  To begin operations, GADCO has brought the best in technology and expertise from Brazil to develop the land and infrastructure.  The community benefits from rice production as it receives a revenue share from the company and also plays an advisory role, meeting with company leadership on a regular basis.

After one harvest, GADCO’s farm is one of the largest rice producers in Ghana, bringing high quality rice to domestic markets.  With the community’s first revenue share, it is establishing a school feeding program for its students.

GADCO also plans to start a smallholder farmer program to provide skills and enhance income levels of community residents who are mostly subsistence farmers.  This will entail significant training, organizing, and learning to become a model supporting community residents, strengthening local development and enabling the company to emerge as one of the strongest producers in the region. Though it will not be easy, we believe GADCO can bring much to the discussion of models for a new capitalism.

We see similar power in Medeem, a private company founded by Craig DeRoy, former CEO of First American Corporation, a Fortune 500 company.  With the aim of providing affordable land documentation services, Medeem’s unique ParcelCert™ product is targeted toward solving the longstanding issue of lack of security of land tenure.  The company got off to a strong start this year, documenting 1400 properties in the country, and has ambitious plans to grow. Already, other countries are interested in their process, approach, and pricing – as everyone who understands Africa understands how paramount land title is to the continent’s future.

And so we begin in West Africa. Our vision is for each regional office to move toward greater independence and accountability while being linked to the global community through mutual bonds of respect, knowledge sharing, and support. And we couldn’t be more excited.

Indeed, 2012 is already emerging as a watershed year.  In addition to launching West Africa, we are exploring new geographies based on local philanthropic funding raised, the pipeline of entrepreneurial opportunities in place, and the existence of an engaged business community willing to support our patient capital approach.  We also plan to launch our next Regional Fellows program in Pakistan and will bring on a second class of East Africa Fellows, supported by JS Bank in Pakistan and KCB Bank in East Africa, respectively, with the ongoing support of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations. Our portfolio is growing and we will focus even more on managing for value and impact.  Sasha Dichter is now leading our efforts to strengthen our work in leadership, metrics, and learning from our portfolios, with the goal of investing wholeheartedly in ideas that we believe can change the way the world tackles poverty. 

When preparing for the West Africa launch, I came across the following quote by Ghana’s founding President, Kwame Nkrumah. He stated in his Christmas Eve address in 1957:

“We shall measure our progress by the improvement in the health of our people; by the number of children in school, and by the quality of their education; by the availability of water and electricity in our towns and villages, and by the happiness which our people take in being able to manage their own affairs.  The welfare of our people is our chief pride, and it is by this our Government will ask to be judged.”

In this, President Nkrumah could have written Acumen Fund’s mission statement. We cannot and must not allow ourselves to be controlled by capital but must instead control it as a tool to better humankind.  We aim to build a global community of companies and individuals with a shared vision of a single world in which all may flourish and we will not stop until we have succeeded.  Thank you, always, for being a part of it.

With hope and optimism,
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轉寄︰ Don’t miss SOCAP: Soul! Update on SOCAP: Soul showcase, sessions, speakers & more.

2012 年 02 月 24 日

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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Want to make simple changes in your life that can change the world? This one-day event may be just for you. 

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The Soul: Showcase is an expo that will feature social enterprises and other organizations offering opportunities to engage on the spot and take action to integrate meaning and money, work and life. Be the change you want to see in this world. Today.

Some Featured Organizations Include:

Feel Good 
Feel Good is a youth movement to end world hunger in our lifetime.
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Impact Assets 
Impact Assets is a nonprofit financial services company created to help solve the world’s toughest problems by catalyzing investment capital for maximum environmental, social and financial impact.
 
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Senda Athletics 
Senda makes quality Fair Trade soccer balls, and partners with organizations using soccer for change.
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Dem Dash
Democracy Dashboard is a nonpartisan tool for making voting a LOT better. With DemDash you can listen to groups and people you trust. 
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Alter Eco
Alter Eco is fully dedicated to the importation and distribution of fair trade and organic food products. 
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Indigenous Designs
Indigenous offers premium quality fair trade and organic clothing for men and women.
>>>Learn more

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SOCAP: Soul will gather 15+ speakers to join the conversation about integrating meaning. They include: 

– Matt Flanery, Kiva
– John Bloom, RSF Social Finance
 Marc Lesser, Author of “Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less”
– Richard Bolles, Author of “What Color is Your Parachute?”
– Sal Giambanco, Omidyar Network
Tess Reynolds, New Door Ventures
Adam Klein, SlaveryFootprint
Rosa Lee Harden, SOCAP
Diane J. Johnson-McCarthy, MMAPEU Consulting
Ivan Gonzalez, The Stewards Market
Tara Mohr, Wise Living
Pamela
Hawley, UniversalGiving™
Pamela Wilhelms, Wilhelms Consulting
– Neal Gorenflo, Shareable
Joy Anderson, Criterion Ventures

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LIVING WITH MEANING

When to invest and when to give
“To make the structure of capitalism complete we need new business models – ones that recognize the multi-dimensional nature of human beings” – Muhammad Yunis // It is assumed that you are either a philanthropist or a capitalist. This is not the case. Learn how supporting social enterprises can increase your impact on the world.
The Spirit of Social Good: How communities are (and can) embracing social enterprise
Do you have a big dream but aren’t sure how to get started? Big dreams and ideas are often planted and supported by those around us. Hear how communities  have identified places of need and acted swiftly to make a difference using social business.
Small Steps: Finding meaning in everyday actions
The failures of consumerism and corporate greed fill the nightly news. Our struggling economy has us looking for a new model. Hear from panelists who are making small every day changes (individually and corporately) to create people powered capital. Learn how you can overcome our un-conscious consumeristic behaviors (specifically within home, transportation, and food expenses) and partner with your neighbors for a more equitable future for all.
WORKING WITH MEANING
Significance: Aligning Your Work With Your Values
Should you focus on earning a living or should you devote yourself to the causes that inspire you? The surprising truth is that you don’t have to choose – and that you’ll find more success if you don’t. Hear from people who have made the big jump and learn how to find meaning in your own work.
The Soul of Success: Why does meaning matter? What is its relation to success?
Join a panel of people who have found sustainable financial business models that reinforce their values without having to sacrifice financial returns. Hear stories of transformed communities, families, and systems that are the result of individuals whose values fueled their economic behaviors – not the other way around.
Spirituality and Social Enterprise: What Keeps You Going?
Spirituality. Wisdom. Faith. Religion. Values. Whatever words you choose, these forces can be strong motivations for social entrepreneurs. Cultivating these sources can keep you from burning out. We will explore – from a range of perspectives and faith traditions – how spirituality guides, empowers and unites people of goodwill who are inspired to change the world, and how to overcome the barriers it can erect, as well.
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