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The Impact World this Week: 9 May 2024 – Pioneer Post

Your quick guide to the most interesting news snippets about social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business around the world from the Pioneers Post team. This week: blended finance deals rebound after 10-year low, why philanthropy must adopt futures thinking, and a frothy campaign from social enterprise Hubbub.

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Empowering global change: IIX Intelligence launches sustainable finance data analytics – Dhaka Tribune

IIX Intelligence, IIX’s cutting-edge impact analytics and AI tool, is poised to transform sustainable finance when it launches on Thursday.

Designed to address the significant data gap in sustainable finance for impactful MSMEs, this platform empowers stakeholders by providing real-time, verified data crucial for driving sustainable growth and investment.

Logo of IIX Intelligence. Photo: Collected

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Q&A with Prof. Durreen Shahnaz, IIX CEO: Equality Bonds Transforming Lives and Markets – Korea IT Times

The World Economic Forum reports that at the current rate, it will take 135.6 years to close the global gender gap. Meanwhile, ongoing wars and conflicts are exacerbating humanitarian needs and economic instability, with many developing countries struggling to return to pre-pandemic growth levels, according to the World Bank. In such turbulent times, how does one emerge as an effective leader?

 

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Harnessing Women’s Potential for an “Orange” and Sustainable Future – SustainabilityX

Unlocking the Power of Women in Climate Change Solutions for a Greener Tomorrow: Thought Leadership by #SustXGlobal50 Awardee Durreen Shahnaz, CEO & Founder, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), Singapore

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Analysis: How IIX’s WLB6 Orange Bond Helps Women’s Livelihoods in Asia – Next Billion

In a growing regional trend, December 2023 saw the sixth issuance of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)’s Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB) Series, the $100 million Women’s Livelihood Bond 6 (WLB6).

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IIX Intelligence Whitepaper

IIX Intelligence™ Whitepaper

IIX Intelligence™ stands out as a global data hub for sustainable data, presenting data on Sustainable Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Our whitepaper delves into how data can shift perspectives on MSMEs and their pivotal role in global economies. IIX Intelligence™ is more than just a data repository; it’s a dynamic tool that bridges us to a deeper understanding of the MSME landscape, catalyzing change in this sector. This examination uncovers IIX Intelligence™ as a guide for informed decision-making and a beacon of transparency.

Succeeding sections dive into practical aspects of IIX Intelligence™, such as user experience, data reliability, and alignment with industry standards. Read our whitepaper to see how IIX Intelligence™ aggregates data about MSMEs from around the globe.

Impact Investing Landscape of Vietnam

Impact Investing Landscape of Vietnam

The “Impact Investing Landscape of Vietnam” report is an extensive market analysis conducted by IIX between July and December 2022 as a component of the Impact Investing Readiness in Vietnam (IIRV) project, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). This study aimed to assess and map out the present condition of the impact investing industry in Vietnam, employing a proactive strategy to steer its development from 2023 to 2027 through strategic interventions under the IIRV project. These measures are designed to strengthen the impact investment framework, expand Social Impact Businesses (SIBs), promote gender equality, and support sectors including agriculture, health, education, clean technology, and environmental sustainability. Furthermore, their objective is to improve the entire ecosystem for impact investing and stimulate the flow of private investment.

This market analysis aims to provide comprehensive insights into Vietnam’s impact investing landscape, examining the national and local levels. The study will provide a robust foundation of evidence to inform the project’s initiatives and address the needs of critical stakeholders, such as GAC and other Vietnamese government ministries. The IIRV initiative intends to promote inclusive economic growth and social development in Vietnam, focusing on assisting vulnerable and neglected populations. This will be achieved by increasing the amount of private money directed towards SIBs.

Environmental Sustainability Strategy for Vietnamese Social Impact Businesses and Sustainable MSMEs

Environmental Sustainability Strategy for Vietnamese Social Impact Businesses and Sustainable MSMEs

The Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS) was created for Vietnamese Social Impact Businesses and Sustainable Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as a part of the Impact Investing Readiness in Vietnam (IIRV) Project. The project was sponsored by GAC and implemented by IIX. The ESS includes three different approaches to achieving environmental sustainability: 

  1. The IIX Values Framework categorizes environmental activities such as risk mitigation, climate adaptation, transformation, negative externalities reduction, resource conservation, and efficiency. 
  2. Impact Assessment tool helps firms measure SDG contributions nationally and by industry sector using IIX Values data. 
  3. GAC’s 5-step risk management cycle includes risk monitoring for complete, proactive, and systematic risk analysis, management, and communication. Strategic planning and environmental sustainability goals benefit from this approach.

Furthermore, this research examines answers and interventions that are both comprehensive and interconnected. These strategies are designed to help impact businesses achieve their targeted impact goals while also enhancing their financial stability and operational capabilities.

Gender-Based Analysis (GBA+) of The Impact Investing Landscape of Vietnam

Gender-Based Analysis (GBA+) of The Impact Investing Landscape of Vietnam

This study investigates the application of Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) in Vietnam’s impact investing sector by integrating the GBA+ framework developed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) with the GLI approach of IIX. The GBA+ methodology employed by GAC analyzes structural disparities to uncover the perspectives of women, men, and gender-diverse individuals towards policies, programs, and initiatives. Simultaneously, IIX’s GLI framework seeks to enhance the accessibility, cost-effectiveness, and fairness of financial resources, empowering women both socially and economically to establish a beneficial cycle of transformation in financial systems, environmental sustainability, and societal norms.

GBA+ assists in identifying financial, knowledge, and support deficiencies for entrepreneurs of all genders and from underrepresented sectors. The results indicate notable discrepancies in financial accessibility between genders and marginalized groups, underscoring the pressing necessity to tackle these concerns to enhance the economic feasibility and longevity of Social Impact Businesses (SIBs) and sustainable Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

The Impact Investing Readiness in Vietnam (IIRV) Project, funded by GAC and implemented by IIX, utilizes this thorough assessment to guide and develop successful approaches to recognize and tackle the obstacles in promoting a diverse and fair impact investment environment in Vietnam.

Enabling Finance and Investment Policy Framework to Promote Women-focused Social Impact Businesses (SIBs) in Vietnam

Enabling Finance and Investment Policy Framework to Promote Women-focused Social Impact Businesses (SIBs) in Vietnam

The paper titled “Enabling Finance and Investment Policy Framework to Promote Women-focused Social Impact Businesses (SIBs) in Vietnam” is an essential component of the ongoing series under the Impact Investing Readiness in Vietnam (IIRV) Project. It is set to be released annually from 2022 to 2027. This research aims to analyze and evaluate the current financial and policy situation for SIBs in Vietnam. The objective is to create a favorable environment for their development and increase their ability to attract more impact investments. 

This study examines the financial and investment policies impacting women-focused SIBs in Vietnam. It carefully examines the roles of essential policy participants and utilizes global standards to create informed recommendations. These recommendations propose a substantial change in how the Government views its role in public policy within the social impact investment (SII) arena. It specifically promotes a shift from a charitable strategy to a more business-oriented one, acknowledging the crucial role of SIBs in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within the larger SII ecosystem, it places the Government in a central role in stimulating growth by establishing a favorable regulatory framework.