Net Zero in Agriculture: Role of TechnologiesPublished: July, 2023
10th Sankalp Africa Summit 2023-ReportPublished: July, 2023
Impact Investing in South East Asia: Update 2020-2022Published: May, 2023
Nudging The Investment Ecosystem By Incentivizing Impact
PUBLISHED: June, 2018
Opportunities in Incentivizing Impact in Financing Small and Growing Businesses in Developing & Emerging Markets
This paper is a summary of fresh ideas on how to channel more capital into impact investing and incentivize impact creation. Building on insights generated by experts at the BMZ hosted conference Financing Global Development – Leveraging Impact Investing for the SDGs, the paper furthers the conversation on Impact Measurement and Management, IMM 2.0, through brainstorming practical ideas and viewpoints in the impact investing value chain: those who provide capital, those who manage it, and those who receive it. This included close to 50 stakeholders, including fund managers, DFIs, intermediaries, entrepreneurs, governments, CSOs and others.
The discussion, conducted in the form of a ‘design lab’ by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Intellecap, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), aims to start a conversation on how to maximize impact by channeling capital into small and growing businesses (SGBs) as a way to expedite achievement of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). During the session, industry leaders like FMO, Vox Capital, and Roots of Impact had shared case studies of good practices in incentivizing impact along the investment chain. This formed the basis of brainstorming on development of new ideas on innovative instruments that could nudge the ecosystem towards more actively pursuing and scaling impact.
The result is an analysis of the barriers in the impact investment value chain highlighted during the stakeholder conversations, and key insights on how to overcome them (for example, the need for transparency, standardization, leadership, etc.). In addition, the workshop collated a list of potential ‘wild ideas’ to like impact currency, impact rewards, impact index, online market places for impact auctioning, and a give-back distribution impact support system, designed to incentivize increased levels of investment along the value chain. The practical approaches suggested by stakeholders fit well with the existing impact measurement and monitoring frameworks like GIIN’s IRIS and Intellecap’s PRISM and hold the potential to guide impact capital more efficiently by leveraging good practices.
The Financial Lives of Government Employees – Potential of Digital Finance in Sierra Leone
PUBLISHED: July, 2018
This report documents findings from research on the financial lives of government employees in Sierra Leone, commissioned by the Government to People Payments Project – Building Digital Ecosystem funded by USAID. Intellecap supported UNCDF, Government of Sierra Leone and Bank of Sierra Leone for conducting the research.
There are 80,000 government employees in Sierra Leone who receive salaries digitally in their bank accounts. Insights about their financial lives can help build a viable business case for DFS to expand access to a wide range of financial services for underserved communities in Sierra Leone. Such insights can inform strategies and use cases that the UNCDF and the Government of Sierra Leone can develop to promote DFS in the country. The National Strategy for Financial Inclusion 2017 – 2020 also refers to the need to identify and digitize use cases that will lead to habitual usage, and achieve Sierra Leone’s commitments to the ‘Better Than Cash Alliance’.
Recognizing the need and opportunity, UNCDF supported the Financial Lives Survey of government employees who receive their salaries digitally in Sierra Leone. Intellecap designed the survey to understand how government employees utilize salaries transferred into their bank accounts, their awareness of and access to DFS, avenues to use them and their perceptions about financial services and digital financial transactions. This report contains insights from the survey about potential customers of DFS and recommendations on use cases that could be piloted as an initial step to improve DFS adoption in Sierra Leone.
Replication of Intellecap’s Ecosystem Based Approach in East Africa
PUBLISHED: July, 2018
Intellecap has sought to replicate its ecosystem-based approach to East Africa by bringing
together capital, knowledge and networks to support SGBs at two levels: (i) provide direct support
to SGBs in the form of acceleration, fund-raising, technical assistance, innovation transfer, and
market linkages, and (ii) discover and engage critical ecosystem players such as corporations
(both local and international), accelerators, other development sector players in supporting SGBs.
In the three-year period since the launch of our initiative to replicate our ecosystem-based
approach for accelerating entrepreneurship support to SGBs in East Africa, we have received
generous support not only from our funders, but also from a number of local and international stakeholders such as development institutions, private sector entities, and industry associations.
Over the last year, we have replicated our advocacy platform (Sankalp), angel investment network
(I3N) advisory services (consulting & investment banking), virtual incubation platform
(StartupWave) and impact measurement platform (PRISM) as envisaged at the beginning of our
programmatic support. The development and adaptation of StartupWave for East Africa has
resulted in over 450 sign-ups for our early stage enterprise support activities and partnerships with
over 30 incubators / accelerators. Similarly, PRISM, our impact measurement platform, has
garnered interest from a wide variety of players to measure the impact of their programs.
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- Emission hotspots across agricultural value chains
- Efforts made by the private sector to meet their net-zero commitments
- Feasible technology options to facilitate the transition to net-zero agriculture in the context of smallholder farmers
- Case studies of technology implementation for net-zero transitions
- Collaborative actions required to scale high-impact technology clusters
Net Zero in Agriculture: Role of Technologies
PUBLISHED: July, 2023
Agriculture and food systems are responsible for nearly one-third of all global emissions. Paradoxically, while the sector contributes to high emissions, it is itself vulnerable to the effects of climate change, particularly those impacting smallholder farmers from low- and middle-income countries.
However, amidst the challenge of high emissions, the agriculture sector also presents a crucial opportunity to combat climate change and bolster the economic resilience of smallholder farmers. Positively, there is a growing focus on climate action by stakeholders within the sector, including private industry. Nowadays, an increasing number of agri-food corporations are committing to reducing their carbon footprint and transitioning towards net-zero goals.
This research report, supported by IDH and developed by Intellecap, seeks to assist agriculture sector stakeholders in their net-zero or climate action commitments by recommending relevant technology solutions. The report prioritizes and deep-dives into five technology clusters, namely bio-inputs, decentralized renewable energy, precision agriculture, energy efficiency, and farm waste management solutions, while evaluating their scalability in low- and middle-income countries.
Broadly, the report provides a comprehensive overview of net-zero transitions in agriculture and covers the following topics:
The report is expected to be valuable for a wide range of sector stakeholders, including corporations, technology service providers, development funders, and governments. These stakeholders may be involved in reducing carbon footprints, designing products/services for climate change mitigation, or creating an enabling environment for climate action in agriculture.
10th Sankalp Africa Summit 2023-Report
PUBLISHED: July, 2023
One of Africa’s largest convening on impact entrepreneurship and sustainable development, the 10Th Edition of the Sankalp Africa Summit, was a remarkable two-day event that positively engaged over 1,300 different stakeholders from over 45 countries globally.
The Summit, a celebration of 10 years of Intellecap’s impact journey in Africa, was our first fully in-person convening since 2020 when Covid-19 struck and forced the World into a series of virtual convenings. The event was well received and attended by veterans, some of whom have been to Sankalp many times in previous years, as well as newbies who got to experience Sankalp in its full for the very first time.
The Summit themed around ”Transformative Impact” was well received and attended by veterans, some of whom have been to Sankalp many times in previous years, as well as newbies who got to experience Sankalp in its full for the very first time. The two-and-a-half days of in-person convening featured over 45 sessions, including investor roundtables, networking cocktails and dinners, masterclasses, entrepreneur pitches, deal rooms, debates, showcases and panel sessions.
Additionally, in Sankalp’s true spirit of collaboration, we hosted ten unconference-style sessions where Sankalp attendees had the unique opportunity to contribute and curate content in informal ‘discussion zones’ with no stages, microphones, or digital screens.
A shout out to our key global sponsors: Strategic Partner- Visa Foundation, Affiliate Partner-GIZ and Program Partners-Villgro Africa, FSD Uganda, US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) & Energy Catalyst for coming together to help achieve the SDGs , with each of them lending specific perspective and insight
Impact Investing in South East Asia: Update 2020-2022
PUBLISHED: May, 2023
Imp-Inv-in-SEA-Update-2020-22-final This report titled ‘Impact Investing in South East Asia: Update 2020-2022’ provides insights into the current state and trends of impact investing and gender lens investing (GLI) in the region. The report analyzes data on impact investment deals for 2020-2022 and builds on prior Intellecap engagements commissioned by Investing in Women to track the evolution of impact investing and GLI between 2007-2019.
The report reveals that impact capital flows have significantly increased in the region over the past 3 years, with investors committing more than 67% of the cumulative capital invested in the ten-year period spanning 2007-2016 in just the current three-year period under review. DFIs invested about USD 2 billion per year over the last six years while private impact investors deployed about 40% more capital across 40% more deals in the current three-year period compared to the prior three-year period (2017-2019).
The report also highlights the diversity of the Southeast Asian impact investing market in terms of deal value and deal volumes. Indonesia continues to lead the region with respect to PII deal volume, while Vietnam has replaced Indonesia as the top DFI investment destination, both in terms of deal value and volume. Thailand attracts the largest ticket-size deals in the region. Myanmar has seen a significant decrease in terms of deal value and volume.
Furthermore, the report indicates that GLI has grown significantly in the region over the last six years with seven times more capital being invested with a gender lens compared to the prior three-year period (2017-19). Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines combined constitute about 80% of GLI deals by volume.
1st Edition of the Sankalp Dhaka Summit- Report
PUBLISHED: May, 2023
In a significant milestone, the 1st Edition of the Sankalp Dhaka Summit was held at the Sheraton, Dhaka on the 19th March. The Dhaka Summit featured 40+ Global & Regional Speakers and was attended by over 160 pioneering change-makers from the country.
We were privileged to have as the Chief Guest to the Summit Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister, ICT Division, Govt. of Bangladesh, who shared the government’s commitment to strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bangladesh, and support for the role of the Aavishkaar Group and Intellecap in the same. The Opening and Closing Plenary sessions featured noted industry leaders who presented their insights on catalysing the ecosystem and driving sustainable growth in the country, keeping business, climate and people in mind, as well as a live Deal room hosted in partnership with UCB PLC and UCBIL. The 4th CAIF Conclave convened leading voices from the RMG sector and explored what it would take to build the ecosystem and bring alignment across the value chain to accelerate the transition towards a green and circular future.
We would like to thank our Strategic Partners UCB PLC, UCBIL, IFC, Startup Bangladesh, the Doen Foundation and Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd., Knowledge Partners GAIN, Water.org, UNICEF, Aavishkaar Capital, Better Stories and VCPEAB, as well as all other partners for their support in making the Summit a resounding success. We remain committed to building an ecosystem of support for the Global South and welcome you all to this journey along with us.
Intellecap Lighthouse 4.0 (2022)
PUBLISHED: January, 2023
Since 2002, Intellecap has constantly strived to shape outcomes in emerging and underserved markets by developing key insights and new ideas. As a result, the organization has undertaken bold initiatives across its various practices to push the envelope, seeking to build collaboration and thought leadership as part of the social impact discourse. This year marks the 4th edition of the Lighthouse, and there’s been a concerted effort to bring more diverse, yet unique perspectives to the sectors Intellecap covers, and unearth fresh ideas that complement our work in nurturing ecosystems to deliver change.
The goal of this endeavour has always been to highlight and share the most relevant thought pieces with our external stakeholders, in order to bring forth sustainable solutions towards achieving the SDG’s, as set forth by the United Nations. Our aim to cover a diverse set of perspectives continues, as some of this year’s published pieces include bridging the digital divide in the agri ecosystem, creating a circular solar ecosystem, the need for a multi level approach in fighting diseases, tools to improve gender lens investing practices, closing the loop on plastic waste in India textile industry, among others.
As the world recovers from the aftermath of the pandemic, there are questions abound for the future that lies ahead, and we believe the perspectives shared in this year’s edition contribute towards alleviating those concerns and providing resilient mechanisms to tackle them. It is our sincere hope that the Lighthouse offers you more than a glimpse into some of the most compelling geographies and sectors Intellecap serves as part of its key constituents, and aspires to continue serving in the years to come.
To connect with us about our work, and to know more about our various initiatives, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hand Hygiene Market Assessment in Indonesia
PUBLISHED: January, 2023
Intellecap was one of the enablers providing strategic inputs through the market assessment. The outcomes and solutions of this study will help UNICEF and the GOI to design and launch interventions to make the essential resources available through innovative means and create a robust supply chain of essential hand hygiene products.
Sound global evidence underscores the importance of handwashing with soap (HWWS) as one of the most effective ways to stop preventable deaths and transmission of diseases caused by contaminated water and unsafe sanitation. HWWS is a key development priority for the Government of Indonesia (GOI) and part of the government’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) agenda. However, access to handwashing is lacking for nearly 60 million people who do not have appropriate facilities or products to practice handwashing (UNICEF, 2020d). While investments in handwashing infrastructure have increased impressively in schools across the country since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, such facilities in primary health care centers are still limited.
To address these issues comprehensively and develop market solutions to further strengthen the achievement of the hand hygiene road map in Indonesia, UNICEF commissioned a market assessment study that aimed to provide a detailed assessment of the existing value chain, market gaps, customer preferences, and behaviour related to HWWS and hand hygiene. The outcomes and solutions of this study will help UNICEF and the GOI to design and launch interventions to make the essential resources available through innovative means and create a robust supply chain of essential hand hygiene products.
Welcome to the 14th Sankalp Global Summit 2022 Report!
PUBLISHED: November, 2022
We at Sankalp are ever grateful to the 209 speakers, 5 program partners, and the 3036 participants who joined us from 118 countries across the world for the Sankalp Global Summit 2022 Summit on “Transforming Impact”. We thank our partners Energy Catalyst, Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, Jhpiego, UNDP and IDRC. In addition to this we also had the support of several Friends of Sankalp who supported the outreach & amplification of the summit. We had a staggering 75 million+ reach across social media for the Global Summit!
We also hosted our 3rd Private Equity Conference “Rendezvous” for growth stage enterprises at Sankalp. We retained our core purpose of convening to create an ecosystem of support for entrepreneurs around knowledge, capital & networks. We hosted 41 knowledge sessions across core thematic areas including financial services, climate change, gender & livelihoods, WASH, agriculture, circular economies, impact investing, affordable housing & future of work; with cross cutting themes of women, capital & technology. In addition, we had over 20 booths that showcased innovations and partners in our exhibition area. Our endeavor was always to maintain a balance of gender, & diversity to our panels with a strong focus on bringing out the voice of the Global South.
One of the key highlights of the summit in 2022 was the 6 moderators from mainstream & independent media who helped us navigate the conversations this year including CNBC-TV18, Zee Business, Fortune India, Forbes, IDR, & India Spend. Our Sankalp Awards remain the coveted ‘Oscars’ of the impact world with 293 entrepreneurs applying this year. To narrow down to the best of the best, we hosted two investor screening committees, & a prestigious Grand Jury to select 6 global award winners. We also continued the ecosystem award and had 2381 voters help us choose our second awardee! Many of our Award winners & semi-finalists have gone on to raise significant funding to help scale their businesses from their engagements at Sankalp. Overall, we facilitated 103 one-on-one meetings at the Summit. We recognize that virtual meetings may not be ideal, but the ability to be inclusive, cost effective, and the scale it affords is of tremendous value to entrepreneurs as well as investors.
In this report you will find highlights of the summit, as well as some key initiatives, and numbers related to the summit. The real value of a virtual convening is that every session is recorded and the tremendous knowledge repository remains as a digital asset for anyone to access on our YouTube page.
We remain committed to building an ecosystem of support for the Global South and welcome you all to this journey along with us.