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Capital impact for SME fund managers

17 March 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - Over two-thirds of SMEs in emerging markets lack sufficient access to capital. Specialised SME investment funds are increasingly stepping in to fill this financing gap. By financing and nurturing SMEs, these fund managers often realise positive social and/or environmental impacts alongside a financial return. Measuring these extra-financial effects is called impact measurement. Doing so has several benefits for investors: better access to capital, an enhanced reputation and a basis for better business analysis. However, measuring impact is no straightforward exercise. This article identifies the four main challenges in impact measurement faced by SME fund managers, and provides potential solutions. read more
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Meet the banker: Charles Belanger in the DRC

16 March 2015
Upsides talks to bankers from around the world. Why did they start working in the financial sector? What does the financial landscape look like in their country? And how does this landscape influence their actions? read more
Indian woman farmer - women-led sme

Women-led SMEs and the finance challenge

5 March 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - Journal of sustainable finance and banking: Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking co-wrote a piece for the February 2015 issue with Matthew Gamser of the SME Finance Forum and Michael Koenitzer of the World Economic Forum. The piece explores the market opportunity of financing women-led SMEs and features findings from the recent report Women's World Banking published on how to best serve the women-led SME market. read more
Tim Gocher - founder of Dolma Impact Fund

A private equity primer for Nepal – interview with Dolma Impact Fund founder Tim Gocher

4 March 2015
The successful launch of the Dolma Impact Fund may very well prove to be a turning point for Nepal, one of Asia’s poorest countries. Dolma is the first international private … read more