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  • Working Paper on Intermediaries that Support SGBs in the Developing World

    2013 Rainforest Alliance Farmer Bankability Study

    Monitor Deloitte and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) teamed up for the working paper Growth and Opportunity: The Landscape of Organizations that Support Small and Growing Businesses in the Developing World. Commissioned by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) as part of its own strategic planning process, this study maps the landscape of the SGB sector, and in so doing, determines both the challenges facing SGB intermediaries and how ANDE and other organizations should support the field in addressing these challenges. 

    Download the publication from The Aspen Institute’s website


  • 2013 Study on Farmer Bankability from Rainforest Alliance

    2013 Rainforest Alliance Farmer Bankability Study

    The Citi Foundation and the Rainforest Alliance undertook Farmer Bankability and Sustainable Finance: Farm-level Metrics that Matter, a study designed to better understand farmer capacity and performance with regard to financial administration, as well as any bankability benefits associated with Rainforest Alliance certification.

    Importantly, this study focused on farmers and their individual bankability. The Rainforest Alliance worked with a Peru-based team of researchers to survey a total of 110 coffee and cacao producers from 22 producer organizations in Colombia and Peru; 63 of the producers were Rainforest Alliance certified.

    Download the study from Rainforest Alliance's website


  • 2012 Impact Report from the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs

    ANDE's 2012 Impact Report

    ANDE’s Impact Report is a one-of-a-kind annual publication offering data on the current size and state of the SGB sector, the impact publication offering data on the current size and state of the SGB sector, the impact of ANDE’s members, and a review of our work this past year.

    This year's report highlights three key areas:
    •    Start-up Stage Financing 
    •    Women's Entrepreneurship
    •    Agriculture

    Download the report from ANDE's website


  • The BBC Forum @ Skoll 2012

    Social enterprises usually support worthy causes but how can a powerful investor and a vulnerable small business in need of funding really have a partnership of equals? And how do outside innovators avoid the trap of imposing outside ideas on communities keen to preserve their traditions and their own vision?

    Bridget Kendall is joined on stage at the Saïd Business School by UNICEF’S Geeta Rao Gupta, and two social entrepreneurs, William Foote and Brizio Biondi-Morra. Plus a lively audience ready to share thoughts, doubts and experience.

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  • “What Microloans Miss"

    This article from The New Yorker (March 17, 2008) explains why small-to medium-sized enterprise finance is important, and how it addresses the gap left by microfinance.

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  • IRIS Data Report

    Root Capital proudly contributed performance data for analysis in the first IRIS data report released by the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) initiative of the Global Impact Investing Network. IRIS is a common language for defining, tracking, and reporting the social, environmental, and financial performance of an organization. IRIS is a free public good.

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  • Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference

    By Anthony Bugg-Levine and Jed Emerson

    The book charts the path of a new industry, explaining how impact investing is and can be a positive disruptive force.

    Go to the Facebook page for this book

  • Keynote Speech, Harvard Social Enterprise Conference

    William Foote, Keynote, Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, February, 2011

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  • Speech: Root Capital: Pioneering Rural Finance for the Missing Middle

    William Foote, Root Capital: Pioneering Rural Finance for the Missing Middle, TEDxBYU, April 2011

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  • Speech: Innovation as a Game Changer

    Brian Milder, Innovation as a Game Changer, Gain Impact Business Alliance Forum, Vienna, November 2011.

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