Intellecap's Searchlight research and analysis tracks urban poverty trends in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. This issue covers topics like migration patterns of workers in South Asia, governmental efforts to regulate and dignify domestic work in India, possible effects of the 'Right to Education' act on India's mission to provide education to all, and challenges faced in making transportation affordable to the poor.
One of 16 special essays on how the field of social innovation has evolved and what challenges remain ahead published in the 10th Anniversary Issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review in Spring 2013.
Intellecap co-founder Manju George talks about how impact investing can truly deliver on its promise - by being more deep-rooted in the regions of the world that need it most.
The Study aims to provide an assessment of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector finance in India. The chapters in the study highlight the key characteristics of the MSME sector, and assess the demand for and the flow of finance into the sector. The Study also evaluates the consequent gap in the financing needs of MSMEs, and explores potential interventions to address the lack of access to formal finance for this sector.
Intellecap's Searchlight research and analysis tracks urban poverty trends in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. The published articles include coverage of challenges, trends, interventions and possible solutions in various sectors, such as education, healthcare, housing and water and sanitation
Over the last decade, India saw the emergence and growth of multiple social enterprises in critical sectors. However, the North Eastern Region (NER) of India that is economically and politically isolated from the rest of the country has not seen comparable levels of activity.
The Sankalp Forum-Samridhi Social Enterprise Recognition and Regional Summit, organized in collaboration with DFID and GIZ, was aimed at supporting social entrepreneurs working in India's Low Income States (LIS). As part of the Summit, a special "Recognition program" was organized to showcase the most innovative and scalable of these social enterprises. This compendium of case studies showcases the ten finalists at the Sankalp Forum-Samridhi Social Enterprise Recognition 2012.
On September 14, 2012, IntelleCash Microfinance Network Company (IntelleCash) announced that it had taken a majority stake in Arohan Financial Services (Arohan) and would consolidate the two businesses. We believe that the IntelleCash/Arohan transaction represents the “leading edge” of what is likely to be a growing trend toward consolidation in the Indian microfinance industry. As the industry slowly recovers and grows post the AP crisis, the new regulatory environment and the need for MFIs to be larger and more efficient will be primary drivers of this consolidation trend.
The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise sector is crucial to India's economy.Although 95% of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise units are informal in nature, the contribution of the sector to India's GDP has been growing consistently at 11% per annum, higher than overall GDP growth of 7-8% . Poor infrastructure and inadequate market linkages are among key factors that have constrained the growth of the sector. However, lack of adequate and timely access to finance has continued to be the biggest challenge.
Access to capital and human resources are the top two challenges Indian social enterprises face. Already juggling to bring together capital, a viable business model and market knowledge, social entrepreneurs face human resource (HR) challenges that impact their ability to scale, become sustainable and achieve social impact.