With the rapid mobile penetration in emerging economies, FinTech may easily be the buzz word or the flavor of this decade. While FinTech refers to firms leveraging technology to deliver financial products/services or capabilities to customers or other financial services firms, it has also carved out its distinct offering to create a full-fledged sector group, complete with its own service providers, accelerators and market. Once a conduit of the traditional financial service sector, today, FinTech holds its own as a mainstay service sector.
he Sustainable Development Goals have mobilized companies, governments and civil society in a cross-sector collaborative manner that we have never seen before. But the question remains: will we attain the SDGs by 2030? Importantly, what impact will they have on quality of life for those currently lacking access to basic needs? Can quality of life become a human right with social defaults that ensure physical and mental well-being? What are the choices that we must make today to ensure this?
Intellecap, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, conducted in-depth research over a period of 5 months on key areas of momentum around post-harvest losses (PHL) in India. This report synthesizes insights from this research and presents the important roles the government, civil society organizations (CSO) and the private sector play in addressing PHL and improving smallholder farmer (SHF) livelihoods.
Green sectors, such as renewable energy and sustainable agriculture, are the key to realizing sustainable growth. The economic potential is significant: Investment in green sectors in developing countries is expected to reach $6.4 trillion over the coming decade, with $1.6 trillion of that investment accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises. But what does it take to promote the growth of these sectors?
This publication by Intellecap in partnership with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi reviews the financing needs of Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) enterprises across various growth stages as well as business models and explores the design of alternative structures to seal the gaps in the prevailing Indian scenario. DRE enterprises in India, particularly those involved in rural electrification as Energy service companies (ESCOs), face challenges in accessing finance on account of high-risk perception and low overall returns with longer paybacks.
This publication by Intellecap in partnership with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation is a pre-cursor to a comprehensive Monitoring & Evaluation platform being developed to standardize performance measurement in the DRE sector. The framework presented in the publication attempts to facilitate more informed decision-making for investors, lenders, and donors by developing relevant metrics and benchmarks around these for comparison with industry aggregated data.
The report highlights our vision of how emerging technologies can trigger a set of big shifts to help Africa leapfrog and combat its development challenges. Our research indicates that although early evidence of these shifts is already visible signaling the beginning of Africa’s innovation journey, signiﬁcant whitespaces currently exist. The report identiﬁes these key innovation whitespaces based on scanning of 100 technology use cases in Africa.
As firms seek new avenues for growth in emerging markets – strategies for tapping into “new
and underserved” markets have been on the radar of almost every major mass-market focused
firm. Comprising both urban slums and rural areas, these markets are exciting to firms, and for
Approximately 4.5 billion low-income people globally represent an annual
purchasing capacity of US$ 5 trillion (PPP), with India, East Africa and South East Asia
accounting for a sizable chunk of this market.