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.
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.
Intellecap's Searchlight research and analysis tracks urban poverty trends in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. This issue uncovers decentralized approaches to tackling waste management, and delves into mentoring as a new approach to enhancing the quality of education for the youth. In response to last month's crisis in Bangladesh, the issue also brings out occupational hazards and workplace safety issues faced by workers in factories across Bangladesh.
Pathways to Progress presents an overview of social enterprise activity in five critical needs sectors. Drawing from in-depth interviews with 92 social enterprises, impact investors and sector enablers in India, this report analyzes social enterprises within Agribusiness, Clean Energy, Education, Healthcare and Water & Sanitation sectors and presents some innovative strategies they adopt to reach underserved markets. It discusses some key sector-specific challenges these mission-driven for-profit businesses face and identifies opportunities for social enterprise activity.
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.
In India, social enterprises have become a national phenomenon in less than a decade, with a growing ecosystem of supporting players. Yet, despite this impressive growth, little is known about these social enterprises collectively: their geographic and sector distribution, business structure, stage of development, financial viability and funding sources.