Community Spotlight

The IBL community is building careers in some of the most exciting social enterprises and impact investors around the world. Our community is also filled with emerging thought leaders who actively contribute to the development of the space. Below are just a few reports authored by IBL community members.


Demand for Talent in Global Social Enterprise Markets

Over the last two years, IBL believes that it has identified a clear demand around the world for services that help experienced business professionals transition into the social enterprise sector as well as a strong call from social enterprises for qualified talent. The managers that we have helped transition into social enterprise have an immediate and tangible impact on their new organizations. In order to continue to improve the services we offer, this report examines the open jobs data we’ve collected over the past two years. In three related analyses of the job opportunities IBL has collected, the matching recommendations IBL has made, and the profiles of IBL participants who have sought social enterprise jobs, a few interesting trends emerge.

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By Impact Business Leaders
April 2016


CSR in India and the role of Enablers/ Intermediaries

Most NGOs rely heavily on external sources of funding to carry out and sustain their operations. The corporate sector has gained much traction in India as a funder of NGOs due to the Companies Act in India that has mandated CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) for large companies. This paper explores the evolution and trends of this funding stream to Indian NGOS over the last two years and proposes a path forward in achieving greater social impact.

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By Anchal Kakkar
Portfolio Associate, Dasra
[email protected] 2014 Participant


A Clean Water and Sanitation led Strategy for Social Transformation in Rural India

Even 68 years after Independence, the quest for equitable & sustainable development in India is an ongoing process. With almost 65% of India’s population living in rural areas, the scale of the challenge is enormous. This report highlights an innovative rural strategy developed by Gram Vikas, a non-governmental organization that works with rural and tribal communities in India and Africa. Gram Vikas partners with rural communities to address their critical needs in education, health, safe drinking water, sanitation and alternative energy.

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By Yashveer Singh
Head – Strategy & Collaborations, Gram Vikas
[email protected] 2014 Participant


A simple and effective jobs board for impact talent in East Africa

Holden found himself happily employed in Nairobi, and collating and forwarding job descriptions to other job seekers interested to work in East African social enterprises. As Holden’s network built, the amount of email searching and attachment-forwarding to job-seekers became untenable and he recognized the community’s fragmented communication position. He recognized the need for a solution: a single place to post and read job opportunities, and to share with new arrivals and career changers.

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By Holden Bonwit
Project Leader, Open Capital Advisors
[email protected] 2014 Participant


Sustainability, Traceability, Technology: A case study on Cotton Textile supply chains

cottonOne of the major challenges for European and American brands (especially apparel brands) is the lack of transparency in their complex supply chains in India, China, Bangladesh and other Asian countries. The demand pull from the market and the end consumer for sustainable products is a very critical aspect in creation of a business case for owners of various processes in the supply chains to adopt sustainability. Without traceability, the brands ability to ensure this pull gets hampered. There are various Traceability tools used for tracking sustainable products. We will use the example of complex cotton textile supply chains to understand the role of Technology in implementing Traceability and sustainability.

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By Amol Mishra
Commercial Development Manager, CottonConnect
[email protected] 2014 Participant


Impact Investing in K – 12 Education in India

Despite vast amounts of money, both government and private, being spent on education, the quality of education in India remains poor. Inefficient government expenditures, inability to attract quality talent, low quality fly-by night operators, and structural limitations have limited the education sector’s ability to make and impact on people’s lives, especially at the bottom of the pyramid. These challenges mentioned above have led to very low private investment in education, with less than 2% of total venture capital or impact investment. However, there are various factors that present need and hence opportunity for private sector participation in K-12 education sector in India.

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By Sudhanshu Malani
Investmet Associate, Villgro Innovations Foundation
[email protected] 2014 Participant


Social Entrepreneurship in Siam City

Thailand is all the rich and inspiring chaos that you imagine it would be and it felt worlds away from the Western urban cities where I had previously worked. Feeling of adventure? TICK. This was one of the features of life as a social entrepreneur in the field, which I had anticipated and was thrilled by. But how long would that feeling last? And what about everything else? I have taken a step back to analyze the aspects of work and life as a social entrepreneur. Here I describe the expectations and realities of my life working in product development at a fantastic and disruptive social enterprise in Thailand.

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By Rebecca Gallogly
Leadership Development Specialist, Wedu Fund
[email protected] 2014 Participant


Choosing the Right Type of Sales Force for Selling Consumer Products in the Last Mile

A social enterprise selling consumer products to customers at the bottom of the pyramid needs to make similar choices as any other business when it comes to how to distribute the goods to the consumers. In an urban setting, the cost per customer acquisition is low regardless of what the product might be because customers are concentrated and brick and mortar stores like supermarket chains or other independent stores are available. However, most social enterprises, as well as corporates serving BOP such as Unilever, Nestle and Coca Cola, do not find the majority of their customers in cities.

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By Daniela Tsoneva 
New Product Commercialization, d.light
[email protected] 2014 Participant


The Convergence of Capitalism and Peacebuilding in Asia

Economic development is integral to preventing vulnerable populations and high-risk regions from lapsing or relapsing into violence as it builds resilience from the bottom-up. By strengthening economies, countries can strengthen peacebuilding efforts and empower local communities to sustain the impact of these efforts in the long term.

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By Natasha Garcha 
Business Development, Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX)
[email protected] 2014 Participant