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Home Forums Catalytic Capital Catalytic Capital Case Study Learning Session #1

  • Yee Zhen Ang

    September 29, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    Please find the pre-read and learning materials for the session here:

    1. Introduction to Catalytic Capital (Seeding)

    For a quick snapshot and overview of Seeding and Catalytic Capital, we encourage you to read the following documents before the live session. (Estimated time to read: 25 minutes)

    1. Case Study: Babban Gona

    To best prepare for the live session, start by reading about the inclusive growth journey of Babban Gona, an input provider and output aggregator in Nigeria. The company’s story highlights the role grants and subcommercial capital can play in promoting inclusion and in helping enterprises strengthen their capacities to access commercial capital.

    Please refer to page 35 to 40 for the case study in the source document: Amaya, Thuard, Koh (2020) Bending the Arc. To access the pages directly, please enter the page number into the pdf page number tab at the top. (Estimated time to read: 20 minutes)

    1. Global Webinar: “Who gets the returns? A Global Journey in Catalytic Capital”

    If you have missed the earlier ‘live’ session of this global webinar on Catalytic Capital, we encourage you to view the recording before session #1. (Estimated time to watch: 55 minutes)

    In this webinar, learn from deployers of catalytic capital from Asia, Europe, and Africa on:

    • How catalytic capital deployers manage different risk/return ratios across different types of investors;

    • Challenges and risks associated with working with more than one type of investor in catalytic capital investments and blended transactions.

    1. Tideline report: Catalytic Capital Unlocking more investment and impact (optional)

    For additional insights and for a broad overview on Catalytic Capital, you may like to read the Tideline report, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, which explores ‘catalytic capital’ and the many ways it has been used by a variety of impact-oriented investors to fill financing gaps, enable third-party investment, and generate impact that would not otherwise be possible.

    This report aims to provide a broad overview of the state of practice for catalytic capital and, in so doing, create a foundation for existing and potential investors to expand and improve on their use of this important tool. (Estimated time to read: 30 minutes)

    1. Beyond Tradeoffs (optional)

    In impact investing, is there a necessary trade-off between financial return and impact? Beyond Trade-offs – an Omidyar Network series published on The Economist digital hub – features leading impact investors who have moved beyond the polarized trade-off debate to invest across the returns continuum. (Estimated time to read: 1 hour)

  • Yee Zhen Ang

    October 2, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    Continue your discussions about the Case Study on Babban Gona in Nigeria in the forum. Here’s a snapshot of what was discussed in some of the groups during the ‘live’ session.

  • Yee Zhen Ang

    December 14, 2023 at 10:24 am

    Please access the video recording of Session 1 here. Instructions on how to access (e.g. password) have been sent via email to all registered learners of the session.

    Do note that the video recording is only available for viewing until 20 June 2024.

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Inclusive Business

Companies may choose to adopt an inclusive business model or approach that provides goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis to people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP). Depending on the nature and size of the organisation, companies can do this by directly incorporating the BoP in their core value chain, or by piloting inclusive business initiatives through their corporate impact efforts.

Adapted from: Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN)


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This paper by CSR Asia outlines how inclusive business (IB) strategies can create shared value and walks through practical steps companies can take to develop an effective IB strategy. It makes a case for inclusive business and demonstrates how companies can leverage aspects of their value chain to create opportunities for low-income communities. You will also find a number of case studies from around the Asia region.

Corporate Foundation

Corporate foundations (or company-sponsored foundations) are philanthropic organisations that are created and financially supported by a corporation. The foundation is created as a separate legal entity from the corporation, but with close ties to the corporation. Corporate foundations tend to make grants in fields related to their corporate activities or in communities where the corporation operates, or where their employees reside.

Source: Council of Foundations

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Corporate Social Impact Accelerator

Companies may establish Social Impact Accelerators to help enterprises looking to address a social problem over an extended period of time with a mix of financial and non-financial support, including seed funding, mentorship, training, networking and working space.

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Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is any formally organised support or encouragement from companies to leverage employee time, knowledge, skills or other resources to support impact organisations. Employee engagement can vary from corporate volunteering (hands-on or skill-based, virtual or on-site volunteering) and/or corporate giving (payroll giving, employee matching) to co-investment programmes.

Source: EVPA, 2018

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to strategies that companies put into action as part of corporate governance that are designed to ensure the company’s operations are ethical and beneficial for society. These may include initiatives to support the environment, fair labour practices, philanthropy and/or sustainable business practices.

Adapted from: Corporate Finance Institute (CFI)

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Corporate Impact Fund

Corporate impact funds enable companies to make investments that are aligned with and amplified by their strategic priorities, market position and resources in order to generation measurable and mutually reinforcing social, environmental and financial returns and outcomes.

Adapted from: Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), 2021

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