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We believe that applying ethical, social and environmental values to each investment decision builds a better world and helps us generate attractive returns for our investors.
We strive to influence the investment industry to incorporate best practices and work with fund managers and investee companies to improve their Environmental, Social, Governance & Impact (ESG&I) performance. To report on our progress, since 2012, we have been publishing an annual Values Report.
In the 2017 Values Report, we consolidated the data on 22 IRIS metrics, measuring the impact of over 200 of our portfolio companies across more than 50 countries in Frontier and Emerging Markets. We also included 11 case studies that provide a window into how our capital is creating impact on the ground.
We recognize the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a universal framework for sustainable development. So this year, we mapped each of our 200+ investee companies’ alignment with the individual Goals and found that we are most closely aligned with Goal 5 (Gender Equality), Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions). We will work with other stakeholders to establish and adopt common SDG measurement and reporting methodology.
In June 2017, Sarona signed the Stockholm Declaration alongside leading European investors and government entities, representing over $200bn AUM. Co-led by the UN Global Compact and GRI, and supported by UNPRI, this initiative represents a first-of-its-kind commitment by private and public sector players to work together on setting measurement and reporting standards for the SDGs.
Here is a snapshot of the impacts Sarona’s companies achieved in 2016:
“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.”- Kofi Annan
These words spoken by former Secretary General Kofi Annan, in his opening remarks at the UN commission on the Status of Women, are among the main goals envisioned in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals endorsed by heads of state and government, and high representatives at the United Nations. This goal is shared by many NGOs in the developing world, including MEDA, whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty.
Business opportunities for women require collaboration with various market and value chain actors. In the GROW context, this looks like moving products from input suppliers to farmers, who then produce with access to extension, technology, information, transport and other support services offered by the private sector. From there, the end product is delivered to the end customer. Therefore, the relationship between and among market players, especially between farmers, agribusinesses, and buyers are crucially important in facilitating a productive market system.
The implementation of the GROW project started in 2013 with a goal of reaching 20,000 women farmers using a value chain approach. Through a mixed methods approach including interviews and surveys, this case study examines the role of these market actors and their productivity as they have engaged with the GROW project and female farmers. The results will help MEDA to learn about the impact it is making in this market system, and will be shared with partners.
The Ukraine Horticulture Development Project (UHDP) assists farmers to adopt modern technologies, increase productivity and deliver premium quality greenhouse crops, berries and table grapes to markets in which they have a competitive advantage.
In its final year of operation, UHDP has assisted over 6,587 direct farmers with more than 3,750 participating in six clustered geographic locations. The project uses market consolidation to encourage small farmers to work together to better reach valuable markets. In 2013, over 2,600 UHDP farmers generated 11 metric tons of greenhouse and horticulture crops worth $10.5 million, which they sold to national food retail chains and exported to Russia. About 40% of project clients are women. Agro Capital Management has conducted new farm equipment sales valued at $5 million sold to 737 small farmers, 36% of which are women.
This is the final of six in MEDA’s ‘YouthInvest Praxis Series’ - a group of reflective publications developed over the course of the YouthInvest (YI) project in Morocco and Egypt to assess the impact of MEDA’s interventions in order to learn from and strengthen them.
In this document, MEDA builds the business case for MFIs to serve youth more actively with either existing or new youth-tailored loans by demonstrating that youth represent a viable market for the MFIs. The four drivers that can guide MFIs to serve youth sustainably are: operational profitability, portfolio quality, cost of serving youth, and cross-selling potential.
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