Asset-based Development, India, Startups

Can investors really “add value beyond money?”

Last month, I spoke with a veteran entrepreneur about some advice he had given a first-timer about whether to take money from an investor. The younger asked, "What value do they add beyond money? What kind of technical assistance, etc.?" The older--who has received at best intermittent support from us at First Light--replied "Just take… Continue reading Can investors really “add value beyond money?”

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Aid, Asset-based Development, Books, Cuba, Mexico, Startups

Today’s homework

If you work in international relations, development or health, you probably have written up some glossy report you are convinced no one will ever read. Today, I will dive into that murky world of readerless reports. On the list: Asset-Based Approaches to Poverty Reduction in a Global Context (Brookings) The Future of Globalization (CG Researcher)… Continue reading Today’s homework

Aid, Asset-based Development, Ecuador

On Social Capital and Community Assets

Over the course of the last couple weeks, we have begun to plan and implement a series of surveys in five communities around where MPI operates. But there will be something a little different about these surveys. Instead of traditional needs assessments, we've decided to take a different tack on surveying our communities. To do… Continue reading On Social Capital and Community Assets