Ecosystem Solutions for the Impact Economy

The “Impact Economy” is comprised of multiple businesses and organisations across a broad spectrum of sectors. However, it is generally defined by four different categories: Social Enterprises (businesses, NGO’s and hybrid organizations).

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These are the enterprises implementing solutions to social and ecological challenges; Investors/funders (impact investors, development finance institutions and other public sector funders, philanthropists and angel investors).

These funders are principally supporting the efforts of social enterprises; Intermediaries, are organisations that provide goods and services to both social enterprises and funders. What defines this group is its focus on impact; and finally, Research institutions. These are both academic organisations and others, which focus on the impact community with data and information to support decision making.  

This collectively is the Impact Economy.

This ecosystem is extremely young globally and particularly in Africa.  As an emerging sector it is often fragmented, inefficient and absent of the information needed to make informed choices.  Additionally, throughout the continent this ecosystem rarely forms part of policy frameworks or thinking at the municipal, regional or national levels.

Impact Amplifier functions across various dimensions of this ecosystem in multiple countries providing it with the perspective required to design and implement solutions to the fractures which exist.  To-date, Impact Amplifier has initiated:

  • Research: to support the ecosystem, which has ranged from understanding the impact economy in specific countries, sector specific knowledge to entice new social enterprise activity and the rationale and motivation for measuring impact.
  • Solutions: to various inefficiencies in the ecosystem that have included eliminating logistical challenges to small farmer inclusion in large supply chains; digitally tracking food parcel donations; innovative models for local economic development; and demand and supply alignment in the digital skills marketplace.  

Recent Work

The following reflects the projects Impact Amplifier was or is involved in from 2019 to the present timeframe.

Building Resilience and Impact Assessments

Client:

Nando's

Location:

South Africa, USA, United Kingdom, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi

Date:

2012 - Present

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Capacity Building Programme For Entrepreneurs and Intermediaries

Client:

SAIS

Location:

South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana

Date:

2019 - Present

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Africa Online Safety Fund

Client:

Google.org

Location:

Senegal, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia

Date:

June 2020 - Present

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South African Food Ecosystem Impact Assessment

Client:

FoodForward South Africa (FFSA)

Location:

South Africa

Date:

June 2020 - Present

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Digital Skills Marketplace

Client:

Google.org

Location:

South Africa

Date:

2019 - Present

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Social Innovation Accelerator and Fund

Client:

SAB Foundation

Location:

South Africa

Date:

2018 - Present

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Accelerating Social Enterprises

Impact Amplifier offers a range of acceleration and training programmes focused on getting social enterprises ready for investment.

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Impact Strategy and Measurement for Large Companies and Institutions

Impact Amplifier supports larger companies to create and measure their social and ecological impact.

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Investing into Social Enterprises

Impact Amplifier supports high growth impact businesses to access funding from both local and international investors.

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