Emerging Topics Paper Series

Submissions are now being accepted for future Emerging Topics Papers. Check out our submission guidelines
17. Private Philanthropy: An overview on giving in the U.S. and worldwide (PDF) This white paper provides an overview on giving practices in the private sector.
16. Capital Sources for Social Enterprises (PDF) Entrepreneurs often do not play all of their cards when seeking funding. This paper will help you explore many of the options available.
15. Case Studies: Local Food & Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives in the United States (PDF) - The working paper compiles best practices from four communities and six local initiatives, highlighting communities and organizations across the country that pursue innovative projects to increase sustainable and local agricultural economies.

For the full report on Northern NM local food systems, visit REDI.
14. Alternative Capital For Credit Unions (PDF) - This paper discusses Member paid-in capital, Non-member paid-in capital, and subordinated debt as options available to low-income credit unions for income.
13. Debt Investment as a Tool For Value Transfer in Biodiversity Conservation (PDF) and Strategies (PDF) - This paper proposes the development of a new approach to environmental conservation by rewarding local environmental land protection in poor communities through access to credit and affordable financial services.
12. Seeking to Serve Millions, Not Hundreds - Helping US Microfinance Institutions Go Beyond What They Know (PDF) - This paper sheds light on the issue of under-banked and un-banked individuals within the United States and discusses the role of Micro Finance Institutions within the lending community.
11. Renewable Energy Potential in New Mexico Indian Pueblos Case Study DRAFT (PDF) - This draft discusses the need to diversify US energy sources through a collaborative effort between the US government, public and private sectors, and Native American Tribes.
10. Small Foundations: How to Invest in Microfinance (Paper) (PDF) and Presentation (PDF) - This analysis aims to assist small foundations in making decisions for sustainable microfinance investment.
9. Small Business Incubation and its Prospects in Indian Country (PDF) - This paper examines the prospect of a small business incubation system being used in native lands in order to further small business growth and sustainability. Updated December, 2012.
8. Online Communications for Change Presentations (PDF) and Discussion Notes (PDF) - The preceding materials are from a presentation on the role online communications plays in transforming civil society and how groups can leverage technologies to maximize their impact.  The author is Adam Rubel, Organizational Consultant,
7. Strategies for Managers Working within Founder's Syndrome Organizations (PDF) - This paper explores actions middle managers can take at social purpose organizations to address organizational challenges in founder-led organizations. Written by Jessica Shortall, Managing Director, Catalyst Strategy Advisors (, former Skoll Scholar, Saïd Business School, Oxford, U.K.
6. Microfinance as a Tool for Sustainable Urban Poverty Alleviation (PDF) - Working policy paper exploring measuring microfinance''s impact as a sustainable development tool for urban poverty alleviation and an action research presentation of how donors and other stakeholders can most effectively engage in this sector.
5. Positioning Microfinance Institutions for the Capital Markets (PDF) - Orientation to private investment in microfinance and what is needed to make it more common. Includes highlights of private investment deals. For a presentation on the topic, click here.
4. Microfinance & Health (PDF) - Working paper exploring the value and method to integrate these important development efforts. Submitted to BYU''s Center for Economic Self-Reliance 2004 Call for Papers. Written by Chandni Ohri, University of Washington Jackson School, and Program Officer, Grameen Foundation USA.
3. Currency Hedging for Microfinance (PDF) - Working paper exploring methods to overcome a serious risk factor impeding investment in international development. Written by Romi Bhatia, Columbia University SIPA.
2. Remesas a América Latina: impacto y oportunidades (Remittances to Latin America: Impact and Opportunity) (PDF) - Working paper in Spanish placing remittances in the development context and civil society. Written by Matias Bianchi, an Argentine scholar.
1. Microfinance & the Double Bottom Line (PDF) - Paper exploring the link to and value of Social Return and the Double Bottom Line for Microfinance Institutions, including Double Bottom Line efforts in other industries. Original research was funded by the Ford Foundation for the MicroCapital Institute.

Emerging Topics Papers Series Submission Guidelines: Social Enterprise Associates is seeking new Emerging Topics papers. Submissions should seek to reveal new understandings, challenge established concepts, and advance industry thinking. Finished papers will be less than 20 pages and understandable to a broad audience. To express interest, please send a short email (less than one page) detailing your social enterprise paper topic, why it is important, your bio, and the organizations mentioned, email We welcome already written works seeking wider distribution, as well as new efforts. Marketing and promotion strategies are explored mutually on a case-by-case basis.
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