Jasjit Singh

Professor of Strategy
Email jasjit.singh@insead.edu
Jacqueline Novogratz quits a prestigious banking job to pursue a career in development but discovers that achieving real impact is harder than she had imagined, especially as grant-funded non-profits often lack the skills and accountability to be really effective.

Published 12 Nov 2019

Reference 6551

Topic Responsibility

Industry Financial Services

Region Global

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Kiva is an online platform that sources crowdfunding for low-income borrowers. By 2018 it has facilitated $1.1 billion in loans to 2.5 million borrowers worldwide.

Published 24 Sep 2018

Reference 6433

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Industry Financial Services

Region Global

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CEMEX is a leading global player in the cement industry. Seeing an opportunity to increase its social impact while growing its emerging market business by addressing the latent demand for housing solutions among the low-income population, it launched a unique business initiative.

Published 24 Sep 2018

Reference 6401

Topic Responsibility

Region South America

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This case describes a policy maker who is reviewing evidence on the financial and social impact of giving low-income families access to high-quality preschools. In doing so, the case presents details of the oft-cited Perry Preschool study, which used a randomized experiment design for impact evaluation and cost-benefit analysis of one such programme.

Published 30 Oct 2017

Reference 6342

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Industry Program Development

Region North America

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After getting his MBA, Gib Bulloch pursues a conventional management consulting career with Accenture for seven years. Concerned that he is not contributing enough to society in his everyday work, he is given leave to work on a development project with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Macedonia. The experience strengthens his resolve to transition to a career with social impact.

Published 30 Oct 2017

Reference 6345

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Industry Consulting

Region Europe

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This case describes how an intrapreneur helped Credit Suisse launch a commercially viable impact investing business in Asia. It specifically details the investment strategy and process for a new impact fund aligning social impact objectives with commercial goals of the bank. It also presents two new investment opportunities needing evaluation.

Published 28 Aug 2017

Reference 6320

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Industry Venture Capital Private Equity Financial Services

Region Asia

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In the eight years since doing his MBA, John Wood has had a stellar career with Microsoft, where he is considered a rising star. But John feels a sense of purpose is missing from his corporate career.

Published 21 Apr 2017

Reference 6298

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Region Asia

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Having had a successful career in advertising, Trevor Field wanted to give back to society by establishing a social enterprise addressing the problem of access to clean drinking water among poor communities in South Africa. His solution involved an invention called the “PlayPump”, a merry-go-round that pumped water from deep under the ground every time that children spun the carrousel.

Published 21 Apr 2017

Reference 6299

Topic Responsibility

Industry Philanthropy Marketing and Advertising

Region Africa

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Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) is a global initiative integrating Unilever’s commercial and sustainability-related agenda. In this context, Unilever is reviewing the progress so far of its new “Perfect Village” initiative in Vietnam, which seeks to build a financially viable rural business that also makes a positive social impact.

Published 23 Nov 2015

Reference 6184

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Industry Consumer Goods Health, Wellness and Fitness

Region Asia

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This exercise helps students learn about and develop first-hand insights into the pros and cons of commonly employed approaches for causal inference and impact assessment. It involves analyzing data on effects of a hypothetical training programme using five approaches: cross-sectional comparison, pre-post comparison, difference-in-differences, matched sample analysis and randomized evaluation.

Published 26 Mar 2015

Reference 6128

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Region Global

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Kiva is an online platform that sources crowdfunding for low-income borrowers. By 2018 it has facilitated $1.1 billion in loans to 2.5 million borrowers worldwide.

Published 24 Sep 2018

Reference 6433

Topic Responsibility

Industry Financial Services

Region Global

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This case describes how an intrapreneur helped Credit Suisse launch a commercially viable impact investing business in Asia. It specifically details the investment strategy and process for a new impact fund aligning social impact objectives with commercial goals of the bank. It also presents two new investment opportunities needing evaluation.

Published 28 Aug 2017

Reference 6320

Topic Responsibility

Industry Venture Capital Private Equity Financial Services

Region Asia

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Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) is a global initiative integrating Unilever’s commercial and sustainability-related agenda. In this context, Unilever is reviewing the progress so far of its new “Perfect Village” initiative in Vietnam, which seeks to build a financially viable rural business that also makes a positive social impact.

Published 23 Nov 2015

Reference 6184

Topic Responsibility

Industry Consumer Goods Health, Wellness and Fitness

Region Asia

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