Case Studies

At Impact Intelligence, we are proud to use our innovative methodologies to support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of issues across various themes.

Our case studies provide real-world examples of the diverse and impactful projects we have undertaken, and we look forward to partnering with you to make a positive impact on your own work.

Social Investment in Action in Asia

Social Investment in Action in Asia

By leveraging cutting-edge AI tools, this project stands as a pioneering effort to understand and enhance social investment efforts across Asia, demonstrating the potential of technology to drive significant advancements in the field of impact investing.

Social Investment in Action in Asia

The Challenge

In an effort to comprehensively understand and showcase the breadth and depth of social investments by its network members in Asia, the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) wanted to map out the diverse and impactful activities of their members for developing better products and offerings, as well as communicating best practices across the region. Given the extensive and diverse nature of the sources where the information can be found, traditional data collection and analysis methods were insufficient for capturing the comprehensive landscape of impact investments, and too time consuming to be feasible from the perspective of time and cost.

Our Solutions

Our approach involved scanning 200,000 global news sources to identify mentions of AVPN members, followed by the analysis of 1.8 million articles where these members were mentioned in relation to impact-driven activities. This was achieved through a combination of AI-powered text analytics, including Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing, to ensure accurate classification and reduction of data redundancy. The analysis led to the identification of 8,800 member activities over 18 months, which were meticulously categorized based on various criteria such as geography, social causes, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Results

The results were displayed in an interactive dashboard, which offers a detailed overview of the social investment landscape in Asia, providing valuable insights into geographical distribution, member activities, and social causes. This tool not only facilitates strategic decision-making for AVPN and its members, but also promotes collaboration and gap analysis within the impact ecosystem. By leveraging cutting-edge AI tools, this project stands as a pioneering effort to understand and enhance social investment efforts across Asia, demonstrating the potential of technology to drive significant advancements in the field of impact investing.

Inclusive Health, Sustainable Agriculture, and Climate in Asia-Pacific and Latin America: Barriers and Entrepreneurial Solutions

Inclusive Health, Sustainable Agriculture, and Climate in Asia-Pacific and Latin America: Barriers and Entrepreneurial Solutions

The study paints a comprehensive picture of barriers, solutions, and enabling factors related to inclusive health, sustainable agriculture, and climate in 65 countries in Asia-Pacific and Latin America. It does so by leveraging AI-powered text analytics techniques to extract and aggregate insights from news coverage, social media discussions, and scholarly publications.

Inclusive Health, Sustainable Agriculture, and Climate in Asia-Pacific and Latin America: Barriers and Entrepreneurial Solutions

The Challenge

Following our successful collaboration to understand the challenges to inclusive health in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Bayer Foundation and the Global Alliance sought to broaden the study to map the barriers to inclusive health, sustainable agriculture, and climate across Latin America and the Asia-Pacific. The study sought to identify challenges as well as entrepreneurial solutions across 65 countries in the two regions.

Our Solutions

We gathered 2.5 million news articles, academic papers, and social media posts in 10 languages from 65 countries across Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. The multi-language, multi-geography analysis of this data was possible by harnessing the power of our AI-driven text analytics toolbox, allowing machines to perform computations and run AI models around the clock for a span of 10 weeks in the cloud. This led to the identification of 21 primary barriers and 109 sub-barriers related to inclusive health, sustainable agriculture, and climate in Latin America and Asia-Pacific, along with entrepreneurial solutions to the barriers and sub-barriers. Furthermore, the barriers and sub-barriers were quantified in terms of volumes, trends, and gender-related dimensions. To ensure the accuracy of our findings, we conducted three workshops with experts from both regions.

The Results

A selection of results was published in the World Economic Forum’s Strategic Intelligence platform. For more granularity, we developed an interactive dashboard where you can view the results and drill down into areas of interest. The insights derived from our quantitative and qualitative analyses will be published by the Global Alliance in the coming months to inform investments and partnerships in the areas of inclusive health, sustainable agriculture, and climate.

Inclusive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Barriers and Entrepreneurial Solutions

Inclusive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Barriers and Entrepreneurial Solutions

The World Economic Forum's Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship wanted to understand the role of social entrepreneurs in improving healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1.5 million news articles, academic articles, and social media posts related to inclusive health in the region were analyzed to identify barriers to inclusive health and solutions created by social entrepreneurs. The insights from the analysis were used in the Alliance's report on inclusive health in Sub-Saharan Africa, informing investments, partnerships, and actions to nourish the enabling environment for social entrepreneurs attempting to tackle barriers to inclusive health in the region.

Inclusive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Barriers and Entrepreneurial Solutions

The Challenge

The World Economic Forum’s Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship was looking to understand the role of social entrepreneurs in improving healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. To do this, they needed a comprehensive understanding of the barriers to inclusive health and potential solutions to address them.

Our Solution

Impact Intelligence provided AI-driven data and insights to support the Alliance’s Actionable Insights Report. We analyzed more than 1.5 million news articles, academic articles, and social media posts related to inclusive health in Sub-Saharan Africa, both in English and various local languages. We identified ten broad barriers to inclusive health and mapped them to related solutions created by social entrepreneurs. Additionally, we calculated the correlation of each barrier with gender inequality and conducted temporal and geographical analyses to understand the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on inclusive health and identify clusters of countries facing similar struggles.

The Results

The uncovered insights were used in the Alliance’s report on inclusive health in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report informs investments, partnerships, and actions to nourish the enabling environment for social entrepreneurs attempting to tackle barriers to inclusive health in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Uncovering Strategic Opportunities to Support International Partnerships

Uncovering Strategic Opportunities to Support International Partnerships

An intergovernmental organization needed to understand the development of different sustainability oriented sectors globally and identify...

Uncovering Strategic Opportunities to Support International Partnerships

The Challenge

An intergovernmental organization needed to understand the development of different sustainability-oriented sectors globally and identify strategic opportunities for international partnerships. They needed a comprehensive view of 12 different sectors, including current developments, priorities and strengths, investment opportunities, and leading companies.

Our Solution

We employed a framework with a variety of data sources, including academic articles, R&D funding data, patents, and news articles, to create a Sector Mapping for the 12 sectors. Using AI-powered text analytics techniques, we mapped out the developments and current discussions to create a detailed report about the sectors globally and on the level of specific countries, allowing for comparisons.

The Results

The Sector Mapping allowed the intergovernmental organization to identify gaps and priorities, investment and business opportunities, as well as leading companies, universities, or research groups within the sectors and different regions. This in-depth analysis enabled them to pinpoint strategic opportunities for international partnerships.

Investing in the Future through SDGs

Investing in the Future through SDGs

With UNDP China, a study was conducted through data mining and desk research, as well as expert interviews and the analysis of policy documents and statistical data to identify the Investment Opportunity Areas (IOAs) in healthcare, agriculture, and the care economy in China. The study provided clear investment opportunities that will have a financial return while also generating a positive impact for people and the planet, and was used to inform impact investors through the UNDP SDG Investor Platform.

Investing in the Future through SDGs

The Challenge

The UNDP wanted to create a platform that helps guide private capital toward investment opportunities with a positive impact as well as return on investment. To do this, they created a framework that is being adopted globally through UNDP Country Offices. UNDP asked us to map Investment Opportunity Areas (IOAs) for different sectors in China, including healthcare, agriculture, and the care economy.

Our Solution

We worked with UNDP China to identify IOAs for different sectors in China. The first step was to identify Chinese provinces of interest for each subsector by mapping provinces in terms of policy support and development need. This was done by collecting and analyzing each province’s policy documents and statistical data. After the priority provinces were selected for each subsector, relevant experts were identified and interviewed. Combined with data mining and desk research, a list of IOAs was generated, and supporting information was collected.

The Results

The study identified key Investment Opportunity Areas in healthcare, agriculture, and the care economy to inform impact investors through the UNDP SDG Investor Platform. The study provided clear investment opportunities that will have a financial return while also generating a positive impact for people and the planet.

Voice of Female Entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Voice of Female Entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Bayer Foundation's understanding of the challenges faced by female entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa was supported through the analysis of the stories of female entrepreneurs submitted to the Women Empowerment Award using a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches, including AI-powered text analytics. The study enabled Bayer Foundation to create tailored supporting mechanisms and the findings were published in a white paper.

Voice of Female Entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Challenge

Female entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa face numerous challenges in the process of starting and running their enterprises. To understand these challenges and develop tailored supporting mechanisms, Bayer Foundation encouraged the applicants for their 2022 Women Empowerment Award to share their stories.

Our Solution

We helped Bayer Foundation analyze the stories shared by the applicants using a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches, including AI-powered text analytics. We identified the main challenges and mapped their interconnections.

The Results

The study helped Bayer Foundation understand the different challenges faced by female entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa, which enabled them to create tailored supporting mechanisms. The findings were published in a white paper, which can be found here.

Tracking Sustainability in Corporate Communications

Tracking Sustainability in Corporate Communications

A leading FMCG company wanted to understand how their brands were communicating about sustainability on social media and press releases. They needed to know which topics each brand was focusing on and how that compared to their peers.

Tracking Sustainability in Corporate Communications

The Challenge

A leading FMCG company wanted to understand how their brands were communicating about sustainability on social media and press releases. They needed to know which topics each brand was focusing on and how that compared to their peers.

Our Solution

We conducted a comprehensive analysis of their brands’ and peers’ communications on sustainability and corporate image. We used natural language processing, understanding, and generation to analyze more than 100,000 news articles and 15,000 social media posts.

The Results

Our analysis enabled our client to make their brands more sustainability-driven and impact-driven through their communications. With the insights gained from our analysis, they were able to make better choices when it comes to communication.

Contact us

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