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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Going Postal: Is postal banking a key to financial inclusion?

By James Militzer — WDI

The U.S. Postal Service is losing some $5 billion a year. Bank branches are closing throughout low-income and rural areas. Could both problems be solved by converting the Post Office into a bank? Many countries in the developed and developing world have already done it. We highlight two opinions on whether the U.S. should follow suit in this Roundup.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Learning from What Works: IFC’s new report on inclusive business includes lessons for each phase of the value chain

By Eriko Ishikawa and Kathleen Gaertner Mignano

In its latest report, Shared Prosperity through Inclusive Business: How Successful Companies Reach the Base of the Pyramid, the IFC summarizes practical lessons from clients that successfully reach low-income people as suppliers or customers. There are lessons for each phase of the value chain that can be adapted to the context of a particular sector or region. 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Curbing the "Impact Impostors": The growing movement toward transparency in impact investing

By William Burckart

Impact investing's rising popularity has spawned some unfortunate side effects. For instance, as demand for a social component has grown among investors, so have efforts to brand standard equity investments with the impact label – even when their actual impact is negligible. In the final post of his series, Bill Burckart details the efforts of policy makers, regulators and investors to address this issue.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blurring the Boundaries: How impact investing is shifting paradigms in the public, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors

By William Burckart

As impact investing has grown, it has begun to reshape traditional approaches to financing socially focused initiatives – sometimes to the point where paradigms start to shift. In part two of his series on new frontiers in impact investing, William Burckart discusses the implications of these changes for the public, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

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