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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Zurich Pledges to Focus 10% of Investments on Delivering 'Positive Impact'

Source: BusinessGreen

Insurance group Zurich has revealed plans to plough around $100m into companies and projects that have a positive environmental or social impact.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

Why Is Financial Inclusion so High on the Development Agenda?

Source: Huffington Post

There are several clear reasons why the development community views financial inclusion as an important ingredient for economic and social progress.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

Who cares about socially responsible retirement plans?

Source: Benefits Pro

Study results and a new tool to screen mutual funds for fossil fuels.
Monday, September 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

Kresge Steps Up Social Investment Strategy, Commits to Invest $350 Million by 2020

Source: Crain's Detroit Business

The Kresge Foundation's board of trustees has stepped up its social investment plans with a commitment to invest $350 million, or 10 percent of the value of its endowment, in socially beneficial efforts by 2020.
Monday, September 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Women-Focused Funds Make Money, Create Controversy

Source: Tulsa World

Jason Baron uses an unusual metric for sizing up stocks: women. From his perch at U.S. Trust in Boston, Baron works in a small but growing part of the money-management business that’s trying to sell the idea that when it comes to investing, gender pays.
Friday, September 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Investors Avoid Impact Investing Due to Complexity, Says Barclays

Source: New Model Adviser

Investors are avoiding putting money in projects that deliver financial returns while having a positive social or environmental impact because they believe they are too complex, according to research.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

$30 Million Committed to Australian Impact Investment Fund

Source: Pro Bono Australia

Superannuation fund HESTA has committed $30 million to create an impact investment fund managed by Social Ventures Australia, which is said to be the single largest investment of its kind in Australia to date.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Big Data in the Backroads of Africa Will Help Feed the Hungry

Source: The Times of Israel

To do good, gathering donations from good-hearted people isn’t enough. The most efficient and effective way to bring about positive change is through business, partnering the profit motive with a project that helps improve lives.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Social Entrepreneur Interview Series: Meet Jennifer Nantale of Nyaka

Source: The Huffington Post

Every day, social entrepreneurs from around the world are seizing opportunities others miss to improve broken systems, innovate and develop solutions to change society for the better. Over the past few months, I've traveled to India, Brazil, Southeast Asia, East Africa, Western Europe and the U.S. to visit 50 NGOs and social enterprises with my team at Epic Foundation.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Drinkable Book: The Pages Contain Instructions and Can Be Used as High-Tech Water Filters

Source: TreeHugger

Here's a very clever idea: A book that not only contains information about clean drinking water printed on its pages, but the actual pages themselves can be torn off and used as high-tech filters that will remove 99% of bacteria from the filtered water. The idea came out of Dr. Theresa Dankovich's chemistry PhD work at McGill University in Montreal, during which she invented a new bactericidal silver nanoparticle paper and a green method of producing it using cheap and benign processes. She and her team are now trying to make the Drinkable Book a reality to contribute to the effort to bring clean water to the 663 million people who don't have access to it, according to the World Health Organization/ UNICEF Joint Monitoring Project.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing Turns Out to Be a Sustainable Business

Source: The Economic Times

Fence-sitters, naysayers, and doubting Thomases amongst investors who always sought proof that impact investing - investments made with the intent of generating environmental and social benefit alongside a financial return - is worthwhile and profi table can now write out their cheques without losing sleep.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

5 Smart, Sustainable Innovations Ready to Take Over the Developing World

Source: Take Part

The social enterprises will receive mentoring from venture capitalists and entrepreneurs on how to scale their ideas.
Monday, August 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

Who Said Big Foundations Can’t Change? Four Takeaways from MacArthur’s Makeover

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Last week, the foundation announced a major streamlining of its priorities; this week it gave a glimpse of how it would operate by unveiling a “big bet” on curbing climate change. Here are four takeaways from this makeover worth spotlighting, along with one question to ponder.
Thursday, August 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

6 Questions To Ask Before You Invest In A Social Enterprise

Source: Fast CoExist

If you’re thinking about joining this growing movement, here's what you need to consider before you get started.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: 73% of Investment Professionals Use ESG Information When Making Investment Decisions

Source: Business Wire

Almost three-quarters of investment professionals worldwide (73 percent) take environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues into consideration in the investment process, according to the CFA Institute ESG Survey.
Monday, August 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

With an Eye to Impact, Investing Through a ‘Gender Lens’

Source: The New York Times

Ellen Remmer had wanted to align her investments with her values for years, seeking to put her money into stocks and bonds that would have an impact beyond the returns. For her, this meant investing in organizations that either improved the lot of women and girls or helped the environment.
Friday, August 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Five Mistakes That Social Entrepreneurs Make When Crafting Their Brand

Source: Skoll Foundation

As a brand developer, I’ve met countless social entrepreneurs all over the world: people with an extreme passion for social or environmental impact. They have a lot to master in order to make their ventures succeed – from setting up a production chain, to technology, HR, complex investment structures, and more.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

MasterCard Foundation to Invest in Ugandan Companies

Source: New Vision

Uganda is among eight countries set to receive USD50m (Sh177b) by the Master Card Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity to fund innovations aimed at improving access to finance in rural populations in sub Saharan Africa.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Rapid Rise of Impact Investing

Source: BD Live

Investing in companies that create social, environmental and economic value is a trend that has been increasing worldwide. This type of triple-bottom-line investing is commonly called impact investing and last year, financial services giant JPMorgan estimated that the market was worth $60bn worldwide — and growing.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: TIAA-CREF Expands Suite of Responsible Investment Funds

Source: Business Wire

Social Choice International Equity and Social Choice Low Carbon Equity Funds launched in response to growing investor interest.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — South Asia

Silicon Valley VC firm Social+Capital Partnership lines up over $1B for India by 2025

Source: VC Circle

Four-year-old Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Social+Capital Partnership plans to invest over $1 billion in Indian companies in sectors such as financial services, energy, infrastructure and agriculture.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

INTERVIEW: GiveDirectly co-founder, on what its $25M grant will mean for cash transfers to the poor

Source: Devex

A Q&A with GiveDirectly co-founder Paul Niehaus, on how GiveDirectly hopes to improve individual lives and reshape international giving.
Friday, August 7, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Report: Kenya “clear hub” for impact investing in East Africa

Source: Disrupt Africa

Kenya is the clear hub for impact investing in East Africa, accounting to more than half the impact capital deployed in the region, according to new research by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and Open Capital Advisors.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

Are Governments 'Paying for Failure' With Social Impact Bonds?

Source: Governing Magazine

Three years ago, New York City launched an ambitious and unprecedented social policy experiment at its jail on Rikers Island. Thousands of teenage inmates began receiving group therapy aimed at improving their moral reasoning by addressing their beliefs and thought processes in a step-by-step treatment. The goal was to reduce the number of repeat offenses once the inmates were released. Academic studies using the method, known as moral reconation therapy, had reported success in reducing recidivism. Still, no one had ever scaled up these studies to accommodate anything like the 9,240 inmates the four-year Rikers Island program aimed to serve. This month, the program is coming to an abrupt end.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

How California's Asset Pension System Uses Investments To Agitate for Social Change

Source: Barrons

Calpers, the nation’s largest pension fund, offers lessons to families with a bent for social-impact investing, blending ideology with a realistic view.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

Wall Street not giving up on U.S. social impact bonds

Source: Reuters

Wall Street firms like Deutsche Bank , Santander Bank and Bank of America are still interested in backing U.S. social impact bonds, despite the failure of the first such initiative.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: We Need to Prove Impact Investing Makes a Difference

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

While measuring impact is complicated, investors, grant makers, and nonprofit organization need to have some way to assess, manage, and communicate their real impact.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

East Africa Emerges as Global Hub for Impact Investing

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Investments focused on fostering social or environmental goals are playing an increasing role in East Africa, which a new report says is a global center for so-called impact investing.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

A New Model of Health Workforce Training

Source: Development Policy Centre

A new model of health workforce training has the potential to be an innovative, cost-effective, catalytic initiative that can build national health systems, empower women and make itself obsolete in a decade.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — Latin America

Social Impact Bonds Are Coming to the Tropics

Source: Huffington Post

Recent developments indicate that Latin America may become a robust new frontier market for social impact bonds, with a rich set of multiple-player ecosystems.
Monday, July 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Village Capital Announces World's Largest Peer Selected Venture Capital Fund

Source: MarketWatch

VilCap Investments New Fund Continues Using Peer-Selection Model to Support Entrepreneurs Solving the World's Most Pressing Problems.
Friday, July 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact investing could help plug $2.5 trillion funding gap for development

Source: The Guardian

Socially responsible investment can help tackle poverty, hunger and climate change. Can the fragmented industry overcome its barriers to becoming a real force for good?
Thursday, July 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Is Too Much Funding Going to Social Entrepreneurs—And Too Little to Social Movements?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Are social movements more effective at bringing about large-scale change than social entrepreneurs? And if they are, why are so many funders excited about the latter compared to the former?
Thursday, July 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Who’s the Next Impact Target After Goldman Sachs Snaps Up Imprint Capital?

Source: Impact Alpha

Goldman Sachs’ move to buy San Francisco-based Imprint Capital has the small community of impact investment asset managers and dealmakers buzzing about who might next be asked to dance by a Wall Street suitor.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: “Social Responsibility” in Investments is Open to Interpretation

Source: Casa Grande Dispatch

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker has a fascinating idea: People get nicer over time.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

These Early Tesla Investors Are Pouring Millions Into Companies That Could Change the World

Source: Co.Exist

Ten years ago when Nancy Pfund first started making social impact investments, many people were skeptical about the idea of investing both for profit and social benefit. You either made money or you did good, but rarely both. "It was unheard of by most," she says. "There was a very limited set of investors who were prepared to take the plunge."
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

When Impact Investing Stays Local

Source: The New York Times

By the mid-1990s, the Houghton family, whose wealth is derived from the glass and ceramic material manufacturer Corning, was into its sixth generation. Many of the cousins felt they had lost touch and were drifting away from the family.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

“empowering people. Award” to Identify Tech-Based Social Solutions Is Looking for Nominations

Source: Social Story

The “empowering people. Award” was launched at an event in Munich with the online participation of a large international community. Inventors and developer teams are called on here to submit their low-tech innovations in one of eight categories that cover the main areas of basic supply in impoverished regions. The potential to be embedded in entrepreneurial models providing sustainable help to individuals and communities in developing regions is one of the pivotal criteria.
Thursday, July 2, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can a Bajaji Change a Teen Girl's Life?

Source: PSI Impact

“Human-centered design has a role in solving every problem,” says Pam Scott, a serial design thinker whose career has wended from advertising to customer research to a board seat at to a current chapter that might be dubbed activist philanthropy. A born connector, Scott has spent nearly three decades working at the intersection of design and impact, and much of her power lies at getting the right people in the room and prompting them to ask — and answer — the right questions.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Profits Meets Philanthropy in ‘Pay-For-Success’ Investments — Horizons

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Do you care about reducing the prison population? Want to create work opportunities for homeless people? Re-employ veterans? Well, a new model of investing allows you to fund such projects — and even take home a profit.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

Early Tesla Motors Investors Raise $400 Million Impact VC Fund

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Two early investors in Tesla Motors Inc.TSLA +0.96% teamed up and raised a $400 million venture capital fund to back startups that have a positive social or environmental impact, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Report: Private Impact Investing Funds Yielded Financial Performance in Line With Non-Impact Funds

Source: Digital Journal

Private impact investment funds -- specifically private equity and venture capital funds -- that pursue social impact objectives have recorded financial returns in line with a comparative universe of funds that only pursue financial returns.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

U.S. States Want to Do Good: Here's How Wall St. Is Helping

Source: CNBC

Goldman Sachs could be coming to a pre-K program near you. Or, at least, that may be the case in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Calvert Expands Responsible Indexes; Launches New Funds

Source: Business Wire

Calvert Investments, Inc., a global leader in Responsible Investing, announced today a major new initiative that the firm describes as the next step in the evolution of responsible investing. The firm is building upon its global Responsible Investing research expertise and has launched a suite of Responsible Indexes and related lower cost Index Funds that will track them.
Friday, June 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Ford Shifts Grant Making to Focus Entirely on Inequality

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The fight against inequality will take center stage at the Ford Foundation under a sweeping overhaul announced today by the nation’s second biggest philanthropy.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

Solving Complex Social Problems Through Collaboration

Source: Harvard Business Review

Geneva Global, a tiny but mighty philanthropic consulting firm that specializes in international development, is helping to change the world from its small suburban corner of Wayne, Pa. With a team of just 52 staff members, they are quietly igniting social good on a global scale through the repetitive flexing of an approach called dumbbell collaboration.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — Asia Pacific

$100 Million for Social Startups in Australia

Source: Pro Bono Australia

Socially and environmentally conscious startups are set to benefit from the creation of the new $100 million Impact Investment Funds - said to be one of Australia’s biggest.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

Double Duty Dollars: Behind the Crazy Idea That Investors Can Make Money and Change the World at the Same Time

Source: Forbes

In 2001, after 29 years cultivating Napa’s Silver Oak Cellars and its iconic cabernet sauvignon, Justin and Bonny Meyer sold their 50% stake to partner Ray Duncan for $110 million. With Justin’s health iffy, they hoped it would give them more time together forphilanthropy and to build their newer winery, Meyer Family Cellars. But just eight months later Justin died of a heart attack at 63, leaving Bonny, then 52, to manage the money and their shared charitable mission.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 — South Asia

What India’s Microloan Meltdown Taught One Entrepreneur

Source: Wall Street Journal

Vikram Akula speaks about what went wrong in 2010 and what’s next.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Morgan Stanley Extends Commitment to Sustainable Investing with Its Inaugural Green Bond

Source: MarketWatch

Morgan Stanley announced today that it has closed on the issuance of a $500 million green bond, the Firm’s inaugural green bond and the latest step in the Firm’s ongoing strategy to advance market-based solutions to social and environmental challenges.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

With Diverse Tools, OPIC Guides Impact Investing for U.S. Government

Source: Forbes

Root Capital CEO Willy Foote interviews OPIC’s President and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield, on impact investing and OPIC’s evolving role in development.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Impact Investment Fund launches: a new $100 million socially-conscious Aussie start-up fund

Source: Financial Review

The constrained Australian venture capital industry is about to receive a $100 million infusion earmarked for companies that promise to do good for society or the environment.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Five Indicators Show Growth in Social Purpose at World’s Largest Companies

Source: 3BL Media

Growth in five key indicators between 2012 and 2014 illustrate the expanding application of corporate skills and resources to solving societal challenges.
Friday, May 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Young Founders of STAWI Win $15,000 Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award for Responsible Entrepreneurship in East Africa

Source: PR Newswire

At a reception in Nairobi today the Bata Shoe Foundation announced that STAWI, a Kenyan business that processes perishable fruits, grains, and cereals into gluten free flour, is the winner of the $15,000Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award for young responsible entrepreneurship in East Africa. Two runners up - GreenChar and KARIBU Solar Power - received $5,000 each. The Award was established in 2014 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late CEO of the Bata Shoe Organization, known as "Shoemaker to the World." It provides funding and mentoring for young entrepreneurs inEast Africa who demonstrate a commitment to the values that guided Mr. Bata's leadership of the organization for four decades.
Friday, May 29, 2015 — South Asia

India's microfinance loans are growing at a scorching pace, but it's a warning signal

Source: First Post

The institutions that give tiny loans to the poor somehow seem to be rediscovering their long-lost obsession for rocket-speed loan growth — the same mistake that once shattered the entire industry.
Friday, May 29, 2015 — Latin America

Latin America development bank CAF eyes presence in Cuba

Source: Reuters

The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) aims to be the first multilateral lender present in Cuba, its executive president said on Thursday, as the communist-run island seeks foreign investment amid a diplomatic opening to the United States.
Friday, May 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

70% of institutional investors turning down projects on environmental, social and governance grounds


Seven out of ten institutional investors interviewed by PwC say they would decline to take part in a private equity fund raising or would turn down a co-investment on environmental, social and governance risk grounds.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 — South Asia

Why India's farm sector is getting increasing attention from impact investors

Source: Economic Times

Impact investors are now turning their focus to agriculture and its allied fields, after a decade of attention to microfinance, financial inclusion and healthcare.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — South Asia

Swiss investor Rianta Capital Zurich is scouting for impact investments in India

Source: Tech In Asia

Switzerland-based impact investor Rianta Capital Zurich has partnered with Villgro, India’s social enterprise incubator, to scout for funding opportunities in agriculture and allied sectors.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — Latin America

Catholic Trust Looks to Brazilian Fund for Social Returns

Source: The New York Times

A Brazilian investment fund is taking to heart theVatican’s endorsement of leveraging capitalism’s tools to help address inequality.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

‘Socially Responsible’ Investing Has Beaten the S&P 500 for Decades

Source: MarketWatch

Socially responsible investing is gaining major traction, thanks in part to the emergence in the U.S. of “impact investing,” a concept that started in the U.K.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: OPIC awards seven clients Impact Awards for excellence in development

Source: OPIC

OPIC recognized seven clients for excellence in development at its May 19 Impact Awards. Clients were recognized for projects that bring electricity to remote villages in India, financial services to small businesses in the Middle East, affordable education to poor families in Sub-Saharan Africa and much more.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

JPMorgan Chase says $34 million already committed to Detroit

Source: Detroit News

One year after pledging to invest $100 million in Detroit over five years, JPMorgan Chase & Co. says $34 million has so far been committed in the Motor City.
Monday, May 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opinion: Entrepreneur-Led Development - A New Model for Africa

Source: AFK Insider

Aid-based approaches have improved untold millions of lives across the continent, but it is the economic opportunity side of the development coin that will have more catalytic impact in driving development on the African continent, says Tony Elumelu.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Older Investors Opening Up to Socially Conscious Investing

Source: InvestmentNews

Younger investors have long been interested in socially conscious investing, but a new report from Spectrum Group indicates that older investors — loath to “throw away” money — are starting to turn to funds that espouse a cause, as long as they get a return.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Why "Design for Development" Is Failing on Its Promise

Source: Fast Company

A couple of years ago, I had a moment of crisis about the role of design in tackling the challenges of our time.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: SOCAP Open Is Live, Accepting Session Ideas for SOCAP15

Source: PitchEngine

SOCAP, the world’s largest conference for social enterprise and impact investing, launches SOCAP Open and is accepting session ideas for SOCAP15, now through June 7th.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — Latin America

Harnessing Social Impact Investing in Latin America

Source: The Huffington Post

For many, Latin America is associated with a laundry list of negatives: drugs, corruption, gang violence and transnational crime. However, our new reportHarnessing Social Impact Investing in Latin America, helps to dispel some of these myths. In fact, in the realm of social impact investing, it is on the forefront of rapidly-changing global trends.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Does "Socially Responsible Investing" Mean Anything to You?

Source: Millionaire Corner

The unusual aspect of socially responsible investing is that while some people swear by it as a way to improve the world and make some money doing so, other investors don’t even know it is a consideration.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Viewpoint: What If African Nations Operated As One Big Innovation Ecosystem?

Source: Quartz

With the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) around the corner, I am eagerly waiting to meet the creators of the latest innovations that were shortlisted for the Award. I find myself preoccupied with a subject that both excites me and exasperates me in equal measures: building African innovation ecosystems.
Monday, May 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Overcoming the Psychology of the Social Entrepreneur

Source: Entrepreneur

The journey of entrepreneurship, though rewarding in some aspects, can be one of the most psychologically draining experiences one may ever face. According to today’s status quo of existence, the perception of corporate anxiety is well known, supported and actively spotlighted that ascension of the corporate ladder is a dream fully realized. Is the same ecosystem available to entrepreneurs? No. It is the complete opposite. Our culture idolizes successful entrepreneurs and expects that they use their psychological lows to fuel their innovations and breakthroughs. Furthermore, they are expected to display mockery of their struggles to prove perseverance and inspire the next wave of entrepreneurs and transform industry paradigms. Yet this societal expectation comes at a price- a price tag that only entrepreneurs pay with their mind.
Monday, May 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Eyes on the Prize: Ahmad Ashkar


If you’ve followed social entrepreneurship news even slightly in the past few years, you won’t have failed to witness the unstoppable rise of the Hult Prize.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact Engine Announces Angel Network for Social-Impact Investing

Source: Chicago Tribune

Chicago-based Impact Engine on Tuesday announced a new angel network as a way to tap into a growing interest in social impact companies among local investors.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

A Look at Endowments and Responsible Investing

Source: ValueWalk

The April 2015 Commonfund Study of Responsible Investing analyzes policies, practices and attitudes with respect to responsible investing among 200 U.S. colleges and universities of various sizes. The study included 123 private and 77 public institutions who have made a commitment or are considering a commitment to responsible investing. These educational institutions altogether have more than $88.8 billion in endowment assets as of June 30, 2014.
Monday, May 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Fifth Annual Impact Investor Survey Reflects on Industry Growth, Past and Projected

Source: Business Wire

146 of the world’s largest impact investors, including fund managers, banks, development finance institutions, foundations, and pension funds report having committed $10.6 billion to impact investments in 2014, with plans to commit 16% more in 2015. The surveyed sample, which manages $60 billion in impact investment assets, indicates satisfaction with both financial returns and social/environmental impact performance, compared to expectations.
Friday, May 1, 2015 — South Asia

In Nepal and Beyond, This Corporate Funder Takes on the World's Biggest Disasters

Source: Inside Philanthropy

The UPS Foundation is keenly aware of the unique assets of its parent company, and has carved out an exceptional—and indispensable role—in the realm of disaster philanthropy.
Friday, May 1, 2015 — No Region Specified

A Q&A with Audrey Choi, CEO, Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing

Source: Just Means

If you think that sustainable investing requires a trade-off around performance, Morgan Stanley's Audrey Choi wants to change your mind.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

A New Inning for Impact Investing

Source: Forbes

For years, a nascent movement led by passionate pioneers out to change the world has been slowly but surely taking shape. Quietly, these early fearless leaders have been championing the idea that businesses can be a tool for social good, beyond the jobs that they create. Specifically, they’ve been building the movement for a new class of investors and entrepreneurs to lock arms and build companies that provide products and services that address daunting social challenges, and generate a financial return for investors. These companies are found in many sectors, including large markets such as education, energy, transportation and healthcare that are ripe for disruption.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

MBA Careers Pack Social Impact as Schools Hone Corporate Responsibility

Source: BusinessBecause

The role of business in society has never been greater. The case for corporate responsibility strategies like product innovation, resource efficiency and diverse workforces grows ever stronger.
Monday, April 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

'Do-good' Companies Can Do Well for Investors, Wharton Researchers Say

Source: Chicago Tribune

Impact investing is a nice idea — and for many critics that’s precisely the problem.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Why I’m Done With the Foundation World

Source: Brookfield Group

I’m done. I’ve spent 10 years working in the charity sector and my conclusion is that the organisations that finance it are so bad at their jobs, that they make the rest of us bad at ours.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Impact Investors: Don’t Sacrifice Returns, Take On More Risk

Source: Green Tech Media

Even impact investors must demonstrate replicable, attractive returns.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

China and UHC in Africa

Source: Devex

The Ebola crisis was a tragic awakening for people around the world about the crucial importance of strong health systems. The numbers are staggering. As a result of the virus — and the weak systems that were unable to contain it — more than 10,000 people have died in West Africa. The social impact of such a large-scale health crisis is incalculable, and the devastating economic fallout in the region will be felt for some time.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

Entrepreneur and Artist Aim to Curb Global Infant Mortality Rate

Source: Fox News

When Jane Chen and Drue Kataoka met at the Forum of Young Global Leadersin 2012, they quickly formed a friendship based on their shared passion for carrying out socially impactful work. They both came from significantly different backgrounds — Chen is the co-founder of Embrace, a startup that hopes to curb high worldwide infant mortality rates by way of the low-cost Embrace infant warmer, while Kataoka is a visual artist whose often interactive work aims to bridge the perceived gap between art and technology. Flash forward three years, and the two women have launched a unique collaboration that combines Chen’s business and Kataoka’s art to raise awareness of and ultimately decrease high global infant mortality rates.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

Now It's Easier Than Ever to Invest in Stocks for Social Good

Source: Co.Exist

With a new online brokerage aimed at millennials, you can pick a theme—like "Improve Education" or "No Glass Ceiling"—and invest. The catch is you'll still be supporting big, conventional conglomerates.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bain Capital Hires Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to Lead Its Social Impact Fund

Source: Bloomberg

Bain Capital, the $75 billion private equity firm founded by 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, hired former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to lead a social impact fund.
Monday, April 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Assessing Impact Investing and Borrowing in Old Age

Source: The New York Times

Socially responsible investing in its basic form doesn’t go far enough for some people. After all, countless mutual funds already avoid shares of companies that produce addictive or dangerous products — like tobacco, alcohol or firearms.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Banco Santander Announces Commitment to Launch Social Economy Initiative With Georgetown University

Source: Market Watch

Banco Santander, through Santander Universities, signed today a Memorandum of Understanding with Georgetown University, to support a new initiative on the social economy. The initiative will focus on issues of social banking, social finance, and social entrepreneurship. This Memorandum was signed by Ana Botin, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander and John DeGioia, President of Georgetown University.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Study: Large Majority of Ultra-High Net Worth Investors Don’t Take Social Impact Into Consideration

Source: Millionaire Corner

Younger wealthy investors have a greater interest in socially responsible investments than older investors.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

MIT Scaling Development Ventures: Bridging Innovation and Impact

Source: MIT News

This marks the third year that international development, entrepreneurship, and public service programs at MIT have come together to organize the MIT Scaling Development Ventures conference. Each year, the conference brings together perspectives from the international development and business communities to examine the best ways to bring poverty-alleviating solutions to market at scale. This year’s conference takes place at MIT on Saturday, April 11. Registration is free for members of the MIT community.
Friday, April 3, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Singapore, Indonesia Lead Growth in Sustainable Investing in Asia

Source: Eco-Business

While Asia still lags Europe and the United States in sustainable investing, the market for funds employing such strategies is healthy and expanding rapidly in the region, with Singapore and Indonesia leading the growth.
Thursday, April 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Case Foundation, B Lab Team Up to Make Measuring Impact More Mainstream

Source: Forbes

The Case Foundation and B Lab recently announced a joint effort to encourage more businesses, especially those that aren’t triple-bottom line enterprises, to consider their social and environmental impact.
Thursday, April 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Why We Should Be Worried By the World Bank Shoveling $36 Billion to ‘Financial Intermediaries’

Source: Oxfam International

Everyone’s heard of the World Bank, but far fewer people know of its private sector arm, the International.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

This Woman Might Be the Most Successful Impact Investor You've Never Heard Of

Source: Entrepreneur

The February ribbon cutting for Gigawatt Global’s new $24 million solar field in Rwanda was an impact investment showcase. More than 28,000 solar panels, arranged in the shape of the African continent, added six percent to the entire country’s electricity production.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

Here Come the Philanthropreneurs

Source: Fast Company

Entrepreneurs using wealth and power to transform society are not a new phenomenon. A century ago, Andrew Carnegie’s love of libraries helped bring education to the masses, and he spent millions promoting world peace. Today’s "philanthropreneurs" are equally ambitious—and they’re succeeding, while redefining what it means to give and give back.
Monday, March 30, 2015 — South Asia

Interview: India in Strong Position as the 'Laboratory for Innovation', Says Acumen's Ajit Mahadevan

Source: Business Today

Ajit Mahadevan, Country Head, Acumen, tells Sarika Malhotra that the company's aim in investing patient capital is not to seek high returns, "but to jump-start the creation of enterprises that improve the ability of the poor to live with dignity. In the long-run we do aim to see a return of our capital". Acumen has been investing in India since 2001 and has backed 26 companies across portfolios, including low-cost maternity care, skills training and education, water filtration enterprises and more. In addition to providing patient capital to investee companies, it has also invested in human capital and a wide range of management support services to help the companies scale up.
Monday, March 30, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Social Investment Problems Include 'Too Much Hype and Hubris and Not Enough Transparency' Says Report

Source: Civil Society

Social investment in the UK requires less hype, more transparency from lenders and more focus on the needs of charities and social enterprises if it is going to succeed, according to a commission of thinkers and practitioners in the world of social finance.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — South Asia

Ratan Tata, Others Invest in Grameen Capital's Social Impact Debt Funding Arm

Source: VCCircle

Grameen Capital India, a social impact-focused investment advisory firm, has raised an undisclosed amount in funding from a group of investors, including Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, the holding firm of Tata Group, for a new debt investment vehicle.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — South Asia

Social Impact Bonds for Factories in Bangladesh

Source: Forbes

2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, where nearly 1,200 garment workers lost their lives from a factory collapse, are wrestling with a critical question: Who should pay for the work needed to ensure basic factory safety standards in Bangladesh?
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — South Asia

Social Issues-Focused Digital Media Co The Better India Raises $160K From Intellecap

Source: VCCircle

Bangalore-based The Better India Pvt Ltd, which runs a news website focusing on social issues under the same brand, has raised $160,000 (Rs 1 crore) in funding from members of angel network Intellecap Impact Investment Network (I-cube-N), a company statement said. Investors include Raveen Sastry, a co-founder of e-commerce portal Myntra.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing Is the Top Way to Contribute to Society in the Future, Says Global Survey of Philanthropists

Source: Pro Bono Australia

Impact investing is seen as the most promising trend by the majority of global philanthropists, according to new figures. The BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index 2015 revealed that 52 per cent of global philanthropists nominated impact investment as the top way to contribute to society in the future.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

The 100% Club

Source: Financial Advisor Magazine

When it comes to managing money, the rich are increasingly pursuing more than just financial rewards and going full tilt on the idea of using investments as a tool for social and environmental change.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

OurCrowd Helps Wharton Students Launch Largest Student-Run Impact Investing Platform in the World

Source: Business Wire

OurCrowd, the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, has announced a unique collaboration that will help students at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania get an industry-leading experiential education in impact investing. This initiative will greatly expand the Wharton Social Venture Fund (WSVF), a flagship program operated under the Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) which allows students to select, curate and diligence investments that will change the world.
Monday, March 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Adding Good Deeds to the Investment Equation

Source: The New York Times

Every two years, the residents of Richmond, Calif., a city long known for some of the highest rates of violence in the United States, gather to discuss its priorities. For years, the No. 1 concern was crime.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

5 Things You Didn't Know About Philanthropy

Source: Huffington Post

One of the greatest challenges for philanthropy today is the very term itself --philanthropy.
Monday, March 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

F.B. Heron Foundation Is Going 'All In' on Impact Investing

Source: Forbes

Clara Miller, who has headed the F.B. Heron Foundation for the past three years, wants to take the ultimate impact investing step: moving the foundation’s $300 million endowment entirely into impact investments.
Monday, March 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Report: Global Sustainable Investing Market Surpasses $21 Trillion

Source: Sustainable Brands

The global sustainable investment market has grown “substantially” in the past two years with assets reaching $21.4 trillion by the start of 2014, according to a new report by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA).
Monday, March 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Microcredit oversold as anti-poverty tool, economists say

Source: Reuters

Microcredit is no panacea for lifting millions of people from poverty, leading economists said on Friday in releasing research from seven countries that challenges a key development tool.
Friday, February 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

How and Why Your Business Should Support Social Impact

Source: Chicago Tribune

An astounding 94 percent of consumers are likely to switch brands to one that supports a cause. Social impact is becoming more relevant in today's business world, and we are quickly realizing that the business of impact is the business of the future. And like many other social entrepreneurs leading the way in this space, it is important that we encourage all businesses to build a higher purpose into their model so that the most effective organizations in the world can also positively impact humanity in a major way.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — South Asia

Meet Rangan Srikhanta, the Former Refugee Who Wants to Change the World One Laptop at a Time

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

He came to Australia barely two months old with his family fleeing war in Sri Lanka. Now 31, the Tamil migrant with a broad Aussie accent acquired in Homebush, NSW, wants to give back.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Slippery Slope of Impact Investing

Source: Forbes

Impact investing is hot right now. The meteoric rise of social enterprise is shaking the foundations of the nonprofit sector, and traditional investors are starting to pay attention. There are more than $46 billion worth of impact investments currently under management, and a total projected market potential of up to $45 trillion. Though we’re not yet mainstream, we are on way.
Friday, February 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Ontario to Invest $4M in Businesses With Social Conscience

Source: Toronto Star

Premier Kathleen Wynne says the Liberal government is putting up $4 million to finance 11 socially conscious enterprise projects across the province.
Monday, February 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Afaxys Pharmaceuticals Partners with Project Ruby to Bring Affordable Contraceptives to Women Worldwide

Source: Business Wire

Afaxys Pharmaceuticals, a division of Afaxys, Inc., is proud to announce a first-of-its-kind partnership with Project Ruby (PRJKT RUBY), an innovative online platform, to bring affordable contraceptives to women in the United States and the developing world.
Friday, February 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Reshaping a Narrative as Canada’s Community Foundations Move Into Impact Investing

Source: Social Enterprise Canada

After decades of existing primarily to distribute grants, many of Canada’s 191 community foundations have been wading into a new kind of financial activity, impact investing. The shift encompasses exploring deep questions about their reason for being and how they are/should be showing up in the world.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

BlackRock Hires Robin Hood’s Winshel to Head Impact Investing

Source: Financial Advisor

BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest money manager, hired Deborah Winshel to run a new unit dedicated to impact investing, a strategy that seeks to make money while improving society.
Monday, February 9, 2015 — South Asia

Time For Indo-US Collaboration in Social Impact Investing: A 5-Point Agenda

Source: The Huffington Post

With President Obama concluding a successful visit to Delhi, the Indo-US bilateral agenda is now poised to move ahead on nuclear and renewable energy, defence collaboration, trade and investment and several other important issues. However, we at Asha Impact, a social investing and public policy organisation, believe one major issue was not explicitly addressed, both in the official dialogue and the extensive media coverage. An issue that both countries can seize upon to effectively leverage the convergence between India's overriding objective of inclusive growth and the United States' strategic interest in seeing India succeed in its development path.
Monday, February 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

BlackRock to Ramp Up Impact Investing

Source: Reuters

BlackRock Inc (BLK.N) is planning an array of new investment products that will allow clients to invest in addressing large societal issues, such as global hunger or poverty, an executive at the New York-based firm said.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa Inventions Aim to Stop Slum Fires, Floods

Source: Daily Mail

South Africans social entrepreneurs have come up with inventions aimed at curbing deadly fires and floods in the country's crowded informal settlements.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

The 'Very Simple Question' That Impact Investors Should Ask

Source: Chicago Tribune

How can impact investors get the most bang for their buck? Cathy Clark, the director of Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, said it depends on how they define the bang.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

With New CEO, What's Next for the Global Impact Investing Network

Source: Devex

The impact investing industry has grown in reputation and size over the past five years — and alongside it, the Global Impact Investing Network has evolved as well, with its membership increasing tenfold as it added products and services for the growing field.
Monday, January 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

Will Unilever Become the World's Largest Publicly Traded B Corp?

Source: The Guardian

After Natura was certified as the first publicly listed B Corp in December, Unilever CEO Paul Polman says his company is considering pursuing the status.
Friday, January 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Global Insurers, Brokers Establish Micro Insurance Consortium

Source: Insurance Journal

A group of global insurance companies and brokers took advantage of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos to announce that they have established a micro insurance consortium and micro insurance venture incubator (MVI).
Thursday, January 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Canadian Responsible Investments Surpass $1 Trillion Says 2014 Trends Report

Source: The Globe and Mail

The value of Canadian investments managed under “responsible investing” criteria climbed dramatically over two years as money managers increasingly added environmental, social or governance factors to their investment decisions.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: National Advisory Board on Impact Investing Names Darren Walker As New Chair

Source: SYS-CON Media

Today the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (NAB) named Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, as the new Chair, joining the leadership team that includes Matt Bannick, Managing Partner at Omidyar Network, and Tracy Palandjian, CEO of Social Finance US.
Monday, January 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Secret Sauce Behind 12 Successful Impact Investment Funds

Source: Forbes

What makes a successful impact investment fund successful? Where’s the secret sauce? That’s what Cathy Clark, Ben Thornley and Jed Emerson set out to discover. Their new book The Impact Investor : Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism (Jossey-Bass, Oct, 2014) contains the results of their two years of research, with insights gained from studying 12 long-standing funds with a clear track record that, in total, have raised more than $1.3 billion in impact capital.
Monday, January 19, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

Social Investor, Social Activists and Social Ventures Talk Back: What's Happening in MENA?

Source: Entrepreneur

In analyzing the capital flow for social enterprises, the picture behind this reality around the world adjusts depending on what region you go to. In the western markets such as the U.S. or Europe, capital structures are becoming more inclusive for social enterprises. But what’s happening in regions such as MENA?
Monday, January 19, 2015 — South Asia

Launch of DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2015


Into its second year, the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia (SVC Asia) is offering SGD 150,000 of seed fund to the winners of the challenge, in commemoration of Singapore’s 50th year of independence. The increased funding, from last year’s SGD 55,000, also encourages participants to submit ideas that demonstrate greater scalability and potential for sustainable social impact.
Friday, January 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Capacity: The Philanthropy Buzzword For 2015 That's Missing

Source: Forbes

In many ways, these are changing times in U.S. philanthropy. The emphasis on data and measuring impact more closely, pushing for scale and large-scale solutions, social investing and performance metrics, crowd-funding and digital networks has created the sense that the social sector – and nonprofits along with it – has reached an inflection point that may soon fundamentally shift the way funds are raised and spent on causes and social change.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 — Asia Pacific

New One-Stop Resource Centre for Social Enterprises to Be Launched

Source: The Straits Times

Instead of seeking help at multiple locations, social enterprises will be able to go to a new one-stop resource centre to be launched in the second quarter of the year. Social enterprises are businesses with a social mission.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Names Amit Bouri as New CEO

Source: The GIIN

New leadership seeks to usher in next phase of stakeholder mobilization and market innovation to mature the impact investing industry
Monday, January 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Haiti: Business, Not Charity, Is the Key to a Better Future

Source: The Guardian

Five years after the big earthquake, Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown’s attempts to help Haitians secure a prosperous future have taught her that philanthropy simply isn’t enough.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — South Asia

The Real Magic of Carpets: Transforming 28,000 Lives With $200

Source: TakePart

One man’s idea to double salaries and let artisans work from home has created a positive ripple effect across five states in India.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Social Stock Exchanges – Do We Need Them?

Source: The Conversation

Public interest in the development of global impact investing received a significant boost last year, due to an international campaign to divest in fossil fuels by superannuation, pension, and university endowment funds.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Q&A On Impact Investing In Africa With Issam Chleuh

Source: AFKInsider

Africa Impact Group has been identified as a leader in impact investing across the continent, investing in funds, organizations and companies with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental impact along with financial return.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Never Mind Corporate Responsibility, Companies Can Solve Actual Social Problems

Source: Co.Exist

In the world of management research, Michael Porter is a rockstar. His "Five Forces" framework is a key tool in the field of strategy and his books have canonical status within MBA programs (even if most students haven't actually read all 592 pages of Competitive Advantage). In an industry known for fast-talking gurus, Porter—who teaches at Harvard Business School—is an intellectual.
Friday, December 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Are Impact Accelerators/Incubators Targeting Emerging Markets Any Good?

Source: Forbes

Seems every time you turn around, there’s a new impact incubator or accelerator aimed at social enterprises in developing countries. But that doesn’t mean they’re any good.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — South Asia

World Bank commits over $1 billion to Bangladesh

Source: Dhaka Tribune

The fund would benefit almost 36 million people by improving the quality of primary education, building coastal communities’ resilience to natural disaster, and increasing the nutrition and cognitive development of children.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Q&A with Ashoka’s Maria Escorcia: Boosting Entrepreneurship for Social Change

Source: Miami Hearald

Changemakers can come from anywhere, including the corporate world. Just look at Maria Escorcia, director of the South Florida chapter of Ashoka, a nonprofit that supports a network of 3,000 social entrepreneurs around the world.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Simple but Impactful: Transforming Nigeria’s Vaccine Supply Chain

Source: Impatient Optimists

Vaccine supplies and logistics are a fundamental component of any immunization system. In Nigeria, any hope of achieving the goal of 87 percent vaccine coverage by 2015 will remain out of reach unless vaccines and devices reach heath facilities on time and in the right quantity. The greatest difficultly lies in reaching the last mile—getting vaccines to those in the hardest-to-reach corners of Nigeria.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Corporate Commitment to Impact Investing Will Reach Record Heights in 2015

Source: PR Newswire

Madeira Global, a premier New York-based investment and advisory firm servicing qualified investors and institutions in the area of Impact Investing, today released its 2015 Impact Outlook for the marketplace. The firm asserts that corporate commitment to impact investing is set to reach record heights in 2015 due to the combination of heightened corporate social responsibility programs and a return to the laws of fundamental investing into companies with strong environmental, social and governance practices. The milestones seen in 2014, such as Prudential committing to build a $1 billion impact investment portfolio by 2020, will serve as precursors to the 2015 impact investment landscape.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

2014 in Impact Investing: The Big Bang and its Aftermath

Source: The Huffington Post

Impact investing reached and surpassed the tipping point in 2014, ceasing to be an insiders' game.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 Reasons Today's Leaders Are Focused on Using Wealth and Power to Create Impact

Source: Business Insider

Leaders are migrating from figureheads to action figures. From bureaucrats to disrupters. From managing the established to creating and sponsoring more social impact.
Monday, December 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Johns Hopkins Team Wins Award for Improved Suit to Fight Ebola

Source: Daily Herald

For health-care workers taking care of Ebola patients in West Africa, one of the biggest logistical problems has been the "moon suits" they must wear to protect against being infected by the deadly virus. The suits are hot. Taking them off is a meticulous, multistep process that can leave no room for error.
Friday, December 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint from Justin Rattner: Five Ways Social Entrepreneurs Use Technology to Increase Their Impact

Source: Forbes

“Technology for the sake of technology is a waste of precious resources. Social entrepreneurs need to understand the deep value that ICT can bring to social change when it is offered in context, with appropriate training, and with the intent of empowering the user. We hope this report inspires many others to take up this challenge in ways we haven’t even begun to imagine.” Justin Rattner, President, Intel INTC -1.2% Foundation.
Friday, December 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Off-Grid Solar Companies Closed $64M in 2014: The Start of a Bigger Trend?

Source: Greentech Media

Early-stage investments in off-grid solar companies operating in developing countries reached $63.9 million in 2014, according to a tally from Greentech Media.
Friday, December 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investments Show Strong Returns, Survey Says

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

An overwhelming majority of "impact investments" met or exceeded financial and social-benefit goals, according to a survey released Thursday.
Thursday, December 11, 2014 — South Asia

Invest Early in Social Enterprises and Dream Big: Jacqueline Novogratz

Source: PR Newswire

Acumen Founder, Jacqueline Novogratz, discusses the need for 'Patient Capital' and 'leaders who reject the status quo' at UnconventioniL Chennai, organised by Villgro and Tie Chennai.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

MBA's Start-Up Ventures Make a Social Impact in Emerging Markets

Source: BusinessBecause

MBA students prove that entrepreneurs can create a great social impact and develop profitable business models at the same time.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: TriLinc Global Impact Fund Makes Impact Investments in South Africa and Argentina

Source: Business Wire

TriLinc Global Impact Fund announced today that it has approved a total of $11.9 million in trade finance facilities to two companies in South Africa and one company in Argentina, bringing total financing commitments as of November 30, 2014 to $57.9 million for business expansion and socioeconomic development through its holdings in Africa and Latin America.
Monday, December 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Beyond Profits: Millennials Embrace Investing for Social Good

Source: Los Angeles Times

Once she gets her MBA degree from UC Berkeley in May, Leigh Madeira's dream is to help find funding for young companies devoted to improving the lives of the world's poor.
Monday, December 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PHN Unveils $1m HIC to Address Nigeria’s Suboptimal Health Outcomes

Source: Business Day

As low application of innovation and technology in the healthcare sector remains the biggest drawback in transforming delivery in Nigeria, the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN), a private sector-led coalition, has unveiled $1 million Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) to address suboptimal health care.
Monday, December 8, 2014 — South Asia

“Gift-a-Pension” Initiative Helps Maids, Drivers, Cooks Save for Their Retirement in India

Source: The Economic Times

This September, A Mary, 47, got something she never thought she ever could — not a car or a home but a pension. A house help and a mother of two whose husband is a driver, Delhi-based Mary always viewed a pension as something only the affluent could afford — until her employer Kurt Strasser, a senior sector specialist at German development bank KfW, brought it within her reach.
Monday, December 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investing for Good, Not Just Return, Grows to $6.57 Trillion Since 2012

Source: Washington Business Journal

Sustainable and responsible investing assets have grown 76 percent in the last two years, from $3.74 trillion in 2012 to $6.57 trillion at the start of this year.
Friday, December 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Omidyar Network, Pershing Square Foundation Grant Social Finance, Inc. $4 Million for Pay-for-Success Financing

Source: SYS-CON Media

Social Finance announced today, at a White House Pay for Success Summit in Chicago, grant awards totaling $4.0 million from Omidyar Network and The Pershing Square Foundation to support its operations over the next three years. The flexible funds will be used to expand Social Finance's transaction and advisory teams, as well as accelerate the flow of Pay-for-Success (PFS) financing (or Social Impact Bond) transactions in the United States. The grants represent funding renewals from Omidyar Network and The Pershing Square Foundation, which were founding supporters of Social Finance.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

WEF Offers Impact Investing Road Map for Wealthy Families

Source: Bloomberg

The World Economic Forum has a message for wealthy families thinking about impact investing: don’t just buy on the buzz, do your homework.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

How One Investor Is Finding Profit in Social Change

Source: Entrepreneur

Ron Cordes used to get patronizing pats on the head from the traditional financial advisors he once worked with. Now, many of his former colleagues are asking him to help them get smarter about impact investing.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

UNITAID And PSI Partner to Expand Access to HIV Self-Testing

Source: PSI Impact

Globally, there are an estimated 19 million people who do not know they are living with HIV. Without knowledge of their status, individuals cannot access life-saving HIV care and treatment. To close this gap, UNITAID is investing $23 million to accelerate access to HIV testing through simple HIV self-tests in three high-burden African countries over the next two years. PSI and its partners will lead this initiative to dramatically shift the paradigm of HIV testing in Africa.
Monday, December 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing Goes Mainstream

Source: Upstart Business Journal

The idea of doing good while making a healthy profit is rapidly gaining ground, particularly among wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneurs but also among foundations and pension funds. Social impact investing — for-profit investing for social good —­ has crossed into the mainstream and is driving investment decisions.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust Sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

Source: Market Watch

Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management (GWIM) division today announced that it has signed the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) on behalf of its discretionary asset management businesses. The unit (GWIM) is comprised primarily of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and U.S. Trust.
Monday, November 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investors Shifting Gears to Accommodate Specific Goals

Source: Pensions & Investments

The trend of impact investing — into companies, organizations and funds with the aim of investing for social and environmental good, as well as a financial gain — is becoming more specific.
Friday, November 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Agora Fund Will Bring Rigor of Investing to Philanthropy

Source: Agora Fund

Innovative new social enterprise will work with donors and nonprofits to apply the rigor, transparency and ease of a for-profit investment platform to the world of charitable giving.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

10 Things You Need To Know About Social And Environmental Investing

Source: Malaysian Digest

Responsible investing has undergone a radical shift, investors are demanding more of their financial advisors, and regulators are struggling to keep up, say experts.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: The Shift From Promotion to Pragmatism in Impact Investing

Source: Huffington Post

Gone are the heady headlines proclaiming the birth of a trillion dollar asset class. Instead, we are seeing substantive attempts to overcome challenges to sector growth.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Villgro Innovations invests in seven social enterprises


Social enterprise incubator Villgro Innovations has picked seven new companies operating in the healthcare, energy, agriculture and education sectors for its second set of incubation and funding programme.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nike-backed startups put girls first in fight against global poverty

Source: Mashable

For the past two weeks, ten companies have been consulting with mentors, growing their business models and collaborating with one target demographic in mind: girls in impoverished parts of the world, a population that many say is the most marginalized in the world.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

UCLA gets $10 million for center to spur socially conscious projects

Source: LA Times

Former EBay Inc. President Jeff Skoll has donated $10 million to UCLA for a center that will encourage students to create socially conscious entertainment projects.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — South Asia

US to partner India in ‘Swachch Bharat’ campaign

Source: Times of India

Taking the US-India joint statement forward, USAID chief Rajiv Shah announced three partnership projects with India on areas close to PM Narendra Modi's heart — "strengthen water and sanitation, expand access to clean energy and increase access to banking services for poor Indians".
Friday, November 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Facebook adds button designed to make it easier for users to donate to charities battling Ebola

Source: The Daily Mail

Facebook is stepping up its efforts to fight Ebola by adding a button designed to make it easier for its users to donate to charities battling the disease.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: First-of-Its-Kind Survey Finds $23 Billion Global Market for Conservation Investing

Source: CSR Wire

The first-ever survey of conservation impact investing reveals a fast-growing market totaling approximately $23 billion in the five-year period from 2009-2013.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — Asia Pacific

PRESS RELEASE: China enters the era of social impact investing

Source: PR Newswire

The 13th Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School was on October 31st. The results of a study on social impact investing in China were released for the first time in history. It is the first time that China has formally dispatched a group to attend a social enterprise conference at Columbia University
Monday, November 3, 2014 — Asia Pacific

PRESS RELEASE: Impact Accelerator launched in the Philippines


MANILA, Philippines — Impact Investment Exchange Asia has launched its first Impact Accelerator program in the Philippines, an intensive in-country program designed to accelerate early-stage social enterprises that have high potentials to create positive social and environmental impact at scale.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

MBAs Drive Social Impact In Corporate Venture Capital Funds

Source: Business Because

Business school graduates are pioneering corporate venturing – venture capital funds run inside large companies that invest in social enterprises.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Business Schools Foster Social Impact And Entrepreneurship

Source: Business Because

Business schools are catering for social entrepreneurs and MBA students who want to make a social impact – through funding, education and start-up incubation.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — South Asia

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Invests In Social Enterprise Kinara Capital

Source: DealCurry

@Michael_and has made an undisclosed amount of equity investment in Bangalore based social enterprise, Kinara Capital.
Friday, October 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact investing won't replace philanthropy but will push firms towards CSR, says Rockefeller Foundation Chief

Source: Economic Times

A Q&A with Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global Innovation Fund Receives $200m from Omidyar Network, Governments of Australia, Sweden, UK, US

Source: MicroCapital

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF), a UK-based nonprofit, recently announced its launch in the US city of New York. GIF plans to fund “social innovations” brought forward by nonprofit entities as well as for-profit organizations and government.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — South Asia

Social enterprise is an emerging force in Pakistan

Source: The Guardian

New social start ups tackling water, energy and construction challenges in Pakistan hope to help break the country’s reliance on aid
Monday, October 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Socially Responsible Investing Around the Globe Isn’t Easy

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Socially responsible investors—who seek to marry long-term competitive financial results with social objectives—have to tangle with a number of risks in emerging markets.
Friday, September 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why It’s Hard to Divest From Fossil Fuels (Even If You Want To)

Source: Time

Climate change activists are pushing for investors to get out of carbon polluters. What are the options for individuals using mutual funds?
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

M-Kopa Solar Powers Up 100,000th Home in East Africa

Source: AllAfrica

M-KOPA Solar announced on Friday that it has powered up to 100,000 homes in Kenya and Uganda within two years of its commercial launch.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

To Grow Impact Investing, Focus on Multilingual Leadership

Source: Huffington Post

September 15, 2014, will be remembered for the release of a seminal report on impact investing, care of an international taskforce backed by eight country advisory boards and four topical working groups.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Social value networks join up to create ‘international force for change’

Source: The SROI Network

Two of the most established and respected social impact organisations are joining forces to create the largest international social value network in the world.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Morgan Stanley Adds ‘Impact’ Portfolios in Brokerage

Source: Bloomberg

Morgan Stanley (MS), which has set a goal of attracting $10 billion of client assets to sustainable investing products over the next few years, is adding two such portfolios for its wealth-management customers.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Aindra Systems Gets Backing by Villgro, the Social Enterprise Incubator

Source: PR Newswire

Aindra Systems, an early-stage startup, has secured backing by Villgro, the Social Enterprise Incubator focused on funding startups having a social impact.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investing to Make a Difference Is Gaining Ground

Source: New York Times

Interest in impact investing, which has been around for more than a decade, is growing and changing. Some $3.74 trillion, or 11 percent, of total United States assets under management were placed in sustainable investments in 2012.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

LeapFrog raises $400 million for social impact investments in Asia, Africa

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - LeapFrog Investments, a private equity firm backed by George Soros and JP Morgan, said it has raised $400 million for socially responsible investments in Asia and Africa - the largest ever for a fund specializing in low-income emerging market financial services.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: How the Gates Foundation’s Investments Are Undermining Its Own Good Works

Source: The Nation

Its vast holdings in the fossil fuel and arms industries subvert the foundation’s battle against disease and poverty, says Charles Piller.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

What's The Future For Impact Investing?

Source: Fast CoExist

The biggest challenge--and opportunity--is to get the 99% involved in investing for social good.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why social impact investing is going mainstream

Source: PBS Newshour

Social impact investing is taking off, says Pax World CEO Joseph Keefe, not simply because investors care about diversity and sustainability, but because companies focusing on those issues deliver strong long-term results.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

An Impact Investor's Guide to Creating Social Impact

Source: Huffington Post

There's a lot of excitement about impact investing these days. The industry's main goal, to make money while making a difference, is very enticing. However, with the lack of information on successful impact investments, it's hard to know if impact investments are truly making an impact.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Here's How To Give Back AND Make Money

Source: Business Insider Australia

Meet the newest investing buzzword on the block.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — South Asia

Cambodia's Orphan Business

Source: Al Jazeera

People & Power goes undercover to reveal how 'voluntourism' could be fuelling the exploitation of Cambodian children.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: Western Union Expands Collaboration with MTN Group; Launches Mobile Money Transfer Service in the Ivory Coast

Source: Market Watch

Consumers Who Subscribe to MTN Mobile Money Can Now Receive a Western Union Money Transfer Transaction on Their Mobile Phones
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — South Asia

How far off are drones in the delivery of rural care?

Source: Healthcare Dive

A Silicon Valley startup called Matternet is pioneering a pilot program that uses drones to connect rural care providers with major hospitals in Bhutan.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

A Few Simple Tricks Make Starting A Business Overseas Cheap And Easy

Source: Fast CoExist

Zoe Cohen produces her Zoko Bags from Kenya. Here's how she got her start as a destination entrepreneur.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

A qualified success for the Peterborough prison social impact bond

Source: ThirdSector

Not everyone is confident about the prospects for replicating what might prove to be a one-off experiment, says Stephen Cook
Friday, August 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

The remarkable impact of secondary education on women’s health

Source: Humanosphere

For the first time, there is strong evidence to support the claim that girls education is a great investment. But it goes further than that. Secondary education might be the best way to improve the health of both mothers and their children.
Friday, August 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

In a First Test for Social Impact Bonds, Investors Miss the Mark for Payout

Source: Next City

Investors in a pioneering social impact bond project in the U.K. will have to wait another two years for a return on their gamble on good.
Monday, August 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Countries Where Human Progress Is Fastest and Slowest

Source: Mashable

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its annual Human Development Report, which focuses on human vulnerability worldwide, last week.
Friday, August 1, 2014 — South Asia

Reserve Bank of India's move to issue differentiated banking licences is path-breaking - but challenges remain

Source: Business Today

The RBI's move to issue differentiated banking licences is path-breaking but challenges galore.
Friday, August 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing’s Image Problem

Source: FinancialAdvisor mag

Steve Schueth, president of First Affirmative Financial Network, offered an analogy that made the usual invest-to-make-money-first-and-then-be-philanthropic-later approach sound something like a Viking raid.
Friday, August 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015 now open

Source: Press Release

USD 150,000 in prizes for continent’s brightest innovators to accelerate Africa’s development. With 2000 innovators from 48 countries entering in its first three years; IPA 2015 takes investment in unleashing and supporting sustainable African led innovation past half a million USD
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — South Asia

Manila Is Building Out A 100,000-Strong Network Of Electric Trikes

Source: Fast CoExist

Giving the city's three-wheeled taxi network an electric upgrade.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Harvard Business School Appoints Matt Segneri Director of Its Social Enterprise Initiative

Source: Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School (HBS) has named Matthew M. Segneri (MBA 2010) the new Director of its Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), succeeding Laura Moon, who has become Managing Director of the School’s wide array of Initiatives, which focus on research and course development in specific topics such as leadership, health care, and digital technology.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — South Asia

How 500 Startups-backed SocialCops gets to the bottom of the pyramid with big data

Source: Tech in Asia

India, like most developing countries, struggles to bridge the gulf between authorities and the common man. Even the best of intentions come to naught when the benefits of welfare schemes don’t reach the people who need them the most — and those in high places can’t seem to figure out why.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Crowdnetic and UC Berkeley to partner on Crowdfunding Research

Source: Crowdfund Insider

Over a year ago, Crowdnetic and UC Berkeley began collaborating on the launch of UC Berkeley’s Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance, headed by Dr. Richard Swart, who serves as its Director of Research at the Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

4 questions about World Bank safeguards

Source: Devex

The World Bank board's Committee on Development Effectiveness meets on Wednesday to review a new proposal that may change the way the Washington, D.C.-based institution assesses and mitigates the environmental and social impacts of its investments.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

International Labour Office, World Bank to Enhance Access to Insurance in Africa and Asia

Source: This Day Live

The International Labour Office (ILO) and the World Bank Group (WBG) have signed a memorandum of understanding that aims to provide access to improved insurance products to hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers, small businesses and individuals in Asia and Africa.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Skoll Centre Venture Award winners: Tree-planting Quad-Copters and Farmers’ Transport Logistics

Source: Skoll Centre

Two new social ventures with founding teams from the University of Oxford have been chosen to receive this year’s Skoll Centre Venture Awards. The winners are Biocarbon Engineering, focusing on replanting one billion trees annually through the use of quad-copter technology, and Linkage, which aims to help smallholder farmers in Kenya to improve their selling practises and supply chain using an Uber-like logistics and transport system.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Social Impact Bonds: Phantom of the Nonprofit Sector

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

What issue could bring Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) into bipartisan partnership? Social impact bonds (SIBs)—or pay-for-success (PFS), depending on one’s preferred terminology.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — South Asia

From food aid to nutritious, locally produced food: A look at fortifying flour in Ethiopia

Source: Devex

Right now in Ethiopia, nearly half of all children under the age of 5 are stunted and anemic.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 Essential Elements To Increase The Viability Of Your Social Venture

Source: Fast CoExist

Every social entrepreneur discovers the same pitfalls on their way to creating impact. But you can avoid them, if you know what to expect.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Travel The World And Save It At The Same Time: Serial Entrepreneur Hugh Whalan Explains How

Source: Forbes

Talk about making the world a better place, and you probably won’t find too many naysayers.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

More Impact Investors Are Going 'All In'

Source: Forbes

If you want to keep up with the latest buzzwords in impact investing, here’s an important one starting to hit its stride: “all in”. It means placing your whole portfolio into assets with a positive social and/or environmental impact. Putting your money–all of it–where your mouth is.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 Essential Elements To Increase The Viability Of Your Social Venture

Source: Fast CoExist

Every social entrepreneur discovers the same pitfalls on their way to creating impact. But you can avoid them, if you know what to expect.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Rise of social enterprises in Singapore prompts calls for greater regulation

Source: The Straits Times

The proliferation of so-called "social enterprises" here is prompting calls for greater regulation of this emerging sector.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa


Source: GrowthAfrica

Scaling innovative products and services to solve huge challenges in Kenya’s agriculture sector
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nearing A Deadline, Is The World Going To Meet The Millennium Development Goals?

Source: Fast CoExist

The latest UN appraisal shows progress, but in some areas, such as child mortality and biodiversity loss, we're falling short.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Profiting from poverty: Do some companies benefit from twisted images of Africa?

Source: HowWeMadeItInAfrica

In recent years there has been a change in thinking and narrative when it comes to Africa’s representation in western media. A good example of this is The Economist’s special report last year that referred to Africa as the “Hopeful Continent”, a mere 13 years after publishing the front cover that dubbed it the “Hopeless Continent”.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

The key to a more productive classroom is more recess

Source: Quartz

More and more US banks are getting out of the money-transfer business, Dealbook notes (paywall). A series of money-laundering scandals, punished by eye-popping fines, has made them cautious: Bank of America, HSBC, Citigroup and JP Morgan have pulled out altogether, while BBVA is reportedly looking to sell off a business unit that handles wire transfers in Latin America.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — South Asia

Setting a High Bar for Poverty in India

Source: The New York Times

NEW DELHI — It is not uncommon for Indians to stand in a line to receive alms from a politician as he gives away clothes, pots and laptops that would make Apple laugh. This is a custom that has survived from a time when the theater of charity was enough to make the poor feel grateful. But they have since come to regard such alms as political buffoonery and now expect substantial assistance from the government.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding Leaps Forward Beyond Hype To Solve Big-World Problems

Source: Forbes

Much of the hype around crowdfunding has frustratingly proved to be so much hot air. The United Nations Global Compact and the U.S. State Department are working to change that by bringing crowdfunding forward to finance projects in the developing world, especially projects designed to address the social problems endemic there.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — South Asia

Social entrepreneur incubator launched in Taiwan

Source: Taiwan Today

A social entrepreneur incubation platform based on the U.K.’s UnLtd model was launched July 1 in Taiwan, according to program operator Social Enterprise Insights.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Clay Fridges That Keep Food Cool Without Electricity

Source: Fast CoExist

This food storage box won't replace a refrigerator. But it'll help keep food fresh for people who don't have one.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Going the Extra Mile for Health

Source: Huffington Post

In the distant corners of Africa, entrepreneurs deliver goods and services across bumpy roads, crossing brimming rivers and rickety bridges, climbing steep hills and descending treacherous valleys. It is a classic story of conquering odds to reach the unreached.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s BRCK raises $1.2M to connect the last mile to the internet

Source: Press Release

Ushahidi spinout BRCK Inc. announced today that it has closed a $1.2 million seed round. BRCK is solving last-mile connectivity problems with a device that can bring seamless internet connection to the most remote areas of the world.
Monday, July 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

New private equity fund targets microfinance institutions for women

Source: Devex

It’s been a while in the making, but this week Women’s World Banking finally closed its first private equity fund to invest in microfinance enterprises that support women.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Corporate ‘Prizes’ Driving Innovation

Source: Pro Bono Australia

As the global trend for corporate prize winning competitions to drive innovation increases, a new US report offers guidance for the public sector, Not for Profits and philanthropic foundations on cultivating the winning opportunities.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 — Latin America

TriLinc Global Impact Fund Makes Impact Investment in Argentina

Source: Fort Mill Times

TriLinc Global Impact Fund approves a new $5.0 million revolving trade finance facility to an Argentine beef company, bringing total financing commitments as of June 30, 2014 to $28.7 million for business expansion and socioeconomic development in Latin America
Monday, June 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The apparent M-Pesa monopoly may be set to crumble

Source: Fortune

Competition to the M-Pesa is heating up in Kenya, the world’s most advanced mobile payments market.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

A New Pursuit For Social Entrepreneurship: Profits

Source: Forbes

John Schoch, CEO of Profile Products — a $70 million company that manufactures and distributes products for soil and water management in 90 countries — decided four years ago to direct his company’s expertise to a global crisis: clean water.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Impact Generation Has Arrived

Source: Forbes

Imagine for a minute that you can invest in one of two companies:
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — South Asia

Save the Children and Ikea tie up to prevent child labour in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan

Source: Business Standard

The programme is aimed at protecting 790,000 children living in cotton communities in these states
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Want To 'Scale' Social Impact? Then Give Away Your Trade Secrets

Source: Forbes

If the ecosystem of social change were an orchestra, social enterprise would be an amped-up brass section drowning out all the other instruments and any semblance of nuance.
Monday, June 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Citizen Sensors Make India's Complicated Water System A Little Easier To Navigate

Source: Fast CoExist

With the help of simple mobile phone technology, a nonprofit called NextDrop is improving access to water for poor families.
Monday, June 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cleantech in the developing world: from solar power to refrigeration

Source: The Guardian

For a growing number of companies, cleantech promises innovations and opportunities at the base of the pyramid
Monday, June 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Are World Cup viewers receiving a message that could make them sick?

Source: Irish Examiner

The World Cup has a profound social impact, including on global health, according to Kent Buse and Sarah Hawkes
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Staying safe in conflict zones: advice from women social entrepreneurs

Source: The Guardian

Ashoka fellows leading social change in troubled areas talk about how they protect themselves and stay strong for their team
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

The fashion brands empowering women in developing countries

Source: The Guardian

From providing jobs for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to offering business training for emerging artisans in Rwanda, fashion has the power to create positive change
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social entrepreneur uses innovation to push economic growth

Source: News Day

Social entrepreneur Irene Chikumbo is using technological innovation to accelerate economic growth and social development in Zimbabwe.
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Women and Money: Bridging the Financial Inclusion Gender Gap in the Global South

Source: Huffington Post

The urban poor in the Global South lack access to banking and financial services, and women are disproportionately affected. They are less likely than men to hold a bank account, to take out a loan, or to borrow money. This is a detriment to development since women are more likely to spend extra funds on their family, thereby improving food, education, and health. São Paulo, Mexico City, Nairobi, Bangalore, and Dhaka have taken various approaches to bridging the financial inclusion gender gap.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

IAN launches new incubator for social start-ups

Source: LiveMint

The programme will be conducted in association with GIZ GmbH and the SIDBI
Monday, June 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Somaly Mam: The Holy Saint (and Sinner) of Sex Trafficking

Source: Newsweek

Nestled on the banks of the Mekong River, Thloc Chhroy looks like the typical rural Cambodian village. Mango trees thick with fruit are everywhere.
Friday, May 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Teaching People Not Just to Fish, But to Build Businesses Too

Source: ReliefWeb

As USAID’s annual letter this year notes, in development it is no longer enough to teach a farmer to grow a new crop—or in this case, to fish. Our work isn’t done until we help a farmer learn to run a successful business too. This is precisely what is happening in Bangladesh.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Axa builds 'fund of funds' for socially responsible investing

Source: The Guardian

Axa's Impact Investment Initiative pulls together small pools of capital to create large-scale positive social impact
Monday, May 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Chamber speaker champions Yunus investing model to ease social problems

Source: Palm Beach Daily News

Muhammad Yunus has devoted himself to aiding the impoverished. The Bangladeshi economist, known as the father of microcredit and microfinance, continues to search for remedies to the economic woes of Third World nations. The microfinance and microcredit concepts that he pioneered in the 1970s have since moved 20 million families in his native country out of poverty and earned him a Nobel Prize in 2006.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investors Start to Take Climate Change and Other Social Issues Personally

Source: Think Advisor

Spurred by extreme weather and new science bolstering fears of catastrophic events, more investors are taking climate change and other societal issues to heart when they decide to where to put their money.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

An Idea for Female Donors: Social-Impact Investing

Source: Women's Enews

A new wave of social-change philanthropy is focusing on endeavors that run on a for-profit basis. The idea is to encourage a more businesslike approach to solving the world's pressing problems and earning a return on investment in the process.
Monday, May 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

EDI announces social innovation challenge

Source: The Times of India

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad (EDI) is collaborating with Saath Livelihoods Services to establish and manage 'Ashray', an incubation and research centre.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

What It Takes to Be a Social Entrepreneur - An Interview With Rags2Riches

Source: Huffington Post

When it comes to global social change, millennials are key to the puzzle. Each year, The Global Good Fund invests in a select group of promising young social entrepreneurs to enter into our fellowship program. We invest both human and financial capital in each Fellow's leadership development. Our hypothesis here at The Global Good Fund is that leadership development is a vehicle for enterprise growth, and, ultimately, social impact.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Have the Most Impact

Source: Harvard Business Review

Social enterprise in the U.S. is a fast-growing, but fragmented, movement. Looking at a recent release of data from The Great Social Enterprise Census, only a fifth are larger than $2 million in budget, just 8% employ more than a 100 people, and 60% were founded in the past 8 years, when the movement really began to gain momentum.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Can innovation end global poverty?

Source: Irin News

Can the seemingly intractable problems of global poverty be addressed by the latest wonders of science and technology? Last month, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of its new Global Development Lab, which will bring together entrepreneurs, corporations, NGOs, universities, research institutions, and USAID personnel “to discover, incubate, and scale breakthrough development innovations in sectors like water, health, food security and nutrition, energy, and climate change,” in the words of Andrew Sisson, its acting executive director.
Monday, May 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investors Still Chasing A Too-Small Pool Of Companies

Source: Forbes

Interest in impact investing continues to increase, even as investors report a shortage of promising opportunities.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Have the Most Impact

Source: Bloomberg News

Social enterprise in the U.S. is a fast-growing, but fragmented, movement.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — Europe & Eurasia

U.K. Institutional Investors Keen to Increase Social Investment Activity, Says Report

Source: Civil Society News

New sources of capital for the UK social investment market are likely to be local authority pension funds, charities with large endowments and housing associations, says a new report.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

Source: HuffPost Green

Two hundred and fifty billion dollars: that's the gap between the estimated need to support global conservation efforts and what's currently devoted to these activities annually, according to a recent study.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — South Asia

"This Isn’t Activism; We’re Empowering Rural India"

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Ravikant Singh is the founder of Doctors For You, a NGO tackling disaster relief and rehabilitation work.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is the Future Role of Social Enterprise to Foster Compassionate Capitalism?

Source: The Guardian

Our expert panel discuss the role of social enterprise in society, and the values of social business.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Beyond the Pioneer: Getting Inclusive Industries to Scale

Source: HuffPost Impact

Beyond the Pioneer enumerates the barriers to scale that hinder, not just the firm, but the entire ecosystem, including the value chain, public goods, and the regulatory and policy environments.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Myth of Sustainable Investment Performance Sacrifice ‘Finally Withering Away’

Source: Blue and Green Tomorrow

Speaking to Blue & Green Tomorrow after the launch of the Pax MSCI International ESG Index fund, Keefe explained that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors were becoming increasingly relevant to companies’ long-term financial risk and performance.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

For Super-Rich, Investing to See Dramatic Changes

Source: CNBC

Lots of start-up funding. Crowd-sourced investment ideas. Real-time low-cost portfolio monitoring. An emphasis on environmental and social impact.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Citi Issues 2013 Global Citizenship Report

Source: Press Release

Citi today released its 14th Global Citizenship Report, an annual overview addressing the company’s social, environmental and governance achievements and challenges. The 2013 Citi Global Citizenship Report underscores Citi’s goal of enabling progress for clients and communities around the world.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Microfinance Faces Uncertainty in Bangladesh

Source: The Diplomat

The Bangladesh government should reevaluate its pursuit to regulate and nationalize the operations of the Grameen Bank.
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

“Correlation is not causation”: Roodman takes issue with World Bank study

Source: David Roodman

The issue is standard. Correlation is not causation. The Economist makes a strikingly confident statement about how one thing affects another. The problem is that in families and villages, everything affects everything. Taking more microloans can make people wealthier or poorer. Being wealthier or poorer can make people take more microloans. The arrows go in circles. Statistics can measure correlations. How do we make the leap to causation?
Friday, April 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Corporate Social Responsibility: Should It Be A Law?

Source: Forbes

India is the first country to have corporate social responsibility (CSR ) legislation, mandating that companies give 2 percent of their net profits to charitable causes.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — South Asia

Firms Investing in Social Sector Have deployed $1.6 B in India since 2000

Source: Live Mint

According to a report, the number of foreign investors looking to invest in the social sector has increased.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why impact investment could soon be a trillion-dollar industry

Source: Blue&Green Tomorrow

By the end of the decade, impact investment has the potential to reach $1 trillion (£600 billion) and deliver significant social benefits, according to Jennifer Kenning, director of wealth management and spearhead of impact investing at US wealth management firm Aspiriant.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investing in Africa: the imperative to invest sustainably

Source: How We Made It In Africa

There is no one way to do business in Africa. But through exploring both the opportunities and the challenges experienced by companies operating successfully in Africa, a number of key lessons can be unearthed.
Friday, April 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Do You Measure the Bottom Line for Impact Investing?

Source: CSR wire

Since 1993, when I was at the Yale School of Management, to my work with the Calvert Funds and Foundation and now with my company Honest Tea, I’ve been a part of hundreds of discussions and debates about how to evaluate the return on an impact investment.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 — South Asia

Investing in Private Health Care for All in India

Source: The Huffington Post Business

India is in the midst of the world's largest experiment in democratic elections, with more than 800 million people eligible to vote in its current parliamentary elections.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 — South Asia

Social Enterprises in India Received $1.6 B in 14 years

Source: Business Standard

Of the USD 1.6 billion invested in the country since 2000, USD 435 million was made by dedicated impact investors like Aavishkar, Omidyar Network among others, the report by social advisory firm Intellecap said.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Microfinance institutions cannot end mass poverty in Uganda

Source: The Observer

Microfinance institutions in Uganda have over time increased especially after the liberalisation of the economy in the 1990s. Since independence, the government has initiated credit funding, anticipating a significant reduction in household poverty. However, recent studies indicate that poverty is more of a socio-cultural problem that manifests itself economically to its victims.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tanzania: Microinsurance Must Be Promoted Aggressively

Source: All Africa

TANZANIA is currently working on the best approach to increase the micro insurance coverage so that low income earners can easily access it as well as other financial services.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Building the Impact Investing Market in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

The impact investment market is extremely diverse and the DFID Impact Fund is distinctive
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

SOURCE Initiative Links Entrepreneurs and Investors to Bolster Businesses that Benefit Low-Wealth Americans

Source: Digital Journal

A new initiative that discovers business solutions to social issues by linking entrepreneurs with investment capital and mentoring was announced today by The Hitachi Foundation, Village Capital, and Investors' Circle.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Corporate Social Responsibility is About Looking at Problems as Opportunities

Source: Live Mint

Eggers says if a firm uses CSR activities to also promote its business, it should be applauded and not frowned upon
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Satin Creditcare raises $4.7M from Norwegian impact investor NMI Fund

Source: VCCircle

North India-based microfinance institution (MFI) Satin Creditcare Network Limited has raised Rs 28.44 crore ($4.7 million) in a fresh round of funding from Norwegian impact investor NMI Fund III KS (NMI), as per a company statement.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

New report: Social Impact Bonds could boost development and job creation in South Africa

Source: Biz Community

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) hold tremendous potential for government to increase effective support for struggling entrepreneurs in South Africa, according to a new report presented to the National Treasury, the Jobs Fund, and the dti.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investors warm up to start-ups with a cause

Source: Live Mint

To outsiders, Vindhya e-Infomedia Pvt. Ltd appears to be just another business process outsourcing (BPO) company. What sets the Bangalore-based company apart is the fact that 80% of its 500 employees comprise women below the poverty line and those with physical disabilities; some are blind, hearing-impaired or autistic.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Ankur Capital is following a different path to impact investment

Source: VCCircle

In 2010, J.P. Morgan estimated the potential capital need for impact investments (targeting the part of the global population earning less than $3,000 a year), which drive not just social impact but also financial returns, to be $400 billion to $1,000 billion over the next 10 years. Fortunately, over the last 20 years, the number of specialised commercial funds in the impact investing space has risen 10 times. Capital committed to impact investing via private equity style active managers alone has risen from $4 billion to $12 billion over the same period.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Calvert Foundation and Bank of America Partner to Invest in Women

Source: PR Web

Bank of America's $10 million investment will support the economic and social advancement of women in developing countries.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Bank to Appoint 'Global Practices' Directors This Week

Source: Devex

World Bank President Jim Kim announced on Monday that the appointment of senior directors of the bank’s “global practices” will be finalized later this week ahead of the institution’s spring meetings.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE : BRAC Launches Innovation Fund to Make Mobile Money Work for the Poor

Source: BRAC

On March 30, 2014 BRAC officially launched the BRAC innovation fund for mobile money at the Frugal Innovation Forum: Scaling Digitally in Savar, Bangladesh. BRAC is experimenting with transitioning from cash and exploring new development strategies enabled by mobile money with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding for the Common Good - How Does it Drive Social Change?

Source: Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Crowdfunding platforms raised an estimated $5.1 billion worldwide in 2013, nearly twice the total for 2012. Although most of this booming investment is in private ventures, mission-driven crowdfunding platforms are also emerging on the leading edge of technology, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Philanthropists And Investors Can Work Together To Create Social Change

Source: Forbes

Scaling up innovation is rarely as simple as investing in a company. The best social innovations aren’t companies – rather they are social movements, coalitions co-created by businesses, social sector organisations and governments working together. But how do you fund and scale up a movement?
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nine ways to make sure you make a difference with impact investing

Source: The Guardian

Impact investors want more than a financial return, they want their money to do something good in the world at the same time. This means balancing financial risks and rewards with the complex measures of social and environmental impact.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 Factors That Show Social Enterprise Might Start Seeing Bigger Exits

Source: Fast Co.Exist

Stewart Craine, cofounder of Barefoot Power and now Village Infrastructure Angels, walks into investor presentations with a pair of well-worn, highly scuffed shoes with the soles falling off. They are his "investor shoes," illustrating the ridiculous distance he has traveled in pursuit of investment for his businesses, which work with world’s poor.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Rise of social impact investing lays to rest the notion that greed is good

Source: South China Morning Post

Do we really invest to make money? Yes, if you make money the old-fashioned way. You look at the trade-off between risk, return and liquidity and make the investment if it yields a return that you feel happy with, relative to the risk, with the liquidity you want.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

International Finance Corporation Proposes $1.5 B Annual Investment in Nigeria

Source: This Day Live

The International Finance Corporation IFC), which is the private sector arm of the World Bank, has unfolded plans to commence an annual investment of $1.5 billion in critical sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — Latin America

TriLinc Global Impact Fund Makes Impact Investments in Peru, Indonesia, Brazil and Chile

Source: Business Wire

TriLinc Global Impact Fund approves a $576,000 loan on March 25, 2014 to an agro-business company in Peru, bringing total loans funded in 2014 to $5.741 million for business expansion and socioeconomic development in Latin America and Southeast Asia
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Opportunity International & The MasterCard Foundation Plan To Help 7M Out of Poverty With $22.7M Partnership

Source: Forbes

Opportunity International is a non-profit microfinance organization established in 1971. Over the last 42 years OI has provided $6 billion in microfinance loans and has reached over 5 million clients in 22 countries. In 2009, The MasterCard MA -1.08% Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation partnered with OI and co-funded a $16 million project to expand access to saving accounts and agricultural loans in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Annapurna Microfinance raises $5M in Series B funding

Source: VCCircle

Odisha-based Annapurna Microfinance Pvt Ltd (AMPL) has raised Rs 30 crore (around $5 million) in a Series B round of funding led by Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), with participation from the existing investor Incofin Investment Management's Rural Impulse Fund II.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Microfinance 2.0: Different Methodology Could Reshape Industry

Source: The Guardian

A recent paper published by Harvard Business School and EY advocates for taking a more scientific approach to evaluating the impacts of microfinance programs.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

Thomson Reuters release Islamic Social Finance Report

Source: CPI Financial

Thomson Reuters has released the Islamic Social Finance Report 2014 in collaboration with the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group.
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Latin America: Social Impact Investment Grows

Source: Latinvex

In Latin America, there is clear need to promote entrepreneurship that seeks both economic return as well as social impact.
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing for the Average American

Source: Harvard Kennedy School Review

Impact investing has become a buzz word in social enterprise circles but, even today, opportunities to invest are hardly accessible to the average American. Barriers include protective federal regulations as well as the inability to reach scale.
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Financing Sustainable Fisheries With Impact Investments

Source: National Geographic

What’s good for the fish is good for the fishing communities — and for impact investors. That’s the thesis of three new vehicles for investing in sustainable fisheries that will be tested in the Philippines, Chile, and Brazil over the next two years and then offered to investors more broadly.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

B Lab Just Announced its B Corp Best for the World List

Source: Forbes

The list includes 92 social enterprises creating the most positive overall social and environmental impact of the almost 1,000 certified B Corporations in operation.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 — South Asia

Aavishkar Hopes to Close $75 M Frontier Fund, Take Impact Investing Model Beyond India

Source: Business Standard

Set to take its impact investing model to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan
Thursday, March 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Catalyzing Impact Investments Through Coordinated Grantmaking

Source: Philanthropy News Digest

In an increasingly resource-constrained world, the ability to drive more impact investments into the communities and issues we care about is imperative
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pitching Investors in Global Health: Funding Lessons From Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Huffington Post Business

Over the past decade, business models serving the base of the pyramid (BOP) customers have attracted increased attention. At the same time, major development agencies and foundations have identified the public health segments of the Millennium Development Goals as priorities and have expanded programs to support and encourage innovation in health care for low- and middle-income communities around the world.