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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 08, 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 08, 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 04, 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 01, 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 01, 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
Friday, August 01, 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.
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

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.
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.
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

PRESS RELEASE: GROWTHAFRICA IMPACT ACCELERATOR ANNOUNCES ITS 6TH BATCH OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

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 08, 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 08, 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 08, 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 07, 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 03, 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 02, 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 09, 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 05, 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 02, 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 07, 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 07, 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 07, 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 05, 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 02, 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 02, 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 01, 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

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.
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.
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 09, 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 09, 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 08, 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 08, 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 08, 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 07, 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 07, 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 04, 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 04, 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 03, 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 01, 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 01, 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 01, 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

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.
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

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?
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

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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sustainable Investing Comes of Age in South Africa

Source: Business Day South Africa

In recent years, the idea of analysing companies using more than just financial indicators has moved into the mainstream.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop

Source: Harvard Business Review

Impact investing has captured the world’s imagination. Just six years after the Rockefeller Foundation coined the term, the sector is booming. An estimated 250 funds are actively raising capital in a market that the Global Impact Investing Network estimates at $25 billion. Giving Pledge members described impact investing as the “hottest topic” at their May 2012 meeting, and Prime Minister David Cameron extolled the potential of the sector at the most recent G8 summit.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: GiveDirectly? Not So Fast.

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

GiveDirectly is the current flavor of the month, and every couple of days someone asks us what we think of it. GiveDirectly does unconditional cash transfers—it sends money via mobile payment straight to the poorest people in Kenyan villages. It’s a brilliant approach to cutting out corruption and waste: 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to recipients as cash, and those recipients reliably spend it on food, housing, health care, education, and business investment.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing: Building on Strong Foundations in the U.S.

Source: Huffington Post Impact

Impact investing in the U.S. has a rich history and established communities of practice -- spanning community finance, socially responsible investment, micro-finance, housing finance, environmental finance, small business finance in underserved "emerging domestic markets," sustainable development and, more recently, social finance, which explicitly ties investment returns to social outcomes using tools like "pay for success."
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Making Money While Making The World A Better Place

Source: Forbes

For those who may not be as familiar with the term, impact investments “are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.”
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Digital survey could change global impact investing priorities

Source: MaxImpact

Impact investing is all about meeting needs. It places capital in businesses that provide human essentials such as water, power, food, education and healthcare. At the same time, it helps meet the needs of the planet and its non-human inhabitants by fostering business approaches that protect ecosystems and conserve natural resources.
Friday, March 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Major Hurdles to Impact Investing

Source: aiCIO

mpact investing faces too many challenges to be adopted by institutional investors en masse, according to Hewitt EnnisKnupp.
Thursday, March 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

US Foundation Endowments - A Missing Piece to Maximizing Impact

Source: HuffPost Impact

A handful of foundations leverage their shares in public equity investments to directly engage the companies they hold in their portfolios.
Thursday, March 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Opinion: Can 'Impact Investors' Save the Day for Cleantech Entrepreneurs?

Source: The Energy Collective

The impact investing concept is differentiated from other related concepts like ESG (environment-social-governance) in that it involves proactive investments designed to make a positive difference.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 — No Region Specified

American Bankers Association and Operation HOPE to collaborate to maximize youth and adult empowerment

Source: ConsumerElectronics.net

The American Bankers Association and Operation HOPE announced a new partnership to expand financial literacy empowerment, economic energy, and good credit for youth and adults over the next two years.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 — South Asia

Does India Need Its Own 'Impact' Investors?

Source: Forbes

Indian entrepreneurs complain that India’s venture capital scene, particularly for “impact” investments, is limited.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mara Group’s Ashish Thakkar On What Investors Get Wrong About Africa

Source: International Business Times

Thakkar spoke to IBTimes about his new venture, his business style, and what’s ahead for Africa -- a region set to grow at record rates in the next few years.
Monday, March 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Values-Based Investing Gaining Steam, Data Shows

Source: Financial Planning

The number of investment products focused on environmental, social and governance factors has risen steadily in the last seven years, according to data provided by Morningstar, climbing to 277 total funds as of Oct. 31, 2013, from 199 in 2007.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Success in Impact Investing Through Policy Symbiosis

Source: Huffington Post Impact

Some may be surprised to hear it, but impact investing would barely exist -- certainly not at its current, modest scale -- but for the support and partnership of government. Government is ubiquitous in all economies, to be sure. But in the types of underserved markets in which impact investors operate, the role of public policy is profound.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

The White House’s new $65.8M Social Innovation Fund competition is the largest to date

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

The 2014 competition, which was officially announced this week, will provide up to $65.8 million to grantmakers.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Rockefeller Foundation And Tony Elumelu Foundation Announce Africa Winners Of The Impact Economy Innovations Fund

Source: Tony Elumelu Foundation

The fund provides grant capital for entrepreneurs with projects that create jobs in underserved sectors, and supports proposals geared toward enabling capital solutions, fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems and promoting impact investing industry infrastructure.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — South Asia

Ankur Capital bets on real India, invests in three early-stage rural ventures

Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Impact investment fund, Ankur Capital, has invested in three early-stage ventures that focus on rural markets.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Sustainable investment performance criticisms ‘out-of-date’

Source: Blue&Green Tomorrow

Arguments that sustainable investment approaches are too simplistic and don’t offer competitive returns have been labelled as “out-of-date” by Kevin Parker, chief executive of Sustainable Insight Capital Management.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

The rise of Africans Investing in Africa (AIA)

Source: Venture Capital for Africa

Foreign firms are not the only ones heavily investing in Africa’s numerous opportunities, shows the “Africa attractiveness survey 2013, getting down to business” published by Ernst & Young (E&Y). Increasingly, Africans, who were previously Missing In Action (MIA), are becoming Africans investing in Africa (AIA). Investments range from individuals in Africa, the diaspora, the private sector, governments, multilaterals and even social enterprises.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Community Foundations: What It Takes to Become Dynamic Hubs of Local Capital

Source: 3BL Media

What is preventing these anchor institutions from realizing their potential? What exactly is that potential, and how can community foundations shift to an impact investment strategy that really makes a difference to community success and resilience?
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

d.light Announces $11 Million Series C Financing, Expands Board of Directors

Source: Power Engineering

The Series C round included participation from all major investors, including DFJ, Omidyar Network, Nexus India Capital, Gray Ghost Ventures, Acumen Fund and Garage Technology Ventures. With the closing of Series C, d.light has raised a total of $40 million in capital.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

One-Stop Site Paints A Clearer Picture For Impact Investors

Source: Forbes

Sure, the impact investing and social enterprise world is thriving. But it’s also disjointed and often confusing, with a variety of groups, startups, investors, schools, conferences, and even basic terminology.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Operation HOPE and the New York Stock Exchange Partner to Empower Youth Entrepreneurs

Source: The Sacramento Bee

HOPE Business In A Box Crowdsourcing Website To Spur Funding for Youth Businesses, Advertising leader BBDO, NYC will help drive "Taking Every Kid Public," a media campaign to encourage public and private investment in youth business ideas; Gallup onboard.
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

The social impact bond wars

Source: PBS

Social impact investing sounds like an innovative way of uniting private investors, nonprofits and government to deliver social services with demonstrable outcomes. But who’s profiting from that financing model?
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Will Equity Crowdfunding Help Create The Next Silicon Valley Outside the U.S.?

Source: unreasonable.is

This week is Global Innovation Week 2014, and as CEO of Crowdfunder.com I’ll be participating in the Global Innovation Summit (GIS) in Silicon Valley. The focus of the GIS conference is on ecosystem development. Which is a great topic and comes as no surprise, as the conference is led by Victor Hwang and Greg Horowitt, venture partners at T2 Ventures and authors of The Rainforest: The Secret to Building The Next Silicon Valley.
Friday, February 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bata targets low-income markets

Source: The Daily Star

Czech footwear maker works with village vendors to sell low-cost shoes in rural areas of Bangladesh, Colombia and Bolivia.
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact investing key to unlocking Kenya’s growth potential

Source: Standard Digital

Starting a business, conventionally, is largely driven by the need to make profits, and the higher the margins the better for the proprietor. Downcast often occurs when companies report slump in profit, as this is considered not good enough to create investor confidence and attract more shareholders.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

7 Businesses Win African Impact Innovation Fund

Source: Ventures Africa

7 businesses have been announced as the winners of the Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF), an endowment supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Tony Elumelu Foundation to provide grant capital for entrepreneurs with projects that create jobs.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Release: Winners of the Sankalp Africa Awards for High Impact SMEs Announced

Source: Sankalp Forum

12 SMEs from around Africa showcased to an audience of 450 investors, donors, advisors and other SME sector supporters, 4 win awards at the first ever Sankalp Africa Summit in Nairobi.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Paying for Results: Can Banks and Investors Finance Social Success?

Source: The Guardian

Non-profits for everything from homelessness to pre-school have gone to investors to impose capitalist discipline on programs
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Georgetown gets $10M gift for social innovation

Source: The Washington Post

Georgetown University has received a $10 million gift for a new center aimed at fostering innovation among students who want to build skills and organizations to solve society’s problems, the school announced Monday.
Friday, February 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Report ‘de-risks’ impact investment to open sector up to mainstream

Source: Blue&Green Tomorrow

A new report has set out how to de-risk impact investment, which could make the sector more appealing to a wider range of investors. The strategy has been described as a “win-win” because of the financial and social returns it offers.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Biggest Social Impact Bond In The U.S. Will Keep At-Risk Young Men In Jobs And Out Of Prison

Source: FastCoExist

A new type of philanthropic investment is coming into vogue. Its biggest test just launched in Massachusetts.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa’s Treasury Investigating Financing Social Bonds

Source: Business Daily Live

The treasury is looking into the feasibility of using an experimental financing mechanism, social impact bonds, to help boost small businesses and job creation
Thursday, January 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Innovative New Initiative from JPMorgan Chase to Catalyze Investment in Low- and Moderate-Income Communities

Source: Market Watch

$33 million to help CDFIs across the country build capacity.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Micro-insurance Impacts Significantly on Social Indices'

Source: This Day Live

The Micro-insurance Network, the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) micro-insurance innovation facility, has said that micro-insurance has impacted positively on the standard of living of low income earners across the world.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

Online microfinance platform RangDe invites equity investments for social benefit

Source: The Economic Times

A not-for-profit company, infused with the commitment and passion of 'jholawala' NGOs and adorned by the rigour and trappings of a true-blue business entity, is inviting equity investments from donors-investors with the promise of returning their principal anytime they want after two years.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Root Capital Highlights Business Case for Social, Environmental Due Diligence in Investment Decisions

Source: CSR Wire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 28 /CSRwire/ - Root Capital, a nonprofit agricultural lender, today released a new issue brief detailing the financial benefits linked to conducting due diligence on the social and environmental practices of its borrowers.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Financial Sector Can Help Bolster Africa’s Economy, Panelists Say

Source: Dealbook - The New York Times

One of the stated aims of this year’s World Economic Forum is inclusion. A panel discussion on Africa’s future, one that included two sitting presidents from that continent, did its best to emphasize that theme.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 impact investing predictions from Omidyar Network’s Paula Goldman

Source: The Economist

Over the past 30 years the share of incomes going to the top 1% of earners has more than doubled in some rich countries: it now stands at 17% in America and 14% in Britain.
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Rajiv Shah And Tony Blair On Impact Investing

Source: Forbes

A new investment fund structured by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will, for the first time, allow individual and institutional investors the opportunity to finance late-stage global health technologies that have the potential to save millions of lives in low-income countries.
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Loans facilitate skill development training in India

Source: The Hindu

Skill development training, which costs anywhere between Rs 20, 000 and Rs 50,000 for a typical engineering student, now comes along with loans which can be converted into easy monthly installments (EMIs).
Friday, January 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Net Neutrality And Social Entrepreneurship: Why Freedom To Create And Share Matters

Source: Forbes

Social entrepreneurship and the open, freely accessed – but still commercially viable – Internet have worn parallel paths into the American landscape.
Thursday, January 09, 2014 — No Region Specified

Opinion: Business can do what governments can't - solve the world's biggest problems

Source: The Guardian

Only multinational corporations have the resources to solve the world's most daunting problems
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding For Good Now A Growing Global Movement

Source: Forbes

Imagine raising $17 million in one day. Using the Razoo platform, GiveMN, a statewide crowdfunding campaign for Minnesota nonprofits, did just that on November 14, 2013, when over 52,000 individual donors combined to set a record for the most money raised in a single day through crowdfunding (as far I can tell).
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Pay for success' social-impact bonds help train ex-convicts

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Social-impact bonds offer investors a more direct connection between the dollars they invest and the impact they have on a social problem.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Healthy food chain helps kids get off the streets

Source: CNN Money

Erik Oberholtzer started the program at a time when many CEOs were focused on surviving the recession. But Tender Greens was in the midst of a rapid expansion. The company grew from $7.3 million and 115 employees in 2009 to $28 million in revenues and 450 employees in 2013.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — South Asia

Beyond Bitcoin: some alternative marketplaces lend social empowerment

Source: The Guardian

A variety of companies, like e-Choupal and OneMorePallet, are creating new marketplaces to add value - and boost social and environmental benefits
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social innovation means business becoming a force for good

Source: The Guardian

Business needs to reconnect with the community and better serve society, Terry Slavin reports from the Guardian Sustainable Business Quarterly workshop
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Tata Social Enterprise conference – expect the unconventional

Source: The Guardian

Leaders from across the sector gathered to offer their guidance and advice to aspiring social entrepreneurs
Friday, December 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why won't corporations invest in socially conscious startups?

Source: The Guardian

Though social impact investing is a growing asset class, corporations aren't buying into the promise of sustainability – yet.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

“Charge the world, change the world."

Source: The New York Times

The campaign is on behalf of Schneider Electric, a French company with operations in more than 100 countries including the United States.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 — South Asia

Bangladesh’s top MFIs widen areas of operation in the social sector

Source: The Financial Express

Top microfinance institutions (MFIs), besides their prime focus on microcredit, have widened their areas of services in various social sectors like education, health, agriculture and disaster management
Friday, November 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

Big Investors and the Young Nudge Morgan Stanley Toward Sustainable Investing

Source: Bloomberg

Some of the biggest names in institutional finance are starting to bank on sustainability. Morgan Stanley this month announced a five-year goal of $10 billion in client assets for its “investing with impact” program, which offers investors a range of products targeting social responsibility and environmental sustainability.
Friday, November 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

Socially Responsible Funds: Should You Bother?

Source: The Motley Fool

On paper, socially responsible funds sound fantastic. You pick a cause, and fund managers funnel your money into companies that further that cause. Everybody wins.Yet while socially responsible funds may help idealistic investors sleep better at night, shareholders may not be getting their money's worth.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

5 reasons impact investing is not for you

Source: Business Standard

Seemingly simple and beneficial to all, impact investing is far more than simple philanthropy
Monday, November 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

3 Ways That Business Can Alleviate Poverty

Source: The Huffington Post

Business has become a dirty word. Doing business with the poor seems taboo, shocking, unthinkable. But what if business could improve the lives of the world's poorest people?
Monday, November 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Merry-Go-Round That Turns The Power Of Play Into Electricity in rural Ghana

Source: Fast Company

Empower Playgrounds is providing electricity-generating playground equipment to impoverished schools in rural Ghana.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Open source can help the developing world, but it's not without challenges

Source: Engadget

Many see open source technology as an ideological tool -- a way to promote freedom in a world of closed, proprietary systems.
Thursday, November 07, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Rise of the 'Social Intrapreneur'

Source: INSEAD Knowledge

As corporations recognize the link between CSR and sustainability, opportunities arise for socially conscious leaders to change the world from the inside out.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Everything You Need to Know About Social Impact Bonds

Source: U.S. News

In the non-profit and social sector the "new, new thing" is social impact bonds, also known as pay for success contracts. Social impact bonds bring together four parties – private investors, a knowledgeable intermediary, a government body and a social service provider.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Goldman Sachs thinks it can make money by being a do-gooder

Source: The Washington Post

When faced with an investment bank saying that it's going to do something for "social impact," it's fair to interrogate its motives. Take Goldman Sachs's new $250 million "social impact" fund, or the $10 billion that Morgan Stanley hopes to attract to its "investing with impact" platform, for pumping money into projects with some beneficial public outcome.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

Financial Innovation Goes to School

Source: Project Syndicate

Later this month, the United Nations will discuss a high-level report on global development priorities for the period following the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015. Quality education is one of the global priorities that world leaders will be taking up.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

World's first social impact insurance entity, HUGinsure, announced at the Clinton Global Initiative

Source: Hollard.co.za

The world’s first social impact insurance entity, HUGinsure, was launched on Sept. 24 at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting by Dalberg and Hollard Insurance.
Friday, September 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Impact Investment Taskforce takes shape at SOCAP

Source: Trust.org

A global consortium of leading social finance experts was formally announced on Wednesday as part of a commitment made by the Group of Eight Social Impact Investment Forum earlier this year.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why Profits, Entrepreneurship, And Social Good Are Not Incompatible

Source: Forbes

Why should poor people receive the most obsolete technologies—when their lives can be impacted the most by advances in technology? Should my education and talent be used to make rich and powerful corporations even more so—or to help those in need? These are questions that Alfredo Zolezzi agonized over after achieving early success as a scientist and entrepreneur.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Students need to be challenged on social innovation, says Microsoft

Source: MaltaToday

“Instead of standardized teaching, our schools and our educators need to teach innovation” – Microsoft Malta
Friday, August 09, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Literacy Bridge Uses Talking Books to Spread the Word in Ghana

Source: PBS

On a warm spring evening in 2006, software consultant Cliff Schmidt decided to take a walk near the hotel where he was staying for a conference in Atlanta, not yet knowing that what he would stumble upon would alter his life's path.
Monday, August 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

Who's Who Of Social Enterprises Registers As Benefit Corps. In Delaware

Source: Forbes

Recently, I wrote about American Prison Data Systems, a New York City social enterprise that seeks to improve the education of prison inmates using a tablet-based platform. Turns out, it was one of the 17 businesses that just registered as the first Benefit Corporations in Delaware.
Friday, August 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

Open development and social impact bonds: rethinking healthcare delivery

Source: The Guardian

By incentivising investment through payment on results, and by making information open, local entrepreneurs can fill the gaps and help deliver much needed services
Friday, August 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

Banker Saves 20,000 From Nepal to Uganda With Her Profits

Source: Bloomberg

Amid the cloying dust, blaring car horns and beggars’ wails that echo through the ancient streets of Kathmandu, Nepal, a familiar sound emerges: the strains of pop star Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

14 Scalable Social Enterprises

Source: Trend Hunter

Depending on who you ask and what their specific definition of social enterprise is, they may say that "scalable social enterprises" are redundant because all social enterprises should be able to scale.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Calvert Foundation developing impact investing initiative for diaspora communities

Source: Calvert Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is supporting the first phase of the initiative, a feasibility study, with a $200,000 grant.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 — South Asia

Ronnie Screwvala puts profit first in social impact ventures

Source: The Economic Times

Ronnie Screwvala, the managing director of Walt Disney India, logs in 70 hours a week for the entertainment company and yet devotes 10-15 hours to philanthropy and social impact businesses. "Whatever one makes from the business, 10-15% should always go back to society," he says.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 — No Region Specified

Communicate and stay on target: a recipe for ensuring social impact

Source: The Guardian

As businesses turn social, how do they guarantee social impact?
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Research finds rising numbers of 'hybrid organizations' across sectors

Source: Devex

An increasing number of entrepreneurs are gravitating to a new model for achieving social change: the hybrid organization. By offering a way to achieve both social and economic goals, this model has sparked the creation of thousands of social enterprises around the world, forcing long-standing business perspectives and even legal systems to make way.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social Innovation in Africa: When a Young Girl and Prime Minister Share a Vision to Fight Illiteracy

Source: Huffington Post

Fighting illiteracy and advancing social innovation in Africa are different sides of the same coin. Worldreader joins the two visions with a scalable approach.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

An Investment Strategy in the Human Interest

Source: The New York Times

You are a health official in Uganda, and you’re watching a crisis unfold. Your people have long suffered from epidemics of sleeping sickness, one of Africa’s biggest killers. There is no vaccine and the only treatment is protracted and painful. Sleeping sickness, transmitted by the tsetse fly, is carried by cattle and also kills cattle, destroying the livelihoods of families who keep them.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Socially Responsible Investing Moving From Upstream to Mainstream

Source: Huffington Post

Socially responsible investing (SRI) will become mainstream within the next couple of years according to a new study on the competitive advantage of green business practices.
Monday, June 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Toms sets out to sell a lifestyle, not just shoes

Source: Fast Company

Founder Blake Mycoskie has set out to save the world with his "one-for-one" tagline. His critics say that giving alone doesn't solve a thing.
Friday, June 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing: Lots of Interest, but Where's the Big Money?

Source: Bloomberg

Categories too risky for many investors include women entrepreneurs and agricultural businesses
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Secret Social Entrepreneur | It's not just markets; you must meet needs

Source: The Guardian

Our secret social entrepreneur questions why people join the sector. What takes precedence: profitability or social impact?
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social investment needs investees, not just investors

Source: The Guardian

Cabinet office backs new network to improve the reach and quality of support for early-stage social entrepreneurs
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

How did the global poverty rate halve in 20 years?

Source: The Economist

POVERTY is easy to spot but hard to define.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

Big World Capital: Will the June G8 Summit be the moment social investing comes of age?

Source: Philanthropy Impact

You have to feel a bit sorry for the G8 group of leading industrial countries. Not so long ago their annual get-togethers, hosted in rotation by one of the member states, used to be the most important meeting on the global economic calendar.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 — South Asia

Q&A With Arun Gore Of Gray Ghost Ventures: 'Social Impact Needs Scale'

Source: Forbes

Esha Chhabra (@esh2440) chats with Arun Gore, the president and CEO of Gray Ghost Ventures, about the global impact investing movement.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Energy access for all in Africa: does enterprise hold the key?

Source: The Guardian

Local companies, international groups and charities are all using business approaches to improve access to clean, safe energy
Thursday, May 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Maternal Health Startup Makes History As First 'Do-It-Yourself' Benefit Corporation In Michigan

Source: Forbes

A Michigan startup company founded by University of Michigan students has made legal history by becoming the first “do-it-yourself” benefit corporation in the state. Deborah Burand, a law professor at the University of Michigan and co-founder of the International Transactions Clinic (ITC), reports.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

15 Young Go-getters You'll Want to Meet

Source: PBS

Over the last six months, the PBS NewsHour's Agents for Change series has profiled the work of highly motivated social entrepreneurs, under the age of 40, who are starting to make their mark on the world.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Change.org scores $15M from Omidyar Network to grow the world’s largest petition service

Source: VentureBeat

Popular social petition service Change.org has raised $15 million in new funding — cash that will help it further build up the “world’s largest petition platform.”
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 — South Asia

The “Technology for Impact Accelerator” announces the first batch of 16 startups

Source: Your Story

“Technology for Impact Accelerator” program for business creating social impact is an initiative by CIIE- IIM Ahmedabad and Village Capital. As a part of the first batch, 16 startups have been selected.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 — South Asia

TOI Social Impact Awards: They battled the odds to even the chances

Source: The Times of India

"I have some questions before we begin. Can we all turn to page 140 of the dossier provided to the jury?" These words, spoken by National Advisory Council member and Rajya Sabha MP Anu Aga, and received with approving nods by the other jury members, immediately made one thing clear. The jury had done its homework, wading through 300 pages of expert assessments, field reports and background information on the 41 candidates shortlisted for the second Times of India Social Impact Awards in association with JP Morgan.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

Charitable foundations look towards impact investing

Source: Marketplace

Pierre Omidyar wanted to take the fortune he earned from his company, eBay, and become a philanthropist. So he started a traditional foundation for giving out grants. He called it the Omidyar Family Foundation.
Thursday, December 27, 2012 — South Asia

Tata launches 'Social Enterprise Challenge'

Source: New York Daily News

Mumbai, Dec 27 — Aiming to find the country's most promising social enterprises, the Tata Group has launched the 'Tata Social Enterprise Challenge' in association with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), a company statement said here Thursday.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 — No Region Specified

Billionaire Jeff Skoll's Participant Media Details Plans To Launch Its Own Cable Channel

Source: Forbes

Jeff Skoll, the former eBay executive who is dedicated to solving the world’s big problems, has just taken a step to expand his movie company Participant Media – the company behind An Inconvenient Truth, Food Inc. and The Help — into cable TV.
Monday, December 03, 2012 — South Asia

What Is eBay’s Omidyar Doing on Delhi’s MedTech Row?

Source: New York Times

Pierre Omidyar is best known as the founder of the online auction company e-Bay, which he grew from an “odd little Web site” to one of Web commerce’s biggest and longest-lasting success stories.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 — No Region Specified

Fantino’s private-sector foreign aid: It can work, if he gets the details right

Source: The Globe and Mail

The world’s poorest, sacrificed to the whims of the almighty market. Charities and non-governmental organizations carrying the water for profitable mining companies. Profits before people. These are just some of the critiques levelled against the federal government’s foreign-aid pivot, recently formalized in an address by new International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino.
Monday, November 26, 2012 — No Region Specified

Jewelry Designed to Disarm

Source: The New York Times

NEW YORK — As icons go, few things communicate global menace more effectively than the stark silhouette of an AK-47. Designed more than six decades ago by Mikhail Kalashnikov, a former Soviet tank commander, the assault rifle boasts the dubious distinction of being the most abundant and reliable killing device in history.
Monday, November 26, 2012 — No Region Specified

Confidence in social impact claims 'shockingly low'

Source: The Guardian

Demonstrable social impact is often overlooked by social investors, says leading social enterprise academic
Thursday, November 08, 2012 — No Region Specified

Mastercard Inc : The SEEP Network Partners with MasterCard to Promote Innovative Uses of Technology

Source: 4-Traders

Washington, DC, November 7, 2012 - The SEEP Network's two-day 2012 Annual Conference titled, "Building Inclusive Markets: Impact through Financial and Enterprise Solutions" kicks off on Wednesday, November 7 in Arlington, VA.
Thursday, November 08, 2012 — No Region Specified

RBC announces $1 million donation to MaRS Centre for Impact Investing

Source: Sacramento Bee

TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - RBC today announced a historic, $1 million, five-year commitment to support the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. With this donation, RBC becomes a founding partner of the Centre, launched in late 2011 to increase awareness of social finance and direct new capital and talent to tackle social and environmental problems in Canada.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 — South Asia

Lok Capital is re-inventing strategy for social impact

Source: Business Standard

Rajiv B Lall, 55, managing director and chief executive officer of Infrastructure Development Finance Company talks unlike his peers in glamorous investment banking and private equity business despite spending over thirty years with institutions such as Warburg Pincus, Morgan Stanley and Asian Development Bank.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet The Man Who’s Shaping Africa’s Future

Source: Ventures Africa

VENTURES AFRICA – Just like the great American civil right activist Martin Luther King Jnr. had a dream of an equal social existence, so did Ghanaian-born entrepreneur, Fred Swaniker, dream to build a Pan-African school that will position the new generation of African youth towards prosperity in future years. His mission was to give the African child a network of successful peers to tap for job opportunities, mentoring and career guidance.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Handheld Poverty Fighters: Building the Killer Apps of Global Prosperity

Source: GOOD

Among many in the development space, connective technologies are either the cheat code to global prosperity or a false prophet obscuring the real challenges effecting the world’s poor. Officials as high-ranking as Secretary Hillary Clinton have called the spread of cheap cell phones and laptops a driving force against poverty even as many of their most promising applications are failing to deliver on scale.
Thursday, October 11, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

GlaxoSmithKline opens door on data in bid to aid discovery of medicines

Source: The Guardian

British drugs company releases findings of clinical trials and announces new effort to find tropical disease cures
Thursday, October 11, 2012 — No Region Specified

Can A Motivated Group Of People Change The Way Markets Work For The Better?

Source: Fast Company

Criterion Ventures is trying to rebrand the idea of systems change, and change a few major systems--like the rules that govern the entire economy--along the way.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 — Latin America

How Entrepreneurs Can Fight Drug Traffickers

Source: Forbes

There’s nothing like attending the heady, exhilarating Clinton Global Initiative to get me out of the operational trenches of entrepreneurship for social change. But this year, I was distracted by a conversation taking place just down the street at the UN General Assembly—on drug trafficking.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Oxfam launches fund to make 'impact investments' in the developing world

Source: Third Sector

The overseas aid charity is linking up with the City of London Corporation and Symbiotics to help small and medium-sized enterprises, with the first investment in Mongolia
Monday, October 08, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Entrepreneur brings color to the desert

Source: China Daily

A man-made oasis in China's seventh biggest desert, Kubuqi, on the southern bank of the Yellow River, has been the backdrop for several international environmental events this year.
Monday, October 08, 2012 — No Region Specified

Making the Case for Impact Sourcing

Source: Huffington Post

Last week, B Corporation, a network of socially responsible "for-benefit" businesses, announced its plans to scale internationally at the Clinton Global Initiative. Many of these businesses are supported by impact investors, a group of double- and triple-bottom-line funders that received little attention until the Rockefeller Foundation launched a major impact investing initiative in 2008.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 — No Region Specified

Calling All Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in cooperation with the United Nations Foundation, Mashable, UNDP, 92Y and Ericsson are hosting the Social Good Summit in New York City this weekend. Even if you can’t go to New York, you can participate.
Monday, September 17, 2012 — South Asia

ISB competition for social entrepreneurship ideas

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Do you have an idea that has a potential to make a social impact? The Indian School of Business (ISB) has announced iDiya, a nationwide idea competition for working professionals who are interested in starting ventures with a potential to create a positive impact on society.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 — South Asia

$4 billion planned for investment in social enterprise in 2012: Report

Source: The Economic Times

According to a global impact investment market study by JP Morgan, and the Global Impact Investment Network (GIIN), investors see the social enterprise as a market 'in its infancy and growing' with almost $ 4 billion planned for investment in 2012. Over the last eight years $ 600 million has been invested in social enterprises in India itself. The Monitor Institute estimates that over the next 5 - 10 years impact investments will grow to 1 percent of global assets under management, emerging as a new asset class.
Monday, September 10, 2012 — No Region Specified

34 Places To Find That New Job: Social Innovators Edition

Source: Forbes

Other than the beloved Idealist.org, where can someone looking for an impactful or innovative job begin their search? For all those looking to enter or shift within the social innovation space, however you define it, optimizing communities and networking seem to be predominant. Here’s a list of sites to bookmark or pass on to a friend on the hunt right now.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 — No Region Specified

100 Free Career Videos for Milennials

Source: iOnPoverty

San Francisco (September 5, 2012) - The online knowledge network iOnPoverty.tv today announced that its entire 2012 video collection is now online and free to students, unemployed graduates and young professionals seeking jobs and careers in economic opportunity and justice work.
Monday, August 27, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa innovations: 15 ideas helping to transform a continent

Source: The Guardian

A mobile phone database for dairy farmers and a strain of sweet potato that can help fight child blindness. These are just two of the imaginative new ideas that are tackling Africa's old problems
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 — No Region Specified

Tackling food waste through a social enterprise model

Source: The Guardian

The founder of social enterprise Rubies in the Rubble, proves that you can run a company with a business head and a charitable heart
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 — No Region Specified

Impact Engine Announces Inaugural Class of 2012

Source: The Impact Engine

CHICAGO, August 8, 2012 — Impact Engine, a new accelerator that supports for-profit businesses trying to make the world a better place, welcomes eight early stage companies into the program’s first-ever class. From empowering women in rural India to improving education in the United States to providing renewable energy to the people of Africa, the 2012 class includes a diverse group of entrepreneurs tackling both domestic and global challenges.
Thursday, August 02, 2012 — No Region Specified

Goldman Sachs In Jail: Why Is Big Money Moving Into Social Impact Bonds?

Source: International Business Times

The so-called "social-impact bond" investment at Rikers Island prison, the first of its kind for an American city, means any potential return for Goldman hinges on the success of a program that will educate, train and counsel inmates aged between 16 and 18.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Investing for social impact reaps more than financial returns, says Al Tamimi

Source: CPI Financial

For Al Tamimi Investments (ATI), channelling its private capital for social benefit is reaping more than financial returns for its businesses. ATI was founded in 2006 by Emirati business leader Essam Al Tamimi and Rachael Wunsch, an accomplished venture capitalist from Australia. Using personal capital gained from the success of his law firm Al Tamimi & Company, ATI sought to invest in businesses that would enrich and bring value to the UAE community.
Monday, June 25, 2012 — No Region Specified

Making the market a force for good

Source: The Guardian

When women in Haiti added fruit flavouring to purified water and sold it to their peers, an impromptu community business was born. While the main aim was a health-related one – the women used purifying sachets distributed after the 2010 earthquake to clean the water – the unforeseen knock-on effect involved women educating their peers about not drinking contaminated water and running their own mini-enterprise.
Monday, June 04, 2012 — No Region Specified

Catchafire matches talented volunteers with opportunities to serve

Source: Christian Science Monitor

Tom D’Eri needed some help. In September of last year, he co-founded a small social enterprise that helps people with autism find employment. He quickly realized that he needed some outside assistance with things like branding and website development, topics that he didn’t have much experience with himself.
Friday, June 01, 2012 — No Region Specified

How Financial Innovation Can Save the World

Source: The Atlantic

Financial innovation got a bad rep in the financial crisis. But inside the well-barricaded Federal Reserve Bank in downtown San Francisco last month, the financial engineers were at it again.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

What Exactly Is Social Entrepreneurship?

Source: Forbes

We’re talking about success and social value. Today many people lump this in a special category: social entrepreneurship. We’re not sure exactly what that is, so we’re interested in learning more. As it turns out, so were two Tuck class of 2013 students, Christopher Halstedt and Brad Callow. This past spring they did an independent study Senior Associate Dean Bob Hansen and Gregg on exactly this topic. They set out to see if they could understand what exactly is social entrepreneurship and how it creates social value. Here are some excerpts from what they found:
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 — No Region Specified

Transformational Entrepreneurship: Where Technology Meets Societal Impact

Source: HBR Blog Network

The slow decline of industrial manufacturing in developed nations and recent failures of financial capitalism across the globe have sent us searching for a new model of economic growth. I see the two movements of Technology Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship beginning to converge into a promising solution.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 — Latin America

B Corps Go Global: Sistema B Certifies South American Social Enterprise

Source: GOOD

Last fall, a small group of social entrepreneurs from South America met to discuss how to foster more social enterprise in the region and create more bang for the buck at existing enterprise. The result was Sistema B, the first effort to adapt the American system of B Corporations—which ease operations for companies that combine profit and social good—to a foreign setting.
Friday, April 20, 2012 — No Region Specified

Rethinking the Role of Capital Markets in Enabling Social Progress

Source: Forbes

Earlier this week at theGlobal Philanthropy Forum, Tracy Palandjian, CEO of Social Finance, Inc., served on a panel discussion around the challenges and opportunities of impact investing. In the below interview with Tracy, we discussed her career trajectory, the first-ever social impact bond in the United Kingdom and its potential to be replicated in the United States, and much more.
Friday, April 13, 2012 — South Asia

Perspective: Poverty, Health And Forced Eviction In The Slums Of Bangladesh

Source: CommonHealth

On April 4, one of the largest forceful slum evictions in Bangladesh’s history took place in Dhaka’s Korail bustee. Households, schools and shops within twenty meters of the road were bulldozed, with approximately 3,500 individuals affected.
Friday, April 06, 2012 — No Region Specified

Men Start Businesses for the Money: Women for the Social Value

Source: ScienceDaily

A study of the sexes reveals that when it comes to starting a business, women are more likely than men to consider individual responsibility and use business as a vehicle for social and environmental change.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 — Latin America

In Chile’s Slums, A Lesson in How to Make Apps for Social Good

Source: The Washington Post

How many of the hundreds of thousands of mobile phone applications seek to do truly great things, such as lift people out of poverty or improve health care for the poor?
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

GroFin Expands Pool of SME Funding to $323 million, Enters Three New Countries

Source: Press Release

GroFin, the multinational pioneer of growth finance working to create real impact through the support of small and medium businesses, has announced a growth in funds under management from $260 million to $323 million.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 — South Asia

A Changing Innovation Landscape

Source: livemint.com

At a time when the global economy continues to be in a state of flux and the emerging economies are also beginning to feel the impact of this uncertainty, my mind races to the proverbial thought of viewing the glass as half empty or half full. I choose the latter.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 — South Asia

Symbiosis Project to Help Light Up Village Homes

Source: The Times of India

PUNE: Students from the Social Entrepreneurship and Consulting Cell of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management ( SIBM) have come up with a project to provide low-cost lighting units to rural households without electricity.
Friday, March 16, 2012 — No Region Specified

Need Blind: Vision Spring and Warby Parker Shake Up Eyewear With Impact

Source: GOOD

Social enterprises Warby Parker and VisionSpring are finding innovative ways to bring glasses to people who can’t afford huge markups. VisionSpring, a nonprofit social enterprise, focuses on selling low-cost glasses to people earning between $1 and $4 per day. Warby Parker, a for-profit B-Corp, sells affordable eyewear in the domestic market while donating a pair of frames to VisionSpring for each pair it sells.
Monday, March 12, 2012 — South Asia

Interest-free Microfinance Hope for Poor Muslims

Source: The Times of India

Making headlines in the recent past for crushing interest rates claiming lives of debtors, microfinance is now being offered with a more humane approach. The Human Welfare Foundation will now offer loans in the form of interest-free microfinance to the poor across the country including Hyderabad, said vice president of Jamat-e-Islami Hind Prof K A Siddique Hassan here on Saturday.
Thursday, March 08, 2012 — No Region Specified

The Time to Empower Women is Now

Source: devex

The world celebrates the 101st International Women’s Day on March 8. But how have women’s empowerment and gender equality improved over the past years? Certainly, there have been advancements. The United States, for instance, has been able to incorporate gender issues in its first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, and its Feed the Future and Global Health Initiative foreign aid programs.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 — No Region Specified

B Lab Releases First 'Best for the World' List of Businesses Creating Most Overall Positive Social and Environmental Impact

Source: CSRwire

'Best for the World' businesses score 50% higher than nearly 2,000 other sustainable businesses in most comprehensive assessment of overall corporate impact
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 — No Region Specified

A Fall to Cheer

Source: The Economist

For the first time ever, the number of poor people is declining everywhere
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 — No Region Specified

Why the Global Economy Needs Businesses to Invest in Women

Source: The Daily Beast

Businesses are starting to understand what development experts have long known: investing in women pays dividends. Women are more likely than men to put their income back into their communities, driving illiteracy and mortality rates down and GDP up.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 — No Region Specified

UN Meets Millennium Development Goal on Drinking Water

Source: BBC

The Millennium Development Goal for access to clean water has been reached, ahead of the target date of 2015.
Friday, March 02, 2012 — No Region Specified

Now for some good news: Two books argue that the future is brighter than we think

Source: The Economist

The lab-on-a-chip (LOC) is a small device with a huge potential. It can run dozens of diagnostic tests on human DNA in a few minutes. Give the device a gob of spit or a drop of blood and it will tell you whether or not you are sick without any need to send your DNA to a laboratory. In poor countries LOCs could offer diagnostics to millions who lack access to expensive laboratories. In the rich world they may curb rising medical costs.
Friday, February 17, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Quiet Revolution in Social Impact

Source: PandoDaily

There are currently 30 million African migrants who have left their home countries to find work elsewhere. They support more than 300 million people in their home countries, remitting essential food and goods, and in aggregate represent more than $10b in annual economic activity. This is an economy without an infrastructure, however, relying on informal channels and bribes to function. South African entrepreneur Suzana Moreira is working to change that. Her startup moWozauses SMS to help African migrants order, pay for, and select a place for parcel pickup.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 — South Asia

Social Innovators Seek to Balance Economic Sustainability and Impact

Source: Business Standard

Bridging the digital-divide in India has long been a cherished dream. While much is yet to happen, IT industry body Nasscom has taken initial steps to identify business models that can change the access of technology at the bottom of the pyramid. This year too, Nasscom presented awards to six businesses that are trying to bring social innovation. The awards showcase the impact and learnings from the ideas of winners that have gained shape, acceptance and success.
Friday, February 10, 2012 — South Asia

Students Learn a Trade in Afghanistan Hotspot

Source: PBS

Mercy Corps is working in southern Afghanistan to connect craftsmen with their countrymen and women so they can make a living and better their lives.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 — Latin America

Empowering the Haitian People

Source: UVU Review

Sustain Haiti is a non-denominational, independent group of Haitians, development specialists, students, social entrepreneurs, and concerned citizens based in Provo, UT. It was created and began sending volunteers and aid to the country of Haiti after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the country in January of 2010.
Monday, February 06, 2012 — South Asia

IDA to Help Improve Irrigation System in Pakistan

Source: devex

The World Bank’s concessional lending arm is providing $250 million to help improve water and agricultural productivity in the Pakistani province of Punjab.
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