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Friday, March 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

That Time a Hedge Funder Quit His Job and Then Raised $60 Million for Charity

Source: The Huffington Post

Elie Hassenfeld had an enjoyable and lucrative career in finance. Then he discovered an unusual passion.
Friday, March 27, 2015 — Latin America

Inter-American Development Bank Creates New Institution for Private Sector Operations

Source: Devex

The Inter-American Development Bank is in the process of forming a new entity to handle its private sector activities, according to a bank employee with knowledge of the plans.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

Sunlabob Renewable Energy Receives $2.1 Million Investment

Source: pv-magazine

Sunlabob Renewable Energy, a Laos-based group that specializes in bringing clean energy solutions to rural communities, has this week secured an impact investment of $2.1 million to enable it to expand its off-grid programs in Asia, Africa and the Pacific region.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

Survey: 57% of Institutional Investors Believe ESG Has Positive Impact on Returns

Source: Pensions & Investments

Some 57% of asset owners and other institutional investors surveyed believe incorporating ESG into alternative investments decision-making has a positive impact on risk-adjusted returns, said a report Monday from Mercer and LGT Capital Partners.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

Funding for Financial Inclusion Rises to $31 Billion in 2013

Source: Reuters

Global investment in affordable financial services for the poor has risen by an average seven percent per year since 2011, a World Bank think tank said in a survey released on Wednesday.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigerian Tycoon Shortlists 167 Kenyan Start-Ups for Funding

Source: Business Daily

Nigerian billionaire businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu has selected 167 Kenyan entrepreneurs to benefit from his Sh9.2 billion start-up fund targeting 10,000 enterprises across Africa.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — South Asia

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

Source: VCCircle

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

Artoo IT Solutions Raises Rs 3.1 crore Series A Funds From Accion Venture Lab, Artha Initiative

Source: The Economic Times

Bengaluru-based Artoo IT Solutions, which has developed a financial customer relationship management solution for the financial sector, has raised $500,000 (Rs 3.1 crore) in Series A round of funding from Accion Venture Labs and Switzerland-based Rianta Capital Zurich's Artha Initiative.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — South Asia

Social Impact Bonds for Factories in Bangladesh

Source: Forbes

2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, where nearly 1,200 garment workers lost their lives from a factory collapse, are wrestling with a critical question: Who should pay for the work needed to ensure basic factory safety standards in Bangladesh?
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Future Of Africa’s Private Equity Space Is Increasingly Female

Source: AFKInsider

Private equity is historically a male-dominated field, and historically, Africa’s local industry has been no different.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

SA’s Impact Amplifier Catalysed $4.5m in Startup Funding by End of 2014

Source: Disrupt Africa

South African incubator and consulting firm Impact Amplifier has revealed to Disrupt Africa it had catalysed over ZAR55 million (US$4.5 million) in investments into early-stage startups, and aims to close over ZAR100 million (US$8.2 million) of capital deployed in 2015.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — Asia Pacific

How Lee Kuan Yew Transformed Singapore From Small Town Into Global Financial Hub

Source: The Conversation

Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of one of Asia’s smallest but most developed economies, has died. Lee led Singapore after its separation from Malaysia to emerge as one of the world’s most powerful financial centres.
Monday, March 23, 2015 — South Asia

Medical Devices Industry in India Underinvested: WHO

Source: DeshGujarat

The ambitious ‘Make in India’ campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi throws up opportunities for growth of domestic medical devices industry, which is not only “underinvested” but heavily import-oriented at present, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
Friday, March 20, 2015 — South Asia

Press Release: Ennovent’s Impact Investment Holding invests in Anant Learning

Source: Ennovent

Members of the Ennovent Circle, the Ennovent Impact Investment Holding and Upaya Social Ventures, closed a seed investment round in Delhi-based Anant Learning & Development.
Friday, March 20, 2015 — South Asia

Press Release: Impact Investment Exchange Asia Selects 4 Innovative Social Enterprises for Impact Accelerator

Source: Asia IIX

IIX (Impact Investment Exchange Asia) is pleased to announce that 4 Social Enterprises (SEs) have been selected for its Philippines-based Impact Accelerator™. Impact Accelerator is an intensive acceleration program that targets early-stage SEs with high potential for growth and scalability.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing Can Help Foundations Avoid Obsolescence

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

John D. Rockefeller would never have considered abandoning the oil business. But that is exactly what some of his heirs did last fall. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a family foundation with $860 million in assets and a long history of supporting environmental causes, announced it would divest itself of all fossil-fuel investments.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Daktari Secures $15.5M for Portable Diagnostic

Source: The Business Journals

Cambridge-based Daktari Diagnostics is inching towards commercialization of its fast and portable diagnostics platform, securing $15.5 million in equity funding earlier this month with hopes of entering the global market this year.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: America's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Disaster: Are There Lessons to Be Learned?

Source: The Diplomat

The floodgates have opened. After the U.K. announced last Thursday that it would seek to join the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a trio of other European powers — Germany, France, and Italy — followed suit. With a March 31 deadline looming for countries to gain “founding member” status, expect more states – possibly including Australia and South Korea – to join in as well.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Release: International Finance Corporation Loaning $2.5m to La Fayette Microfinance Bank, Nigeria

Source: MicroCapital

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is investing NGN 400 million (USD 2.5 million) in La Fayette Microfinance Bank, one of eight members of the Advans Network of microfinance institutions, which is based in Luxembourg and managed by Horus Development Finance of France. The investment will support the growth of La Fayette, which was created in June 2012 and target micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises in Nigeria’s urban areas.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — South Asia

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

Source: VCCircle

Bangalore-based The Better India Pvt Ltd, which runs a news website focusing on social issues under the same brand, has raised $160,000 (Rs 1 crore) in funding from members of angel network Intellecap Impact Investment Network (I-cube-N), a company statement said. Investors include Raveen Sastry, a co-founder of e-commerce portal Myntra.
Monday, March 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

Ethical Investments: Lack of Awareness Means Investors Are Supporting Industries They Oppose

Source: The Independent

Liz Berwick is a fairly typical saver. The 35-year-old mother of two hopes to put away around £3,000 this year by saving regularly into a tax-free Isa. The question is, where?
Friday, March 13, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bramer Bank Provides Gateway to Investment in Africa

Source: World Finance

Mauritius is the easiest place to do business in Africa, offering a compelling banking environment for industry pioneers such as Bramer Bank.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

From the Gates Foundation, Direct Investment, Not Just Grants

Source: The New York Times

The Ebola crisis underscored a problem that vexes experts in global health: Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective ways to save lives, especially in developing countries, yet traditional vaccines can take years to develop.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

The 100% Club

Source: Financial Advisor Magazine

When it comes to managing money, the rich are increasingly pursuing more than just financial rewards and going full tilt on the idea of using investments as a tool for social and environmental change.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Pro Bono Australia

Impact investing is seen as the most promising trend by the majority of global philanthropists, according to new figures. The BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index 2015 revealed that 52 per cent of global philanthropists nominated impact investment as the top way to contribute to society in the future.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Village Capital Announces Latest Impact Investments

Source: Forbes

Village Capital, a leading venture firm investing in social enterprises, recently announced its latest investments. Operating with a unique model that starts with a cohort of startups in a particular industry, most recently healthcare IT, that actually relies on the startups to choose the companies Village Capital invests in.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Business Wire

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

How Impact Philanthropy is Shape-Shifting

Source: Barron's Impact Investment Blog

A study by Exponent Philanthropy suggests philanthropists and family foundations are becoming more impact-oriented, doling out fewer grants but with larger dollar amounts given to only the top-performing nonprofits.
Monday, March 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Adding Good Deeds to the Investment Equation

Source: The New York Times

Every two years, the residents of Richmond, Calif., a city long known for some of the highest rates of violence in the United States, gather to discuss its priorities. For years, the No. 1 concern was crime.
Friday, March 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Global impact assets expected to hit $12.7 billion for 2014

Source: Pensions & Investments

Global impact investments were expected to grow to $12.7 billion last year, up 20% from the previous year, according to a report released Thursday by Global Impact Investing Network.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

5 Things You Didn't Know About Philanthropy

Source: Huffington Post

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

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

Source: Forbes

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

Report: Global Sustainable Investing Market Surpasses $21 Trillion

Source: Sustainable Brands

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

A Research Agenda for HIV Survivors

Source: Science and Development Network

Chronic disease among HIV positive people has been overlooked, say K. M. Venkat Narayan and Sten Vermund. Over 35 million people worldwide are living with HIV. Massive global efforts and investments to deliver combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) have transformed a fatal infectious disease into a chronic, treatable disease.
Friday, February 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Morgan Stanley Survey Finds Sustainable Investing Poised for Growth

Source: 3BL Media

Over seventy percent of active individual investors (71%) describe themselves as interested in sustainable investing, and nearly two in three (65%) believe sustainable investing will become more prevalent over the next five years, according to a new survey published today by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. The new Sustainable Signals report examines the attitudes and perceptions of individual investors towards sustainable investing and considers the broader implications for investors, corporations and governments.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Slippery Slope of Impact Investing

Source: Forbes

Impact investing is hot right now. The meteoric rise of social enterprise is shaking the foundations of the nonprofit sector, and traditional investors are starting to pay attention. There are more than $46 billion worth of impact investments currently under management, and a total projected market potential of up to $45 trillion. Though we’re not yet mainstream, we are on way.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — South Asia

Why Bill Gates Is Backing Impact Entrepreneurs in India

Source: Entrepreneur

Will Poole, a top Microsoft executive-turned seed-stage investor, is tapping American and Indian tech entrepreneurs to back some startups in India that are decidedly not tech-related.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Kompanion Financial Group Completes Equity Raise with Investment from FMO and Triodos Investment Management

Source: Kompanion

Kompanion Financial Group, one of the largest microfinance institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic both by loan portfolio and number of clients, has concluded an equity raise selling a 35% stake to international investors. The shares were purchased by Netherlands based investors FMO and Triodos Investment Management, with the latter investing through Triodos Fair Share Fund and Triodos Microfinance Fund. Kompanion’s founder Mercy Corps will remain majority shareholder and hold a 65% stake. The funds will be used for growth capital in the lending operations and support Kompanion’s transformation to a licensed banking institution.
Monday, February 23, 2015 — South Asia

A Chance to Fly

Source: The Economist

Emerging markets used to be a beacon of hope in the world economy, but now they are more often a source of gloom. China’s economy is slowing. Brazil is mired in stagflation. Russia is in recession, battered by Western sanctions and the slump in the oil price; South Africa is plagued by inefficiency and corruption. Amid the disappointment one big emerging market stands out: India.
Monday, February 23, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tencent Backs Mobile Jobs Startup With Its First ‘WeChat Africa’ Investment

Source: TechCrunch

Tencent has made its first investment in Africa under the banner of its WeChat messaging service. WeChat Africa, a joint venture between Tencent and Naspers, announced an investment in M4JAM (Money For Jam), a South Africa-based mobile job service that connects to WeChat.
Monday, February 23, 2015 — South Asia

Bangladesh's Entry Into Impact Investment

Source: The Daily Star

Growing up as a daughter of a high ranking civil servant in Bangladesh, I have distinct memories of my father's trip to Paris every year in the 1980s. To me it was exciting -- Papa was seeing Paris -- the most romantic city in the world. To him it was a dreaded trip because it was Donor Consortium that brought him to France to beg for donor money for Bangladesh.
Monday, February 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Future of the Global Fund

Source: Devpolicy

During his recent visit to Canberra, Stephen Howes spoke to Dr Mark Dybul, the head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. You can listen to a podcast of their full conversation here. The following is a condensed transcript.
Friday, February 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Hennion & Walsh Launches Sustainable Impact Investing Trust

Source: PR Newswire

Hennion & Walsh, one of the nation's premier providers of investment services and an advocate for individual investors, today announced the launch of its SmartTrust Sustainable Impact Investing Trust, further expanding its suite of proprietary SmartTrust Unit Investment Trust (UIT) portfolios. Selected by Argus Investors' Counsel and based, in part, on criteria established by IW Financial, the Trust seeks to provide investors with total return potential by investing in the stocks of companies that meet the Trust's investment criteria including, but not limited to, environmental, social and governance factors.
Friday, February 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Ontario to Invest $4M in Businesses With Social Conscience

Source: Toronto Star

Premier Kathleen Wynne says the Liberal government is putting up $4 million to finance 11 socially conscious enterprise projects across the province.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

Hialeah Health-Tech Firm Attracts Investor Attention

Source: Miami Hearald

Working out of a Starbucks in 2012, Obdulio Piloto saw an article about the Peter Thiel Foundation’s Breakout Labs’ funding effort for revolutionary technology projects.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

Inside Citi’s Plan to Deploy $100 Billion for Cities, Renewables, Climate

Source: GreenBiz

Today, Citi, the global banking giant, is announcing its next-gen sustainability strategy that includes an eye-popping number: $100 billion over 10 years for “lending, investing and facilitating” activities focused on mitigating climate and other sustainability solutions.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

What Impact Investors Can Learn From Microfinance

Source: Devex

What has microfinance achieved for the world’s poor? Estimates vary widely, but 300 million people are estimated to be direct beneficiaries of the microcredit movement, and more than $68 billion may be currently invested in the industry, according to a 2010 estimate from the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, a unit of theWorld Bank.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: New Strategies Needed to Attract Small Savers to Invest in Shares

Source: allAfrica

It had been a 'bad' trading year. The balance sheet was deep in the negative, following heavy investment in restructuring, rebranding and repositioning.
Friday, February 13, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sustainable Cattle in Kenya Pay Off

Source: TreeHugger

For thousands of years the pastoralist communities of northern Kenya have herded their cattle alongside elephants and zebras, the grass of the rangelands shared between livestock and wildlife in relative balance. In recent decades, climate change, habitat loss, and human population growth have combined to erode that balance, leading to overgrazing and the degradation of the grasslands that both humans and wildlife need to survive.
Friday, February 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Social Enterprise Canada

After decades of existing primarily to distribute grants, many of Canada’s 191 community foundations have been wading into a new kind of financial activity, impact investing. The shift encompasses exploring deep questions about their reason for being and how they are/should be showing up in the world.
Friday, February 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Another Inconvenient Truth: Vice Pays

Source: CFI

The politically correct and socially sustainable is, though certainly laudable, not particularly profitable. Investors shunning sin stocks manage portfolios that are, on average, significantly less profitable than those possessed by shareholders without similar scruples.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact Investor Global Partnerships Invests in Solar to Connect the Poor With Light

Source: The Huffington Post

To this day, an estimated 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. That is over a billion people who struggle to refrigerate their food and medicine, study at night to further their education, or charge their mobile phones. Electricity is crucial to human well-being and development, and lack of access to it is a huge barrier to overcoming poverty in the developing world.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Step One in Growing Impact Investing: Prove Social Enterprise Works

Source: The Huffington Post

Rigorous evidence of impact is not just about accountability in impact investing. It is an enabler of the field's growth in its own right.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

BlackRock Hires Robin Hood’s Winshel to Head Impact Investing

Source: Financial Advisor

BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest money manager, hired Deborah Winshel to run a new unit dedicated to impact investing, a strategy that seeks to make money while improving society.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Call for Mines to Invest in African Health Systems

Source: Cape Business News

Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has called for mining houses to invest in centres for disease control to help fight Tuberculosis and Ebola in African regions where they mine.
Monday, February 9, 2015 — South Asia

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

Source: The Huffington Post

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

BlackRock to Ramp Up Impact Investing

Source: Reuters

BlackRock Inc (BLK.N) is planning an array of new investment products that will allow clients to invest in addressing large societal issues, such as global hunger or poverty, an executive at the New York-based firm said.
Friday, February 6, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Japanese Foundation Joins the Public Health Grand Challenge Bandwagon

Source: AAAS

A Japanese foundation will try to discover innovative approaches to neglected infectious diseases with a Grand Challenge.
Friday, February 6, 2015 — South Asia

Villgro Announces Business Pitch Contests in Four Cities in February-March 2015

Source: PR Newswire

Villgro announces Unconvention|L, an event that seeks to unearth and nurture social entrepreneurs, in four cities in the next two months.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 — South Asia

Shell Foundation May Invest $75 Million in Clean Energy in India Over Next 5 Years

Source: The Economic Times

Shell Foundation, an independent charity set up by Anglo-Dutch energy group Shell, plans to allocate about half of its $150 million deployable funds in India's clean energy sector over the next five years, a top official said. The foundation may not invest the funds directly into projects but in for-profit companies or financial institutes, which will in turn invest in solutions to make cheap energy options accessible in rural and urban poor areas. "We want to take a marketbased approach where we can fund or forward grants to companies who are directly or indirectly providing the bottom of the pyramid with access to energy," said Pradeep Pursnani, deputy director-chief operating officer at Shell Foundation.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

How a Grassroots Fund Profits From Looking Beyond the Money

Source: Entrepreneur

It’s something many investors don’t want to hear: Businesses that provide economic opportunity for low-income people in challenging markets around the world require a lot of expensive hand-holding. Harold Rosen, founder of the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), isn’t afraid to tell them. And, the hand-holding can be worth it.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

The 'Very Simple Question' That Impact Investors Should Ask

Source: Chicago Tribune

How can impact investors get the most bang for their buck? Cathy Clark, the director of Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, said it depends on how they define the bang.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 — South Asia

Greenlight Planet Receives Funding of $10 Million

Source: The Economic Times

Solar energy product company Greenlight Planet has raised $10 million (Rs in funding led by Fidelity Growth Partners India to support its distribution expansion efforts in India and Southeast Asia.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

Governments hold key to unlocking billions for social good - G8 report

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Governments can unleash billions of dollars to tackle social problems more effectively if they take bold steps to reduce barriers to investing for both profit and social good, a task force set up by the world's richest nations said on Monday.
Friday, January 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

A $710 Million Crowdfinanced Company: An Alternative to Venture Capital

Source: Crowdfund Insider

Last week the UC Berkeley case study on Sanovas Inc., the San Rafael California Life Science accelerator was presented at the JP Morgan Chase OneMed conference to a packed audience of over 120 investors. I presented the case study, which is the first in a series to be released by UC Berkeley looking at innovative firms and models in crowdfunding.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Devex

The impact investing industry has grown in reputation and size over the past five years — and alongside it, the Global Impact Investing Network has evolved as well, with its membership increasing tenfold as it added products and services for the growing field.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: U.S. Small Business Administration’s Impact Investment Fund Grows Threefold in Last 12 Months

Source: PR Newswire

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that the Impact Investment Fund of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program has tripled in the last 12 months.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

How to Leave a Mark: Impact Investing

Source: The New York Times

The big debate during the 20th century was about the relationship between the market and the state. Both those institutions are now tarnished. The market is prone to devastating crashes and seems to be producing widening inequality. Government is gridlocked, sclerotic or captured by special interests. Government is an ever more rigid and ineffective tool to address market failures.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Crisis: Oxfam Calls for Recovery Marshall Plan

Source: BBC

Oxfam has called for a multi-million dollar Marshall Plan-type scheme to help the three West Africa countries worst affected by Ebola to recover.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

What’s Next for Philanthropy? More Investment and More Cooperation.

Source: The Washington Post

Washington-area philanthropy is becoming unabashedly business-minded. Practices such as impact investing and public-private partnerships that were experiments after the recession are now expected to be regular giving habits for many do-gooders. And that’s just for starters. Capital Business caught up with a few local philanthropy thought leaders to see what’s next for local giving in the region:
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — South Asia

Press Release: New Initiative Announced to Enable Diaspora Investment in India’s Development

Source: USAID

President Barack Obama announced today in New Delhi a new partnership among the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Calvert Foundation and several private financial institutions in India to develop an Indian Diaspora Investment Initiative.
Friday, January 23, 2015 — South Asia

Choosing an Investment Model for India’s Medical Devices Industry

Source: India Briefing

This year, India’s medical devices industry will be opened up to 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI). The move had been in the works for some time – India’s union cabinet met last year to discuss the reform, while the industry’s regulatory framework has been tweaked several times since it was first introduced in 2005.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Canadian Responsible Investments Surpass $1 Trillion Says 2014 Trends Report

Source: The Globe and Mail

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

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

Source: SYS-CON Media

Today the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (NAB) named Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, as the new Chair, joining the leadership team that includes Matt Bannick, Managing Partner at Omidyar Network, and Tracy Palandjian, CEO of Social Finance US.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

Islamic Development Bank Approves Close to US $190 Million in New Development Financings

Source: Zawya

The 302nd meeting of the Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank ( IDB ) which started on Sunday, 18 January, 2015, concluded on Tuesday in Jeddah, KSA. Chaired by IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, the Board reviewed a number of important items amongst them the draft agenda for the upcoming 40th Annual Meeting of the IDB Board of Governors slated for 10-11 June 2015 in Maputo, Mozambique, which is to be attended by Ministers of Finance and Economy of the 56 member countries. The members of the Board also approved US $ 189.4 million worth of new financings for a number of development projects covering important sectors in several member countries as well as a number of Muslim communities in non-member countries.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 — South Asia

World Bank to Commit $1 Billion to “Clean India” Program

Source: The Economic Times

World Bank today said it will commit USD 1 billion in the government's Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign. World Bank's country director in India Onno Ruhl said the World Bank is considering considerable large sums of financing for that.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Pooling Public-Private Partnership Best Practices

Source: Devex

Government leaders today have recognized the need to engage the private sector in development. While in the past, federal agencies supplied the majority of funding going toward developing countries, that percentage has continued to decrease over time — it is now down to around 9 percent. With 91 percent of global development funding now provided by nongovernment sources, the private sector has become a major player in the global development effort, and it is becoming increasingly important to find common objectives that garner their investment.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 — South Asia

Villgro Launches Rs 20-Crore Incubation Fund

Source: The Economic Times

Impact investment firm Villgro has announced a Rs 20-crore fund targeted at incubating education startups.
Monday, January 19, 2015 — South Asia

Launch of DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2015

Source:

Into its second year, the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia (SVC Asia) is offering SGD 150,000 of seed fund to the winners of the challenge, in commemoration of Singapore’s 50th year of independence. The increased funding, from last year’s SGD 55,000, also encourages participants to submit ideas that demonstrate greater scalability and potential for sustainable social impact.
Monday, January 19, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Johnson Gets €100m From Europe's IMI to Accelerate Ebola Vaccine Development

Source: Pharmaceutical Business Review

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) through a consortium, which includes research institutions and non-government organizations, is set to receive around €100m ($115m) from Europe's Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) to speed up the development of its Ebola vaccine regimen.
Monday, January 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Secret Sauce Behind 12 Successful Impact Investment Funds

Source: Forbes

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

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

Source: Entrepreneur

In analyzing the capital flow for social enterprises, the picture behind this reality around the world adjusts depending on what region you go to. In the western markets such as the U.S. or Europe, capital structures are becoming more inclusive for social enterprises. But what’s happening in regions such as MENA?
Friday, January 16, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Accion Microfinance Bank Attains National MFB Status in Nigeria, Gives Out N32bn Loans

Source: Thisday Live

Accion Microfinance Bank Limited has upgraded to the category of a national microfinance bank (MFB). By this development, the bank said, it has surpassed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) requirements for a national MFB.
Friday, January 16, 2015 — South Asia

Interview: Why India Is At the Hawk Eyes of All Investors, Explains Eric Savage

Source: One India

Eric Savage is a Duke and Harvard-educated American investment banker who chose to leave a high-flying career with Citigroup in Hong Kong to come to Bengaluru in 2008. Here he launched Unitus Capital, a firm that specializes in helping social enterprises to raise funds. Social enterprises apply market approaches to address societal challenges.
Thursday, January 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Responsible Investors Needed in Weak Microfinance Markets

Source: Forbes

Four years have passed since the launch of the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance, a compact signed by 40 global investors in the Netherlands. The introduction to these principles states:
Thursday, January 15, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Britain's CDC Invests $48 Million in Narayana Hrudayalaya

Source: The Economic Times

British government-owned development finance institution CDC has invested $48 million in Bengaluru-based Narayana Hrudayalaya hospital chains for a minority share.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 — Latin America

Absolute Portfolio Management Invests $8.5m in Microfinance Institutions in Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru

Source: MicroCapital

Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an arm of Austria-based asset management group C-Quadrat, recently informed MicroCapital that it disbursed credits totaling the approximate equivalent of USD 8.5 million from its two Vision Microfinance funds, the Dual Return Fund-Vision Microfinance and the Dual Return Fund-Vision Microfinance Local Currency, to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The GIIN

New leadership seeks to usher in next phase of stakeholder mobilization and market innovation to mature the impact investing industry
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Asian Development Bank Commits to $1.5b in Loans for Indonesia’s Infrastructure Development

Source: The Jakarta Globe

The Asian Development Bank pledged its support for Indonesia’s development plan and is committed to disburse at least $1.5 billion in loans to the country to help fund various infrastructure projects, the multilateral lender’s president said on Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 — South Asia

Venture Capital Investors Plan $2 Billion New Funds for Indian Startups

Source: The Economic Times

Venture capital investors are on the road to raise nearly $2 billion, or about Rs12,400 crore, in new funds this year to power the next generation of emerging businesses in India's booming startup sector.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 — South Asia

Technology and Garbage Dreams in the Silicon Valley of India

Source: Re/code

The Indian city of Bangalore is home to more than 15,000 waste pickers — overall, India houses 1.5 million waste pickers. They earn their daily living by sifting through the city’s 4,000 tons of solid waste for recyclables they can sell for payment.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact investor Gray Ghost Ventures to Raise $60 mln Third Fund

Source: PE Hub

Impact investor Gray Ghost Ventures said it is raising a $60 million third fund that represents a big step up from its $35 million second fund in 2009. The firm expects a first close on about $25 million in March, said CEO Arun Gore.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

28 Philanthropy Issues to Watch in 2015

Source: Inside Philanthropy

As the New Year gets underway, we could conjure up a list of "top trends" in philanthropy for 2015 or make a bunch of predictions that we would probably regret twelve months from now, along with all the junk we ate over the holidays.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Institutional Investors Making Renewables Key Future Trend

Source: Investments and Pensions Europe

Institutional investors are increasingly aligning their investments with energy technologies of the future, a new report claims.
Monday, January 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: 100 Million Entrepreneurial Lifelines - Elumelu Foundation Expresses Shock At Women's Poor Response

Source: allAfrica

Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc. and Founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu has expressed disappointment with what he described as Nigerian women entrepreneurs' poor response to the $100 million lifeline provided by the Foundation's Africa capitalism Institute for entrepreneurs to boost industrialization in Nigeria.
Monday, January 12, 2015 — South Asia

Ujjivan Financial Services Clinches Single Largest Funding Deal in India's Microfinance Sector

Source: The Times of India

UK's Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), private equity investors CX Partners, Newquest and a unit of Bajaj Group are leading a Rs 600-crore investment in Ujjivan Financial Services, clinching the single largest funding deal in India's microfinance sector, sources directly familiar with the matter said.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Social Stock Exchanges – Do We Need Them?

Source: The Conversation

Public interest in the development of global impact investing received a significant boost last year, due to an international campaign to divest in fossil fuels by superannuation, pension, and university endowment funds.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Microcapital Brief: Investview Acquires Gate Global Impact, Gateway 2.0 Will Continue to Link Social Enterprises, Funders

Source: MicroCapital

Gate Global Impact (GGI), a US-based, regulatory-compliant electronic marketplace that focuses on impact investing, has been acquired by Investview, another US-based financial services company [1]. As part of the deal, Investview has also acquired GGI’s Gateway 2.0, a website that enables small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) listed on the United Nation’s Global Compact Social Enterprise Hub to access financing for projects intended to produce a financial return while addressing challenges relating to “human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.” Investview intends to continue operating the platform through GGI. Mr Vincent Molinari, the chief executive officer of GGI, and Mr Joseph Latona, president of GGI, will join Investview. The financial details of the deal have not been made public.
Thursday, January 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Dirty Money and Development

Source: Live Mint

Dirty money—MNCs’ undeclared profits, the proceeds of corruption, etc.—can play a large role in ending poverty.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 — No Region Specified

Community Foundations Embrace Impact Investing

Source: Forbes

A small, but growing, number of community foundations are starting to embrace impact investing in a big way.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Q&A On Impact Investing In Africa With Issam Chleuh

Source: AFKInsider

Africa Impact Group has been identified as a leader in impact investing across the continent, investing in funds, organizations and companies with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental impact along with financial return.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Japanese Drugmakers Addressing Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Not Just Out of Altruism

Source: The Japan Times

Japanese drugmakers are developing medicines to treat infectious diseases that have been overlooked because there is little financial incentive.
Friday, January 2, 2015 — South Asia

Aavishkar Venture Capital to Raise $400 Million in 2015

Source: The Economic Times

Aavishkar, the country's biggest social entrepreneurship-focused venture capital fund, is set to raise $400 million (Rs 2,500 crore) in 2015. This would be the biggest amount raised by any fund focusing on the social sector or impact investing in the country.
Friday, January 2, 2015 — South Asia

How 'Desh' Deshpande Is Helping Indian NGOs Scale Up

Source: Forbes India Magazine

Tech billionaire Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande is helping NGOs scale up and sustain philanthropy initiatives on their own steam. His formula for self-reliance is relevance followed by innovation.
Friday, January 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Charity and Investment Should Work Together

Source: The New York Times

When it comes to our greatest social and environmental challenges, let’s first ask: What problem are we trying to solve? Once we know where we’re headed, we can better understand which methods and resources are most needed. Charity and social enterprise both have critical roles. Increasingly, we are seeing the ways charity and social enterprise and investment can work together effectively – along with smart government policy – to drive real and lasting change.
Friday, December 19, 2014 — South Asia

Triotech Raises $3 Million From Singapore VC Firm Bluehill

Source: The Economic Times

Mobile payment services company Triotech Solutions has raised $3 million (nearly Rs 19 crore) from Singaporebased venture-capital firm Bluehill in its first round of funding.
Friday, December 19, 2014 — South Asia

Banyan Green raises Rs 1 crore from I3N, other angels

Source: Economic Times

Banyan Green Fuels, a startup that develops customised biofuels for clients, has raised Rs 1 crore from Intellecap Impact Investment Network (I3N) and other angel investors.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: PR Newswire

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

2014 in Impact Investing: The Big Bang and its Aftermath

Source: The Huffington Post

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

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

Source: Business Insider

Leaders are migrating from figureheads to action figures. From bureaucrats to disrupters. From managing the established to creating and sponsoring more social impact.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — South Asia

Canadian Funding Supports Creation of Mobile Blood Lab in India

Source: Toronto Star

Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the federal government, is providing $1 million toward the development of a smartphone device that will test for diabetes and other conditions.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — South Asia

Khosla Labs & Unitus Seed Fund to Incubate and Back Up to Six Aadhaar-Based Startups

Source: VCCircle

Bangalore-based startup incubator Khosla Labs has partnered with seed-stage impact investor Unitus Seed Fund to incubate and fund four-six startups working on the Unique Identification Authority of India (Aadhaar) project.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: A New Direction for Global Health

Source: Council on Foreign Relations

It is easy to be discouraged about the state of international cooperation today, but global health remains an area in which the world has come together to do significant good. Over the last dozen years, international initiatives have delivered HIV/AIDS treatment to millions, expanded childhood immunization, and spurred a dramatic increase in global support for addressing other health challenges, from malaria to maternal health.
Friday, December 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: New Approach on Buying HIV Drugs Will Save $100 Million

Source: The Global Fund

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is putting into place a new agreement for purchasing HIV medication that will save close to US$100 million over two years, money that can be reinvested in lifesaving drugs and programs all over the world.
Friday, December 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Greentech Media

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

PRESS RELEASE: OPIC Board of Directors Approves New Financing Commitments

Source: Fox News

The Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) today held a quarterly meeting considering new projects for approval.
Friday, December 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investments Show Strong Returns, Survey Says

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

An overwhelming majority of "impact investments" met or exceeded financial and social-benefit goals, according to a survey released Thursday.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Business Wire

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

Beyond Profits: Millennials Embrace Investing for Social Good

Source: Los Angeles Times

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

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

Source: Business Day

As low application of innovation and technology in the healthcare sector remains the biggest drawback in transforming delivery in Nigeria, the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN), a private sector-led coalition, has unveiled $1 million Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) to address suboptimal health care.
Monday, December 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Washington Business Journal

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

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

Source: SYS-CON Media

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

WEF Offers Impact Investing Road Map for Wealthy Families

Source: Bloomberg

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

How One Investor Is Finding Profit in Social Change

Source: Entrepreneur

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

PRESS RELEASE: Bima Receives $5 Million Investment to Bring Microinsurance to Asia Pacific, Caribbean

Source: Business Wire

Bima, the leading global microinsurance provider, announced a 5 million USD investment from Digicel Group, the leading total communications and entertainment provider in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific regions. This investment and the resulting partnership will help Bima to deliver access to affordable insurance on a scale never seen before in those regions.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: PSI Impact

Globally, there are an estimated 19 million people who do not know they are living with HIV. Without knowledge of their status, individuals cannot access life-saving HIV care and treatment. To close this gap, UNITAID is investing $23 million to accelerate access to HIV testing through simple HIV self-tests in three high-burden African countries over the next two years. PSI and its partners will lead this initiative to dramatically shift the paradigm of HIV testing in Africa.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PHN in $1m Health Innovation Push to Save 1m Lives

Source: Business Day

Nigeria’s healthcare space is set to witness a landmark investment as the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, a public-private coalition aimed at mobilising Nigeria ‘s private sector to improve health outcomes, unveils a $1 million Health Innovation Challenge (HIC).
Monday, December 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing Goes Mainstream

Source: Upstart Business Journal

The idea of doing good while making a healthy profit is rapidly gaining ground, particularly among wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneurs but also among foundations and pension funds. Social impact investing — for-profit investing for social good —­ has crossed into the mainstream and is driving investment decisions.
Monday, December 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank Pledges $1.6b for Infrastructure Projects in East Africa

Source: Asia One Business

The World Bank said on Saturday it will loan East African nations $1.2 billion (S$1.56 billion) to improve inland waterways and ports in Kenya and Tanzania, as part of efforts to boost integration in the region.
Monday, December 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria To Invest $1m In Nigeria’s Health Sector

Source: The Guardian

Nigeria's health care sector is to get a major push courtesy of a $1million public-private coalition investment to save one million lives of women and children from preventable diseases such as malaria, malnutrition, lack of access to life-saving commodities and suboptimal supply chain systems, among others.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Market Watch

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

Impact Investors Shifting Gears to Accommodate Specific Goals

Source: Pensions & Investments

The trend of impact investing — into companies, organizations and funds with the aim of investing for social and environmental good, as well as a financial gain — is becoming more specific.
Monday, November 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Investment in Nigeria’s Pharmaceutical Sector Hits N70 Billion

Source: Business Day

Investment in Nigeria’s pharmaceutical sector has hit N70 billion in the last four years, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) revealed to BusinessDay.
Monday, November 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE Bank of America Partners with Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Source: Market Watch

Bank of America today announced a partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) to raise $100 million to help provide clean cooking solutions to millions of households in the developing world.
Friday, November 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Agora Fund

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

U.S. managed assets with socially responsible criteria rise

Source: Reuters

The share of U.S. managed assets invested with environmental, social or similar criteria rose 50 percent over the past two years, a foundation that tracks the field said, because of new disclosure standards and client concern about areas like climate change.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

500 Startups’ $10M fund will invest in mobile health in India, China, Africa

Source: MedCity News

A $10 million micro fund that will make investments in early and growth stage mobile startups, including mobile health, got started this week.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

How China is reshaping global development finance

Source: DW

The BRICS Development Bank, the AIIB and the Silk Road Fund – recent initiatives spearheaded by China that symbolize its growing influence in development funding and potential new sources of financing, says Rajiv Biswas.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

10 Things You Need To Know About Social And Environmental Investing

Source: Malaysian Digest

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

OPINION: The Shift From Promotion to Pragmatism in Impact Investing

Source: Huffington Post

Gone are the heady headlines proclaiming the birth of a trillion dollar asset class. Instead, we are seeing substantive attempts to overcome challenges to sector growth.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 — South Asia

PRESS RELEASE: Upaya, Artha Initiative to Co-Invest, Expand Management Resources for Small Businesses in India

Source: Upaya

Upaya Social Ventures and the Artha Initiative are proud to announce that they have formalized a collaboration through which they will work together to develop a pipeline of and co-invest in India’s Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

DFID, Gates Foundation to set up digital financial services unit in Pakistan

Source: Daily Times

The United Kingdom (UK) government’s Department for International Development (DFID) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to set up a digital financial services (DFS) unit in Pakistan.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Rogue Microfinance Lenders Overburden Poor South Africans

Source: AFKInsider

Microfinance, or lending small sums to low-income borrowers or entrepreneurs, was supposed to be a source of development and income growth for the poor in Africa. Has it worked?
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Villgro Innovations invests in seven social enterprises

Source: Techcircle.in

Social enterprise incubator Villgro Innovations has picked seven new companies operating in the healthcare, energy, agriculture and education sectors for its second set of incubation and funding programme.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Why India, not China, is a better investment partner for Africa

Source: Quartz

Did you read the story on Chinese investment in Africa? They’re being published in droves, usually with a vaguely racist headline, like “Booming African lion economies gear up to emulate Asians.”
Monday, November 17, 2014 — South Asia

PRESS RELEASE: Unitus Seed Fund adds more prominent investors

Source: Unitus Seed Fund

November 16, 2014. Bangalore: Unitus Seed Fund announced that it has now raised over USD $4 million from 16 high net income Indian investors in its Indian rupee fund, and Seattle area tech executives, including Steve Singh, Diego Piacentini, and Bill Gates have invested in Unitus Seed Fund’s affiliated offshore venture fund.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Zombies, Colin Farrell Uncover a ‘Trillion Dollar Scandal’

Source: ONE

Ahead of the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, The ONE Campaign released a new video today highlighting the fact that at least a trillion dollars is siphoned out of developing and emerging countries through corrupt activity every year. We’re talking about shady natural resource deals, phantom firms, money laundering, and illegal tax evasion.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Ten global organizations join MIT D-Lab's Practical Impact Alliance

Source: MIT News

Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, and others sign on to the Practical Impact Alliance, a collaborative initiative aiming to scale poverty solutions worldwide.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pharmaceuticals industry facing fundamental change

Source: BBC News

Pharmaceuticals is an extraordinarily profitable business.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — South Asia

Hivos-Triodos Fund (HTF) Loans $3.1m to India’s IntelleGrow for Loans to Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises

Source: MicroCapital

The Hivos-Triodos Fund (HTF), a Netherlands-based microfinance investment vehicle, recently loaned EUR 2.5 million (USD 3.1 million) to IntelleGrow, an Indian nonbank financial company that specializes in making loans to small and medium-sized “social enterprises” in the agriculture, clean energy, education, financial, healthcare, sanitation and water sectors.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — South Asia

Dr. H. Sudarshan of Karuna Trust Wins India Social Entrepreneur of the Year, 2014

Source: Schwab Foundation

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Dr. H. Sudarshan, founder of Karuna Trust, as the winner of the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year, 2014 Award. The awards were conferred in New Delhi, at a well-attended gala, by Mr. Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Government of India. The other finalists included Matthew Spacie of Magic Bus and Yogendra Bhushan of Bodh Shiksha Samiti.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — South Asia

US to partner India in ‘Swachch Bharat’ campaign

Source: Times of India

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

Here’s how one green group got its investments out of dirty energy

Source: Grist

The Oregon Environmental Council had a problem. It was late last year, and the nonprofit’s board finance committee was reviewing the performance of its endowment fund, which was invested in various stocks and bonds and mutual funds.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: CSR Wire

The first-ever survey of conservation impact investing reveals a fast-growing market totaling approximately $23 billion in the five-year period from 2009-2013.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

An IPO at the Base of the Pyramid?

Source: Impact Alpha

Some say D.light could be one of the first base-of-the-pyramid IPOs to offer shares on a major stock market.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Facebook And Alibaba Will Turn The World's Poor Into Entrepreneurs. Xiaomi Will Sell Them Smartphones

Source: Forbes

Facebook and Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE:BABA) Limited are on a new mission: solve world poverty by helping more than 4 billion people from low-income countries get access to the Internet — and engage in e-tailing entrepreneurship.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — Asia Pacific

PRESS RELEASE: China enters the era of social impact investing

Source: PR Newswire

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

PRESS RELEASE: Impact Accelerator launched in the Philippines

Source: Rappler.com

MANILA, Philippines — Impact Investment Exchange Asia has launched its first Impact Accelerator program in the Philippines, an intensive in-country program designed to accelerate early-stage social enterprises that have high potentials to create positive social and environmental impact at scale.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: IFC Launches First Bonds Supporting Inclusive Businesses in Emerging Markets

Source: World Bank Group

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has launched the first bond program to support businesses that profitably provide goods, services, and job opportunities to people at the base of the economic pyramid. IFC calls these inclusive business models.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Social Impact Bonds' Tap Private Money for Public Health

Source: Govtech.com

More states are considering “social impact bonds” for multiyear projects in health, education and prisoner rehabilitation. Are they a good investment?
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Asia-Pacific J&J Innovation Center opens with Shanghai HQ

Source: Pharma Times

Johnson & Johnson Innovation has expanded its global network of research partnering hubs with the opening of the Asia Pacific Innovation Center headquartered in Shanghai with satellites in Singapore, Australia and Japan.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — Latin America

PRESS RELEASE: Institutions from Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay win the IDB’s Inter-American Awards for Innovation

Source: WebWire

Banco do Nordeste of Brazil, Tigo from Paraguay, and FOODSANU from Ecuador have won this year’s Inter-American Awards for Financial andEntrepreneurial Innovation for their excellence in supporting financial inclusion, digital finance, and microenterprise in Latin America and theCaribbean.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

MBAs Drive Social Impact In Corporate Venture Capital Funds

Source: Business Because

Business school graduates are pioneering corporate venturing – venture capital funds run inside large companies that invest in social enterprises.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

UN, World Bank and Islamic Development Bank commit 8billion dollars in Major New Development Initiative for the Horn of Africa

Source: Standard Media

Leaders of global and regional institutions today begin an historic trip to the Horn of Africa to pledge political support and major new financial assistance for countries in the region, totaling more than $8 billion over the coming years.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Venture Capital Firm Invests in Start-Ups With a Social Mission

Source: The New York Times

When the co-founders of SolarCity, Lyndon and Peter Rive, along with their cousin Elon Musk, were raising money for their solar energy start-up in 2007, they called on just one outside investor.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Business Schools Foster Social Impact And Entrepreneurship

Source: Business Because

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

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Invests In Social Enterprise Kinara Capital

Source: DealCurry

@Michael_and has made an undisclosed amount of equity investment in Bangalore based social enterprise, Kinara Capital.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: F.B. Heron Foundation’s Big Shift to Impact Investing Is Moving Along. Where's the Money Going?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

The F.B. Heron Foundation is way out front on impact investing, with its goal of putting the foundation’s full endowment into social impact investments by 2017. So how's it going?
Friday, October 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Economic Times

A Q&A with Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

EU Offers $1bn Development Capital To Three African Countries

Source: Ventures Africa

European Union (EU) has given three African countries Lesotho, Togo and Zambia over $1 billion for economic development under its National Indicative Programmes (NIP).
Thursday, October 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Blackstone’s Steve Schwarzman on Dangote and investing in Africa

Source: How We Made it in Africa

“He is a smart guy, and he always has something informative to say.”
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: ImpactAssets Releases "IA 50" Impact Investing Showcase

Source: CSRWire

ImpactAssets has released its 2014 impact investing showcase, the ImpactAssets 50 (“IA 50”), a free online resource for investors and financial advisors.
Monday, October 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: RBC Global Asset Management Announces $50 Million Impact Investing Initiative

Source: CNN

RBC Global Asset Management today announced an agreement with Community Reinvestment Fund, USA to purchase and service up to $50 million in loans to support affordable rental housing as part of the RBC Access Capital Community Investment Strategy.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

ClearlySo raises £800,000 to help support social entrepreneurs

Source: Startups.co.uk

Big Society Capital and Body Shop co-founder amongst backers of social impact investment intermediary
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners Strengthens Global Private Equity Impact Investing Capabilities

Source: Market Watch

David Wilton Joins Morgan Stanley from International Finance Corporation.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

New Calvert chief sees two trends in sustainable investing

Source: Washington Business Journal

John Streur, incoming CEO of Calvert Investments Inc., sees "two broad trends that are really coming together to shape and influence socially responsible investing."
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: MicroCapital

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF), a UK-based nonprofit, recently announced its launch in the US city of New York. GIF plans to fund “social innovations” brought forward by nonprofit entities as well as for-profit organizations and government.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Private Equity Fund Leapfrog Exits From Kenyan Insurer

Source: AllAfrica

Private equity fund LeapFrog Investments has exited a Kenyan insurance firm in which it first injected capital in 2011.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — South Asia

IMJ Investment Partners’ Koichi Saito: Bopping to the BoP startup

Source: e27

Koichi Saito, Director, IMJ Investment Partners doesn’t think Manila needs Google Glass
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

RSF Social Finance Makes a Loan to Madécasse

Source: 3BL Media

RSF is pleased to announce a new loan to Madécasse, a social enterprise that makes chocolate and vanilla products in Africa. RSF provided a line of credit that will allow Madécasse to finance their inventory purchases and assist with cash flow gaps throughout the year.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Rise Of The African Social Entrepreneur

Source: Ventures Africa

Has social entrepreneurship taken off in Africa? Is it making the impact it is supposed to make? Has institutional support been of the kind that is required?
Monday, October 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Socially Responsible Investing Around the Globe Isn’t Easy

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Socially responsible investors—who seek to marry long-term competitive financial results with social objectives—have to tangle with a number of risks in emerging markets.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — South Asia

Philanthropic capital should be invested more strategically for poverty alleviation: Country Director, Acumen Pakistan

Source: Business Recorder

Farrukh H Khan is the Country Director & CEO of Acumen Pakistan and one of the leading independent business and financial advisors in the country.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Rockefeller Foundation aims for Impact

Source: BusinessWeek

Judith Rodin is the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, which means she’s in charge of giving away one of America’s historic fortunes. One problem: “As rich as Rockefeller” doesn’t mean quite what it once did. The foundation ranks only 16th in assets among U.S. charities, according to the Foundation Center.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Will There Be Enough ESG Investing Opportunities To Meet Demand?

Source: Financial Advisor Magazine

So-called “responsible” investing is gaining cred both with retail investors and institutional investors. But as Cerulli Associates points out in a recent report, the question is whether growing interest in green or responsible investing will translate into more investible opportunities in this space.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Business Wire

TriLinc Global Impact Fund announced today that it has approved a total of $9.9 million in trade finance facilities to a Kenyan, a South African and an Argentine company, bringing total financing commitments as of September 29, 2014 to $38.1 million for business expansion and socioeconomic development through its holdings in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Green Divestment Movement Still in Its Infancy Despite Rockefeller Coup

Source: Philanthropy

In announcing last week that it would purge its portfolio of fossil fuel investments, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund did more than make a financial decision; it joined a movement.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — South Asia

How Agent Orange helped spawn the Socially Responsible Investing movement

Source: Green Chip Stocks

Sustainable, socially responsible mutual funds would not exist without agent orange.
Friday, September 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Time

Climate change activists are pushing for investors to get out of carbon polluters. What are the options for individuals using mutual funds?
Thursday, September 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: IIX announces CGI Commitment to Action on Women’s Impact Bond

Source: Asia IIX

Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), a leader in social sector development through impact investing, recently announced its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action on Women’s Impact Bond (WIB) at the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

What Needs To Happen For Impact Investing To Be The World-Changing Force It Could Be

Source: Fast CoExist

The idea of investing both for profit and social good has come a long way in the last few years, but the sector still has enormous potential to grow.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 — South Asia

Janalakshmi to lead investor rush into India’s microfinance sector

Source: Business Standard

After Janalakshmi's record-breaking deal, Indian MFI sector likely to raise Rs 2,000 crore in FY15
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bank of America Announces $10 Billion Catalytic Finance Initiative to Accelerate Clean Energy Investments

Source: UNEP.org

New York, 23 September 2014 - Bank of America today announced a Catalytic Finance Initiative, designed to stimulate at least $10 billion of new investment into high-impact clean energy projects.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why the Rockefellers are betting on renewable energy

Source: The Week

Sure, it's mostly symbolic. But the global energy business is also on the cusp of a dramatic transformation.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: CGAP CEO Ehrbeck Will Join Omidyar Network As Partner

Source: Press Release

Omidyar Network today announced that Tilman Ehrbeck will join the philanthropic investment firm as a partner. Based in Washington D.C., Ehrbeck will oversee Omidyar Network's Financial Inclusion, Impact Investing, and Property Rights initiatives. Omidyar Network Managing Partner Matt Bannick made the announcement during the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — South Asia

Tata announces social enterprise challenge

Source: Times of India

The Tata Group has announced the commencement of the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) 2014-15, a joint initiative with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C), to find India's most promising early-stage social enterprises.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — South Asia

Big Data enables us to reach the bottom of the pyramid: TTSL CIO

Source: Indian Express

Tata Teleservices has become one of the first companies in India to harness big data to bolster its legal and regulatory operational requirements.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

For Social Enterprises, The Bottom Line is Impact: Four Lessons About Investing in Social Businesses

Source: Huffington Post

Despite Cambodia's rapid economic growth driven by strong exports, private investment and a growing agricultural industry, nearly one in five Cambodians live below the international poverty line.
Monday, September 22, 2014 — South Asia

Jumpstarting Indian Startups Serving The Bottom Of The Pyramid

Source: Forbes

There’s a dearth of seed-stage funding for social enterprises in developing countries, a situation known as the “pioneer gap.” That’s why Will Poole and Dave Richards co-founded Unitus Seed Fund about two years ago and, recently, announced an agreement with the U.S. Global Development Lab, a new enterprise within USAID, to jumpstart the early-stage impact startup ecosystem in India.
Friday, September 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Role of Private Sector Investment in Climate Change

Source: Huffington Post

Assuming countries across the world can muster the political will to actually make bold, sustained commitments to ending poverty, providing decent jobs, providing universal health coverage, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, there is still the question of how to pay for it.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: Bata Shoe Foundation Announces $25,000 in Award Funding for Young Entrepreneurs

Source: Press Release

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas J. Bata, the Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award will support responsible entrepreneurship in emerging markets
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Millennials Will Change the Face of Philanthropy

Source: Diplomatic Courier

Millennials are expected to be the core beneficiaries of a coming $30 trillion transfer of wealth between generations, according to Accenture’s report on the “Greater Wealth Transfer.” This will impact philanthropy, investments, and possibly even global financial markets.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

To Grow Impact Investing, Focus on Multilingual Leadership

Source: Huffington Post

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

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

Source: The SROI Network

Two of the most established and respected social impact organisations are joining forces to create the largest international social value network in the world.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — South Asia

Reserve Bank of India governor cautions Modi government on speed of financial inclusion scheme

Source: FirstBiz

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan’s warning to sarakari banks, on a hunt to win maximum number of bank accounts in minimum days to make Narendra Modi government’s flagship financial inclusion scheme Jan Dhan Yojana a success, reflects the regulator’s concern on the way government using state-run banks to push its populist agenda overlooking prudential norms.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

G8 report sheds light on the process of building the impact investing market

Source: The Economist

A G8 task force on impact investing published a report on September 15th, with its recommendations on how to push forward the market.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Morgan Stanley Adds ‘Impact’ Portfolios in Brokerage

Source: Bloomberg

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

Why This VC Firm Thinks B Corporations Are A Good Investment

Source: Fast CoExist

The Collaborative Fund believes that B Corp social good certification is a signal that startups are making decisions that are better in the long term.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: PR Newswire

Aindra Systems, an early-stage startup, has secured backing by Villgro, the Social Enterprise Incubator focused on funding startups having a social impact.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Three Lessons on Impact Investing: Reflections from Batman and Robin

Source: Forbes

After our panel last week at the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference in San Francisco, a colleague tweeted a photoshopped image of me and Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, as Batman and Robin, respectively.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investing to Make a Difference Is Gaining Ground

Source: New York Times

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

CREO Investors Pledge $300 Million for Environmental Impact

Source: Huffington Post

Nearly a dozen wealthy families are announcing today that they have committed to invest a combined $300 million over five years in commercial ventures in the areas of climate, energy, health, food and sustainability.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - LeapFrog Investments, a private equity firm backed by George Soros and JP Morgan, said it has raised $400 million for socially responsible investments in Asia and Africa - the largest ever for a fund specializing in low-income emerging market financial services.