Our Staff Writers and Editors offer insights on the latest news, events, interviews and other happenings from the development through enterprise and base of the pyramid universes
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing and Global Finance: The Big Picture

Source: Huffington Post Business

One of the interesting and important recent developments in wealth management has been the emergence of a group of clients committed to investing with impact across their entire portfolios, meaning they seek to deliver measurable positive social or environmental benefits with every dollar they put to work.
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

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.
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.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 — No Region Specified

eKutir’s VeggieLite gains Gates Foundation grant

Source: Press Release

eKutir’s new project VeggieLite is a recipient of Grand Challenges India 2014, supported by the Gates Foundation, USAID and DBT, the Indian government’s anti-poverty scheme.
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 — 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

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.
Monday, April 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Capital Commitment to support Early-Stage Businesses in East African Communities

Source: The Wall Street Journal

JPMorgan Chase and the UK Department for International Development will kick start promising businesses in East Africa through a new joint investment in Novastar Ventures. The new $5 million investment by JPMorgan Chase will be matched by an additional $15 million from DFID as part of its first ever Impact Investment Fund. Launched in 2013, the fund is managed by the CDC, the UK's own Development Finance Institution.
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 — South Asia

Oxfam Vietnam Will Begin Investing in Social Enterprises

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

Oxfam’s office in Vietnam has launched a new impact investing program to support social enterprises in the country.
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.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Philanthropists And Investors Can Work Together To Create Social Change

Source: Forbes

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

Leapfrog invests $29 million in IFMR Capital Finance

Source: Economic Times

US-based Leapfrog Investment has bought a minority stake in financial services provider IFMR Capital Finance for $29 million (Rs 174 crore). IFMR helps microfinance firms, small businesses, affordable housing companies and commercial vehicle financiers raise money on the debt markets.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The Guardian

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

3 Factors That Show Social Enterprise Might Start Seeing Bigger Exits

Source: Fast Co.Exist

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

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

Source: South China Morning Post

Do we really invest to make money? Yes, if you make money the old-fashioned way. You look at the trade-off between risk, return and liquidity and make the investment if it yields a return that you feel happy with, relative to the risk, with the liquidity you want.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — 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
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Stock Exchanges for Social Enterprises? Here's Where You Can Find Them

Source: Forbes

As the spotlight on investors seeking social investments continues to brighten, the rise of social stock exchanges—places where people can buy shares in social businesses with missions that align with theirs—shouldn’t be all that surprising.
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.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Off Grid Electric gets $7M to ‘light Africa in a decade’

Source: Venture Beat

Why do more people live without electricity today than when Edison turned on the first light bulb? For as long as he can remember, Xavier Helgesen has been fascinated with this question. And today, he landed $7 million in financing for his Arusha, Tanzania-based venture, Off Grid Electric, which provides solar energy to people in emerging nations.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

“Early-stage investments harder to make” says Omidyar Network’s Bannick

Source: Times of India

Omidyar Network, the Redwood City, California-based impact investment firm, will allocate $30 million this year across sectors as it looks to pick ventures that cater both to the bottom-of-the-pyramid population as well as the swelling aspirational class in India.
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Latin America: Social Impact Investment Grows

Source: Latinvex

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

Impact Investing for the Average American

Source: Harvard Kennedy School Review

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

Financing Sustainable Fisheries With Impact Investments

Source: National Geographic

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

Bonds Tied to Green Investments Are Booming

Source: The Economist

Christopher Flensborg of SEB, a Swedish bank, calls it another tipping-point for “green bonds”, and he should know: he invented them.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 — Europe & Eurasia

UK Boosts Social Enterprise With 30% Tax Relief on Social Investments

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

A move welcomed by campaigners and industry experts as potentially unlocking millions of pounds for social enterprises.
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.
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

Goldman Floats World Bank $50 million for Fund to Help Women Entrepreneurs

Source: The Washington Post

The new venture, called the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility, aims to help close the estimated $300 billion credit gap that the IFC says exists for women-owned businesses.
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 — South Asia

IntelleGrow raises Rs 28 cr from Omdiyar Network, Dell

Source: Economic Times

MUMBAI: Social sector-focused non-banking lender IntelleGrow today said it has raised Rs 28 crore from Omdiyar Network and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
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 — 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

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.
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.
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

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 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 — South Asia

Impact Investments Seek to Solve Social or Environmental Challenges while Generating Financial Profit

Source: Business Standard

Elevar Equity, an impact investor, is looking to raise its third fund with a target corpus of $75 million by end-2014.
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
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Announcing a New Investment: Miliki Afya

Source: Acumen

Acumen is pleased to announce a $600,000 equity investment in Miliki Afya Ltd., a company that aims to create a chain of clinics that offer high quality, low cost, outpatient care and diagnostics in low income, densely populated areas in Kenya.
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
Monday, February 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Govt creating India Inclusive Innovation Fund with initial corpus of $80M

Source: VCCircle

Registered as venture capital entity, it is targeting to take the total investible funds to around $800 million in two years.
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

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 — 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.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Press Release : Case Foundation Commits $100,000 to Georgetown Global Social Enterprise Initiative

Source: Case Foundation

Grant to Support Impact Investing Initiatives, Including Policy Coordination with the Social Impact Investment Task Force
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.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Financial innovations spur renewable energy investment in global markets

Source: pv magazine

Investment firms, financiers and energy companies around the globe are introducing innovative new funding vehicles aimed at renewable energy investment.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

LeapFrog Investments backs Petra Trust

Source: Press Release

LeapFrog Investments has taken a stake in Petra Trust. The business is a pension trustee company based in Ghana.
Friday, January 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global health 2035: A world converging within a generation

Source: Journalist's Resource

Prompted by deepening concerns over poverty and global inequality, the U.N. General Assembly in 2000 adopted the Millennium Development Declaration, putting forward a series of goals which were meant to be achieved by 2015. Core issues included improving global health, including reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
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.
Monday, January 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Analysis Firms Battling for Pole Position as Impact Investing Goes Big

Source: Huffington Post

Big claims were a common theme at TBLI 2013, a sustainable finance conference held in Zurich, Switzerland, this past November. There's a feeling that sustainable finance is on the cusp of going big, and small and large companies alike are lining up to join the race to be the one the industry will turn to for a variety of services, in areas ranging from metrics creation and impact evaluation to data collection.
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

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
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 — Asia Pacific

Small loans a big help for typhoon survivors in the Philippines

Source: CNN

The typhoon affected more than 13 million people, including 5 million children, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Even before the storm, nearly 44% of Filipinos lived on less than $2 day and there are now fewer resources than ever to help those in need.
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.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Incofin Investment Management endorses need for agricultural finance by launching new $200 million agRIF fund

Source: Microfinance Gateway

Incofin Investment Management (IM) is seeking to raise around USD 200 million for its new agRIF fund which will focus on the unmet global demand for financial services that target smallholder farmers.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Unitus Seed Fund India Receives SEBI Approval for Impact Investing

Source: Your Story

Ravi Venkatesan joins as Venture Partner; Atul Bindal joins investment committee.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Crowdfunding and Climate Innovation: The Next Steps are in Funding Impact Investing

Source: Crowdfund Insider

The future of Impact Investing and Crowdfunding was on display in Nairobi, Kenya last week.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

LeapFrog Investments divests Ghanaian insurance firm Express Life to Prudential

Source: Venture Capital Post

Specialist investor LeapFrog Investments has divested the majority stake it holds in Express Life to Prudential Plc. Express Life is an insurance firm based in Ghana founded by Obed Danquah.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 — Latin America

Coffee shops, farmers and a banker team up to save Latin American coffee

Source: PRI - The World

Coffee trees in Central and South America are in danger. They have always been vulnerable to a disease called leaf rust, or la roya in Spanish. But now a warmer, wetter climate is creating the worst outbreak in a generation.
Friday, November 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Global Fund needs global collaboration

Source: The Hill

We should fund the Global Fund, no doubt about it. But we should ask the right questions now and initiate a change that would make a difference in development assistance.
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.
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.
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
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Swiss insurer invests $1B to fight global warming

Source: Hartford Business Journal

Zurich Insurance is investing $1 billion to fight climate change in a sign of growing demand for socially conscious investing.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Impact investors now tap urban poor market

Source: Business Standard

Impact investment funds and social entrepreneurs are now targeting social ventures that cater to the urban poor segment. There is a visible departure from earlier practice where the focus of most impact funds was on funding micro finance institutions, catering largely to the rural poor, and similar base-of-pyramid ventures in a rural set up.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Khosla Impact Is Investing Nearly $2M in This Plug-and-Play Solar Firm

Source: GreenTech Media

Off-grid applications are cleantech's next big market. Nowhere is this more true than in Africa, where the International Energy Agency predicts population growth will outstrip grid expansion to leave 645 million people without power. It’s predictably tough for companies in this vast market to stick out from the pack. In order to get a sense of how companies can achieve success in this space, I sat down to chat with Mansoor Hamayun, the CEO of U.K.-based BBOXX, on the eve of a Series A investment from Khosla Impact.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Accion’s Venture Lab Closes Two New Investments

Source: Accion

Impact-investing initiative announces close of investments in seed-stage companies that provide payments, health care and microinsurance products to clients at the base of the pyramid.
Friday, November 08, 2013 — No Region Specified

Opening the Curtain on the New 2.0 Era of Impact Investing

Source: Huffington Post

Impact investing has not been growing as quickly as many practitioners might have hoped.
Thursday, November 07, 2013 — No Region Specified

First women's bond from World Bank raises $165 million

Source: The Economic Times

Bonds tied to social or environmental targets are part of a new trend of social finance, as a growing class of investors seek to bridge the gap between philanthropy and pure financial returns.
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.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

MasterCard Launches Center to Drive Inclusive Growth Around the World

Source: Wall St. Journal

MasterCard has launched the Center for Inclusive Growth to further sustainable and equitable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world.
Monday, November 04, 2013 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding: a New Danger for Inexperienced Investors?

Source: Financial Planning

Financial planners may soon have one more investment option to counsel clients about.
Monday, November 04, 2013 — South Asia

Aavishkaar in list of top global impact investors

Source: The Economic Times

Two prestigious US universities have selected social venture capital firm Aavishkaar Venture Management Services and its flagship fund, Aavishkaar India Micro Venture Capital Fund, as among the world's top global impact investors.
Friday, November 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

Morgan Stanley Pledges $1 Billion in Sustainable Investing Push

Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek

The biggest U.S. banks have sought to combine their abilities of advising companies and allocating capital with socially minded pursuits in the wake of public outrage and government rescues resulting from the financial crisis
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

ImpactAssets launches free online resource for impact investors and their advisors

Source: CSRwire

The annual compilation includes experienced fund managers representing a broad range of investment opportunities that deliver social and/or environmental benefits along with financial returns.
Monday, October 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Gate Global Impact Partners With U.N. To Capitalize Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

Gate Global Impact announced at the recent United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit a plan to feature select companies from the U.N.’s soon-to-be-launched Social Enterprise Action Hub on the Gate Global Impact GATEWAY Platform, a crowdfunding platform for social entrepreneurs to pitch impact investors.
Friday, October 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

The founder of eBay aims to be a more entrepreneurial philanthropist than his predecessors

Source: The Economist

In 2004 Mr Omidyar (the founder of eBay) replaced his foundation with a new organisation, Omidyar Network, which sees itself as an active investor, not a passive donor, and is free to put money equally into for-profit and non-profit ventures.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Can you make money and feel good about it?

Source: CNNMoney

Want to make money while helping the people around you? Impact investing may have the answer.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Stock Exchange – the rise of international competitors

Source: The Guardian

The UK is no longer the only country with a social stock exchange, as Canada follows suit with its own version
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing, Soros-Style

Source: Insead Knowledge

The Soros Economic Development Fund is quasi-philanthropic and invests in high-risk projects in parts of the world most people couldn’t find on a map. But the Fund is self-sufficient and boasts a “blended” portfolio return of 8 percent a year. How do they do it?
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 — No Region Specified

Can Business Solve Poverty?

Source: Fast Company

“Can business solve poverty? If you think it can, raise your hand.” When I asked that question from the podium earlier this week at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs' (ANDE) annual meeting, nearly every one of the 200 members packed into the room raised a hand.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs Announces Capacity Development Fund Winners

Source: Press Release

he Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) announced the winners of the fifth round of the ANDE Capacity Development Fund (CDF). Commenced in 2009, the fund seeks to increase the productivity and effectiveness of ANDE members, while creating tools and insights that can help the small and growing business (SGB) sector as a whole. This round awarded six grants totaling $300,000, with each winner receiving $50,000. Total funds disbursed over the past five years now reaches $2.1 million.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Sharks of Microfinance and the Future of Impact Investing

Source: Huffington Post

Both impact investing and microfinance are market-based solutions designed to address economic gaps within society. However, the notion of profiting from the poor is still a contentious debate at the cornerstone of these modern financial innovations, and impact investing is no exception with its primary target being emerging markets.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Sustainability Certification Dramatically Improves Smallholder Farms’ Access to Credit, New Study Finds

Source: Rainforest Alliance

Smallholder farmers suffer from a lack of credit access, but sustainability certification can help change that, according to a new study published by the Rainforest Alliance and funded by the Citi Foundation.
Friday, September 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

New Report: Bringing Impact Investing From the Margins to the Mainstream

Source: Press Release

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, today launched From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors. The report provides a market assessment and recommendations for how mainstream investors can more actively engage in impact investing.
Friday, September 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding's Evolving: The Next Big 'Profitable' Thing

Source: The Street

It seems like ages ago that nascent start-ups like Facebook (FB_)and LinkedIn (LNKD_) were reinventing how billions of people around the globe would stay both socially and professionally connected. Fast forward to today and we're witnessing the progressive unfolding of one of the most democratic ways for individuals and start-ups to fund their ideas and enterprises.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

MaRs launches Social Venture Connection, SVX

Source: The Toronto Star

Socially-minded investors in Ontario who want to make a difference while making a profit have a new financial tool at their fingertips. The MaRs Discovery District’s Social Venture Connection, or SVX, is launching at the Toronto Stock Exchange Thursday.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 — South Asia

Sankalp & SOCAP enter global alliance to further Impact Investing market

Source: Press Release

Intellecap initiative Sankalp Forum announced a strategic partnership with Social Capital Markets, convener of the international SOCAP conference series, in San Francisco during SOCAP ‘13. Sankalp Forum is an enabling platform that helps social enterprises find investors, mentors and scale. And SOCAP works towards increasing the flow of capital towards social good.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Let's Make Money More

Source: Forbes

Impact investing is still seen as a niche market – yet to “cross the chasm” into the mainstream, as we say in the technology world.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Developing Healthier Habits

Source: Financial Advisor

Health-care companies facing a host of profit-threatening conditions—such as pricing pressures, patent expirations and sluggish economic growth in mature markets—are beginning to build some immunity by boosting their exposure to the developing world. According to Julia Giguere, a senior analyst who covers the health-care sector for MSCI ESG Research in Boston, developing countries are experiencing stronger economic and population growth than the developed world. They also boast rising middle classes and they increasingly need products that can address shifting disease burdens.
Friday, September 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Impact Investment Taskforce takes shape at SOCAP


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.
Thursday, September 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing 2.0 -- What $3 Billion Tells Us About the Next $300 Billion

Source: Huffington Post

There's an impression that the ongoing effort to use investment dollars to achieve both financial and social returns is elusive, with no coherent core of best practice. This is simply not the case.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 — South Asia

Impact Investment Exchange Asia invests in Indian Social Enterprise Spring Health

Source: Social Story

Singapore based Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) has announced today that its Impact Partners platform has successfully facilitated an investment from two private investors, alongside lead investors from the Artha initiative and the Stone Family Foundation, into Spring Health Water (India) Pte. Ltd., a for-profit Social Enterprise that provides safe and affordable drinking water to rural customers in India.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 — No Region Specified

Calvert Foundation Appoints Jennifer Pryce President and CEO

Source: Press Release

Calvert Foundation’s Board of Directors announced today that Chief Strategy Officer Jennifer Pryce will be the organization’s new President and CEO upon the departure of Lisa Hall, who is leaving Calvert Foundation to join Anthos Asset Management in the newly created position of Managing Director of Impact Investing. While Ms. Pryce will assume the role of President and CEO effective immediately, Ms. Hall will stay on as Strategic Advisor through mid-October.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Consequences of Impact Investing on Philanthropy

Source: The Huffington Post

As the investment culture expands from simply the bottom line of profit to an increased focus on the triple bottom line (social, environment and profit), philanthropy will continue to be an essential catalyst in unlocking the potential of impact investing. This is because these game-changing funding models may not achieve the necessary scale to produce a profit without some initial subsidies.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

Team McGill, Aspire Foods

Source: Huffington Post

As MBA students, we became acutely aware right at the start: the teaching is geared toward a career as an investment banker, a consultant, or a marketing expert.
Friday, August 09, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

VCTF sells impact investing to fund managers

Source: GhanaWeb

Last week, the Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF) began the process of attracting impact investors, which it expects to make investments that will both give them profit and make positive social impacts at the same time.
Friday, August 09, 2013 — No Region Specified

'Impact' Trumps SRI Among Wealthy Investors

Source: Private Wealth

Impact investing seems to be edging out traditional “socially responsible investing” in attracting the investment dollars of ultra-high-net-worth investors, according to new research and industry observers.
Monday, August 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

Fish 2.0: A Competition That Connects Investors With Sustainable Seafood Businesses

Source: National Geographic

A new breed of investors is starting to shape business growth across the globe.
Thursday, August 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

World Bank changes senior staff to continue anti-poverty agenda

Source: Devex

Two top executives at the World Bank are set to leave the institution this year in a move at a crucial time for the bank’s evolving focus on poverty reduction in the next decade.
Monday, July 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Enterprises: Bubble building within the space, creating fissures in the sector

Source: The Economic Times

When shoeshine boys start giving stock tips, then you know something is wrong, goes an old Wall Street dictum.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Enterprises: Bubble building within the space, creating fissures in the sector

Source: The Economic TImes

When shoeshine boys start giving stock tips, then you know something is wrong, goes an old Wall Street dictum. When this aphorism begins to resonate in the field of impact investing and social enterprises endeavouring to address some of the most intractable societal challenges of today, then it is indeed worrying.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 — South Asia

Abhijit Ray: ‘There is a yawning gap in early stage impact investing in India’

Source: The Alternative

Five days ago, India’s largest angel investing group, the Indian Angel Network, started a fund focused solely on socially relevant enterprises, with its first investment in Gram Vaani, a community radio enterprise based out of Delhi. Last year, about $151 million (about Rs 902 crore) was invested in social ventures across India, marking the rise of serious interest in the space of social investment, both from mainstream and sector investors.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Will Impact Investing Take Off?

Source: Forbes/Skoll World Forum

I live on airplanes – typically hopping from one impact investing conference to another. So, if you will forgive the aviation analogy, I believe the impact investing sector is clearly moving down the runway.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

An Impact Investing Milestone: The London Principles

Source: The Huffington Post

The Impact Investing Policy Collaborative (IIPC) London Principles -- a critical piece of market infrastructure -- have just been launched at an international conference in the UK.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Invest in Ourselves for Profit and Social Good - Elumelu

Source: All Africa

When President Barack Obama announced his administration's US$7 billion 'Power Africa' initiative in Tanzania this month, Nigerian businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu was at his side. His Heirs Holdings investment firm pledged $2.5 billion towards an estimated $9 billion private-sector fund to boost the electrification project.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Can Financial Markets Be Good?

Source: Forbes/Skoll World Forum

In the Impact Investing industry we have been agreeing-to-disagree for a while now. The debate tends to take the form of investment priorities: financial-first vs. impact-first. Do you prioritize financial impact or do you prioritize social impact? I will argue that this debate is irrelevant and is an example of what Jed Emerson calls bifurcated thinking.
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.
Monday, July 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Are social stock exchanges the great equalizer of development finance?

Source: Devex

This past June, the world was introduced to two social stock exchanges.
Friday, July 12, 2013 — South Asia

Indian Angel Network launches IAN Impact for social enterprises; to invest up to $333K in 6 firms per year


Indian Angel Network (IAN), a national network of angel investors investing in startups and early-stage ventures, has formed a sub-group called IAN Impact, which will focus on social enterprises addressing the problems of people living at the bottom of the pyramid.
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.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

Q&A With Social Impact Investing Pioneer Andy Kuper

Source: FINalternatives

LeapFrog, the private equity firm founded by Andrew Kuper and Jim Roth, raises money to invest in “purpose-driven” businesses—businesses that have a social impact as well as delivering healthy economic returns. The firm's chosen field is micro-insurance and its first fund, which closed in 2010, is now almost fully invested in companies “up the value chain” of the insurance industry in Asia and Africa.
Friday, June 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Does Impact Investing Work? Vital Capital Case Study Shows It Does

Source: Forbes

When General Wesley K. Clark first heard about the idea of impact investing, he was skeptical. One trip to Angola convinced him that it had the potential to lift people out of poverty in ways that philanthropy and humanitarian aid could not. “This is the only way it will work,” he told me.
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.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Hedge Fund Managers Don Hairshirts and 'Impact Investing' at Monaco Meet

Source: Reuters

Hedge funds, once seen as a quick route to riches for managers and investors alike, are trying to reinvent themselves as more socially conscious and make money all the same.
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.
Monday, June 17, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Egypt: World Bank Provides $1.25 Million to Support Job Creation in Upper Egypt

Source: AllAfrica

The World Bank group and its partners are investing more than $1.25 million in the Egypt Development Marketplace program that addresses job creation, poverty alleviation and rural development, said a press release issued by the World Bank.
Friday, June 14, 2013 — South Asia

Yourstory Buys Social Entrepreneurship Platform - ThinkChange India

Source: Deal Curry, the media platform covering startups and early stage deals, has acquired social enterprise platform ThinkChange India.
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
Thursday, June 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare plans $2 billion investment for software development

Source: Business Standard

Will focus on advancing current and future technology offerings through the convergence of machine and intelligent data
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Help end poverty, World Bank tells private sector

Source: The Chronic Herald

The World Bank is undertaking an ambitious goal to end extreme global poverty within a generation by encouraging the involvement of the private sector.
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
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

AfDB Signs a Usd 100 Million Risk Participation Agreement With Commerzbank Ag to Support Trade Finance in Africa

Source: AllAfrica

The African Development Bank (AfDB) formally signed on May 29th in Marrakech, Morocco, in the prelude of the 48th AfDB Annual Meetings, a USD 100 million unfunded Risk Participation Agreement (RPA) with Commerzbank AG under which the two banks will share the default risk on a portfolio of eligible trade transactions originated by African issuing banks in Africa and confirmed by Commerzbank AG.
Friday, June 07, 2013 — No Region Specified

Unfinished Business

Source: Huffington Post

Winston Churchill said it best when he concluded, "democracy is the worst form of government ....except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
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.
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.
Friday, May 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Crowdscience: 10 Must Do's to Generate Innovative, Catalytic, and Disruptive Ideas... Everytime

Source: Huffington Post

Last fall, President Bill Clinton and TIME magazine named the Hult Prize one of the top five ideas changing the world, recognizing its innovative platform that engages millennials worldwide to create viable social enterprises.
Friday, May 31, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Best and Simplest Way to Fight Global Poverty

Source: Slate

Proof that giving cash to poor people, no strings attached, is an amazingly powerful tool for boosting incomes and promoting development.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Behind the Revolution of Diagnosis That Led to the HIV Miracle Baby...and More

Source: Huffington Post

"It's a revolution in diagnosis which is leading to a revolution in treatment," says Philippe Douste-Blazy of UNITAID.
Monday, May 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

How three of the best-performing socially conscious funds are investing

Source: The Economic Times

Socially responsible investing has long been associated with avoiding companies in "vice businesses" like alcohol, tobacco and weapons.
Monday, May 20, 2013 — South Asia

Instilling soft skills in chauffeurs

Source: The Hindu Business Line

In the travel industry, the bottom of the pyramid is the driver.” Ram Badrinathan, Founder & CEO, GlobalTHEN.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The hottest frontier

Source: The Economist

Strategies for putting money to work in a fast-growing continent.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 — South Asia

Acumen Fund announces first energy investment in Pakistan

Source: Daily Times

Acumen, a pioneering non-profit global venture firm addressing poverty across Africa and in South Asia, on Monday announced its first investment in the growing rural energy sector of Pakistan.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Canada gives $10 million to health innovations

Source: Sci Dev Net

More than 100 projects spanning the globe — including a number from South-East Asia — will share CAN$10.9 million (US$10.7 million) worth of funding from the Canadian government to pursue novel and cost-effective innovations in disease treatment.
Monday, May 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Venture Capital to invest US$20m this year

Source: Ghana Web

The Venture Capital Trust Fund will invest US$20million in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in different sectors of the economy this year, building on a portfolio of investments currently valued at close to US$60million.
Monday, May 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Us Family Biz Icon Launches Africa Fund

Source: Campden FB

Dr John Coors, fourth-gen chief executive of ceramics company CoorsTek and a member of the Coors brewing dynasty, is behind the launch of an investment group targeting Africa that plans a new approach to investing in the continent.
Monday, May 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Is social enterprise sustainable?

Source: VC Circle

Social enterprise first evolved in the developing world. Now the business models and social metrics may be going mainstream.
Friday, May 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Venture Capital Trust Fund signs MoU with GIMPA to establish Centre

Source: Ghana Business News

Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF) signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Ghana Institute for Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) to establish a Centre for Impact Investing in the country.
Thursday, May 09, 2013 — South Asia

Now, a regulatory body to set norms for impact investment

Source: The Economic Times

In order to avoid excesses that derailed the Indian microfinance industry three years ago, nine entities doing 'impact investing' have come together.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Microlender Backs Startups to Bring More Than Loans to the Poor

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Microlending has lost a lot of its shine in the seven years since Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize for delivering small loans to help poor women start businesses.
Monday, May 06, 2013 — South Asia

Cheering social entrepreneurship: How Lok Capital did it

Source: Money Control

Investing in a social enterprise in India has become quite the in-thing and the definition of who is a social entrepreneur seems to be changing as well.
Monday, May 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

What is the best way of innovating for social change?

Source: Financial Times

There are many different ways – organisationally speaking – that you can save the world.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 — South Asia

World Bank Group Awards $2 Million to Social Enterprises in the States of Madhya Pradesh


Twenty social enterprises were awarded grants totaling $2 million by the India Development Marketplace (DM) funded by the World Bank Group (WBG).
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Connecting the Global Community of Leading Impact Investors: Global Impact Investing Network

Source: Forbes

Forbes interviewed Amit Bouri, the managing director at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of impact investing around the world.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Video Contest Winner Colorado State University Shows Business Education Can Change the World

Source: GBSN Online

Business students from around the globe entered the Global Business School Network’s 3rd annual MBA+ Challenge Video Contest to show how they are making a difference in the developing world.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Profit Meets Purpose: Why Social Entrepreneurship Suggests a Possible Future for Global Capitalism

Source: Huffington Post

As the first Internet stock bubble neared its popping point in 1999, IBM chief executive Lou Gerstner famously dismissed the dot-com start-ups of his day as "fireflies before the storm--all stirred up, throwing off sparks."
Friday, April 26, 2013 — Latin America

Assured Labor Raises $5.5M To Find Jobs For Workers Across Latin America

Source: Tech Crunch

Assured Labor, a New York, Mexico City and São Paulo-based startup that helps low- and middle-income workers across Latin America find jobs through their mobile phones, just closed $5.5 million in funding led by Mexican private equity firm Capital Indigo.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IFC, Others Invest $20m In Ghanaian Microfinance Bank

Source: Ventures Africa

The IFC, the German Investment and Development Corporation (DEG), and the African Capitalisation Fund (ACF) have together invested about GH¢46 million ($20 million) into one of Ghana’s leading microfinance banks, UT Bank.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Conscious Business, Crowdfunding and Social Impact Investing

Source: Huffington Post

Crowdfunding thought leader Rose Spinelli and Richard Branson Award Winner Shayan Nahrvar, CEO of, were ready to talk about funding in the new capitalism at the Conscious Business Network last week.
Monday, April 22, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

AfDB Provides $38m To Aid Entrepreneurship, Job Creation In Rwanda

Source: Ventures Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is contributing $38 million to boost entrepreneurship and job creation in Rwanda.
Friday, April 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

6 reasons companies fail to reach the bottom of the pyramid

Source: Devex Impact

It is no secret that, when it comes to commercial ventures at the base of the pyramid, our greatest hopes and expectations have been placed on the potential of multinational corporations to mitigate poverty.
Monday, April 08, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rockefeller And Tony Elumelu Foundation Launch African Impact Fund

Source: Forbes

The Rockefeller Foundation and theTony Elumelu Foundation, founded by Nigerian philanthropist Tony Elumelu, have launched an impact investment fund for Africa.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 — South Asia

Investors commit over Rs 400 crore for funding new ventures for the poor

Source: The Economic Times

BANGALORE: Investors have committed at least Rs 400 crore to a government-backed fund that will provide capital to new ventures serving the needs of India's low-income communities. The fund, whose eventual size is envisaged at more than Rs 5,000 crore, is the first such by the government, which is taking increasing interest in venture capital investing.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 — Asia Pacific

IDB's assignment: A proposal to reform private sector operations

Source: Devex

The Inter-American Development Bank’s annual meeting has concluded with a lot of promise for businesses in the region, from the establishment of a new Chinese cofinanced fund to a plan to streamline the activities of the bank’s private sector windows.
Friday, March 15, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Life of Pi to bridge the funds gap

Source: The National

A new company is attempting to help bridge a US$3.5 billion (Dh12.85bn) funding gap for the Middle East's poorest entrepreneurs by linking them to microcredit loans bankrolled by the social media generation.
Thursday, March 07, 2013 — South Asia

Impact investing likely to grow at 30% annually

Source: Live Mint

Impact investing, in which money is used to deliver social benefits alongside financial returns, generated around $100 million (around Rs.547 crore today) of capital in India last year and is set to grow at an annual pace of 30%, according to research by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

TriLinc Global Launches $1.5 Billion Impact Investment Fund

Source: Market Watch

TriLinc Global Impact Fund ("TriLinc") announced today that its registration statement pertaining to its public offering of up to $1.5 billion in units of limited liability company interest was declared effective by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing Gets a University Center

Source: Forbes

More proof impact investing is entering the mainstream: the announcement of a $13 million university center devoted to it.
Friday, February 15, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa calling: rewarding patient investors

Source: Financial Times

In the 1970s, it was Idi Amin’s expulsion of Asians from Uganda. In 1980s, it was a malnourished child in Ethiopia, struggling just to stand up. In the 1990s, it was piles of mutilated corpses in Rwanda. For many in the west, these remain the defining images of Africa – despots, disasters and despair.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

ImpactSpace Tracks Impact Investment Deals

Source: Forbes

How do you track all the impact investing deals out there? How can investors see who is investing in what, the sectors that are hot–all the information you might get in something like CNNMoney’s Term Sheet, which tracks what ‘s happening in mergers and acquisitions and venture capital and private equity deals in the conventional world.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Univ. of Utah gets $13 mln for impact investing center

Source: Reuters

University of Utah's school ofbusiness has received $13 million from technology entrepreneur James Lee Sorenson to establish a center to advance investment to organizations that demonstrate a benefit to society, the university announced on Tuesday. The new James Lee Sorenson Center for Global Impact Investing will focus on the very early stages of investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.
Monday, January 21, 2013 — South Asia

New fund from global impact investors

Source: Business Standard

Global impact investors Rockefeller Foundation and Omidyar Network have joined hands with Dasra, a strategic philanthropy foundation, to launch the Impact Investing Forum in India. The forum on Saturday announced the launch of the India Impact Economy Innovations Fund to catalyse collective action and market development in India, a statement said.
Friday, January 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Impact Investing Will Be the New Venture Capital

Source: HBR Blog Network

During the past century, governments and charitable organizations have mounted massive efforts to address social problems such as poverty, lack of education, and disease. Governments around the world are straining to fund their commitments to solve these problems and are limited by old ways of doing things. Social entrepreneurs are stultified by traditional forms of financing. Donations and grants don't allow them to innovate and grow. They have virtually no access to capital markets and little flexibility to experiment at various stages of growth. The biggest obstacle to scale for the social sector is this lack of effective funding models.
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.
Friday, December 21, 2012 — No Region Specified

Pilot financial index for social investment unveiled

Source: The Guardian

Could an asset class for social impact investment be a step closer to becoming a reality?
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Egypt: Impact Investing Is Key to Inclusive Development in Egypt

Source: All Africa

Demographic pressures and years of under investment in meeting social needs suggest that Egypt will not be able to provide jobs, housing and basic services without adopting a wide strategy for inclusive development. Impact investing should be encouraged as one of the strategy's pillars.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 — Latin America

Bolivia Invests $20 Million in Waste Management

Source: Environment News Service

WASHINGTON, DC, December 10, 2012 (ENS) – Bolivia will improve municipal solid waste management services such as collection, transportation, and disposal, with a $20 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank, the bank announced today.
Monday, December 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Africa’s malaria fight, a $3.6B funding gap

Source: Devex

A global public-private partnership is exploring a number of options to fill a multibillion-dollar funding gap in efforts to fight malaria in Africa.
Friday, December 07, 2012 — No Region Specified

Introducing... social enterprise speed matching

Source: The Guardian

The Nominet Trust has not always got collaboration right, but a recent speed dating-style event helped connect social entrepreneurs to potential funders
Friday, December 07, 2012 — No Region Specified

UN FAO calls for sustained investment in global agriculture

Source: International Business Times

Excessive corruption, poor infrastructure and scarce government resources were deterring investment in agriculture and contributing to high levels of malnourishment around the world, said an FAO report released Thursday.
Friday, December 07, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Global Impact Investing Network Receives GBP 10.5 Million Commitment from UK's Department for International Development

Source: Press Release

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) announced today that the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) will provide GBP 10.5 million to support the GIIN’s role in developing and growing the impact investing market in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
Monday, December 03, 2012 — South Asia

Patnis purchase stake in Grameen Capital India

Source: Business Standard

Grameen Capital India (GCI) has announced that Amit Patni and Arihant Patni have acquired a stake in the company from original investor IFMR Trust. The Patni's after exiting their software services exports company to iGate in a $1.2 billion deal have started Nirvana Venture Advisors, a venture capital fund with focus on the internet space in India.
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.
Friday, November 30, 2012 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing’s Next Hurdle: Better Networking

Source: Knowledge@Wharton

Tess Mateo is a matchmaker. Her job is to interest private investors in projects throughout the world that will improve the quality of life for people and protect the environment. It is not unusual for her to touch down on four continents in the same number of weeks.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Symbiotics’ impact bond issuance platform lends 10 million dollars to AccessBank in Azerbaijan

Source: Press Release

Azerbaijan’s leading microfinance bank, AccessBank, received 10 million dollars through MSME Bonds, Symbiotics’ impact bond issuance platform, on November 20, 2012.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 — South Asia

Accion’s Frontier Investments Group and Saama Capital Invest $4 Million in Mortgage Company

Source: Sacramento Bee

Early-Stage Equity to Help Expand Shubham Housing's Mission to Serve Urban Poor
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 15, 2012 — No Region Specified

Bamboo Finance Acquires Accion Investment Fund


Bamboo Finance, a global private equity group specializing in microfinance and financing social entrepreneurship, announced today that is has acquired a controlling interest in Accion Investments in Microfinance, SPC, a private, for-profit equity fund that has provided capital to microfinance institutions (MFIs) since 2003. “This US$105 million transaction is a landmark for the industry” said Jean-Philippe de Schrevel, CEO of Bamboo Finance, “It demonstrates the maturity of the sector and its readiness for private investors.”
Monday, November 12, 2012 — South Asia

eBay founder's investment firm makes a grant to global health consortium

Source: Times of India

Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm of eBay founder, Pierre Omidyar, is making a $1.5 million grant to a global consortium supporting innovation in healthcare and medical technology. The grant has been made to Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Global Health to support the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech).
Friday, November 09, 2012 — No Region Specified

OneLeap aims to bring social entrepreneurs and serious investors together

Source: Gizmag

The world is brimming with good ideas, but presenting them to the people who are in a position to make them happen presents a formidable challenge. OneLeap, launched earlier this year, is a web-based networking platform designed to fix this situation by bridging the gap between entrepreneurs, investors, influencers and top-tier executives, while raising money for charity in the process.
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.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 — South Asia

Husk Power Systems raises $5 million for expansion

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Husk Power Systems, a Bihar-based company that runs micro power plants on agricultural waste, has raised Series A equity financing of $5 million (Rs 27 crore) from co-investors Bamboo Finance, Acumen Fund, and LGT Venture Philanthropy.
Friday, November 02, 2012 — No Region Specified

Santa Clara University Welcomes Applications from Investment-Ready Social Enterprises

Source: Market Watch Press Release

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Applications are now open for Santa Clara University's Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI(TM)), an 11-year-old program that helps social entrepreneurs create greater impact in their poverty-alleviating missions.
Monday, October 29, 2012 — No Region Specified

Ron D. Cordes on a Mission to Activate New Change Agents

Source: Forbes

Ron D. Cordes is a man on a mission to change the landscape of impact investing. He is the co-chairman of Genworth Financial Wealth Management (NYSE:GNW), which is responsible for over $25 billion in assets under management. He is also on the board of Impact Assets, a non-for-profit financial service firm focused on impact investments.
Monday, October 22, 2012 — Asia Pacific

IIX, SEAS Sign MoU To Promote Growth Of Social Enterprises In Asia Pacific

Source: Bernama

SINGAPORE, Oct 22 (Bernama) -- Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to solidify joint efforts to promote the Social Enterprise (SE) space in the sustainable energy sector.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Egypt’s NBD allocates EGP 200 million to finance micro-enterprises

Source: CPI Financial

National Bank for Development (NBD) has allocated EGP 200 million towards providing funding for small and micro enterprises, and designed a comprehensive range of funding programmes that are Shari'ah-compliant.
Monday, October 15, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Israel’s Rather Different Social Network

Source: Wall Street Journal

ISTANBUL—One of the more unusual presentations at the Webit conference here was from Israel Venture Network, a 10-year social entrepreneurship network targeting some of Israel’s deprived and excluded citizens, in a talk given by the former tech Chief Executive Isabel Maxwell.
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.
Thursday, October 11, 2012 — South Asia

Financing a greener future

Source: Al Jazeera

World governments will gather soon in Hyderabad, India, for the biennial Convention on Biological Diversity conference to find ways of valuing and safeguarding life on Earth - perhaps one of the most pressing priorities the global community now faces.
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
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opportunity Africa: How One Social Venture Is Crowdsourcing the For-Profit Finance Model

Source: Forbes

The best social entrepreneurs are always tweaking the model. In microfinance, crowd-sourced ventures have aimed at connecting first world capital with developing world opportunity – and with some success. A few years ago, I met Mads Kjaer in Oxford and was fascinated by a model that added risk and reward to what had been more a form of philanthropy than investment.
Monday, October 08, 2012 — No Region Specified

The month of impact investing

Source: Market Watch

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (MarketWatch) — From the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City to the Social Capital Markets gathering in San Francisco to the SRI in the Rockies conference held in Connecticut, to new reports, membership associations and web sites launched this month, the focal point is impact investing.
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.
Thursday, October 04, 2012 — No Region Specified

Social Enterprise - ImpactAssets50 provides view of growing impact investing landscape

Source: Trust Law

SAN FRANCISCO (TrustLaw) - A database of fund managers who invest for maximum social, environmental and financial impact shows that assets under management grew 15 percent compared to last year to $10.2 billion.
Thursday, October 04, 2012 — Latin America

Accion Invests $3 Million in Mobile Services Provider Tiaxa

Source: Press Release

Accion announced today that its Frontier Investments Group has invested US$3 million in Zonamovil Inc. (“Tiaxa”), a Chilean provider of managed services for the wireless telecom market. For more than 10 years, Tiaxa has provided mobile network operators globally with billing and rating services for prepaid mobile phone users, as well as innovative financial and business intelligence services that increase operator revenues and improve user satisfaction and loyalty.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 — No Region Specified

GIIN Expands Collaboration with Omidyar Network, USAID, The Rockefeller Foundation to Support Growth of the Impact Investing

Source: Press Release

Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today a collaboration to promote impact investing by supporting research, outreach, and other field-building activities undertaken by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). Together the partners have committed $6.5 million to support the GIIN’s work to increase the accessibility of impact investing.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet A Playboy Entrepreneur Who Went From Making Millions To Making an Impact

Source: Forbes

Kitwe, a dusty industrial city in North Western Zambia’s ‘Copper Belt’ region, isn’t much to look at. It does however have a hidden jewel. The city is home to the office of internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur, Peter Sinkamba.
Friday, September 28, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Deutsche Bank Announces Essential Capital Fund at 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

Source: Daily Finance

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Deutsche Bank announced its Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. The commitment was to the structuring of the Essential Capital Fund (the "Fund") which defines an innovative approach to providing early stage high risk money to support the impact investing sector.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Early stage investment growing in Africa tech

Source: PC Advisor

The rise of technology hubs over the last couple of years has spurred investment, helped by humanitarian agencies and VCs
Friday, September 21, 2012 — No Region Specified

White House Hosts Innovation Forum for Philanthropists

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

More than 150 leaders in philanthropy and finance gathered at the White House on Thursday for a private meeting on “innovation in philanthropy” that featured Jean Case, chief executive of the Case Foundation, as a keynote speaker.
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.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

What is the Agaciro Development Fund?

Source: Devex

Rwanda is setting the stage in driving its own development, starting with the launch Thursday (Aug. 23) of the country’s national solidarity fund.
Friday, September 07, 2012 — South Asia

Intellecap facilitates investment of INR 250 million in NationWide, from Norwest Venture Partners

Source: Intellecap

Intellecap today announced that it has facilitated an investment of INR 250 million from Norwest Venture Partners in Nationwide Primary Healthcare Services, a pioneering chain of general practitioner and pediatric clinics backed by US based angels.
Thursday, September 06, 2012 — No Region Specified

North American impact investors are keeping their money close to home

Source: See Change Magazine

Most of the world’s poor live in developing markets. And, according to some experts, so do ventures with the most long-term growth potential. But relatively few North American impact investments leave Canada and the United States. Are impact investors missing out?
Thursday, August 30, 2012 — Asia Pacific

New Impact Investing Stock Exchange Is Making Steady Progress

Source: Forbes

It looks as though The Impact Exchange Board, or the iX, a ground-breaking publicly regulated social stock exchange, has been making steady progress since it launched about a year ago.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Rockefeller Foundation Supports Impact Investing Policy Research in Africa

Source: Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation through its Impact Investing initiative is funding research in five sub-Saharan African countries which will contribute to two overarching goals: understanding the policy barriers and enabling environment for impact investing across Africa and recommending national policies to encourage the growth of the industry for the ultimate benefit of poor or vulnerable communities.
Friday, August 24, 2012 — South Asia

TISS to fund, mentor entrepreneurship students

Source: The Indian Express

The social entrepreneurship students of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), keen on starting their venture at a time when the economy is volatile, now have a back-up. The institute has introduced a scheme this year to fund and mentor students pursuing masters in social entrepreneurship for three years.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ugandan Billionaire Ashish Thakkar Launches Venture Capital Fund For Young Entrepreneurs

Source: Ventures Africa

VENTURES AFRICA – Ugandan billionaire businessman Ashish J. Thakkar, under the auspices of the Mara foundation, a non-profit enterprise of Mara Group, today announced the formation and launch of a venture capital firm – Mara Launch Uganda Fund to support the needs of today’s entrepreneurs.
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.
Monday, July 30, 2012 — South Asia

Acumen Fund Invests INR 1.5 Crore ($300K) in Edubridge Learning

Source: Acumen Fund Blog

Mumbai, India, July 25, 2012 – Acumen Fund, a pioneering nonprofit global venture fund addressing poverty across Africa and South Asia, today announced a INR 1.5 Crore ($300K) equity investment in Edubridge Learning Private Limited, a growing company that provides vocational skills training for low income youth across Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Chhattisgarh
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 — No Region Specified

Is innovation essential for development work?

Source: The Guardian

Innovation has become central to the way development organisations go about their work. In November 2011, Bill Gates told the G20 that innovation was the key to development. Donors increasingly stress innovation as a key condition for funding, and many civil society organisations emphasise that innovation is central to the work they do.
Friday, July 20, 2012 — No Region Specified

Define Social Entrepreneurs by Their Impact, Not Their Income Strategy

Source: Forbes

After decades of frustrating setbacks, scientists at CERN think they have found the Higgs boson particle — a breakthrough success after $12 billion of research funding and smashing particles into each other in all imaginable ways. A few days ago, my colleague Amy Clark argued that there is a lesson about collaboration to be learned. I will use this discovery to argue that there is also an important insight for funders of social innovation.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Endeavor to launch a new country affiliate in Saudi Arabia

Source: Endeavor Blog

New York, July 18, 2012 – Endeavor announced today that it will launch a new affiliate office in Saudi Arabia, expanding its efforts to select and service high-impact entrepreneurs in the Middle East.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Endeavor Catalyst invests in AirTies as first MENA region company

Source: Endeavor Blog

NEW YORK, July 18, 2012 — Endeavor, the world-wide leader in selecting, mentoring and accelerating high-impact entrepreneurs, announced that it has closed an investment round with AirTies, an innovative Turkish developer of wireless networking equipment with worldwide sales, as the third investment of Endeavor Catalyst.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 — South Asia

"Having It All": Finding Profit and Purpose with Tahira Dosani

Source: Forbes

In the wake of Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” I had been thinking about how to have it all not in terms of balancing children and career, but rather in terms of finding a career that encompasses money and meaning. For many women in our 20s, the tradeoffs between pursuing our passions and supporting ourselves can be perplexing. We want to pursue work that excites us, but we don’t know when, where, or how to start. This is a dilemma I’ve faced myself, as I’ve worked in banking and private equity and am beginning work at an impact investing fund.
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.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Pearson to invest in low-cost private education in Africa and Asia

Source: The Guardian

Pearson, the UK education company and owner of the Financial Times, has launched a £10m fund to invest in private schools in Africa and Asia aimed at providing affordable education for poor children.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Voxtra invests in Mtanga Farms Limited

Source: Seed Investors Blog

The Voxtra East Africa Agribusiness Fund (Voxtra) has completed an investment of US$ 1.5 million in Mtanga Farms Limited (MFL), a commercial farm engaged in seed crops, arable farming and livestock.
Monday, July 09, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

Foreign aid can sometimes account for over 90% of a country’s GDP; yet developing nations are quickly learning that foreign aid is not a long-term solution. And over the past few years, we’ve seen just how interconnected the global economy is: a misstep in one economy, affects the global economy.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 — Asia Pacific

More people in Asia making impact investments

Source: Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: Investing with a social cause has caught on in Asia. Some 400 participants gathered in Singapore for an inaugural forum on impact investing. The forum, co-hosted by Singapore-based social enterprise Impact Investment Shujog and Impact Investment Exchange Asia was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Asian Development Bank.
Thursday, June 21, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa: Support From Private Sector Is Needed for Sustainable Development

Source: AllAfrica

Sustainable development in Africa depends on innovative sources of finance and resources from the private sector, African leaders and world experts said at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, currently being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Monday, June 18, 2012 — No Region Specified

G20 Announces Winners of the IFC-Managed G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation

Source: Press Release

Los Cabos, Mexico, June 18, 2012—The Group of 20 today announced the winners of the G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation, a global competition managed by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. Ambassador Rogelio Granguillhome, Executive Secretary of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation and Chair of the G20 Development Working Group, presented the awards at a ceremony here.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 — No Region Specified

Morgan Stanley offers impact investing for masses

Source: Market Watch

By launching your Investing with Impact Platform, you can change the world — literally.
Monday, June 04, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Board Approves Equity Investment of U.S. $100 Million in Agvance Africa

Source: All Africa

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved on 16 May in Tunis, an equity investment of USD 100 million to Agvance Africa, the first agribusiness-focused Fund of Funds on the African continent. The strategic objective of Agvance Africa is to increase private investment flows into the agribusiness sector on the continent to address growing food security concerns and unleash the largely unexploited potential of African agriculture and agribusiness sectors.
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.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 — South Asia

Lok Capital and Acumen Fund announce Rs. 7 crore investment in Hippocampus Learning Centres

Source: Acumen Fund Blog

Bangalore, May 2012: Lok Capital, one of the largest dedicated funds in India for businesses focused on serving the lower income and base of the pyramid (BOP) customer segments and Acumen Fund, a pioneering nonprofit global venture firm addressing poverty in South Asia, East and West Africa, today announce Rs. 7 crore investment in Hippocampus Learning Centres (HLC), a for-profit rural education service provider in India. This is Lok Capital’s and Acumen’s first investment in Education and marks the launch of their respective education portfolios. Based in Karnataka, India, HLC provides affordable, quality education by employing and training local female teachers who coach students between the ages of 3-12 in both pre-school and primary instruction.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 — No Region Specified

World Bank unit, MasterCard Foundation boost crucial small loans in Africa

Source: Associated Press

A World Bank partner devoted to developing the private sector and The MasterCard Foundation will spend millions of dollars so more impoverished Africans can get loans and other financial services, officials said.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Omidyar Network Executive Forum Unites Business Leaders Investing In Social Change

Source: Huffington Post

One network of top executives is proving that good business means wise investments -- specifically investments in people who have the power to create global change but may simply lack opportunity.
Monday, May 07, 2012 — No Region Specified

Accion International launches $10 million investment vehicle, Venture Lab

Source: Economic Times

BANGALORE: In a further boost for social venture investing in India, microfinance and investment firm Accion International has launched its $10 million investment vehicle, Venture Lab, which is focused on providing seed capital to organisations that promote financial inclusion.
Thursday, May 03, 2012 — No Region Specified

What Impact Investing Could Do For Health Care

Source: Fast Company

In his TedMed talk last week, where he called for a renewed focus on improving root causes of health problems rather than waiting until they cause full blown illnesses, Sandeep Kishore noted this somewhat startling statistic: Of the 30 years of average life-expectancy gains the United States made in the last century, a surprisingly small amount of that average increase--just five years--stems from improvements in the sort of medical care we get in hospitals. The rest of those gains came from other sources, like improvements in water quality and sanitation, vaccinations, and other improvements in public health.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012 — No Region Specified

Looking to Frontier Markets for Next Big Thing in Investing

Source: New York Times

The difficulty with investing in the next big thing is that it is often not recognized as that until after it has become a current or former big thing. Before its arrival, it tends to be seen only as a crazy, risky thing or nothing at all. Emerging-market portfolio managers specialize in finding the next big thing. But after the transformation of many economies in Asia and Latin America in the past two decades and the strong returns and mainstream popularity of their markets, what’s left to be found?
Friday, April 27, 2012 — No Region Specified

Morgan Stanley Offering Advisors Sustainable Investing Platform

Source: Financial Advisor

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is launching a platform for its financial advisors to offer clients investments with positive social and environmental impact in what appears to be a major push to offer sustainable investing to mainstream investors. Although many broker-dealers allow their advisors to offer sustainable investments to retail clients, few have specific advisor platforms for that purpose. MSSB made an announcement today about the new platform at the U.S. State Department-sponsored Global Impact Economy Forum.
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 — No Region Specified

Investors Can Rid the World of Slums

Source: MarketWatch

Approximately 180,000 people are added to the urban grid each day, according to the United Nations. That means, according to other estimates, that nearly 100,000 housing units are needed — every day, all around the world.
Monday, April 09, 2012 — Latin America

Daniel Izzo on Brazil's First Impact Investing Venture Capital Firm

Source: Forbes

Recently, the Opportunities for the Majority (OMJ) Initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank hosted Daniel Izzo, co-founder and partner of Vox Capital, Brazil’s first impact investing venture capital firm, which focuses on high potential businesses that serve the Brazilian low income population through products and services with the potential to improve their lives.
Thursday, April 05, 2012 — South Asia

Cisco Invests in Rural Venture Capital Firm

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Cisco today announced an investment in Aavishkaar, a venture fund founded to promote development in rural and semi-urban India.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing: How One Foundation Empowers Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Mashable

Name: Echoing Green | Big Idea: Echoing Green offers grants to social entrepreneurs and changemakers — it’s referred to as “impact investing.” | Why It’s Working: By investing in people rather than ideas or business plans, Echoing Green has empowered more than 500 innovative individuals to turn their visions into a reality, ameliorating social ills in the process.
Monday, April 02, 2012 — South Asia

Omidyar's Jayant Sinha: Volatile Government Policy is a Deterrent to Investing

Source: Forbes India

Jayant Sinha, partner and MD, Omidyar Network India Advisors, tells Dinesh Narayanan that government trying to micro-manage the economy is not good. Edited excerpts from an interview.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 — South Asia

Angel Deals May Get Tax Breather

Source: VCCircle

Individual investment up to Rs 5 crore and total deal of Rs 10 crore may be exempted.
Monday, March 19, 2012 — South Asia

Start-ups to be Taxed on Funds from Angel Investors


Start-ups raising money from angel investors will have to pay income tax from April on the funds they receive after the national budget on Friday proposed to treat the capital received as income from other sources, if the consideration received for issue of shares exceeds the face value of such shares.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 — Asia Pacific

ADB Plans to Invest $100M in Environment Fund

Source: Inquirer Business

The Asian Development Bank is expected to invest about $100 million in a multinational fund that will be put up to boost investments in environment-related technologies and projects in developing countries like the Philippines.
Thursday, March 01, 2012 — South Asia

Creating an impact

Source: Malaysia Star

FOUNDER and chairwoman of Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) in Singapore Durreen Shahnaz is seeking to create the Impact Exchange a social enterprise exchange. “By investing through the Impact Exchange, impact investors can significantly lower their market research and due diligence costs, as well as have liquidity in their investments thus allowing for more impact and wealth to be created and brought into the space,” she says.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 — No Region Specified

The State and Future of Impact Investing

Source: Forbes

In a recent interview with Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, we discussed his new book about the impact investing sector, emerging trends and ideas in this space, challenges and opportunities moving forward, what the world would look like if the potential of impact investing were to be realized, and advice to traditional investors interested in becoming an impact investor.
Friday, February 17, 2012 — No Region Specified

E+Co Announces Plans to Scale Up Clean Energy Investments

Source: Press Release

E+Co, the non-profit leader in clean energy investing in small and medium enterprises in emerging markets, announced today that it will phase out its innovations unit to solely focus on and scale up clean energy investments in developing markets.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 — No Region Specified

Avoiding the “Hope Bubble”

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

We must invest in the financial literacy of social entrepreneurs and in the social literacy of investors.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 — No Region Specified

The Trouble With Impact Investing – Part 1

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

On its face, impact investing seems like a great deal—organizations get cheap money (er, “patient capital”) and investors get real impact. It’s great when it works that way, but the case for impact is often dubious, and there is a lot of confusion about when impact investing works and when it doesn’t.
Thursday, January 27, 2011 — Europe & Eurasia

Local ?Bridge-Maker? Turns Up at Davos


Shawn Ahmed is tweeting gleefully about the white all-access badge he's been handed at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where politicians and CEOs are meeting this week to try to solve some of the world's biggest problems. The 29-year-old Canadian landed a coveted seat representing the YouTube community after winning an international online competition called the Davos Debates. It's a coup for a guy from Richmond Hill who ditched a graduat...
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