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
Thursday, October 8, 2015 — Latin America

A New Recycling Venture Aims to Eliminate Virgin Plastic

Source: The Guardian

A recent list of 100 of the world’s most compassionate business leaders was topped by the usual suspects: Paul Polman, Richard Branson, Muhammad Yunus and Elon Musk. And then there’s David Katz.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

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

Source: BusinessGreen

Insurance group Zurich has revealed plans to plough around $100m into companies and projects that have a positive environmental or social impact.
Friday, September 25, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Millions of UK Pensions Exposed to ‘High-Risk’ Fossil Fuel Investments

Source: RT

Council pension funds in Britain have invested £14 billion in the fossil fuel sector, despite the fact these assets risk tumbling in value as the world grapples with climate change.
Thursday, September 17, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Sustainable Development Goals Fail to Recognize Role of Business

Source: Pioneers Post

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 associated targets fail to recognise the importance of business as a force for social change concludes a new report by the British Council and Social Enterprise UK (SEUK).
Monday, September 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Why the ‘people’s agenda’ for sustainable development is also the business agenda

Source: The National

The 193 member states of the United Nations last month unveiled a new global agenda for sustainable development. The 15-year plan, titled Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is set to be formally endorsed by world leaders in New York this month and will come into force at the beginning of next year. It is worth considering where the countries of the Middle East fit into this.
Monday, September 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: 17 Ways Your Company Can Help the United Nations Achieve Its Global Development Goals by 2030

Source: Business 2 Community

This September, the United Nations is promoting a new sustainable development agenda by encouraging countries to adopt a set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. With 17 significant goals in all ... (i)t can be read as inspiring ... or intimidating.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Investing In Low-Carbon Cities Could Save $17 Trillion By 2050

Source: Clean Technica

New research suggests that by investing in low-carbon infrastructure, including transport, building efficiency, and waste management, cities could save $17 trillion by 2050, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Friday, September 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: The World's New Health Goal Will Need Game-Changing Health Technologies

Source: The Huffington Post

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for everyone at any age is a tall order, particularly if the aim is to achieve this by 2030. Yet this is the mandate of the third Sustainable Development Goal (SDG3), one of a set of 17 global goals designed to guide development priorities for the next 15 years.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 — No Region Specified

Health innovations need much more than research

Source: SciDevNet

The Global Forum for Research and Innovation for Health recognised that health care innovations take more than research, but the challenges of "scaling up" and efficient collaboration were largely missed. We need to focus more on the development process following academic studies.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

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

Source: TreeHugger

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

Is #globaldev Optimism Over Big Data Based More on Hype Than Value?

Source: Devex

As the global development community prepares to finalize a new set of goals and targets for the next 15 years, big data has become a key part of discussions. The post-2015 agenda has 17 sustainable development goals and 169 associated targets, and big data could be essential to monitoring and measuring progress.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Norwegian fund giant to sell its stakes in companies over environmental concerns

Source: CBC

Norway's $1.15 trillion Cdn sovereign-wealth oil fund announced this week that it will sell its stakes in four Asian companies over environmental concerns, underlining how willing it is to take an activist approach to companies that fail to meet its ethical standards.
Friday, August 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

The New Math of Sustainable Investing

Source: The Atlantic

On May 17, 1984, Warren Buffett gave away the secret that has made his face the first result when you Google “the greatest investor of all time.” He opened a speech with the stories of ten investors, including himself, whose portfolios consistently outperformed the S&P 500. It’s no coincidence, Buffet insisted1, that their careers shared a common thread: tutelage under Benjamin Graham, who, as it happens, is the second person who comes up in the Google search.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

11 Billion People by 2100 Will Greatly Impact Global Health

Source: Healthline

A growing global population highlights the need for family planning resources, healthcare workers, and better access to healthcare.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Shake It Off: How the Sustainable Development Goals Grew Up and Got Out of Nashville

Source: Development Policy Centre

I love country music. I even went to see Dolly Parton in Sydney a few years ago, when she came to Australia and brought her very own star-spangled retro tour bus.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Pope's Climate Push At Odds With U.S. Catholic Oil Investments

Source: Reuters

Pope Francis heartened environmentalists around the world in June when he urged immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate change, declaring that the use of "highly polluting fossil fuels needs to be progressively replaced without delay."
Thursday, August 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

The $7 trillion solar tsunami in our midst

Source: Eco Business

Solar power costs just keep on falling, and with $7 trillion of investment piling into the sector, the momentum is now unstoppable.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Sustainable development needs sustainable financing — tackling NCDs is no exception

Source: Devex

Each year, 16 million people die prematurely before the age of 70 from NCDs. Strikingly, 4 out of 5 of these deaths occur in developing countries like Kenya, making such diseases one of the major development challenges of the 21st century. If countries don’t change tack on NCDs, an estimated $7 trillion could be lost in developing countries over the next 15 years.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Hewlett Foundation Begins to Distance Itself from Financing Fossil Fuels

Source: Nonprofit Chronicles

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the US’s biggest and most influential foundations, has taken a small step to distance itself from financing fossil fuels.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

U.N. Targets Trillions of Dollars to Implement Sustainable Development Agenda

Source: Inter Press Service

After more than two years of intense negotiations, the U.N.’s 193 member states have unanimously agreed on a new Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA) with 17 goals — including the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger — to be reached by 2030.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

A New Model of Health Workforce Training

Source: Development Policy Centre

A new model of health workforce training has the potential to be an innovative, cost-effective, catalytic initiative that can build national health systems, empower women and make itself obsolete in a decade.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

East Africa Emerges as Global Hub for Impact Investing

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Investments focused on fostering social or environmental goals are playing an increasing role in East Africa, which a new report says is a global center for so-called impact investing.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: The Emperor Has No (Green) Clothes


A shiny new object is popping up in impact investment portfolios everywhere – behold, the green bond. A corporate or municipal fixed income instrument offering both market returns AND positive environmental impact, green bonds have emerged over the past six months as a significant area of new issuance. Corporations are issuing carve-out bonds whose proceeds go to infrastructure retrofits, while munis are hopping on the green bandwagon with bonds targeting a wide range of applications, from “clean and green” to affordable housing and school construction.
Monday, July 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Can a High-Tech Wood Stove Save the World?

Source: Bloomberg

So, this is cool. It's a stove, powered by wood or cow dung or whatever other combustible material you happen to have lying around, that generates an almost smokeless, gas-like flame -- and also enough electricity to light a room or charge your phone.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 — Latin America

Education Start-up, The Un-School of Disruptive Design, Announces Mexico City Fellowship for Emerging Leaders

Source: Press Release

Following a successful program in NYC, the Un-School has opened applications for mavericks and misfits of social innovation to join them in Mexico this November.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Financial Inclusion Key to Climate Risk Reduction for Zambia’s Smallholders

Source: Inter Press Service

In the advent of unpredictable weather, smallholder rain-dependent agriculture is increasingly becoming a risky business and the situation could worsen if, as seems likely, the world experiences levels of global warming that could lead to an increase in droughts, floods and diseases, both in frequency and intensity.
Friday, July 3, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Portable Solar Power to the People

Source: BiztechAfrica

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, is commercialising its solar powered portable LED lamps with mobile phone charger, the Mobiya TS 120S, in order to offer innovative, reliable and affordable products to people living without access to electricity.
Friday, June 19, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New App Helps Farmers in Kenya Find Climate-Smart Seeds

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

A new app launched in Kenya June 10 could help millions of farmers adapt to climate change by offering information on the best seeds for changing growing conditions, agriculture experts said.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

Towards Low Carbon Growth at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Source: The Hindu Business Line

The bottom of the pyramid, which constitutes more than 42 per cent of the global population, is the most vulnerable to climate change risks. The recent disasters that shook Nepal, Bihar and washed away parts of Uttarakhand left us staring at this fact. In these events, the mass majority who were affected were from the poorer socio-economic group. An increasing frequency of epidemics and diseases in this group only make matters worse.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

Merck Manuals Health Guides Go Digital, and Free, in Global Push

Source: Reuters

Merck Manuals, the widely used health guides provided by drugmaker Merck & Co, are moving to a digital-only format in 10 different languages as part of an effort to educate the global community on medical issues.
Friday, June 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Sustainable innovation, minus the sticker shock?

Source: GreenBiz

What do solar-powered hearing aids, a subscription service for baby clothes and mobile technology for farmers in East Africa all have in common? For one, they are each finalists in this year’s Sustainia100, an annual study of the top 100 sustainability innovations, published Thursday.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sustainable Innovation, Minus the Sticker Shock?

Source: GreenBiz

What do solar-powered hearing aids, a subscription service for baby clothes and mobile technology for farmers in East Africa all have in common?
Thursday, June 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Can This Scientist Unite Genetic Engineers and Organic Farmers?

Source: National Geographic

Eighteen scientists are sitting in a lab, talking about new ways to feed the planet. These are some of the world’s foremost experts on rice. Most of them are from China. Nearly all of them are men.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Citi’s 2014 Global Citizenship Report Highlights Efforts to Enable Economic Progress in Communities Around World

Source: MarketWatch

Citi today released its 2014 Global Citizenship Report highlighting efforts underway in the past year to empower people, support economic progress in cities, and catalyze sustainable growth. The report, Progress: Responding to Global Challenges,examines how Citi lends, invests and facilitates growth through core business activities and philanthropic efforts, as well as partnerships and new approaches to address pressing needs.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Merrill Lynch Introduces New Sustainable Impact Multi-Asset Class Portfolios and an ESG Measurement Resource

Source: MarketWatch

Merrill Lynch today announced that it has added sustainable impact multi-asset class portfolios to its expanding platform of impact portfolios to serve clients interested in using their investment capital for positive social and environmental purposes. Additionally, the firm will provide its 14,000 financial advisors new resources to help clients understand the impact of their investments in these portfolios.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Norway's plan to divest massive $900B fund from coal could hit U.S. companies

Source: E & E Publishing

The decision may have spillover effects for U.S. companies, as the equity-heavy fund invests most of its stock positions in U.S. firms, and this new policy slates shares in dozens of American utility companies for sale.
Friday, June 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Expats, the 'scaffolds' of locally led organizations

Source: Devex

“Why does Nuru Kenya have to be locally led?” Jake pressed. “Why can’t expats continue the work?" “Maybe we aren’t asking the right question,” I responded, straightening up in my chair. “Instead of asking why should we exit, perhaps we should ask, why should we stay?”
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Motsepe, Schwab Sign 3-year, $1.07 Million Social Entrepreneurship Deal


Hilde Schwab, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Co-Founder and Deputy Chairman of the Motsepe Foundation, announced a three-year, 1 million Swiss franc partnership on the opening day of the World Economic Forum on Africa. The objectives of the partnership are to advance the social entrepreneurship agenda in Africa by raising awareness, engaging the media and celebrating proven social innovators; contribute to research initiatives on best practices and scaling strategies; and build the capacity of African social enterprises through peer-to-peer exchanges.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

A New U.N. Health Goal Targets Folks 69 and Under. Ageism or Realism?

Source: NPR

In September, the U.N. will vote to adopt 17 Sustainable Development Goals (aka SDGs). They cover issues like poverty, health and climate change. The idea is to encourage the 192 U.N. member states to establish policies that will make the world a better place over the next 15 years.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

How Can the World Secure $100 Billion in Climate Finance?

Source: World Resources Institute

New analysis from WRI shows a credible and politically balanced path towards $100 billion in 2020 is possible by including a larger set of climate finance sources in a balanced way while scaling up all public finance.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Norway's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund to slash coal investments

Source: Associated Press

Norway has made a big move toward dropping investments in coal companies by its massive $900 billion sovereign wealth fund because of their impact on climate change.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

Socially Responsible Investors Focus Most on the Environment

Source: Millionaire Corner

Investors who wish to promote social responsibility are most focused on the environment and invest accordingly, according to a new Spectrem Group study.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Silicon Valley’s Clean Tech Investors Eyeing Sustainable Food, Experts Say

Source: Undercurrent News

Food is becoming the epicenter of the growing responsible investment movement in the San Francisco Bay area's Silicon Valley, panelists said during the impact investing discussion at Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainable Food Institute last week.
Monday, May 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

Fossil fuel divestment at colleges more about the conversation than the money

Source: The Denver Post

The key question is what impact does divestment have on the fossil fuel companies and on the university and foundation finances.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

A Look at Endowments and Responsible Investing

Source: ValueWalk

The April 2015 Commonfund Study of Responsible Investing analyzes policies, practices and attitudes with respect to responsible investing among 200 U.S. colleges and universities of various sizes. The study included 123 private and 77 public institutions who have made a commitment or are considering a commitment to responsible investing. These educational institutions altogether have more than $88.8 billion in endowment assets as of June 30, 2014.
Friday, May 1, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Financial Professionals Offering Fossil-Fuel-Free Portfolios Nearly Doubled From 2013 To 2015

Source: PR Newswire

The number of investment professionals in the U.S. offering fossil fuel-free portfolios to investors nearly doubled—jumping from 22 percent to 42 percent of those polled—from 2013 to 2015.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Where the Hell Is All the Climate Funding?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Less than 2 percent of all philanthropic dollars go to fighting the existential threat of climate change, and much of it comes from just a handful of funders. Where is all the money?
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Cookstove That Could Save 4 Million Lives Per Year

Source: Mashable

Growing up, Phil Ferranto never thought about how people cooked around the world. He took it for granted, like many of us do, thinking most people had access to some type of stove to feed their families.
Friday, April 17, 2015 — South Asia

Clean Cookstoves Could Change the Lives of Millions in Nepal

Source: Inter Press Service

When 26-year-old Laxmi married into the Archaya household in Chhaimale village, Pharping, south of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, she didn’t think she would be spending half the day in the kitchen inhaling smoke from the stove.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

Shhh! Don't Tell Institutional Investors, but Sustainability Drives Returns in Real Assets

Source: The Huffington Post - Dave Chen and his team at Equilibrium Capital in Portland, Ore., don't generally pitch pension funds and other institutional investors on the firm's thesis that environmentally and socially beneficial practices can drive operational efficiencies, reduced risk and above-market, or 'alpha,' returns.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Bloomberg

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

Where Is the Rockefeller Family Reinvesting Its Former Oil Holdings?

Source: Barron's Impact Investment Blog

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund—the $866 million-asset foundation started in 1940 by John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s five sons—announced in September that the family would divest itself of all their coal, tar-sands, and fossil-fuel investments held in the fund’s endowment. The eight Rockefeller family trustees on the board decided the fund needed “to better align its endowed assets with its mission” of combating climate change.
Monday, April 13, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

Ikea’s Newly Designed Refugee Shelters Are a Game Changer

Source: TakePart

The units are spacious, have solar panels, and can last an average of three years.
Friday, April 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Wells Fargo Selects Clean Technology Startups for Innovation

Source: 3BL Media

$10 million program to help four winning companies develop energy-efficient smart glass, cooling, battery and smart metering technologies.
Monday, April 6, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Heifer Awarded $750,000 From Starbucks Foundation to Support Coffee Farmers in Tanzania

Source: Market Watch

Heifer International was awarded a Starbucks Foundation grant of $750,000 to help fund the Mbozi Farmer Livelihood Improvement Project in Tanzania, which will help improve livelihoods and quality of life for smallholder coffee growing communities in the East African country.
Monday, April 6, 2015 — South Asia

Here Are Nine Ways to Deal With Delhi’s Air Pollution—But You May Not Be Able to Afford Any of Them

Source: Quartz

Delhi’s air pollution hit new highs last winter, giving the city, at least briefly, the worst air quality readings of any place on earth.
Friday, April 3, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Singapore, Indonesia Lead Growth in Sustainable Investing in Asia

Source: Eco-Business

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

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

Source: Forbes

The Case Foundation and B Lab recently announced a joint effort to encourage more businesses, especially those that aren’t triple-bottom line enterprises, to consider their social and environmental impact.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

Too Global to Fail: The World Bank At the Intersection of National and Global Public Policy

Source: Devpolicy

It can be and has been argued that improvements in human welfare achieved over the last few decades have been purchased, at least in part, on credit—that the net gain is less than it seems, perhaps even negative, given the scale of our accumulated liabilities. In part, this is because gains made at the level of households, communities and countries have not been adequately insured against global public ‘bads’—transnational problems whose solution or mitigation generally calls for international cooperation.
Monday, March 30, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO, UNOPS Sign Agreement to Scale-Up Partnership in Africa's Health

Source: Xinhuanet

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to intensify collaboration on sustainable management of health programs and projects in Africa.
Friday, March 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

The 169 Commandments

Source: The Economist

Moses brought ten commandments down from Mount Sinai. If only the UN’s proposed list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were as concise. The SDGs are supposed to set out how to improve the lives of the poor in emerging countries, and how to steer money and government policy towards areas where they can do the most good. But the efforts of the SDG drafting committees are so sprawling and misconceived that the entire enterprise is being set up to fail. That would be not just a wasted opportunity, but also a betrayal of the world’s poorest people.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

Saints Beat Sinners Again for Best Stock Picks

Source: Bloomberg

New Morgan Stanley research shows that whatever sustainability is, it seems to be working.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

What Qualifies As CSR and What Does Not?

Source: Live Mint

Trees in your company campus, jobs for people with disabilities and fuel-efficient office cars may be good for the society and the environment. Continue the good work, but none of that counts as corporate social responsibility (CSR) under the law.
Monday, March 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Not Free Vaccines, Mr. Gates, Just Sustainably-Priced Ones

Source: The Lancet

Advocates working to increase global access to medicines were frustrated by the recent comments made by Bill Gates publicly criticizing Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders, MSF) for calling for reductions in the prices of new vaccines. In doing so, Mr Gates stands by a system of pricing that requires raising billions of dollars in donor funding every year to support it. We believe that a system dependent on raising massive amounts of money to meet arbitrarily high prices set by the pharmaceutical industry is a failed system and should be acknowledged as such by donors like Mr Gates. Rather, true success in global vaccination requires mechanisms that can rapidly achieve long-term sustainable vaccine pricing.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing Can Help Foundations Avoid Obsolescence

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

John D. Rockefeller would never have considered abandoning the oil business. But that is exactly what some of his heirs did last fall. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a family foundation with $860 million in assets and a long history of supporting environmental causes, announced it would divest itself of all fossil-fuel investments.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — South Asia

Is Corporate Social Responsibility China’s Secret Weapon?

Source: World Economic Forum

Today, we hear a great deal about Chinese M&A deals, Chinese money and investment pouring into diverse markets, and even Chinese loans being used to bail out struggling economies.
Monday, March 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The Independent

Liz Berwick is a fairly typical saver. The 35-year-old mother of two hopes to put away around £3,000 this year by saving regularly into a tax-free Isa. The question is, where?
Monday, March 16, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Korean Social Enterprises Go Global

Source: Devex

Social enterprises — businesses that prioritize human and environmental benefits equally to profits — are effective vehicles to achieve development goals as their market-based approaches bring sustainability and scalability that are essential to create long-term impact.
Thursday, March 12, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

How The UN Plans To Use Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

Source: Forbes

Several months ago, I wrote a post that was critical of ongoing efforts by the United Nations to renew theirMillennium Development Goals (MDG’s) – to be called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) moving forward. My concern with the plan stemmed from the fact that we have seen incredible progress in areas of international development as a result of innovation, social entrepreneurship and good policy. And yet, “Draft Zero” of the Sustainable Development Goals, did not showcase the learnings of the last 15 years, and instead, seemed like a laundry list of interest-group agenda items lumped together.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ekocenters to Empower Rwanda’s Women Entrepreneurs

Source: BiztechAfrica

Ericsson and The Coca-Cola Company have announced a pilot project to bring mobile connectivity to EKOCENTER, a social enterprise initiative designed to empower community well-being by bringing safe water, solar power and mobile communications, as well as basic goods and services to underserved communities. The pilot project will be conducted in collaboration with Tigo Rwanda and German start-up company, Solarkiosk.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 — South Asia

B Corps movement eyeing expansion in Asia

Source: Eco-Business

Having made some headway in the US – B Lab’s home ground – and Europe, the time may be right to bring the B Corp concept to Asia, B Lab founder Bart Houlahan says.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Moving Africa toward health self-sufficiency

Source: Washington Post

Across Africa, growth rates and the discovery of natural resources are pushing countries toward middle-income status, but their health systems are still too weak for donors to withdraw support.
Monday, March 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Report: Global Sustainable Investing Market Surpasses $21 Trillion

Source: Sustainable Brands

The global sustainable investment market has grown “substantially” in the past two years with assets reaching $21.4 trillion by the start of 2014, according to a new report by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA).
Friday, February 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Morgan Stanley Survey Finds Sustainable Investing Poised for Growth

Source: 3BL Media

Over seventy percent of active individual investors (71%) describe themselves as interested in sustainable investing, and nearly two in three (65%) believe sustainable investing will become more prevalent over the next five years, according to a new survey published today by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. The new Sustainable Signals report examines the attitudes and perceptions of individual investors towards sustainable investing and considers the broader implications for investors, corporations and governments.
Friday, February 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Hennion & Walsh Launches Sustainable Impact Investing Trust

Source: PR Newswire

Hennion & Walsh, one of the nation's premier providers of investment services and an advocate for individual investors, today announced the launch of its SmartTrust Sustainable Impact Investing Trust, further expanding its suite of proprietary SmartTrust Unit Investment Trust (UIT) portfolios. Selected by Argus Investors' Counsel and based, in part, on criteria established by IW Financial, the Trust seeks to provide investors with total return potential by investing in the stocks of companies that meet the Trust's investment criteria including, but not limited to, environmental, social and governance factors.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

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

Source: GreenBiz

Today, Citi, the global banking giant, is announcing its next-gen sustainability strategy that includes an eye-popping number: $100 billion over 10 years for “lending, investing and facilitating” activities focused on mitigating climate and other sustainability solutions.
Friday, February 13, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sustainable Cattle in Kenya Pay Off

Source: TreeHugger

For thousands of years the pastoralist communities of northern Kenya have herded their cattle alongside elephants and zebras, the grass of the rangelands shared between livestock and wildlife in relative balance. In recent decades, climate change, habitat loss, and human population growth have combined to erode that balance, leading to overgrazing and the degradation of the grasslands that both humans and wildlife need to survive.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bamboo Bike Business Changing Youth Employment in Ghana

Source: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

It’s bespoke, beautifully formed, and changing the face of transport in Ghana. The bamboo bicycle is gaining traction in the country and one organization is riding this popularity wave to increase youth employment in the process.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 — Latin America

Viewpoint: Profit Is Not a Dirty Word

Source: PSI Impact

Sustainability is an all too overused word that is rarely linked to the word profit. Yet sustainability and profit go hand in hand. When it comes to building a network of health facilities in a developing country using a social franchising model similar to how business franchises operate; the link between profit and sustainability is imperative. Without one we cannot hope to have the other.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

Unilever Boss Paul Polman Slams Capitalist Obsession with Profit

Source: The Telegraph

Paul Polman has criticised business leaders for putting profit ahead of sustainability, arguing that both can exist 'without compromise'.
Friday, January 23, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

For Youth, By Youth: Creating Jobs, Sustainability and A Future Vision for Kenya

Source: Forbes

Simeon Ogonda’s vision for Kenyan youth is ambitious. He wants to transform young people from job seekers into job creators who build and support sustainable and transparent enterprises. “My vision is to bring up more young people who can develop their own businesses, work hard, and trust that so long as they keep their passion alive, they will not fail in what they’re doing,” he said.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — South Asia

In healthcare starved Assam, Dholmara health centre sets example of super-effective functioning

Source: The Indian Express

The primary health centre (PHC) in Dholmara village in Kokrajhar is run by Dr Atawor Rehman, who doesn't have an MBBS degree, yet is known for being among the best in the district on the scale of management and service delivery.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

10 Things You Need To Know About Social And Environmental Investing

Source: Malaysian Digest

Responsible investing has undergone a radical shift, investors are demanding more of their financial advisors, and regulators are struggling to keep up, say experts.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared

Source: EE Times

UCSD researchers show latest efforts
Friday, November 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Grist

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

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

Source: CSR Wire

The first-ever survey of conservation impact investing reveals a fast-growing market totaling approximately $23 billion in the five-year period from 2009-2013.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bringing Solar Power To Remote Hospitals Is Saving Lives

Source: Fast CoExist

One startup working in Nepal learned that delivering high-quality health care often means having to innovate in unexpected ways--such as building new energy systems.
Friday, September 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Time

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

Experts: Population to Grow from 7 to 11 Billion

Source: Voice of America News

Our planet is home to about seven billion people. Since the 1990s, population experts have predicted the number would grow to ninebillion before it begins to slow down and possibly decrease.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

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


New York, 23 September 2014 - Bank of America today announced a Catalytic Finance Initiative, designed to stimulate at least $10 billion of new investment into high-impact clean energy projects.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: AllAfrica

M-KOPA Solar announced on Friday that it has powered up to 100,000 homes in Kenya and Uganda within two years of its commercial launch.
Friday, September 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Role of Private Sector Investment in Climate Change

Source: Huffington Post

Assuming countries across the world can muster the political will to actually make bold, sustained commitments to ending poverty, providing decent jobs, providing universal health coverage, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, there is still the question of how to pay for it.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Millennials Will Change the Face of Philanthropy

Source: Diplomatic Courier

Millennials are expected to be the core beneficiaries of a coming $30 trillion transfer of wealth between generations, according to Accenture’s report on the “Greater Wealth Transfer.” This will impact philanthropy, investments, and possibly even global financial markets.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pioneering a New Financial Instrument to Help Combat Climate Change

Source: World Bank

To help keep finance flowing to projects that combat climate change, the World Bank and partners are developing an innovative pilot program that allows project developers and financiers to compete in an online auction to deliver the largest number of emissions reductions at the lowest cost.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — South Asia

Climate smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's bread basket

Source: Reuters

Erratic weather, rising temperatures, declining water resources and labour shortages are threatening India's bread basket state of Haryana, forcing farmers to abandon age-old practices and adopt technology to ensure food supplies for millions.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — South Asia

Nepal's entrepreneurs healing blindness among poor


Many villagers are not aware of how easily cataract can be treated or cured," said Suraj Shrestha, CEO at Anthropose, a Nepal-based enterprise. "The thing that appalls me the most is how people superstitiously believe that cataract is a curse from God. This needs to change," the entrepreneur told Xinhua on Sunday.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

CREO Investors Pledge $300 Million for Environmental Impact

Source: Huffington Post

Nearly a dozen wealthy families are announcing today that they have committed to invest a combined $300 million over five years in commercial ventures in the areas of climate, energy, health, food and sustainability.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

These Off Grid Solar Lights Are Made By The Communities Who Use Them

Source: Fast CoExist

Liter of Light works with women's cooperatives to make solar lights from simple parts, instead of sending them solar lights that don't work the way they want them.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nearly Half the World’s Trash Is Burned, and That’s Worsening Climate Change

Source: TakePart

Researchers find that the amount of harmful pollution from such fires may be underestimated by as much as 40 percent.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact investing soars with $12 million green bond sale by Merrill Lynch

Source: Investment News

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management advisers sold $12 million in green bonds issued by the World Bank last week, surpassing what the investment bank expected based on similar issuances a few years ago.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Next Stage of Sustainable Investing

Source: Huffington Post

Investing is no longer about style boxes.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Caterpillar Foundation Announces $11 Million in Investments for Africa's Future Through Water, Energy and Women

Source: Market Watch

Foundation's focus on corporate social innovation helps put people on the path to prosperity
Friday, August 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: Press Release

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

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

Source: Fast CoExist

Giving the city's three-wheeled taxi network an electric upgrade.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bill Gates: Health, agriculture key to Africa's development

Source: Global Post

Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, US software billionaire Bill Gates said Thursday, as he received an honourary degree in Ethiopia.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Solar energy technology for those with no access to electricity

Source: The Guardian

With 1.7 billion people living without access to mains electricity, we look at five solar-powered products that could ease the problems of those 'off the grid'
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

d.light Reaches 500,000th Pay-As-You-Go Customer, Launches Access Initiative

Source: Business Ghana

Company announces strategic focus to scale solar through financing globally
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Next Big Thing You Missed: Bigger, Cheaper Fuel Cells Will Eliminate Power Outages

Source: Wired

General Electric has a bright idea for keeping the lights on even when the electrical grid short-circuits. The 122-year-old company wants to bring clean, reliable, affordable energy to the masses with hyper-efficient fuel cells , and in a rare move, is launching a startup to do it.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Leveraging economic supply chains for extending health solutions to the Bottom of Pyramid (BoP)

Source: Sankalp Forum

Products and services that are of relevance to public health need a supply chain to reach the bottom of the pyramid (BoP). They need to reach the last mile with the least transaction cost and in a sustainable manner, irrespective of the type of money that is involved (investor capital, grant etc). These services and products also need a channel. Establishing a channel for them, with least cost and long term viability has been the challenge to date in a country such as India. It is in this context that it becomes relevant to look at existing market mechanisms that are already reaching large BoP populations in rural and semi-urban areas, where some level of aggregation has already taken place.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

What Conditions Will Bring More Investors into the Sustainable Seafood Sector?

Source: National Geographic

As sustainable seafood markets grow, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs see opportunities for impact-minded investors to make profits while creating positive change in the oceans.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Unrestricted Funding, Famous Alums Fuel Coveted Fellowship For Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

Echoing Green. If you’re apt in poetry or if you just Googled the name, you’d know it was the title of a poem by William Blake that begins with “The sun does arise, And make happy the skies.” That theme of embracing a better world translates to another Echoing Green — a nonprofit that empowers social entrepreneurs, in part by offering what have become prestigious fellowships.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Bank review shows flaws in social, environment safeguards process

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - The World Bank has systemic defects in its procedures to ensure that people and the environment are not harmed in development projects, according to an internal review obtained by Reuters.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPIC: Let’s leverage impact investing to make aid funding sustainable

Source: Devex

Much of the impact investing field has been driven by public sector actors, which have an important role to play both in the way they deploy their capital and the work that they can do to build the industry.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Electrify Africa, Energize Africa and Power Africa: Partnering With Africa for the Long Run

Source: Roll Call

Monday, 30 June, was the first year anniversary of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, the president’s signature initiative for the continent which seeks to expand electricity to address poverty alleviation and economic growth.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nine African countries win renewable energy development funding

Source: pv magazine

The low-income nations were awarded new funding and operational support at the semi-annual Climate Investment Funds governing body meeting.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Echoing Green Announces The Next Generation Of Social Entrepreneurs

Source: PR Newswire

Today Echoing Green announced its 2014 class of Fellows including Global, Black Male Achievement and Climate Fellows.
Monday, June 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cleantech in the developing world: from solar power to refrigeration

Source: The Guardian

For a growing number of companies, cleantech promises innovations and opportunities at the base of the pyramid
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nurturing Startups Trying To Reduce Pollution From Plastic

Source: Forbes

The problem of plastic pollution is so vast, it deserves a business accelerator for startups focused only on reducing all that waste. Now there is one.
Monday, June 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Solar Crowdfunding Platform SunFunder Join’s Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid

Source: Crowdfund Insider

The US Government, under the aegis of the Obama administration, has formally launched Power Africa to increase energy access to those in need in sub-Saharan Africa. SunFunder is one of the founding partners of the initiative and joins an august group that includes another solar crowdfunding platform Mosaic.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

I.D.B. to finance solar energy plant in Chile

Source: EcoSeed

The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a total of $66.4 million to finance a photovoltaic solar energy plant in the Chilean region of Antofagasta.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Four in five investors consider sustainability issues – PwC survey

Source: Blue & Green Tomorrow

Four in five investors have looked at sustainability issues in one or more investment contexts in the last year, according to research from PwC. However, investors also cited dissatisfaction with current reporting standards.
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurs Create 3D Printed Wrench From Recycled Ocean Plastic

Source: Forbes

The Plastic Bank, a Vancouver-based social enterprise I wrote about last fall, just announced it’s created, in the words of co-founder Shaun Frankson, “the world’s first 3D printed item from entirely recycled ocean plastic.” Specifically, they made a wrench.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Africa: Private Capital Fuels Power Production - U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz

Source: AllAfrica

The theme of the energy ministerial is 'Catalyzing Sustainable Energy Growth in Africa'. The 'Electrify Africa' legislation sponsored by Republican Representative Ed Royce, with 117 bipartisan cosponsors, calls for a comprehensive U.S. policy to promote more access to electricity across Africa. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives on 8 May and now goes to the Senate for consideration. What can you tell us about it?
Thursday, May 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global health: Deadly dinners

Source: Nature

Polluting biomass stoves, used by one-third of the global population, take a terrible toll. But efforts to clean them up are failing.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Chilasa Invests in Indian green building products manufacturer Ecoway Bricks

Source: Chilasa Venture Philanthropy

Chilasa Venture Philanthropy, a pioneer in small enterprise growth in poor communities, today announced a new investment to support the expansion of Ecoway Bricks PVT LTD, a manufacturer of environmental building products made from rice husk ash.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tool built to help pick Sustainable Development Goals

Source: SciDev.Net

A tool designed to help policymakers choose the best Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the UN’s Millennium Development Goals when they expire next year has been launched by an international organisation that promotes global sustainable development.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Companies becoming more sensitive to sustainable investment concerns – survey

Source: Blue&GreenTomorrow

US companies are becoming more receptive to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns of shareholders, according to a new survey of socially responsible investing (SRI) experts.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Inspired by a plastic bag’s potential, nonprofit trains mothers in Ghana

Source: PBS Newshour

Friends Rebecca Brandt and Callie Brauel quickly learned two things while they were studying and volunteering in Ghana’s capital Accra: Everyone drinks water out of disposable bags, which end up discarded in the streets, and tens of thousands of children were living on the streets.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pizarro: Santa Clara University puts spotlight on social enterprise

Source: Mercury News

Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg and Graham MacMillan, senior program director for the Citi Foundation, were presented with the first Magis Global Changemaker awards at a benefit dinner Sunday for Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology and Society.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investors Start to Take Climate Change and Other Social Issues Personally

Source: Think Advisor

Spurred by extreme weather and new science bolstering fears of catastrophic events, more investors are taking climate change and other societal issues to heart when they decide to where to put their money.
Friday, May 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Canada’s SkyPower In $5bn Deal For Renewable Energy In Nigeria

Source: Ventures

VENTURES AFRICA – Following an agreement with Delta State, one of Nigeria’s largest oil producing regions, SkyPower, a Canadian power firm focused on solar energy projects, will be investing $5 billion in developing a 3000MW solar-powered electricity facility.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Delhi's air among the dirtiest in world: WHO study

Source: Hindustan Times

An effort by the World Health Organisation to measure pollution in cities around the world has found New Delhi admits to having the dirtiest air, while Beijing's measurements, like its skies, are far from clear.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding could break stranglehold of the 'big six' energy firms

Source: The Guardian

A new funding stream could fill the gap left by the major banks who are refusing to lend to community energy firms
Friday, May 2, 2014 — South Asia

India’s SKS Microfinance Posts First Full Year of Profit Since Andhra Pradesh Crisis

Source: The Hindu Business Line

SKS Microfinance Ltd has posted its first full year of profit after its business took a beating due to the microfinance crisis in Andhra Pradesh.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

Source: HuffPost Green

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

OPINION: How to Keep the Asian Development Bank Relevant in a Changing Asia

Source: Devex

If any economist had said when the Asian Development Bank was founded, that in just 45 years China would become the world's second-largest economy and India the fourth in terms of purchasing power parity, he would have been dismissed.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: New CEO to Join EGG-energy Team

Source: EGG Energy

We’re delighted to announce that Malcolm Wigmore will be joining EGG-energy Tanzania Limited as our new CEO. Jamie Yang, our founding CEO, will remain as President of EGG-energy Incorporated (USA).
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

Opinion: How Rising Food Prices Can Bring About the End of Poverty

Source: The Globe and Mail

One of the world’s cruellest dilemmas is that the great majority of its starvation and malnutrition cases are found among farmers.
Monday, April 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

British student founds social enterprise for electronic waste management in Nigeria

Source: I Paid a Bribe Naija

A student from the University of Northampton has made it his mission to tackle the growing problem of electrical waste in Nigeria by launching his own social enterprise.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

For Super-Rich, Investing to See Dramatic Changes

Source: CNBC

Lots of start-up funding. Crowd-sourced investment ideas. Real-time low-cost portfolio monitoring. An emphasis on environmental and social impact.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Myth of Sustainable Investment Performance Sacrifice ‘Finally Withering Away’

Source: Blue and Green Tomorrow

Speaking to Blue & Green Tomorrow after the launch of the Pax MSCI International ESG Index fund, Keefe explained that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors were becoming increasingly relevant to companies’ long-term financial risk and performance.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet the Women Trading Sudan's First Carbon Credits

Source: The Guardian

Cleaner stoves have saved Sudan over 36,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and earned the country its first carbon credits.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

OPINION: How to Close the Health Gap Between Rich and Poor

Source: The Daily Star Lebanon

With aggressively scaled-up health investments, 10 million lives could be saved annually, beginning in 2035.
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.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Three Recommendations to Foster Development in Africa's Health Markets

Source: Huffington Post Impact

As the CEO of a company that markets portable, power-free medical instrument sterilizers to hospitals and health centers in East Africa, Dr. Bernstein has seen first hand the degree to which people are ready to pay for safe and effective medical care. But at the same time there is a conscious effort to avoid the creation of a completely segmented health system where the quality of care is much higher for those who can afford it from the private sector, and huge portions of the population are unable to participate in the market.
Wednesday, April 9, 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 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Predicting Disease Outbreaks in a Changing Climate in Africa

Source: allAfrica

The IPCC report focuses on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Governments need to 'join up and scale up' on health

Source: Devex

World Health Day is a chance to reflect on the progress we’ve made since the occasion was first marked in 1950. But it’s also a moment to reflect on the huge challenges that remain. One child dying from preventable causes is one too many — but in reality, 6.6 million die in this way each year.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Medtronic and partners are using mobile tech to screen thousands in India for ear infections

Source: MedCity News

In collaboration with a mobile health startup, a design firm and local health clinics, Medtronic is orchestrating a program aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of ear infections and hearing loss in India, meanwhile supporting its ENT business there.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID, Hillary Clinton Launch Global Development Lab for Game-Changing Innovations

Source: Devex

The event will take place in New York, with Hillary Clinton delivering the keynote address, following an internal launch and a USAID town hall discussion earlier this week in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

New climate innovation centre launched in Ethiopia

Source: Energy Live News

A new climate innovation centre which aims to help jumpstart clean technology and climate-smart ventures has been launched in Ethiopia. Called the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), it is expected to help more than 3.1 million people increase resilience to climate change and create more than 12,000 jobs in the next 10 years.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Startup wants West Michigan devices to improve medical care in developing world

Source: MiBiz

Three young entrepreneurs want to leverage the strength of West Michigan’s medical device capabilities to commercialize new products that could help improve care in the developing world.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Food

Source: Fast Company

Newly engineered foods. A TV show satirizing big AG. Farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases. Here are the companies that are cooking up new ideas and changing how we think about our food.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

More Kenyans To Benefit From New Private Sector Healthcare Initiative

Source: Ventures

Excelsior Group’s Foundation and the Kenya Association of Private Hospitals (KAPH) have reached an agreement to improve healthcare accessibility for 30 percent of Kenya’s population. Private sector networks account for more than 50 percent of Kenya’s healthcare providers serving the needs of Kenyans living on lower incomes.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Millennium Challenge Corp. Partnership Will Help PEPFAR 'go local' in South Africa

Source: Devex

The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the U.S. Agency for International Development work together to help strengthen public health systems in South Africa by funding ARV distribution and equipment.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship Applications Open from MIT

Source: MIT News

Applications due April 9 for a 12-month program that provides $20,000 to develop sustainable social ventures
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Financing Sustainable Fisheries With Impact Investments

Source: National Geographic

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

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.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Empowering People With Cooking Stoves

Source: Techli

Imagine spending 30 percent of your income on cooking fuel, inhaling the equivalent of 20 cigarettes daily while preparing meals for your family, and having to send your daughter to collect fuel for hours every day. What sounds like a far-fetched scenario is the reality of millions of people around the world in countries like Nepal, Darfur and Haiti.
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.
Thursday, March 6, 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.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Uganda's Newest Utility: Pay-as-you-go Solar Power

Source: Voice of America

In Uganda, telecom provider MTN and a company called Fenix are gearing up this year for a nationwide rollout of pre-paid electricity, similar to pre-paid airtime, but using solar kits. Uganda has one of the lowest electrification rates in Africa - a continent where some 600 million people are off the power grid.
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.
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Healthcare on the go

Source: Mumbai Mirror

Most of us have been embarrassingly blind to the fact that so many Indians can't see. Or that so many Indians do not even have access to basic healthcare.
Friday, February 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bata targets low-income markets

Source: The Daily Star

Czech footwear maker works with village vendors to sell low-cost shoes in rural areas of Bangladesh, Colombia and Bolivia.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Merck expands its Capacity Advancement Campaign to Mozambique

Source: Africa Science News

Merck Germany has expanded the Capacity Advancement Program first rolled out in Kenya to Mozambique, a move to show its taking Africa seriously.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

West Africa: Breaking the Cycle of Youth Unemployment, Poverty

Source: All Africa

Youth unemployment and underemployment are among the main barriers to development in West Africa, say experts. Not only does the exclusion of young people from the labour force perpetuate generational cycles of poverty, it also breaks down social cohesion and can be associated with higher levels of crime and violence among idle youth.
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.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Filipino coffee queen turns into social entrepreneur

Source: Manila Standard Today

Pacita “Chit” Juan, a champion of Philippine coffee brands, has diversified not only to other businesses, but also to other causes, like creating jobs for the poor.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Healthy food chain helps kids get off the streets

Source: CNN Money

Erik Oberholtzer started the program at a time when many CEOs were focused on surviving the recession. But Tender Greens was in the midst of a rapid expansion. The company grew from $7.3 million and 115 employees in 2009 to $28 million in revenues and 450 employees in 2013.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — 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
Saturday, December 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

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, writes SustainAbility's Lindsay Clinton.
Friday, November 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

Socially Responsible Funds: Should You Bother?

Source: The Motley Fool

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

5 ways to fight resistance to sustainability

Source: GreenBiz

To avoid discouragement and burnout, we need to address this resistance proactively, yet patiently.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

A New Financial Model To Pay For Solar

Source: Co.Exist

The top names in solar are starting to look and act a lot more like regular electric utilities. And that's a good thing for the future of mainstream renewables.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — South Asia

Conference on adapting Indian innovations in health

Source: News Track India

At a time when the western world is going through a crisis of sorts in the health care sector, a conference at the University of Oxford will explore adapting Indian innovations for better health services across the world.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Financial innovation the next big thing in clean energy and efficiency

Source: SmartPlanet

A new wave of innovation is sweeping the energy transition sector, promising to accelerate deployment and cut the costs of energy-efficiency measures, as well as wind and solar generation. It isn’t a technological improvement, like cutting hardware and labor costs. It isn’t a policy mechanism like feed-in tariffs. It isn’t even a new business model, like selling storage services. It’s financial innovation.
Friday, August 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurs and Investors Explore Sustainable Oceans Sector

Source: National Geographic

Early next month, entrepreneurs, investors, and other thought leaders will gather at the annualSocial Capital Markets meeting in San Francisco.
Monday, August 5, 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, July 25, 2013 — Latin America

Brazil's eco-tourists keep social enterprises successful and sustainable

Source: The Guardian

The three–part series closes with an investigation into Brazilian ecotourism and social entreprise success by Iguazu Falls.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

TechnoServe and Nespresso partner to build a more sustainable coffee industry in East Africa

Source: Press Release

TechnoServe and Nespresso are launching a partnership in East Africa to improve the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers while creating a more sustainable source of supply for Nespresso.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

What will happen when the MDGs expire?

Source: New Internationalist

The UN High Level Panel report has a universal focus USAID, under a CC License
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 7, 2013 — Latin America

Argentina builds first-ever solar neighborhood to fight energy poverty

Source: Deutsche Welle

A solar power project in Buenos Aires is providing electricity for some of the city's poorest households. Volunteers are hoping to create Argentina's first green community - one rooftop at a time.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Plan to Bring Sun-Powered Irrigation to Poor Farmers

Source: The New York Times

A proposed system uses mirrors to increase the power of a solar panel and pump water to crops.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Michael Porter unveils new health and happiness index

Source: The Guardian

The Harvard professor, who created the concept of shared value, hopes to bring social and environmental considerations to the top of the policy and corporate agenda
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa ‘needs coherent energy policy’

Source: Business Day

Sout Africa must create a coherent energy policy or it will continue to struggle to rely on power utility Eskom and millions of South Africans will remain in energy poverty, World Energy Council head Christoph Frei said on Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 — No Region Specified

Inequality and accountability key to post-2015 development, report says

Source: The Guardian

Save the Children outlines its proposals for the development agenda after the millennium development goals expire in 2015
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 — Latin America

Paying with 'kisses' as Brazil’s social currencies spread

Source: BBC

Shopkeeper Heraldo Rodrigues da Silva, 55, owns a small store in Sao Benedito, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Vitoria, the capital of the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 — South Asia

Delhi Dispatch: Rice, Wheat, and Water Serve Up Equal Helpings of Punjab’s Wealth and Risk

Source: Circle of Blue

NARAINGARH, Haryana, India — The first rain in six months, and a stout and cold wind whipped at the black plastic covering stacks of grain Thursday morning at the Shivshakti Rice Mill, one of 13 mills surrounding this roadside village about 70 kilometers west of Chandigarh.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 — South Asia

Panasonic lanterns 'to regain market'

Source: BDNews24

Osaka, Dec 10 ( – Electronics giant Panasonic will launch solar lanterns for un-electrified areas in developing countries by early next year as it shifts its businesses to eco-technologies to bring back the losing markets by 2018, its 100th anniversary.
Monday, November 19, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Unilever's Hygiene Brand Domestos To Break Taboo Of The Loo

Source: CSR Wire

LONDON And ROTTERDAM, Nov. 19 /CSRwire/ - Unilever, through its leading hygiene brand Domestos, today – World Toilet Day - announced new initiatives to raise awareness for the global sanitation crisis. ‘Toilets for Health’, a white paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Domestos, gives new insights in the sanitation crisis.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Exclusive Growth, Identified As Boosting Instability in Africa

Source: AllAfrica

In the recently concluded African Economic Conference (AEC) which was winded in Kigali on November 2nd under the theme "Inclusive and sustainable development in an age of economic uncertainty", it was revealed that continued growth that is not transforming into tangible inclusion of youths in the development process may result into instabilities than economic transformation on the continent.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Four African Teenagers Create Power From Pee

Source: Fast Company

A group of African girls have made an engine that runs on a truly renewable resource: human urine.
Tuesday, November 6, 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.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 — No Region Specified

Global co-op leader: Co-ops should be fastest growing business model by 2020

Source: The Guardian

The leader of the global co-operative movement today outlined an ambitious vision for making co-operatives the fastest growing business model by the end of the decade.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 — Latin America

In the pipeline: $300M worth of AFD, IDB projects

Source: Devex

The French Development Agency, or AFD, and the Inter-American Development Bank have signed a three-year “action-oriented” agreement that will expand the two agencies’ development efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 — South Asia

'Over 60 percent of land projected to become urban by 2030 yet to be built'

Source: Business Recorder

Global urbanisation will have significant implications for biodiversity and ecosystems if current trends continue, with knock-on effects for human health and development, observes a new assessment by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
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.
Monday, October 22, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bottom of the Pyramid Business Strategy Holds Sway

Source: Business Day Nigeria

The BOP strategy is right here with us and it is holding sway, but many probably do not know. This is what the case is with several economic practices we get involved in day-in-day-out, which we are oblivious of what esoteric names the intellectuals of this world call them..
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

North Africa: Japan's Unicharm Corp. to Bring Affordable Hygiene Products to 36 Million Low-Income Women

Source: All Africa

New York/Tokyo — Japanese consumer products giant Unicharm Corp. has pledged to bring affordable diapers and sanitary products to 36 million low-income women in the Middle East/North Africa and Asian regions as part of the Business Call to Action (BCTA), a global initiative to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development through the development of inclusive business models.
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.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘The potential is big,’ says green energy entrepreneur

Source: How We Made it in Africa

Socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneur Mshinwa Edith Banzi is the founder of Illumination East Africa (iEA), a Tanzanian-based company that offers affordable solar chargeable LED lamps to predominantly low income earners. These lights have a battery life of between 18-24 months and batteries can be replaced thereafter.
Monday, October 8, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Entrepreneur brings color to the desert

Source: China Daily

A man-made oasis in China's seventh biggest desert, Kubuqi, on the southern bank of the Yellow River, has been the backdrop for several international environmental events this year.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Esource: Cycling solution to gadget recycling

Source: BBC

Our desire to buy the latest must-have gadget comes at huge cost to the countries and people who deal with our electronic waste. But could pedal power offer a solution?
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 — Latin America

Jeff Skoll's Billion-Dollar Plan To Save The World

Source: Forbes

Four years ago Jeff Skoll arrived via small plane in the depths of the Brazilian Amazon region, just in time for the Waura people’s festival of the pique fruit, where he sipped from a bucket of its bitter, bright-yellow brew.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Initiative for Global Development teams with Accenture to develop electricity, connectivity in Uganda

Source: Notre Dame News

The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (IGD) and Accenture — a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company — are taking the lead to empower disconnected communities in northern Uganda by harnessing solar energy to generate electricity for Internet and communications technologies, education and training centers, and new locally developed ventures.
Friday, September 14, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Uganda, Villages Reap Benefits of “Machine” Energy

Source: National Geographic

Immaculate Kongai said she was quick to spot the potential of the Multifunction Energy Platform (MFP) as soon as it arrived in Usuk, her village in northeastern Uganda. Kongai grows and sells sorghum to local beer brewers, and has earned a reputation as a shrewd local entrepreneur. When the MFP—or, as she calls it, "the machine"—first showed up three years ago, she said she saw a chance to "make a lot more money" for her family.
Friday, September 14, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

At UN-backed conference, African officials discuss path to sustainable development

Source: United Nations News Centre

13 September 2012 – Representatives from more than 40 African countries have gathered at a United Nations-backed conference in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss the region’s strategy to achieve sustainable development and come up with an integrated strategy for the region to encourage environmental initiatives.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 — No Region Specified

Sure, We Can Build a Better Toilet. But Will People Use It?

Source: Wired

The Gates Foundation’s plan to build a better toilet has inspired optimism for the future of sanitation in the developing world.
Friday, September 7, 2012 — No Region Specified

Solar lighting: Lighting the way

Source: Economist

Energy technology: Cheaper and better solar-powered electric lights promise to do away with kerosene-fuelled lanterns
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 — South Asia

Institute for sustainable enterprise takes off

Source: Business Standard

An innovative concept to promote green technology and support entrepreneurs to build a sustainable business on this much needed space has taken shape in Bangalore. Indian Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (IISE), promoted by some well known global and Indian personalities has kicked off its operations and is set to launch its post-graduate certificate programme in sustainable enterprise shortly.
Friday, August 24, 2012 — No Region Specified

Will Renewable Energy Be the Focus of Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs?

Source: Ecopreneurist

With the advent of Crowdfund Investing (aka equity or debt-based crowdfunding) will we now see technology merge with social entrepreneurship to solve some of the world’s leading societal problems?
Monday, August 20, 2012 — No Region Specified

SolarKiosk: Mobile Modular Power for Really Remote Areas

Source: GOOD

For those who’ve grown up constantly plugged into the power grid, it’s almost impossible to think of life without an endless supply of outlets, power cords, and technology. But for an estimated 1.5 billion people around the world, power—from cutting and burning firewood to lighting kerosene lamps, paraffin, and candles—doesn't come easy.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 — No Region Specified

UN Unveils Sustainable Devt Network on Global Problems

Source: This Day Live

The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, has launched a new independent global network of research centres, universities and technical institutions to help find solutions for some of the world's most pressing environmental, social and economic problems.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda to develop off-grid lighting


LAGOS, Nigeria, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Approximately 85 percent of Rwanda's population has no access to the electricity grid, leading energy officials to seek "off-grid" solutions. GVEP International, a charity that battles poverty and climate change by promoting access to modern and renewable energy sources, has produced a report outlining investment possibilities in Rwanda's off-grid electrical sector, which includes solar lanterns and solar photovoltaic systems.
Friday, August 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Boyd's power play a ray of light for world's poor

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Almost every entrepreneur says they want to "change the world", but for Australian Boyd Whalan, the phrase is more than just a cheap cliche.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 — Latin America

A Look Inside Pipa, Brazil’s First Start-Up Incubator

Source: Fast Company

Pipa (Portuguese for “kite”) is an incubator, or to be more specific an accelerator, focused on supporting entrepreneurs looking to create long-term sustainable value through business. We aim to support these entrepreneurs in their quest to create positive social, environmental and financial impact, something Brazil is engaging with more and more.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 — No Region Specified

Morgan Stanley and Other Banks Get Serious About Sustainable Investing

Source: Institutional Investor

NO ONE CAN ACCUSE MORGAN STANLEY OF MERELY flirting with sustainable investment products. The April launch of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Investing with Impact Platform and a similarly named firmwide initiative make it one of a handful of banks to institutionalize socially responsible investing.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A promising strategy for SA's development

Source: Financial Mail

By focusing on key sectors, government believes it can reduce unemployment from 25% to 15% by 2020. The priority sectors are infrastructure development, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, the “green” economy, and tourism — as identified in the November 2010 New Growth Path.
Friday, July 27, 2012 — South Asia

Gujarat accepts report on sustainable development

Source: Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat government has accepted the report 'A Solutions Landscape for Gujarat Cities.' The report provides recommendations on how Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara can be supported in their holistic urban planning, energy efficiency and waste water management efforts.
Monday, July 23, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africans Urge China to Help Create Sustainable Development

Source: Voice of America

BEIJING — African leaders and independent groups are pressing China to prioritize sustainable development in its trade with African countries. In Beijing, officials say they increasingly recognize the importance of sound environmental practices for building strong relations with the continent.
Monday, July 23, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rio summit keeps African hopes alive

Source: Afrik-News

African expectations were high for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, the biggest UN summit ever. The conference, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June, was “too important to fail,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the outset. Under the theme of “The Future We Want,” many of the 100 heads of state and more than 40,000 participants demanded ambitious and measurable outcomes to address sustainability issues such as the “green economy,” climate change and so on. Yet when it was over, the “Rio+20” summit left a heated debate over whether those goals had been met.
Friday, July 20, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa ready for post-2015 MDG development agenda – Report

Source: Ghana Business News

A new report has observed that Africa has effectively engaged in the process of defining the contours of the post-2015 development agenda as deadline for the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target draws near.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s CNN ‘hero’: Africa’s high growth rates not felt at bottom of the pyramid

Source: How We Made it in Africa

Evans Wadongo shot to international fame after he was named one of the top ten CNN Heroes in 2010. His project replaces kerosene lamps with solar-powered LED lanterns across villages in rural Kenya. CNN Heroes honours everyday people changing the world. Born in rural Kenya, the 26-year-old electronic and computer engineering graduate is the executive director of Sustainable Development for All Kenya (SDFA-Kenya) where he literally lights up people’s lives. How we made it in Africa’s East Africa correspondent Dinfin Mulupi chats with Wadongo to find out what makes this social entrepreneur tick.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Power to More People

Source: Wall Street Journal

Africa may be about to get a whole lot more power. For years, nonprofits have worked to make lighting available and affordable to Africans who aren't connected to a power grid. But they've managed to help only a tiny percentage of that population, mainly by selling them inexpensive kerosene lamps.
Friday, June 22, 2012 — No Region Specified

In Rio+20, a $175B commitment for transport

Source: Devex

Eight multilateral development banks made an unprecendented commitment to transportation infrastructure during the opening of the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, which runs June 20-22.
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.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 — No Region Specified

CEOs urge Rio+20 leaders to make water security top priority

Source: France 24

AFP - Some 45 corporate chiefs attending the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development on Monday pledged to make water security a strategic priority and called for decisive action by governments.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 — No Region Specified

Low-Cost Solar Brightens Lives in the Developing World

Source: National Geographic

A decade ago, Katherine Lucey oversaw a heavily subsidized $1,500 solar-light installation in the rural district of Mpigi in central Uganda. The 60-watt rooftop solar panel system could power three lights in the four-room, off-the-grid house.
Monday, June 18, 2012 — Latin America

Rio+20: Are We There Yet?

Source: Forbes

No, we are not yet there, but we may be getting closer. On Saturday, the Brazilians took over the once again informal negotiations on the outcome document. The world is fortunate in this regard, as Brazil has one of the best diplomatic corps in the business.
Friday, June 8, 2012 — No Region Specified

CleanStar Mozambique: Food, Fuel and Forests at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Source: Sustainable Business Forum

What on earth is Novozymes, a $1.8-billion industrial biotechnology company headquartered in Denmark, doing in Mozambique, a poor African country (per capita income: $440) where corruption is rampant and more than half of the government’s budget comes from foreign aid?
Monday, April 23, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Environmental Index Could Save Rural Communities

Source: Phys Org

By creating the world's first long-term record of ecosystem health, Chinese and UK researchers have identified where specific social and economic policies have damaged the environment in eastern China. The work shows that wealth generation over recent decades is damaging essential ecosystem services on which the poorest rely - things like food, fuel, and clean water.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 — No Region Specified

Microcredit Is Expanding to New Products for the Poor

Source: Voice of America

We spoke to Ghiyath Nakshbendi about changes in the world of microfinance. He is an expert in international business and teaches microfinance as a business model at the Kogod School of Business at American University.
Friday, March 16, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Finding the Line Between Technical and Political Solutions to Water Challenges

Source: The Guardian

Technology can increase access to water and sanitation; other solutions seem to hinge on policy. But are the two areas distinct?
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 — No Region Specified

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever: Winning with Purpose - A message to members of Business Fights Poverty

Source: Business Fights Poverty

Business has been a powerful force in improving the lives of millions of people on our planet – whether through product and service innovation, job creation or new opportunities for suppliers and distributors. Yet, I believe business can do so much more.
Thursday, February 9, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

U.C. Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Lab Part of White House Poverty Push

Source: San Francisco Business Times

Both the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory above it on the hill are part of a public-private push to fight poverty around the world.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 — Latin America

Empowering the Haitian People

Source: UVU Review

Sustain Haiti is a non-denominational, independent group of Haitians, development specialists, students, social entrepreneurs, and concerned citizens based in Provo, UT. It was created and began sending volunteers and aid to the country of Haiti after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the country in January of 2010.
Friday, July 15, 2011 — South Asia

Fairfax Enters India to Invest in Local Firms


Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd, a $30 billion (Rs.1.3 trillion)-plus diversified financial services company that owns stakes in Kraft Foods Inc. and Dell Inc., is entering India to invest in listed and unlisted Indian companies, a senior company official said. It will buy both minority as well as controlling stakes. Founded by Indian-born Prem Watsa , 61, popularly known as the Warren Buffett of Canada, Fairfax has appointed Harsha Raghavan, former India head of private equ...
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