Press Release: Impact Investors Growing Increasingly Sophisticated at Impact Measurement and Management (IMM), Even Amid Challenges
The new report, which surveyed the GIIN’s largest respondent pool, captures data from 278 impact investors and 109 two-year repeat respondents. It provides the most comprehensive view of how impact investors assess their social and environmental impact, and the trends that have shaped IMM practices in the past two years.
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Despite the millions of dollars funders spend on it each year, learning remains a low priority within donor-funded programs. Why? According to Anne Maftei at the Mastercard Foundation Rural & Agricultural Finance Learning Lab, it's because these programs are built for implementation rather than knowledge creation. But while this is understandable, it's not ideal – Maftei explores ways funders can make learning less onerous and more useful for their partner organizations.
- Impact Assessment
Tough questions and tougher answers: NextBillion's most influential articles of 2019 – as rated by our readers – confronted some confounding new realities in emerging markets business, and the potential futures they portend. And here are the winners! Thank you to the hundreds of readers who cast their ballots during the holiday period – and especially to the guest writers who shared these insightful pieces.
- Agriculture, Education, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Finance, Health Care, Impact Assessment, Investing, NextBillion Originals, Technology
Press Release: New RCT Reveals That Liberia Significantly Improves Primary School Learning Outcomes in Three Years
A new independent three year study released today shows that Liberia’s innovative public private partnership (PPP) – the Liberian Education Advancement Program (LEAP) – has significantly improved learning outcomes for children across the country.
- Sub-Saharan Africa
How can the private sector advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and what’s the best way to measure the success of these efforts? Those questions were among the topics explored at the recent Sustainability and Development Conference at the University of Michigan. Yaquta Kanchwala Fatehi and Dana Gorodetsky at the William Davidson Institute attended the event, and they share some essential insights on the private sector’s role in supporting the SDGs.
Press Release: Aeris Insight Brings Enhanced Transparency and Accountability to Impact Investing with the Launch of Aeris Atlas and Aeris Impact Management Assessments
Aeris has analyzed and rated community investment funds for 15 years and has developed proven, consistent, methodologies for assessing a fund manager’s ability to manage risk and deliver impact. Over that time, Aeris has built a deep bench of analysts—each with decades of professional experience.
The team at 60 Decibels recently set out to understand the motivations of customers served by off-grid energy firms in Africa. Researchers quizzed customers in Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia about their attitudes and behaviours toward new products to find out who were the early innovators, early adopters or tech laggards. Kat Harrison and Hassan Nasser of 60 Decibels explain the research and how firms can convert ambivalent customers into product ambassadors.
Today, the Center for Financial Inclusion is wrapping up Financial Inclusion Week. The intention for the week was to ask some soul-searching questions about what it means to be inclusive – and about how financial access in the age of fintech can impact the lives of millions, for good or ill. We caught up with three leading voices in the field, asking each of them three key questions focused on what financial inclusion means to them from a personal, organizational and international standpoint.