NextBillion’s 2019 Editorial Calendar.

Our 2019 editorial calendar includes three special series focusing on specific issues, trends and challenges in social business in emerging markets. These articles are intended to complement our broader coverage of the sector, which includes many topics not represented here. These series include:

BY WOMEN, FOR WOMEN: LEADERS AND INNOVATIONS IN GENDER EQUITY

From philanthropy to investing to entrepreneurship, women face unique challenges in their quests to make an impact. The #MeToo movement in particular has brought into focus the exclusion of women from power – an ill from which even the social sector is not immune. And yet in spite of cultural and systemic hurdles, women continue to rise through the ranks of impact-focused firms, smashing old paradigms and creating better, more inclusive business models. Do you know of an individual or organization innovating in the name of gender equity – or is this person you? If so, we’d love to share your story in this series. Email kbeas@umich.edu to discuss options, and check out the articles in the series here.

 

SCALING UP WITHOUT SELLING OUT

Wall Street players are becoming impact investors. Inclusive fintech innovations are reaching – and raising – billions. Social enterprises both large and small are scaling up and branching out. The impact sector’s momentum is clear. But as investments and innovations grow, so do expectations – and the risks of mission drift, burnout and conflict. How can social businesses move forward without compromising their values – or exhausting themselves or their teams? This series will highlight innovative thinkers and doers who are questioning old assumptions and discovering new solutions as the sector moves into the mainstream. Do you have a viewpoint to share or an innovative model or enterprise to highlight? Email jamesmil@umich.edu to explore possible coverage, and check out the articles in the series here.

 

NEW FRONTIERS IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

Just five years ago, many viewed the renewable energy sector in emerging markets as the domain of CSR projects and small-scale investments – interesting endeavors perhaps, but nowhere near impactful. That dynamic is changing – fast. Incumbent energy companies are pouring billions into expanding the grid, impact investors are helping startups reach long-underserved customers, and industry players ranging from telecoms to banks are developing new technologies and business models that seek to leverage the sector’s momentum. This series will highlight the innovators, disruptors and intrepid analysts who are pioneering the new world of energy in emerging markets. Would you like to share your insights or highlight an intriguing new model (or an ongoing challenge)? Email seander@umich.edu to pitch your idea, and check out the articles in the series here.

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