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
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.
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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.
The three new Laureates deserve the prize in economics in memory of Alfred Nobel. But the award shows how poor the modern economics discipline is in terms of gender equality, research methods, self-examination, and genuine insight into the lives of the poor.
“The risk is that people are branding themselves as an impact investment to attract new investors but in reality nothing changes,” said Marilou van Golstein Brouwers, former chairwoman of the investment arm of Dutch ethical bank Triodos.
A diverse group of 19 multinational companies — including food giant Danone, cosmetics queen L’Oreal and data powerhouse Google — are digging deep to plant the seeds for a global push to protect and promote biodiversity.