Is impact investing a tool to keep good-doers busy or a tool to transform the world? The Economist’s Matthew Bishop put this question to a panel of impact investing professionals at SOCAP/Europe. Unsurprisingly, the panel’s unanimous answer was: Impact investing is here to change the world, but first there are key decisions to settle.
BANGALORE, India-As General Electric Co. assessed the lingering impact of the global financial crisis, it saw that some emerging markets-chief among them India-had come through the trauma better than the developed world. The Fairfield, Conn., company has been in India for more than a century, but it revamped its operations there only a few years ago to tap into the country’s large consumer m...
- South Asia
In the final post of a wide-ranging interview, Mary Ellen Iskenderian, president and CEO of Women’s World Banking, discusses expansion at the organization to include multi-product servcies to individuals and explains why consolidation in would benefit the microfinance sector in the long term.
Since its inception in 2008, Piramal Group’s initiative Piramal eSwasthya has worked to "democratize healthcare" through scalable and sustainable breakthrough healthcare delivery models. During the past three years, eSwasthya has experimented with telemedicine, clinical decision support systems and village-based health entrepreneurs.
Narayana Hrudayalaya performs 12 percent India’s total heart - more than heart than most hospitals in the world. Yet, by following a lean model that would make Toyota envious, Dr. Devi Shetty and other physicians have radically reduced surgical costs, while mortality rates remain consistently lower than some of the best hospitals in New York.
Scaling social impact and bringing the funds to fuel it are two huge challenges in the non-profit and social entrepreneurship world. As organizations scale, the risk of inefficiencies lurk; while the ability to give in large-scale amounts can cause more problems than it was meant to solve. When should you give big? When should you give small?