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Who cares about impact investing

……Unlike socially responsible investing’s focus on screening out certain types of companies such polluters, impact investing proactively backs a project or firm engaged in an effort important to the investor. An investment could include a bond offering for an alternative…

If you want to scale impact, there is more to learn

Earlier this year Endeavor Insight, the research arm of Endeavor, cited evidence indicating that when faced with tradeoffs between social and financial goals, entrepreneurs who lead social enterprises should prioritize financial goals. Linda Rottenberg, CEO of Endeavor, posting on the Harvard Business Review, came to some pretty punchy conclusions. “If you want to scale impact,”[…..]

Investing in Children’s Nutrition in the BOP

By Kyla Springer A KeBAL street food vendor (Photos courtesy of Thatcher Cook/Mercy Corps) [This article was previously published at Mercy Corps’ Global Envision and NextBillion.  It is republished with thanks.] In the urban slums of Jakarta, young kids are getting enriched, healthy nutrition…

Does ‘the Cloud’ Have a Silver Lining for the Poor? New Sources of E-Transaction Data Hold Promise

Authored by: Jake KendallCan new sources of electronic transactional data improve financial services for the poor?
Financial services companies in wealthy nations depend heavily on data to design their products, segment the market, and tailor individua…

TED’s City 2.0 Prize – A Collective Wish ‘Big Enough to Change the World’

Authored by: Rochelle BeckSomething strange is going on.
December, a month of reflecting upon the year soon to close, usually is a time of bonuses and awards for individual achievement. Magazine covers announce the 100 richest, or the 20 most influenti…

Villgro’s Unconvention 2011: Key Takeways

Authored by: Nilima Achwal and Vishy KurugantiEditor’s Note: This article was adapted from a post on the Villgro Fellows Blog.
The two-day Unconvention 2011 hosted by Villgro in Chennai, India earlier this month brought together some of the brightest m…

Good News: IRIS Report Shows Many Impact Investing Recipients Are Profitable; But More Study Needed

Authored by: Diana Hollmann
Just a few years ago the idea of common indicators for the impact investing space was still abstract and vague. In 2010, the JP Morgan report on the state of the impact investing industry indicated that only 2 percent of imp…