Microfinance

Brazil Becoming Toxic For Investors as Policies, Amazon Fires Raise Risks

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Fires that raged in the Amazonian rainforest this year are doing more than destroying habitats and melting glaciers: they’re causing investors and companies to rethink strategies in the country and in some cases abandon business initiatives.  Rainforest destruction and...

Align17’s Georgie Benardete on Investing in the Invisible

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“Is mining the sky a better investment than mining the earth?” This might not seem like an obvious question in the fight against climate change. Landfills, cars groaning out exhaust, and rivers red with pollutants are far more visible...

Advancing the Impact Investing Narrative: Three Takeaways from SOCAP19

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This content is brought to you in partnership with SOCAP. More than 3,000 investors, entrepreneurs and executives convened at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco from Oct. 22-25 for the 12th annual SOCAP19 conference. 

China Leadership Seizes on Blockchain as Tool for Cross-Border Financing and Loyalty Pledges

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China’s Communist Party is the latest cheerleader for Blockchain, the technology underpinning Facebook’s Libra currency, with plans to use it to manage risk and ensure loyalty. Applied in conjunction with artificial intelligence, Blockchain may help in cross-border financing and...

IMF Official Says $500 Billion Needed for Emerging Countries to Meet UN Sustainability Goals

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Half a trillion dollars may be the minimum amount of investments developing countries will need if the world intends to meet the United Nations’ lofty sustainable development goals for 2030.“That’s 15% of total GDP for low-income and developing countries,” David Lipton, first...

Nobel Prize-Winning Research Offers Investors Practical Insights for Addressing Poverty

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Economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer were recognized “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty,” said the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences when it announced the award on Monday. The question of how to fight a...

Leveraging UN’s SDGs As a Guide to Emerging Market Investment

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Key Takeaway: Private equity investors are relying more on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to guide their funding choices in emerging markets, a panel in London said today.

New Metrics ’19 Connects the Dots in Impact Measurement & Reporting

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This content is brought to you in partnership with Sustainable Brands. Sustainability and impact investing are gaining traction with individual investors, larger financial institutions, major CPG brands and tech companies. However, standardized metrics for measuring the impact of those...

EMPEA Summit Considers Ways to Close the $2.5 Trillion Funding Gap in Emerging Markets

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This content is brought to you in partnership with EMPEA. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development estimates that meeting all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 will require between $5 trillion to $7 trillion in...

Frontier Economies Need For Capital May Mean Returns, Impact for Investors

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Not enough investment capital is flowing into emerging and frontier markets despite potential for strong returns and the opportunity to help the world’s poorest communities, according to a recent report from the Global Impact Investing Network.  “Unlocking the Potential...

For Calvert, It’s 2007 All Over Again as Securitization Returns to Microfinance Deals

Calvert Impact Capital veered off the beaten path with its latest impact investment -- buying a stake in a $175 million pool of loans made to fund microfinance borrowers. Calvert, part of Eaton Vance Corp., bought the stake in...

PayPal-Backed Microlender Tala Raises $110 Million to Expand Reach, Products

Microlender Tala, whose phone app-based system has enabled $1 billion in small loans around the world, raised $110 million from a group of venture capital firms that will help it expand in India, hire workers in its markets and introduce products.

Israel’s First Bank in Decades Looks to Help Low-Income Families

Israel’s first new bank in 47 years will be making interest-free and low-interest loans, continuing the social impact tradition of its successor organization. Non-profit lender Ogen Bank, which is in the late stages of the process to get its...
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