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PayGo Is Emerging as a New Payments Solution for Off-Grid

PayGo is emerging as a way for emerging off-grid renewable energy operators to fuel their operations, and expansion, to address the needs of low-income households who remain disconnected from electricity. The solution is being run in partnership with Mastercard Foundation.

Insurer Swiss Re Switches to ESG Benchmarks

Insurance giant Swiss Re is switching the entire $130 billion it holds in liquid assets to index against ESG benchmarks, in a huge move towards principled investments that is certain to sway its industry.

Hippo Roller Modernizes Carrying Water in Developing Countries

The Hippo Roller is a simple innovation that saves women in developing countries from having to break their necks and bodies just to carry water.

New Mars Farmer Income Lab Aims to Address Farmer Poverty

Candy maker Mars is launching Farmer Income Lab to help address the poverty and needs of smallholder farmers, whose output is also critical to the confectionery company's supply chain.

Calvert Closes $5M with South Africa Taxi

Impact investor Calvert Foundation announced a $5 million investment in SA Taxis in a bid to help make public transportation in South Africa more sustainable, and safer.

Supporting Higher Education for Refugees (Blog)

July 24, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

A four-part framework for increasing young refugees’ access to tertiary education. ... read more

Widening Our View of ESG Investing (Blog)

July 21, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

Two strategies that can create greater environmental, social, and governance change than divestment while improving investment returns. ... read more

How Nonprofits Can Drive Healthy Growth Using SROI (Blog)

July 20, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

Social return on investment is an underutilized yet surprisingly flexible tool for making strong resource allocation decisions that maximize nonprofit impact. ... read more

World’s largest pension fund hits responsible investing milestone

Source: On Impact

news.impactalpha.com - Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund has allocated ¥1 trillion ($8.9 billion) to companies that focus on positive environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices. The pension fund has ¥14… ... read more

Warren Buffett Sets Personal Record, Donates Nearly $3.2 Billion In A Single Day

Source: On Impact

forbes.com - Warren Buffett has built one of the greatest fortunes in history, and on Monday he continued his quest to give it all away. For the 12th time, the Berkshire Hathaway chairman has made his annual summ… ... read more

UBS hits milestone in mobilizing private wealth for public good

Source: On Impact

ubs.com - Zurich, 10 July 2017 – UBS, the world's leading global wealth manager, has raised USD 325 million for The Rise Fund as part of a five-year plan to mobilize private wealth for public good. The sum rai… ... read more

Entrepreneurs Are the Same Person All Over the World. And That’s a Good Thing.

July 24, 2017 |Source: NextBillion

Count me among the international development types gravely concerned about the Trump administration’s harsh posture toward foreign aid. As a successful entrepreneur and advocate for bolstering entrepreneurship ecosystems in fragile and poor countries, I have long urged USAID (and similar institutions) to increase spending on seed funds, mentorship networks and accelerator programs for foreign startups. […] ... read more

Managing Trade-Offs Between Impact and Profit – Finding the Formula for BoP Business

July 21, 2017 |Source: NextBillion

The past decade, with the rise of interest in base of the pyramid (BoP) markets, has seen the emergence of an increased number of small enterprises, which provide “basic needs” products and services, training, education and employment opportunities to low-income markets. This large number of small enterprises active in BoP markets is interesting because (1) […] ... read more

From Extremely Poor to Entrepreneur: A Starter Asset Combined with Mentorship Forges Pathway Out of Poverty

July 20, 2017 |Source: NextBillion

Editor’s note: Throughout 2017, NextBillion is organizing content around a monthly theme, dedicating special attention to a specific sector alongside our broader coverage. This post is part of our focus on entrepreneurship for the month of July, and also part of a three-part mini-series on the graduation model as a pathway out of extreme poverty. Click here for the first post; the third post will […] ... read more

India diverts $25 billion away from clean energy fund

July 24, 2017 |Source: Climate Home – climate change news

Revenue raised by a tax on coal was originally intended to support renewables, but a Scroll.in investigation revealed it is being spent on an unrelated policy The post India diverts $25 billion away from clean energy fund appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Climate Weekly: India’s farmers in crisis

July 21, 2017 |Source: Climate Home – climate change news

This week’s top climate change stories. Sign up to have our newsletter sent to your inbox The post Climate Weekly: India’s farmers in crisis appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Indian farmers mourn dead after debt crisis turns violent

July 21, 2017 |Source: Climate Home – climate change news

Six protesters were killed in the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh in June. Meet the bereaved families driven to despair by erratic weather and a tough market The post Indian farmers mourn dead after debt crisis turns violent appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Beyond the numbers: The qualitative research behind our reports

July 20, 2017 |Source: OECD Insights Blog

Tamara Krawchenko, Regional Development Policy Division, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Local Development and Tourism The OECD is known for data and numbers. Indeed, providing high quality comparative indicators for better policy making is our bread and butter. But, what is less known is the extent to which we are a “listening” organisation, and how this […] ... read more

State-owned enterprises, international investment and national security: The way forward

July 19, 2017 |Source: OECD Insights Blog

Frédéric Wehrlé and Hans Christiansen, OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs For most of the past half century, countries around the world have gradually opened up to foreign investment, and with good effect. Investment from other countries has supported growth and development, created jobs and enhanced welfare. Today, as our data show, OECD economies […] ... read more

When Nonprofit Collaboration Actually Makes Sense

July 18, 2017 |Source: Social Velocity

Let’s talk about nonprofit collaboration for a second. Funders and thought leaders often extol the virtues of collaboration among nonprofit organizations as a way to maximize increasingly limited resources. But pushing nonprofits to blindly collaborate, just for the sake of saving some money (“Can’t you all just work together?”), is really doing no one any […] ... read more

What I Learned From My Time Off

July 6, 2017 |Source: Social Velocity

I am back from vacation, and as I suspected it would, the space has given me a new lease on life. I have returned with more energy, more hope, more perspective, and less worry. As I said before I left, I really encourage you also to take some time off this summer. Reject the pervasive […] ... read more

Planning for Nonprofit Success: An Interview With David Grant

June 29, 2017 |Source: Social Velocity

In this month’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with David Grant. David is the former President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and past chair of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. He now consults nationally with nonprofits, foundations, and schools and is the author of The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting […] ... read more

Best ESG communications: Why PKN Orlen won

July 17, 2017 |Source: Articles for topic 'Sustainability' on IR Magazine

Polish oil company met challenge of integrated reporting with touch of finesse, says awards judge With investors upping their focus on ESG issues, companies are rethinking their communications approach to better explain the links between financial and non-financial performance.  For those looking for inspiration, a good place to start is the integrated annual report from Polish oil major PKN Orlen: the company won best ESG communications at the IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2017. ... read more

Shareholders described as more savvy on climate proposals

June 22, 2017 |Source: Articles for topic 'Sustainability' on IR Magazine

Professionals say changes in wording of proposals can influence voting One of the trends to emerge from this year’s proxy season has been the growing success of climate change-based shareholder resolutions – and speakers on a KPMG webinar this week attributed that success in part to more effective phrasing.Environmentally conscious shareholders are learning how to catch the attention of large institutional investors by adapting the words used in the resolutions they file for AGMs, ac ... read more

Why German IROs are fielding more ESG questions

June 19, 2017 |Source: Articles for topic 'Sustainability' on IR Magazine

Audio interviews from DIRK’s annual conference  Gundolf Moritz of Mirnock Consulting explains why German companies are fielding more questions from investors about ESG issues. ... read more

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Selected Events

GSG Impact Summit
July 10-11, 2017
Chicago, US
Organizer: GSG Impact
Crowd Invest Summit 2017
September 6-7, 2017
Los Angeles, CA USA
Organizer: CIS LLC
SOCAP 2017
October 10, 2017
San Francisco, CA USA
Organizer: SOCAP
The Oxford Social Finance Programme
November 6, 2017
Oxford, UK
Organizer: University of Oxford Saïd Business School
Source: The GIIN

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