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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.

Leapfrogging Toward Success in Education (Blog)

September 22, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

A new approach to addressing skills uncertainty and inequality across the globe. ... read more

Sustainable Investments Are Not Always What They Seem (Blog)

September 21, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

Investors need to better educate themselves about the local context in which their funds are deployed. ... read more

Reframing Education Change in India (Blog)

September 20, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

Improving learning outcomes in India requires that funders and social purpose organizations shift to working on the entire educational ecosystem rather than focused interventions. ... read more

IntelleGrow launching US$31M venture debt fund to invest in social enterprises

September 8, 2017 |Source: On Impact

nextbillion.net - Mumbai-based IntelleGrow — a non-banking financial company (NBFC) which provides debt for working capital needs of early-stage, high-risk SMEs, typically, in the social impact sector — is launching a…Tweeted by @NextBillion https://twitter.com/NextBillion/status/906075888353243136 ... read more

How to Play the Long Game Amid Rising Short-Termism

Source: On Impact

bthechange.com - Emmanuel Faber, the CEO of Danone, may be onto something. And what he’s onto might be useful to any CEO of a public company — or pre-IPO unicorn — who wants to build long-term value amid the rising s… ... read more

Impact Management: How the right data can drive performance for people and the planet

Source: On Impact

news.impactalpha.com - Our vision is a world where all investors and enterprises collect useful information about their material effects on people and planet and therefore improve performance. So far in this Operation Impa… ... read more

A New Era of Farming: Unlocking Innovations for Smallholders Via Non-Traditional Finance

September 22, 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 agriculture for the month of September.   While the estimated 500 million farmers worldwide make up 6 percent of the global population, they play a vital role in the global economy, producing food for […] ... read more

Designing a Mobile Wallet for Nonliterate People: A Beginner’s Guide

September 21, 2017 |Source: NextBillion

There are approximately a billion adults in the world who can’t read or write. Yet, they are often successful participants in a thriving economy. Illiterate people comprise what is known in many parts of the world as the “oral” population, which uses a wide range of tools like speech, pictures, tally, cash, etc., for processing […] ... read more

Ag Stigma Be Damned: Flipping the Script for Young People, Farming and Investment

September 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 agriculture for the month of September.   Close your eyes, and imagine that you’re a young man or woman living in one of the world’s many farming communities. Perhaps you’re the daughter of generations […] ... read more

Climate Weekly: Fiji sets out Pacific COP vision

September 22, 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: Fiji sets out Pacific COP vision appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Climate-hit Bangladesh struggling to access UN green funds

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

Developing country institutions lack capacity to meet the Green Climate Fund's heavy paperwork demands, experts say at Dhaka conference The post Climate-hit Bangladesh struggling to access UN green funds appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Fiji’s climate leadership: ‘We are all in the same canoe’

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

Prime minister Frank Bainimarama urged leaders in New York to look beyond narrow self-interest as he outlined plans for COP23 climate talks presidency The post Fiji’s climate leadership: ‘We are all in the same canoe’ appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Beer, conflict and compensation: Heineken-Congo agreement

September 15, 2017 |Source: OECD Insights Blog

Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct Heineken’s agreement with Congolese workers sets excellent example of dispute settlement on responsible business conduct. Doing business in conflict areas is challenging for everyone, whether you are talking about mining or even brewing beer. In 2015 a group of 168 former workers of […] ... read more

A portrait of family migration

August 1, 2017 |Source: OECD Insights Blog

Jonathan Chaloff and Friedrich Poeschel, OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Migration is all over the news in Europe, North America and Australia. When people think about migration, they tend to picture either refugees driven to undertake dangerous journeys in order to escape threatening situations or people coming to a new country to […] ... read more

Why I’m Taking a Small Break From The Blog

September 14, 2017 |Source: Social Velocity

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting to the blog as often lately. There is a good reason for this, and I want to share it with you, since you all have been such wonderfully loyal and engaged readers. I launched the Social Velocity blog in September of 2008, nine years ago this […] ... read more

Creating Honest Conversations Between Nonprofits and Funders: An Interview With Eric Weinheimer

August 29, 2017 |Source: Social Velocity

In today’s Social Velocity blog interview, I’m talking with Eric Weinheimer, President and CEO of Forefront, the only regional association that represents grantmakers, nonprofits, advisors, and social entrepreneurs. With 1,100 members in Illinois, Forefront provides education, advocacy, and research, and mobilizes its members around issues that are important to the nonprofit sector. Prior to his current […] ... read more

The Right Questions to Ask A Potential Board Member

August 24, 2017 |Source: Social Velocity

Recently, fundraising maven Kay Sprinkel Grace wrote a post on the GuideStar blog outlining four questions to ask prospective board members when interviewing them for board positions. While I heartily agree with her that nonprofit leaders should institute and follow a rigorous due diligence process in recruiting new board members (rather than just shoving anyone […] ... read more

Three socially responsible ETFs to be listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange

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

Gender diversity currently one of the biggest ESG themes  Japan Exchange Group has approved the listing of three socially responsible exchange-traded funds (ETFs) created by Daiwa Asset Management on Tokyo Stock Exchange. The ETFs, which will be listed on September 26, are the Daiwa ETF MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index, the Daiwa ETF MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index, and the Daiwa ETF FTSE Blossom Japan Index. The Empowering Women Index ETF is tied to the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Ind ... read more

Global IR practice: ESG communications

September 7, 2017 |Source: Articles for topic 'Sustainability' on IR Magazine

IR Magazine investigates how IR departments conduct ESG communications through a survey of IR professionals There can be no doubt that ESG issues are a growing focus for investors. Global sustainable investment grew by 25 percent between 2014 and 2016 to $22.89 tn, according to the most recent report from the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance.That follows a 65 percent increase between 2012 and 2014. The proportion of SRI assets compared with all managed assets now stands at more than 25 per ... read more

NLMK IRO: ‘ESG lacks a clear common language’

September 6, 2017 |Source: Articles for topic 'Sustainability' on IR Magazine

Sergey Takhiev, head of IR at Russian steel company NLMK Group, describes the extent to which ESG is being discussed with investors  Are IROs dealing adequately with ESG interest from investors?From the outset, NLMK’s IR team has been responsible for preparing Global Reporting Initiative reports, and this certainly helps to satisfy the needs of our investors for information on ESG issues. When we conducted perception studies during the last decade, we included questions on the company ... 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
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