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  • Microfinance leaders get feisty

    This week saw something of a Twitter spat between microfinance leaders Rupert Scofield (head of microfinance institution FINCA) and Dean Karlan (founder of Innovations for Poverty Action). The debate was seemingly sparked by an article published in the Independent newspaper in which Scofield suggested that microfinance was an effective tool to......

  • UK company achieves successful crowdfunding exit

    We recently covered a number of successful repayments for charity bond and social impact bonds. Also in the news recently, is the successful exit for crowdfunders who had an equity investment in E-Car Club, a social enterprise that offers electronic car sharing schemes. The exit, reported to......

  • What about failure?

    Next Billion, the news site advocating development through enterprise, have published an interview with Daniel Izzo about his experience as co-founder of Vox Capital, a Brazilian impact investing firm. Izzo raises the point of a dual risk of failure in impact investing: the risk that the......

  • OpEd: Socially Responsible Banking

    Whilst many of our readers seek to transition from their ‘traditional finance’ careers into more socially- or environmentally-oriented roles, others seek to integrate sustainability into their mainstream organisations. This week saw the Huffington Post publish an OpEd by Bertrand Gacon, a banker who helped shape both BNP and Lombard......

  • Impact investments repaid

    Recent weeks have seen a number of impact investments repaid, an important mile stone in a young and innovation-oriented sector. Scope, a UK disability charity, have repaid their £2 million charity bond, the funds from which have been used to open 20 new shops and......

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