March 2015

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The Guardian’s ‘Keep it in the ground campaign’

The Guardian's 'Keep it in the ground campaign' continues to garner attention. The campaign entails extensive coverage of fossil fuels and their impact on climate change from multiple perspectives, including ex-scientific advisors to the European commission. The crux of the campaign, a petition calling for the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust...

From impact measurement to impact management

The Stanford Social Innovation Review published an interesting case study this week addressing the changing focus from impact measurement to impact management or, put more simply, a move from typical measurement of quantitative outputs to active consideration for outcomes and additionality. The case study explores the work of Pi Investments and...

Financial innovation in international development

Nesta, the UK innovation charity, published an interesting piece last week on the potential challenges facing financial innovation in development. They highlight five key channels including the risk of 'incrementalism', for example that innovation is not transformative to development but rather works within 'existing assumptions and operating models'. Three...

Ethical Property Company’s approach to creating liquidity

The challenge of illiquidity in impact investments has been a recurring topic addressed by our Happy Hour speakers which is why this blog post by The Ethical Property Company caught our attention. The post addresses the way in which this particular company has tried to create a form of...

Big Society Capital releases its policy manifesto

Big Society Capital, the UK social investment bank, has published a report "Better Finance, Better Society" to set out their strategic priorities for the social finance section leading in to, and beyond the 2015 general election. The report identifies four policy priorities, the first of which is empowering individuals to...

Conclusions from the World Bank Forum on Microcredit

NextBillion, the enterprise and development website, reported this week on the World Bank's recent forum on Microcredit and its impact. The forum comes as a number of researchers have called into question the impact that micro finance has on those in poverty that it purports to benefit. NextBillion...

The slippery slope of impact investing

In contrast to HuffPost's optimism on the role of Millennials in Impact Investing, Forbes wrote in a more cautious tone this week in their article "The Slippery Slope of Impact Investing". The main warning? When a sector gains as much rapid attention as the impact sector has,...

Will Gen Y’s attitude toward risk help or hurt impact investing?

The Huffington Post blogged this week about a topic close to our hearts, Millennials and impact investing. The piece addresses that Millennials' are more likely than other generations to be 'purpose' driven and that this, combined with the wealth transfer that this generation will receive from older generations,...