March 2016

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Partnership financing catalyses capital for African countries

The Huffington Post reports on the role of a public-private partnership partnership between USAID and Ecobank, one of the largest pan-African banks. Whilst partnership has become a bit of a development financing buzz word of late, USAID's approach is certainly not new - they have been providing...

Climate fears drive car maker’s woes

A recent report published by CDP (previously Carbon Disclosure Project) has found that global car makers are subject to increasing scrutiny about their emissions following the VW scandal last year. The report, which looks at the top 15 car makers globally, contrasts the woes of seven automakers,...

Insights for social entrepreneurs

This week I wrote the final segment in my investment readiness blog series for Pioneers Post. The question: How exactly can social entrepreneurs translate their vision into an investable proposition? The blog draws upon my experience at social investment intermediary Numbers for Good as well as insights...

Critical voices on social impact bonds

A number of third sector news outlets have taken a critical view on social impact bonds (SIBs) in recent weeks. Firstly, following the announcement of two new children and family focused SIBs in the USA, Non Profit Quarterly explored some of the pros and cons of social...

Who runs the world? Girls!

Impact investors are listening to the wise wise words of Beyonce and embracing the positive influence of women as investors, advisors and executives. Gender lens investing has become something of a buzzword in impact investing over the last year but last week saw a plethora of...

Refocusing impact investing in African countries

A recent article by the Stanford Social Innovation Review has argued that impact investing in African countries needs to be refocused towards earlier stage organisations. The author cites a large mismatch between investors' expectations and market realities. The key difficulty? There simply aren't enough well-established high impact companies...

Development finance: why less cash is better

NextBillion, the online news site for all things related to development financing, posted an interesting read this week about the benefits of digital transfers over cash. Whilst the benefits of digital innovation in financial products have long been touted as a means to reduce poverty...