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The Gates Foundation and the ‘last mile’

All Africa, a news website which reports across Africa, recently published an interview with Dr Ayo Ajayi of the Gates Foundation.  Ajayi, who heads up the Africa team at the Gates Foundation, outlined the Foundation's changing focus in it's work in Africa which now emphasises the importance of...

GIIN: Impact Investing in South Asia

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) recently published a report assessing the impact investing sector in South Asia; the report was part funded via DFID which is indicative of the increasing interest by traditional 'development' agencies in impact investing, as well as the UK's interest in being a centre of excellence...

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...

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Yulanda Chung, Sustainable Finance at Standard Chartered

Join us for our April 2014 happy hour with Yulanda Chung, Sustainable Finance at Standard Chartered. Yulanda Chung leads Standard Chartered’s sustainable finance team in London and Singapore, where she is responsible for the bank’s governance procedures on sustainable lending and investments, for advising on environmental...

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Vinay Nair, Acumen Fund

Join us for our first happy hour of the year with Vinay Nair, head of Business Development in Europe for Acumen Fund. Acumen Fund is a pioneer in the impact investing space, providing more than $75 million in patient capital to  70 companies in South Asia and...