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Happy Hour with Finance Matters and Humans in Finance

Join the Finance Matters and Humans in Finance communities for an end of year happy hour for purpose-driven finance professionals.  This is an opportunity to connect with likeminded individuals from across financial services who are interested in exploring how finance can better serve people and planet. Join...

The meaning of social investment

In a must-read blog post Phil Caroe, Director of Social Finance at Allia, a charity that supports social ventures, writes about what exactly we mean when we talk about social investment. Caroe questions the methodology used by BCG and Big Society Capital which suggests that...

Confused by impact investing?

With the growth of impact investing as a practice, the term itself has proliferated. At first glance this appears positive: more use of the term = more awareness and use of the practice. However, there is also a risk that with increasing breadth of use...

Reviewing the World Bank’s lending strategy

Devex, a media site for Development professionals, recently published an article reflecting upon the success to date of the World Bank's recent increase in lending. The lending increase, aims to support the World Bank to achieve its goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and addressing inequality...

How are global banks managing climate change?

A new report published by sustainable investment manager, Boston Common, finds that the actions of many global banks with respect to managing climate change to be lacking. The report, which covers the largest 61 global banks, was developed following direct engagement with banks on their climate management...

A financial system for sustainable development?

This month the UN published it's final findings on how to build a global financial system for sustainable development, playing particular attention to the role of the financial system in addressing climate change. The advisory panel consisted of representatives from public and private sectors as well...

Social Sector Leaders Gather at SOCAP

This week sees the SOCAP15 conference take place in San Francisco with 10,000 global leaders from social enterprises and impact investing gathering. Ahead of the conference there's plenty of interesting content on the SOCAP site, tickling attendee's tastebuds of what's to come. One of the teaser pieces we found...

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals

With the UN Summit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) nearing, questions had been raised about how best to finance the new goals. Following a development financing summit in Addis Ababa in July of this year, key financing approaches were agreed - one of which...

Introducing the Impact Investing Benchmark

According to a new report by global investment advisor Cambridge Associates and the Global Impact Investing Network, private impact investment funds with social impact goals have posted positive financial returns within about 1 percent of funds that place higher importance to financial gains. According to reports, the...

Work with us to put global economies on path of zero net emissions by 2050

  This is an open letter imploring the leaders of our organisations to work with us to turn back the tide of climate change by deploying the vast human and financial capital at our disposal in support of the long-term goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050. Join our...

Generation Foundation Report: Allocating Capital for Long Term Returns

Generation Foundation, the advocacy initiative of Generation Investment Management, have published a report entitled 'Allocating Capital for Long Term Returns', to follow on from their 2012 Sustainable Capitalism report. This particular report addressees what Generation Foundation consider to be an 'inertia' in existing capital allocation models that they...

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...