Agent of Impact remembered: The legacy of I-DEV’s Jason Spindler

  • As co-founder of frontier markets investments advisory I-DEV International, Spindler took early risks on high-impact companies to demonstrate to other investors that perceptions of risk are often misplaced.
  • Spindler was killed in the attack on a business hub in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday. At least 20 other people also died, including members of development organizations Gatsby International and Adam Smith International. Staff of the African payments company Cellulant were still missing.

Can carbon credits and cocao outcompete gold mining and deforestation in Peru’s Amazon?

  • An investment in a project to restore degraded areas of Peru’s Amazon was supposed to demonstrate how the sale of forest carbon credits could be harnessed to finance large-scale conservation and boost the livelihoods of local farmers.
  • Instead, the Althelia Climate Fund’s investment in the Tambopata project highlights how nimble project managers can make such conservation projects work even in the absence of a robust global market for such carbon credits.

Startups are looking beyond venture capital for money that matches their mission

  • Revenues over rounds. That’s the ethos of a growing ‘counter’ movement of entrepreneurs, investors and advocates who are rejecting the high-flying venture capital model in favor of more modest capital that allows them to pursue organic growth and real revenues.

Follow the Talent: Agents of Impact Special Report for Jan. 11

Greetings, Agents of Impact! ‘Follow the talent’ is one of our mantras as ImpactAlpha covers the daily beat of impact investing. Smart, passionate Agents of Impact are driving change within their organizations and across financial markets. In this special report, we recap our daily ‘Follow the Talent’ sections and profile a weekly ‘Agent of Impact.’

Opportunity Zone investors want impact. Let’s help them get it.

  • "Regulations have not yet been finalized. Opportunity Funds are just beginning to close. But our early belief is that large, positive impact for people and attractive returns for investors are both possible – and critical to the success of the Opportunity Zone legislation," write Beeck Center's Lisa Green Hall and Jennifer Collins.

Institutional Shift: Climate risk hits the market and other impact investing trends to watch in 2019 (podcast)

  • This is the year impact investing gets real. Really. That's the thread connecting a half-dozen or so forecasts from Equilibrium Capital's Dave Chen, who returned to ImpactAlpha's Returns on Investment podcast for a New Year's check-in on the progress of the "institutional shift" in impact investing.