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April 19, 2024 | Jessica Pothering

TGIF, Agents of Impact!  🗣 New leaves. Anyone living in a place with four seasons or long winters can spot the moment spring

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The Week’s Podcasts

🎧 This Week in Impact. Host Brian Walsh and ImpactAlpha editor David Bank take up the good news on the good economy, Participant’s lasting legacy, and the signs of change at the World Bank. Plus: an early listen to the electrifying single, “I’m Your Heat Pump.”

This Week’s Chart

Tracking the transition. Energy professionals and policy wonks piled into a midtown hotel in New York this week for BloombergNEF’s energy transition summit. The talk of the town was how the Inflation Reduction Act in the US has spurred private climate investments as much as public spending. By the end of last year, more than 100 new factories had been planned in response to the IRA for a total of $123 billion in new manufacturing investment. Most of that went to batteries and solar. The policy boost is showing up globally as well. Reshoring and "friendshoring" has led to a surge of factory investment in the US, Europe and elsewhere. That’s expected to cut China’s share of global clean tech manufacturing investment to 64% by next year, from around 90% today. Globally, investment in solar and battery factories are outpacing BNEF’s net-zero scenario. “The costs are going to keep coming down, and that will be another accelerator,” said BNEF’s Jon Moore. – Amy Cortese

The Week’s Short Signals

🇪🇺 EU’s impact manifesto. Ahead of June’s European parliamentary elections, Impact Europe (formerly the European Venture Philanthropy Association) and impact investing networks in Belgium, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands launched a manifesto calling on European policymakers to unlock private capital for impact. Among the planks: enable retail investing for impact. (Impact Europe)

The Week’s Deal Spotlight

Deal spotlight: African banks help Acre Impact Capital bridge gaps in infrastructure finance. It’s taken three years for Mauritius-based Acre Impact Capital to reach a first close for its first infrastructure finance fund. The firm is filling a funding gap for African infrastructure projects that are heavily guaranteed by international export credit agencies but still need to prove they can be fully financed before banks will step in (see how it works). African banks, including South Africa’s Rand Merchant Bank, joined the European Investment Bank, FSDAi, Trimtab Impact and family office Ceniarth to enable Acre Impact Capital to fill that 15% commercial tranche of infrastructure project finance. “You want African investors investing in solutions that will improve the continent, and you want the returns of those investments to go to these investors so they will hopefully reinvest with impact and intentionality,” Acre’s Hussein Sefian told ImpactAlpha. 

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💼 See and share two dozen new impact jobs posted this week on ImpactAlpha’s Career Hub and view hundreds of more jobs in impact investing and sustainable finance. Have a job listing to post? Submit it here.

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