An Investable Proposition: Preview of the 2016 Conservation Finance Conference

Quick quiz: Do you know what “REDD+” stands for? You will soon. Conservation finance is sure to be one of 2016’s hot topics. Already, reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (or REDD+) is gaining momentum as a result of the Paris climate accords, at which forests were an unexpected centerpiece. As our friends at

After Paris: How Can Impact Investors Play the New Carbon Economy? (podcast)

Climate-change deniers seem to be shifting from “It’s not real,” to “It’s too late,” as suggested by a recent Wall Street Journal editorial. But even the Journal allowed “What will help is human invention and the entrepreneurial spirit.” So can’t we all just get on with meeting the trillion-dollar challenge and seizing the opportunities for a

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow for Dec. 17, 2015: Weekly Roundup of Impact Investments

This week: “Sapphire” invests first $10 million in LatAm financial services; Leapfrog’s assets leap over $1 billion with OPIC investment; and the Calvert Foundation backs Medical Credit Fund’s strategy for financing developing-world health clinics. “Sapphire” Fund invests $10 million in LatAm financial inclusion. The new SFRE fund has made its first investments, committing just under $10 million in

Debating Mark Zuckerberg’s Bold Bet on an Un-Foundation (podcast)

A couple announcing the creation of a new legal structure a week after the birth of their first child usually does not draw global headlines. But the launch of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, LLC, continues to reverberate. In this week’s Returns on Investment Podcast*, I am joined by Imogen Rose-Smith, senior writer at Institutional Investor,

Net Gain: Bureo Collects Fishing Nets, Creates Skateboards, Fights Pollution

Ben Kneppers paused as he strolled around a music festival in Santiago, Chile. In front of him was a booth where local kids could repair damaged skateboards, making them ride-able again rather than throwing them away. Kneppers, an environmental consultant originally from Massachusetts, was impressed by the project. And as an avid boarder himself, he admired

DealFlow Dec. 4-10, 2015: ImpactAlpha’s Roundup of Investments, Raises and Exits

This week: Omidyar’s alternative to bitcoin, ImpactAssets’ new notes and a $15 million boost for a UK social enterprise that provides transit services in disadvantaged areas of London. Omidyar Backs Banks’ Alternative to Bitcoin. Secure digital currency could dramatically lower the costs of financial services for the poor, making eCurrency Mint an impact investment for Omidyar Network, the

New York Pension Fund Tips $3.5 Billion Toward “Low Carbon Future”

It’s time to start tallying up the billions that major institutional investors are betting on the low-carbon economy. New York State’s $183.5 billion Common Retirement Fund will double its $1.5 billion sustainable investment program and commit $2 billion to a new index “that will exclude or reduce investments in companies that are large contributors to