Impact Investing in Central America: New Funds, More Support, High Expectations

Promising impact ventures, new impact funds and growing interest from banks, NGOs and high net worth families — impact investing in Central America may finally be poised for takeoff. One place to take stock of the rising level of activity is Antigua, Guatemala, which is gearing up for this month’s second Latin American Impact Investment Forum for Central

Investing in Impact Enterprises: Three Principles for Newcomers to Impact Investing

Most of us enjoy a good burger. But we sometimes feel guilty about the impact of all that beef on the environment. Should we stop eating our beloved burgers? Tech start-up PastureMap has a different answer. PastureMap created an app that helps farmers plan grazing, raise more beef, make a profit, cut carbon – and

#Dealflow 10.20.16: Catalytic Capital for SunFunder, Ummeed, Kiva and Small Businesses in the U.S.

Catalytic capital is, well, catalyzing capital in this week’s #DealFlow. Off-grid solar in Africa. Mortgages for low-income home buyers in India. Financial services for small farmers. Incubators for small businesses in the U.S. (Just to show we know what we’re talking about, here’s a cite to Cathy Clark, Jed Emerson and Ben Thornley in Impact

Q&A with Omidyar Network’s Roopa Kudva

The penetration of smartphones and India’s new national digital identity program (Aadhaar) are creating unprecedented opportunities for the country’s growing number of entrepreneurs, and hence for investors seeking impact as well, Kudva says. Aadhaar, a 12-digital ID number lined to fingerprints, iris scans and photos, is spurring an explosion of financial and other services. Omidyar

Read This if You are Not a Zillionaire: Impact Investing For the Rest of Us

Supply is beginning to catch up with demand for impact investing products for “retail” investors. Ample research indicates that everyday investors increasingly care about the impact of the investments they make. But impact investing products – funds, direct deals, social impact bonds and the like – have mostly been geared to high net worth individuals and

Breaking New Ground in Agricultural Investments in the Caucasus, Central Asia and North Africa

Impact investments targeting the agricultural sector tend to focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, leaving behind other regions of the developing world. To tap these overlooked opportunities, responsAbility Investments AG has been working with producers and processors in the Caucasus, Central Asia and North Africa. Target Markets It’s not difficult to see

#Dealflow 10.13.16:

Dealflow #Dealflow : Tyson Goes Beyond Meat, Bridges Backs Vegetarian Express and USDA Invests in Rural Development Nov. 13, 2016 Sustainable food, animal welfare and the logical (if not always fully satisfying) conclusion, vegetarianism, is rising as an investment theme (have a listen to our recent podcast, “How Bringing Animals Into Impact Investing Can Help People, Too”).