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Agents of Justice: The social mobilization is on

ImpactAlpha, June 1 – Agents of justice are agents of impact.  The anger in the streets this weekend is an expression of the manifest injustice of police brutality. And the manifest injustice of the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. And the unacceptably slow progress toward, and outright hostility to, an economic and social system

Blue Like an Orange closes $200 million for Latin America fund

ImpactAlpha, June 2 – Debt investor Blue Like an Orange was founded by former World Bank officials to finance the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (listen to the ImpactAlpha podcast interview, “Blue Like an Orange offers a report card for the Sustainable Development Goals“). It has raised $200 for its first Latin America fund, backed by

Plastics for Change backs India’s informal workers to divert plastic waste

ImpactAlpha, June 2 – Recycling company Plastics for Change sources landfill- and ocean-bound plastic waste from informal workers through a tech platform designed to ensure fair prices for the collectors. The company has raised a $2 million round, led by Mirova Natural Capital, which backed the company through the Althelia investment group it acquired last year.

Mobilizing with urgency: A call to the impact investing movement

The crises we see today — COVID-19, racial injustice and violence, and more —  are far too familiar for far too many people, reflecting decades of systemic failure.  At Amplifying Impact, the Mission Investors Exchange National Conference,  co-chair Lisa Hamilton of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, explained, “We have been allowing far too many folks

ANDE’s Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund awards $1.2 million

ImpactAlpha, June 1 – ANDE’s Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund, backed by USAID and the Visa Foundation, sought innovative ways to bridge the estimated $320 billion annual gap in access to finance for women-led small and growing businesses in developing countries. Eight winning programs, out of more than 180 applicants, will each receive up to $150,000