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Financial Gap or Opportunity of a Lifetime?

One year after the adoption of the U.N. Sustainable Development goals, it’s time for global investors and asset managers with $70 trillion under management to “commit capital to impact investing efforts aimed at meeting the SDGs.” So says Amit Bouri, head of the Global Impact Investing Network, a consortium of asset owners and managers that are

Call to Action: Align Global Assets with Global Goals

One year after the adoption of the U.N. Sustainable Development goals, it’s time for global investors and asset managers with $70 trillion under management to “commit capital to impact investing efforts aimed at meeting the SDGs.” So says Amit Bouri, head of the Global Impact Investing Network, a consortium of asset owners and managers that are

Neglected No More: Nudging Biotech Startups to Tackle Diseases of the Developing World

It was a game of cat and mouse — a very special mouse. The mus musculus in question was a transgenic laboratory mouse that researchers coveted for its human-like immune-system response. The cat was the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which after several unsuccessful attempts was determined to secure a supply of the mice to advance research

Thinking Long Term About the Impact Investing Marketplace

Why do we think impact investors will become increasingly active in backing solutions to global challenges? Because those investments represent some of the greatest wealth generating opportunities of our time. The trillions in investments needed to stave off the catastrophic effects of climate change, for example, will also underwrite the rebuilding of a new, clean

#Shifts August: New Theses, Markets and Signals Guiding Impact Investors

Welcome to #Shifts, ImpactAlpha’s monthly roundup of the ideas and trends driving impact investing. In this edition: New funds are targeting access to water and sustainable supply chains; India’s large, fragmented tailor industry and the U.S.’s insufficiently diverse supply chains are attracting investor capital; and why financial inclusion and well-being are inextricably linked. #Shifts happen. THESES:

Banking on the Poor: Using the Off-Grid Solar Revolution to Unlock Low-Income Credit in Africa

The convergence of low-cost solar technology, nearly ubiquitous mobile phones, and increasingly robust systems for mobile payments has unleashed a wave of entrepreneurship and investment across Africa and Asia. Off-grid solar electric systems are leapfrogging decrepit utility grids in much the same way as mobile phones leapfrogged landlines. And solar power is just the start

Can this philanthropic investment model help close climate innovation’s “valley of death”?

For venture capitalists, the urgency of climate action has been no match for the urgency of reaping returns from their investments before the end of their 10-year funds. That has made venture capital a poor fit for many promising climate-change solutions, many of which may not pay off for a decade or more. And that has