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#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

#Shifts July: 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 first edition of the series: investors are looking for startups outside of Silicon Valley, companies creating tech jobs in Africa are attracting capital, and civic tech is an emerging market. #Shifts happen. THESES: Provocative investment propositions World positive companies. Obvious

This Group Wants to Make Impact Investing the New Normal for Wealthy Families + Podcast

Photo by Benji Aird. https://medium.com/media/931686666222591e0bb3ac6897853f11/href At gatherings in Davos and a series of World Economic Forum reports, Abigail Noble has tried to nudge the world’s largest asset managers toward impact investing. Her new goal, as the first chief executive of The ImPact: to tap more of the $30 trillion in private wealth held by the world’s

How the ImPact is Making Impact Investing the New Normal for Wealthy Families

At gatherings in Davos and a series of World Economic Forum reports, Abigail Noble has tried to nudge the world’s largest asset managers toward impact investing. https://medium.com/media/931686666222591e0bb3ac6897853f11/href Her new goal, as the first chief executive of The ImPact: to tap more of the $30 trillion in private wealth held by the world’s wealthiest families for

New Templates Make Impact a Standard Part of Investment Deals

Help is here for investors and entrepreneurs who want to add “impact” to the investment deals they are negotiating. Impact investing is increasingly popular and assets under management are growing. Doing impact investment deals, however, is still a hand-tooled process and often complicated (and expensive). Two new projects aim to equip impact investment dealmakers with