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Islamic financing for the Sustainable Development Goals

The 57 member countries of the the Islamic Development Bank account for 40 percent of the world’s poor. Islamic finance emphasizes risk-sharing, connection to real economic activities, and inclusiveness. Thus, it would seem to be a short step to turn Islamic-managed assets, set to grow from $2 trillion to $3.2 trillion by 2020, toward financing

The five skills you need to thrive in 2030

“It’s the cliched hope of the paranoid parent that teaching Chinese will best prepare kids for a future of different power structures in geopolitics,” futurist Tom Goodwin writes in GQ. “But is that essential in a world of Google Translate?” We don’t need to teach kids how to code, he argues, we need to teach

Imagine Boston in 2030

Since September 2015 more than 14,000 Beantown residents have identified challenges, set 2030 goals for the city and pitched in ideas for policies and investments to achieve them. The Imagine Boston 2030 plan imagines a more economically inclusive and climate resilient city. In nearly 400 pages, the plan lays out visions for “dense new neighborhoods

How much money is there in impact investing?

By Dennis Price and David Bank. Think of it as the floor. Actual assets managed by 208 impact investors totaled at least $114 billion last year. Notwithstanding all the asterisks qualifying that figure (see below), that’s the number we’ll see reported for the coming year as the size of the impact investing market. The seventh annual impact

Neighborly attracts $25 million to bring public finance online

Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective and Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale’s 8VC co-led the investment in the two-year-old digital marketplace, reports Fortune. Neighborly connects cities to investors to finance bridges, fire departments and schools. Traditionally, municipal bonds have been sold to institutional investors through brokers and underwriters. Neighborly opens up the $3.8 trillion municipal bond market to

Corporate pension plans are a “sleeping giant” for sustainable finance

“We need to activate the multi-trillion dollar corporate pension industry” to direct capital towards sustainable investments, tweeted Lise Kingo, CEO of the UN Global Compact from the Global Private Equity Conference in D.C. “Corporate pension plans remain a sleeping giant,” Kingo told ImpactAlpha. A new report from UNPRI and the UN Global Compact says half

Michael and Susan Dell commit another $1 billion for social entrepreneurship

Dell founder and billionaire Michael Dell, and his wife, Susan, are topping up their foundation’s assets with a cool billion. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has deployed nearly $1.3 billion since 1999 in grants and impact investments in the U.S., India, and South Africa to improve the lives of young people living in urban poverty. Bucking