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Abraaj’s long-term strategy, Calvert does syndication, benchmarks for real assets

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Arif Naqvi takes global financiers to task at the Milken Institute Global Conference. The founder of Abraaj Group, the $10 billion private equity firm headquartered in Dubai, has been trying for years to break investors of their short-term mindset. Now he has the short-hand to make them see what

Milken’s impact disruption, Starbucks’ gender pay (non)gap, a second look at Ford’s big shift…

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original The impact disruption hits the Milken Institute Global Conference. The $12,500 ticket (at the low-end) kept away most customers, workers, citizens and millennials. But such stakeholders were on the minds, or at least the lips, of the heavily male global financiers and power brokers “at Milken” in Beverly Hills this week. The customer

Blockchain startups make it cheaper to send money across borders

First came mobile phones and digital money. Now comes blockchain and digital-only currencies to further cut costs of cross-border remittances. A new crop of startups are taking aim at the $429 billion remittance market dominated by Western Union and MoneyGram, and in particular their high fees — an average of 7.45 percent per transaction (to be fair,

Impact investment and philanthropy are no substitute for federal affordable-housing funds

Lack of affordable housing isn’t just a gripe among residents in hyper-expensive markets like San Francisco; it is a problem in every U.S. county, according to a report by the Urban Institute. A rise in private and philanthropic investment strategies targeting preservation and new construction of affordable housing is helping low and middle income families

Acumen aims to bridge the pioneer gap for off-grid energy startups

Acumen launched has launched its Pioneer Energy Investing Initiative with a $5 million grant from the IKEA Foundation. The initiative is seeking to catalyze private investment in off-grid energy by backing early-stage energy companies. “Ecosystem support” and technical assistance will help startups overcome the immaturity of the market and lack of access to resources. Acumen

Sepalika raises seed funds to promote healthy lifestyles in India

Mumbai-based health portal Sepalika has raised $750,000 in seed funding from Accel Partners. Sepalika launched last March as a source of online help for Indians suffering chronic health conditions like diabetes, obesity and heart disease, as well as prescription drug abuse. Its focus is on helping people make lifestyle changes and healthy choices to curb

SoftBank joins Alibaba to back One97’s digital payments platform in India

Japanese telecom company SoftBank is teeing up a $1.9 billion investment in Indian mobile services firm One97 Communications. The expansion of One97’s Paytm digital payments platform is part of the extension of financial services to India’s growing middle class. The cash deal would give SoftBank a 20 percent stake in the firm. China’s Alibaba owns a