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Domestic violence as a material risk, Red Cross’ war-zone bond, beyond credit history, denser and…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Mitigating the material risks of domestic violence. Violence against women is pervasive in the Pacific Islands, where the incidence is some of the worst in the world. What would the future of Fiji, Vanuatu or Samoa look like if there were a 50% reduction in domestic violence? And can finance

Fortune 50, Harvey fund, blending finance for health and education, impact MOOCs, sustainable…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Fortune’s Change the World 50. Many of the firms on the magazine’s third annual list will be familiar to ImpactAlpha readers. There’s JPMorgan Chase at №1, along with LeapFrog Investments (5), Ant Financial (6), Unilever (21), bKash (23), Airbnb (31) and Chobani (44). Here’s the full list of 50 companies the magazine

Blockchain for impact, developing the UK workforce, uncommon cacao, after the rains stop (part 2)

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Blockchain, meet the 2030 global goals. ConsenSys, an ambitious Brooklyn software company founded by blockchain guru Joseph Lubin, has launched a $50 million in-house venture capital fund to back startups turning the distributed-ledger technology on global challenges like refugee assistance, distributed energy and supply-chain tracing. The firm already has

Dreamer economics, big biz needs small biz, driving financial inclusion, Asia’s sustainable food…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #TalkingPoints: Dreamers How Dreamers boost the American economy. The Trump administration’s plan to cancel the program that allows about 800,000 U.S. immigrants who arrived as children to stay and work must have been about politics, because it sure wasn’t about economics. The economic case will become clearer in the six months before

Resilience in Provence, ICYMI, affordable housing and education, China’s solar boom

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original On holiday in Provence, a reflection on resilience. Our resident quiz-master, Jérôme Tagger, was in a contemplative mood as he crossed the 2,000-year-old Roman bridge in the town of Vaison-la-Romaine. Memories of his youth in France mixed with contemporary concerns about resilience and preparedness. The town flooded a quarter-century ago, just as

Women rising in Southeast Asia, impact IRAs, financing water infrastructure, smarter Singapore

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Closing the gender capital gap in Southeast Asia. Investing in women pays economic dividends. Yet seven in 10 women-led small and medium-sized enterprises in global growth markets are unserved or underserved by financial institutions. The annual financing gap of nearly $70 billion in East Asia and the Pacific alone is

Can business go high, South Africa’s independent media, globalization and social entrepreneurship…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original From ‘condemn and disband’ to ‘invest and transform.’ Was the mass resignation of the country’s top CEOs from the Trump Administration a momentary reflex? Or the catalyst for collective and purposeful social leadership from business on the grand challenges of our time? American CEOs took collective action to reject Trump’s