$191,919,191 is Obvious, lessons from the Middle East, the inclusive ag opp, ROI podcast takes on…

Greetings ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Returns on Investment Podcast Is impact investing just ‘bad deals by good people’? The new Rise Fund from TPG Growth had ImpactAlpha’s attention even without the star power of Bono, the U2 legend who is one of the fund’s co-founders. The fund has come fast out of the gates in recent

The sustainable ETF boom, Latin America’s growth in growth-stage, global goal progress

Greetings ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Can the boom in ‘Sustainable ETFs’ really drive impact? ‘Sustainable’ is the marketing trend du jour in exchange-traded funds, the low-cost alternative to mutual funds that round-up holdings in public companies into entities that are themselves traded on stock-exchanges. That has made ETFs the fastest growing asset class in impact

KKR bets on Indian housing, Africa’s fintech big bang, meeting 2030 jobs goals

Greetings ImpactAlpha readers! #Dealflow: Follow the Money Leapfrog, Accion back AllLife to expand insurance coverage in South Africa. South African insurer AllLife raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Accion’s Frontier Inclusion Fund and Leapfrog Investments (AllLife was Leapfrog’s very first investment, back in 2009). AllLife launched in 2004 to provide life insurance for the nearly

Catalytic seed funding, a moonshot for U.S. entrepreneurship, making democracy work, feeding China

Welcome back, ImpactAlpha readers! Let’s jump right into #Dealflow. Please send us yours, to TheBrief@impactalpha.com. #Dealflow: Follow the Money Bridges-backed Unforgettable attracts strategic investment from McKesson. File this under “catalytic seed capital.” James Ashwell, formerly with the impact asset manager Bridges Fund Management, launched Unforgettable last year to serve the 850,000 people in the U.K. living

Tipping point for impact?, M-KOPA’s 500,000th customer, financing Myanmar’s women entrepreneurs

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Recap A new consensus emerges around a more inclusive and sustainable economy…It’s always risky to call a tipping point, but the vibe this week among global financiers at the Milken Institute Global Conference is that it has become almost de rigueur to be “part of the solution” on issues like inequality,

Rise Fund investment №2, good jobs policy, tapping growth-market entrepreneurship, New York 2140

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Dealflow: Follow the Money TPG’s Rise Fund’s second deal is a $50 million investment in an Indian dairy. Dodla Dairy, based in Hyderabad, is a 22 year-old company that works with 250,000 smallholder farmers across 7,000 southern Indian villages, many of them surviving on the brink of poverty. The Rise Fund’s first investment

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