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Investor demand makes France’s Green OAT the largest green bond ever

Climate Finance The French government raised $7.5 billion, more than double its planned $3.2 billion, on a 2039 bond to fund energy efficiency, solar roads, biodiversity protection and renewable energy research. The 1.75 percent, 22-year “Obligation assimilable du Tresor” is one of the longest green bonds ever issued (the World Bank issued a 30-year, €30

Gates Foundation makes a bet on chickens and farmers in Africa

“It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens,” Bill Gates wrote on his blog last summer. “In fact, if I were in their shoes, that’s what I would do — I would raise chickens.” The notion of the billionaire musing on living on less

Community Development Trust invests to preserve affordable housing in rural California

Housing has become a hot topic among impact investors (have a listen to ImpactAlpha’s podcast, “Sustainable Housing: What’s the Impact When Private Equity Moves In?”). A $16 million deal between CDT and Southport Financial Services will preserve three buildings in Yuba County north of Sacramento and keep them affordable for families earning less than 50 percent

Fossil-fuel divestment is not just prudent asset-management. It’s the law.

Climate Finance The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund could soon be required to divest from fossil fuels. The Irish Parliament voted 90 to 53 to pass a bill requiring its public investment fund to divest its €8 billion ($8.6 billion) in coal, oil and gas investments over the next five years. The bill is likely to become

Institutional investors are demanding climate-risk disclosure

Climate Finance Big investors are flagging climate change as a threat to financial security. The latest: State Street, one of the largest asset managers in the U.S. with $2.47 trillion under management. State Street is sending a letter to companies it invests in asking them to disclose their preparedness strategies. The Boston-based firm has supported

Digital freelancing sites bring global youth into the gig economy

In Kenya, 40,000 youths have secured work through freelancing sites like Amazon’s MTurk and Kenyan startup KuHustle. The Kenyan government wants to boost that to a million young people by dispatching mentors and providing free wi-fi and online registration. Globally, 75 million youth ages 15 to 24 are without work; 20 million more enter the

Baby boxes nudge new parents toward best childcare practices

Women Rising New mothers in New Jersey will get a box full of diapers, onesies, baby wipes, breast pads, and nipple cream for breast feeding, in exchange for completing childcare training. Baby boxes were popularized in Finland, where infant mortality rates are among the world’s lowest. They are now distributed in parts of the U.K.,