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How a mandate for impact in emerging markets helped the IFC outperform the S&P 500

Investors often meet skepticism when they say that they can make money while doing good. A new analysis of every equity investment International Finance Corporation has ever made validates this notion, especially when capital is scarce. IFC, the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group, is one of the longest-standing equity investors in emerging markets

Matthew Patsky: Finding my tribe in an unexpected place

Most middle-school-aged children are focused on their small life bubble: impressing their friends with their new sneakers or making sure they do their math homework on time. When I was young, I realized that I was a little different from most children. Instead of coming home from work yielding comic books, my father, who worked

Digging deeper to root out racism in investment portfolios

Investors need to build a broader toolbox for advancing racial justice.  To do that, we need to experiment with strategies that demonstrate what a total racial justice approach looks like.  Since the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent demonstrations, many investors are considering the ways in which they can mitigate racial justice. However, they

Weathering the Storm: COVID-19 lessons from social entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia

No matter where you are in the world, if you work somewhere in the entrepreneurial ecosystem – entrepreneur, investor, support organization – your life has unavoidably changed in recent months. You likely spend a lot more time on a webcam and a lot less time “grabbing coffee” or hopping on a plane to meet partners.

Trade finance provides ‘systemic liquidity’ to emerging-market businesses in COVID crisis

Development Finance Institutions have announced more than $12 billion in trade-related COVID-response initiatives as of early July. Impact investors are not active in this market.