3S India: Delivering dignified sanitation through technology and finance

India is starting to catch up to Rajeev Kher. Kher set out in 1999 to tackle one of present day India’s biggest challenges — sanitation. Now, the country is racing to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s deadline for ending open defecation in India by Oct. 2, 2019, Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday. A half-billion Indians still defecate in the

Intellecap: Building businesses for the next three billion middle-class consumers

Markets aren’t built overnight. Neither are companies with the potential to change the world. Vineet Rai has spent the last 15 years building both markets and companies in India, through business advisory firm Intellecap and venture investment firm Aavishkaar. Vineet Rai, founder of Intellecap and Aavishkaar l Photo credit: Journey’s of Change The two companies merged in

Impact Investment Exchange: Building a social capital market in Asia

As one of the first female Bangladeshi investment bankers on Wall Street, Durreen Shahnaz came to appreciate the immense power of financial markets. She went on to roles at the World Bank and Grameen Bank. She launched, and sold oneNest, an e-commerce company that gave micro-entrepreneurs global market access. IIX founder Durreen Shahnaz accepting the GSG

The Reinvestment Fund tests the public bond market’s appetite for social impact

For decades, Don Hinkle-Brown has fantasized about having access to the public markets to raise capital for childcare centers and charter schools, grocery stores and health clinics, energy efficiency upgrades and small businesses in low-income communities. Now, he does, in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Hinkle-Brown is CEO of The Reinvestment Fund, based

Christian Super charts a course for institutional impact investing

Christian Super is not stopping with its 10% allocation to impact investments, which is already impressive for an institutional investor. To the more than AU$100 million out of its $1.3 billion portfolio, the Australian pension fund has committed another $50 million. The kicker: the impact portfolio has exceeded performance benchmarks at a lower risk than other

And the GSG Honors go to… A year of growth in impact investing

Winners draw our attention, which is why awards and contests and prizes have proliferated madly in our attention-challenged world. And so, this week’s awards at the “GSG Impact Summit” in Chicago will draw attention to winners of the first GSG Honors among the growing number of players in the emerging industry of impact investing. But

Letter from Brazil: Collective Action to Help Small Businesses Achieve Development Goals

As the host of two historic UN summits on sustainable development in the past 25 years, it should come as no surprise that Brazil is actively engaged in testing innovative approaches to reach the sustainable development goals. Supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) can be an important part of this agenda, contributing to advances in