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From Margins to Mainstream: World Economic Forum Tackles Impact Investing

From the folks who brought us Davos comes a new report that cautiously concludes that impact investing is ready to break out from its niche and capture the imagination — and the assets — of mainstream institutional investors. The World Economic Forum used its access to senior decision-makers and portfolio managers of pension funds, insurance

Financing Sea Grass Restoration with Carbon Credits

Sea grass restoration helps halt erosion and arrest habitat loss. And sea grass meadows may also be one of best carbon investments around. That suggests an economic model for seagrass restoration projects and a win-win for the oceans – by sequestering carbon, seagrass may slow ocean acidification. The world’s seagrass meadows have declined significantly over

Unitus Seed Fund: Seeding Startups at the Base of India’s Pyramid

A team of technology veterans has raised $8 million for one of the first funds making early-stage investments in companies meeting the basic needs of low-income customers at the base of India’s economic pyramid. The commitments, including from billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, will launch the Unitus Seed Fund, which is looking for startups providing

Risk and Reward in Taking On Homelessness and Recidivism

Shifting the risk for delivering measureable social progress from government to private investors is supposed to be one of the key features of “social impact bonds,” a promising new way to finance programs tackling nitty-gritty challenges such as homelessness and prison recidivism (see “How Financial Innovation Can Save the World”). But investors have been wary