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Follow the Women: Introducing ImpactAlpha’s Women Rising

Every day is International Women’s Day in impact investing. Solutions in every domain, from climate to food to education to broad economic inclusion, depend on women’s leadership and equal participation. The remarkable progress of women over the last century sets up a truly huge opportunity in this century to drive progress for all. Women’s leadership

Three priority actions to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030

UBS has identified three priority actions to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. That’s the language of Sustainable Development Goal №5, which the world committed to reach by 2030. A white paper from UBS, however, found SDG 5 is getting only 2.6 percent of total funding for the Global Goals. At that

Healthcare: Beyond the Zero-Sum War Over Resources

For those of you who like your healthcare policy analysis in 140-character snippets, I wrote this as a Tweet storm Tuesday night and have now embellished it with additional details: It’s hard to see the GOP’s proposed healthcare reform as anything but an assault on poor people, especially with the inevitable cuts to Medicaid to

Will electric taxis make China’s air cleaner — or dirtier?

Climate Finance Beijing is moving to phase out gas-powered taxis as part of an effort to tackle its crippling smog levels. Smog in the city is on the decline but it still worst among Chinese cities. To help clear the air, 70,000 gas taxis in the city will be replaced with electric vehicles as part of a

Breckinridge adopts Social Progress Index to underwrite muni credit risk

Municipal bonds are a powerful financial tool for strengthening communities (see, “These social impact bonds have an old-fashioned name: tax-free munis”). By the same token, stronger communities lower bond risk. Breckinridge Capital, a $25 billion fixed-income investment advisor, is using a new framework to reward cities for “inclusiveness.” The 40 indicators account for diversity and tolerance,

Thank mobile money if the world meets the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Touted as a path to financial inclusion, mobile money directly touches at least 11 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, says GSMA, a global association of mobile phone operators, in its 10-year State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money. “A decade from now, everyone, including the world’s poor, should be able to send money to

Will electric taxis make China’s air cleaner – or dirtier?

Beijing is moving to phase out gas-powered taxis as part of an effort to tackle its crippling smog levels. Smog in the city is on the decline but it still worst among Chinese cities. To help clear the air, 70,000 gas taxis in the city will be replaced with electric vehicles as part of a