How business support helps emerging-market enterprises reach lower-income customers

Beyond Aid is a series from MEDA and ImpactAlpha exploring the new tools for sustainable development. Even small amounts of grant-based business support can help growing enterprises in emerging marketing reach the lower-income customers that need them most. Such enterprises face business pressures to go up-market to higher-income customers. At Mennonite Economic Development Associates, or MEDA,

Neighborly Q&A: Returning the power of public finance to civic visionaries

ImpactAlpha, June 12 – Municipal bonds are literally private investments in public goods, making them perhaps the original impact investments. About $435 billion in U.S. municipal bonds were issued last year to investors to finance projects with impact, including parks and schools, roads and bridges, clean energy installations and municipal broadband. But the muni-market has become

Apply a racial lens, and other lessons from Living Cities’ impact investments

  • Investing in economic security... Living Cities has deployed $57 million into 33 transactions from two structured debt funds to drive outcomes for low-income people in America.
  • In a new series with ImpactAlpha... Living Cities will explore how foundations and financial institutions can deploy capital to better create jobs, income and wealth in America’s cities.
  • First up... the biggest lessons from Living Cities’ 10 years of impact investing.