Rise Fund investment №2, good jobs policy, tapping growth-market entrepreneurship, New York 2140

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Dealflow: Follow the Money TPG’s Rise Fund’s second deal is a $50 million investment in an Indian dairy. Dodla Dairy, based in Hyderabad, is a 22 year-old company that works with 250,000 smallholder farmers across 7,000 southern Indian villages, many of them surviving on the brink of poverty. The Rise Fund’s first investment

Abraaj’s long-term strategy, Calvert does syndication, benchmarks for real assets

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Arif Naqvi takes global financiers to task at the Milken Institute Global Conference. The founder of Abraaj Group, the $10 billion private equity firm headquartered in Dubai, has been trying for years to break investors of their short-term mindset. Now he has the short-hand to make them see what

Milken’s impact disruption, Starbucks’ gender pay (non)gap, a second look at Ford’s big shift…

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original The impact disruption hits the Milken Institute Global Conference. The $12,500 ticket (at the low-end) kept away most customers, workers, citizens and millennials. But such stakeholders were on the minds, or at least the lips, of the heavily male global financiers and power brokers “at Milken” in Beverly Hills this week. The customer

Bond market in community development, Acumen’s off-grid solutions, blockchain for remittances

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original A private bond market emerges for low-income community development. If you need an example of how catalytic public and private impact capital can open private capital markets for low-income communities, consider the scene at The Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia as bids came in last week for the organization’s $50 million in S&P-rated

Bringing microfinance back, CZI and Gates Foundation team up, rural economics in the West

#Featured: Recap “Impact” is back at the center of the impact investing discussion. This week’s big deal, the $190 million financing of EverFi, brought to the surface questions about the industry’s commitment to “inclusive edtech” (and also about the highly touted impact metrics of the deal’s lead investor, TPG Growth’s new Rise Fund). The real

Why cut OPIC?, art entrepreneurship, the business case for shareholder activism

#Featured: Open Mic Impact investors rally behind OPIC. The Overseas Private Investment Corp. has championed impact investing and multiplied meager foreign-aid dollars by helping U.S. companies create jobs, increase exports, and deliver positive economic and environmental impact in emerging markets. OPIC is a self-sustaining government agency that makes money and has reduced the federal deficit by

Rise Fund’s debut deal, Builders bridges growth-stage gap, clean energy’s human rights risks

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original TPG’s Rise Fund comes out of the gates with a big edtech investment in EverFi. Where it will put the $2 billion it has said it is raising has been one of the big questions around the Rise Fund, the new impact investing fund from private equity firm TPG Growth. The firm