Bill and Melinda Gates: Why saving children’s lives is the best deal in philanthropy

In December, he asked for a report. “I’m not the only one who’d like to read it,” Buffett wrote. The Gates’ response is chock full of data, not just about how the foundation is doing, but how the world is doing. Here are the numbers they watch: 122 million. That’s the number of children’s lives saved

How the Northwest Area Foundation creates good rural jobs

Northwest Area Foundation has insight on how to create good rural jobs. The St. Paul, Minnesota philanthropy has invested in 20 companies that have created 1,700 well-paid jobs, with above average benefits, in Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington. According to a new report from Pacific Community Ventures, about half of

Six opportunities — and one big risk — for impact investors

New political realities have been a wake up call for the growing movement seeking demonstrable, measurable impact on social and environmental challenges. Stripped of a sympathetic U.S. administration, investors and activists trying to mobilize private capital to curb climate change, eliminate global poverty and close the gap on income inequality are choosing whether to shy

Norfund, FMO and Rabobank pool African financial services investments

The Norwegian state-owned fund, Norfund and the two Dutch lenders, FMO and Rabobank, have created Arise, a new venture based in South Africa, which starts with $660 million in assets in over 10 countries and expects to grow to $1 billion in five years. New European banking regulations have made it more expensive to hold foreign

Gates Foundation makes a bet on chickens and farmers in Africa

“It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens,” Bill Gates wrote on his blog last summer. “In fact, if I were in their shoes, that’s what I would do — I would raise chickens.” The notion of the billionaire musing on living on less

Pearl Capital closes round for Uganda agriculture fund

The new Yield Uganda Investment Fund attracted €12 million ($12.9 million) to boost small- and medium-sized agricultural suppliers, producers, processors and transporters. Pearl Capital Partners, which also manages the $25 million African Agricultural Capital Fund launched in 2012 by JP Morgan and the Gates and Rockefeller foundations, hopes to double the new fund to €25

Tropical Landscapes financing in Indonesia gets boost from Convergence

ADM Capital, based in Hong Kong, will get an undisclosed amount from the investment matchmaking platform Convergence to develop its plans to boost investment in smallholder farmer livelihood, rural electricity and greenhouse gas reduction in Indonesia. Cash-generating projects in the Tropical Landscapes Financing Facility will be packaged into a Tropical Landscapes Bond in order to