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Surdna Foundation maps the journey to its $100 million impact commitment

New York-based Surdna Foundation, which has an endowment of $1 billion, put $5 million into DBL Partners III, the third fund from Nancy Pfund’s team, who were early Tesla and SolarCity investors. Surdna released an internal report to share its decision-making since its 2014 commitment to make $100 million in loans, equity and investments for

South African pilots social impact bond for low-interest student loans

South Africa is piloting a social impact in an attempt to make education more affordable after student protests over tuition hikes that most middle-income families can’t afford. The government has raised 200 million rand ($15 million) to begin piloting its Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme for 2,000 students in 2018. The program will offer low-interest loans to

Two steps forward, one step back on maternal health

Women Rising Back in 1990, for every 100,000 live births worldwide, 385 mothers died from complications of childbirth. By 2015, that number fell to 216 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. Though impressive, the 44 percent reduction fell short of the Millennium Development Goal of 75 percent. The global goal for 2030? To reduce maternal

Larry Fink tells companies to invest in their workers for the long-term — or else

The chief executive of Blackrock last year called on executives to look past their quarterly earnings toward long-term value creation. In this year’s letter to business executives, he told them how: invest in their employees’ skills and financial well-being in a changing world. In case anybody’s in doubt, that means dialing back buybacks that boost short-term

Larry Fink tells companies to invest in their workers for the long-term – or else

The chief executive of Blackrock last year called on executives to look past their quarterly earnings toward long-term value creation. In this year’s letter to business executives, he told them how: invest in their employees’ skills and financial well-being in a changing world. In case anybody’s in doubt, that means dialing back buybacks that boost short-term

Green Digital Finance Alliance aims to boost climate action

Climate Finance Yes, there’s an app for that. Ant Financial, the Chinese online-payments processor that spun off from Alibaba, launched the alliance with the UN’s Environment Program to drive digital technologies that support climate action. About 72 million people already use One, Ant’s smartphone app, that lets users create a carbon account and earn ‘green energy

Ignia demonstrates investment opportunities in Mexico’s emerging middle class

Inclusive Economics Monterey-based venture capital firm Ignia has invested $200 million in companies supporting upward economic mobility. The emerging middle class represents 70 percent of the population, with $426 billion in annual purchasing power. Ignia’s latest investments have been in Abra, a mobile money startup using blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin; Pangea Money Transfer, an