Arts, Dementia and Social Enterprise: Lessons from the UK’s Blended Finance Initiatives

As governments around the world look for more efficient ways to finance critical social services, the UK government is engaging the private sector to fund the arts, research into treatments for dementia, incubation of new social enterprises and other initiatives. ImpactAlpha recently spoke with Edward Evans, a senior policy advisor in the UK Cabinet Office’s

Arts, Dementia and Social Enterprise: Lessons from the UK’s Blended Finance Initiatives

As governments around the world look for more efficient ways to finance critical social services, the UK government is engaging the private sector to fund the arts, research into treatments for dementia, incubation of new social enterprises and other initiatives. ImpactAlpha recently spoke with Edward Evans, a senior policy advisor in the UK Cabinet Office’s Social Investment

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow for Feb. 2, 2016: Weekly Roundup of Impact Investments

Dealflow is back with the deals big and small: A $20 million raise for African and Asian solar microgrid provider Powerhive; another financial services investment in Ghana for LeapFrog; and a social impact bond to tackle homelessness in Denver raises $8.6 million — to be repaid based on a reduction in jail time. Powerhive raises $20 million to

Is the Recovery of Wild Fisheries the New J-Curve for Impact Investors?

The Sustainable Ocean Fund plans a $50 million first close later this year, and ultimately intends to deploy $100 million across 10 to 15 investments in near-shore fishery investments in places like Belize, Bangladesh, and Madagascar. The fund manager, Althelia Ecosphere, last year raised nearly $120 million for its Althelia Climate Fund, which finances projects

Closing the Gap in Low-Carbon Finance at the Climate Risk Summit

UNITED NATIONS — Slushy sidewalks notwithstanding, climate leaders passed through UN security Wednesday with a spring in their step. In a reunion of sorts for the COP21 climate agreement in Paris, an all-star, all-expert cast descended on the United Nations to prod investors into urgent and aggressive action. [blockquote author=”Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention

‘Construction Loans’ Fund Pre-Development of Pay-for-Success Deals

Experimentation and social change go hand in hand. At a time when government resources are constrained, we need to experiment with new approaches to finance and scale promising social programs. At Living Cities, we are exploring new ways to unlock private capital for social good, harnessing the collective power of 22 of the world’s largest

At Davos, a Convergence of Investors to Blend Finance for Development

The government officials, business leaders and private investors gathered at Davos this week can continue their deal-making after the elite event ends on Convergence, a new online match-making platform to facilitate “blended” financing for developing countries. Officially launched at this week’s World Economic Forum, Convergence aims to expand investor networks, reduce search costs and streamline