IFC: Five Ways to Reduce Risk and Expand Investments in Global Development (2 of 3)

In my previous post, I pointed to the importance of economic fundamentals and the investment climate when structuring blended-finance solutions. I also encouraged careful thinking about risk. In this post, I identify some proven approaches to using public finance to crowd in private finance in ways that expand the universe of viable projects that get funded. Here

To Drive Innovation in Education, Foundations are Starting to Act Like Venture Capitalists

It takes a village to raise a successful education technology company—and to build an ecosystem for education innovation that creates meaningful, sustainable change in our schools and for our students. But one of the most critical sources of that capital and expertise has until recently been sitting on the sidelines. In a new article for Stanford

Ripe for Action: How a 20 Percent Cut in Food Waste Could Yield $100 Billion in Benefits

Quick! What do these issues have in common: food insecurity, water conservation, economic development, and climate change? All these pressing social and environmental concerns can be addressed by reducing food waste. A new Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste by 20 Percent from the nonprofit consortium ReFED, shows how even a modest reduction of food waste over the next decade

Bringing Lenders Together for Better Results for America’s Urban Poor

Commercial lenders don’t exactly flock to opportunities to offer low-cost loans, lines of credit and equity investments for small businesses and social services for low-income residents in U.S. cities. So a new fund is sweetening the pot to increase the flow of capital for such investments across the country. Living Cities, a collaboration of nearly two dozen

Bringing Lenders Together for Better Results for America’s Urban Poor

Commercial lenders don’t exactly flock to opportunities to offer low-cost loans, lines of credit and equity investments for small businesses and social services for low-income residents in U.S. cities. So a new fund is sweetening the pot to increase the flow of capital for such investments across the country. Living Cities, a collaboration of nearly

PayPal Enlists Village Capital to Bring ‘New Money’ to the Global Unbanked

Dan Schulman, the CEO of PayPal, is on a mission to extend digital payments to the 2.5 billion unbanked people around the world. He is enlisting Village Capital, the scrappy business accelerator and venture capital firm, to help find local companies that can help. PayPal and Village Capital will support roughly 40 financial technology entrepreneurs who

The New Alternatives: Holding Companies that Build Assets and Impact of ‘Infinite Duration’

Impact investing may have gotten off on the wrong foot, with venture-capital style private equity funds that generally have to be liquidated after 10 years. This season’s new style: Permanently capitalized holding companies with long-term ownership stakes in operating companies that deliver real benefits such as food security, clean water and climate mitigation. A recent example