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New economics of menstrual pads, let the #dealflow roll, flood-risk indicators, people-centered…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original By women, for women: The new economics of menstrual pads in Africa.Maria Nantubwe cuts through layers of banana plant fiber and beats two-foot long pieces with an improvised bat. Pulp flies everywhere, exposing long fibers inside the stem. Once dried, the material will become the absorbent center of sanitary-pads

Britain’s CDC pledges $100 million to Ayana for clean energy in India

CDC, the U.K. government’s development-finance institution, will deploy the financing through Ayana Renewable Power, which it formed to build wind and solar installations in India’s most polluted urban areas. Dangerous levels of air pollution plague several Indian cities; officials have described Delhi as a “gas chamber.” To clean the air and extend electricity to off-grid areas,

Harnessing tourism for the Global Goals

Tourism accounts for 10% of the world’s GDP and jobs. The industry’s continued existence depends on safeguarding the world’s natural and cultural assets, which are threatened by the swelling ranks of world travelers. The number of jetsetters, currently at 1.2 billion, is expected to grow by 56% to 1.8 billion by 2030. To address potential threats from

Conservation investments, Acumen America’s inclusion bet, local impact investing, Olympic impact

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Assembling the pieces for ‘landscape-scale’ conservation investments. More than $3 billion in committed capital already raised for investments in food and agriculture, habitat protection, clean water initiatives and other conservation projects was sitting on the sideline waiting for attractive deals last year. That presents an enticing opportunity for conservation

How Aligned Intermediary makes climate deals work for institutional investors

A new type of financial advisory firm is packaging clean-energy deals to make them attractive and big enough to grab hundred-million dollar checks from pension and sovereign wealth funds. The awkwardly titled Aligned Intermediary (AI), led by Peter Davidson, former head of the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, has landed at least nine big clients

Philadelphia: Incubator City, Jana adds ‘impact’, making climate deals work, harnessing tourism for…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Philadelphia rings the bell on a 21st-century revival. Almost 250 years ago, Philadelphia incubated a world-changing startup: the United States of America. The rest is, well…history. Now, Philadelphia is incubating a locally-driven, 21st-century revival that could become a model for other post-industrial U.S. cities. In 2018, ImpactAlpha is going all

The Brief’s Big Five: tax bill opportunity, a greener New York, holiday #dealflow

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Here’s a short roundup from a short week. #Featured: The Brief’s Big Five A bipartisan morsel in the Republican tax bill (yes, we found one). We’re waiting for the fine print, but the “Investing for Opportunities Act” that is part of the bill could draw significant investment to low-income communities. The provision lets investors