Green Slums: Adapting to Climate Change with Secure Land Tenure

Climate change is already hitting Mukuru, one of Nairobi’s largest slums. Built on waste lands along the Ngong River, muddy roads regularly flood with garbage. When the river bursts its banks, kids can’t get to school, sometimes for months. Climate experts predict more flooding in the decades ahead. Activists and researchers have a novel strategy

Move over fintech. Human agents drive financial inclusion

Technology is helping give more people access to payment, saving, loan and investment services. But Greta Bull, head of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, says the real game changer is distribution. The key to M-Pesa’s mobile payments system, for example, is its network of agents who allow customers to convert cash to digital

Everyday Africa: Finding the Human Story

Bill Gates published his first blog of the new year yesterday: Five Reasons I’m Hopeful about Africa. Much of it was typical Gates. Global in scope. Optimistic. Science (hybrid cassava seeds) and technology (solar kits) based. But the first reason Gates shares for being hopeful about Africa is an Instagram account: Everyday Africa. Its photos are

Letter from India: How Poop is Becoming Big Business for Small Companies

I was in Mumbai, making a long commute across town after a week full of events and conferences. When we arrived in South Bombay, my taxi driver slowed down to point out a nearby slum, dangerously perched on one of the slopes of Malabar Hills—Mumbai’s most upscale and expensive property. I could see a few

Letter from Brazil: Collective Action to Help Small Businesses Achieve Development Goals

As the host of two historic UN summits on sustainable development in the past 25 years, it should come as no surprise that Brazil is actively engaged in testing innovative approaches to reach the sustainable development goals. Supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) can be an important part of this agenda, contributing to advances in

Billionaires’ Ball: A look at TPG’s $2 billion Rise Fund

Smarter Money Deconstructing the New York Times’ coverage of TPG Growth’s new impact investment fund Photo credit: Tillman Global Holdings Talk about raising expectations. The RISE fund scored an Andrew Ross Sorkin exclusive in the New York Times, led by Bono, backed by all-stars on the impact billionaire circuit, and driven by TPG Growth, with more

Billionaires’ Ball: Deconstructing TPG’s $2 billion RISE Fund

Talk about raising expectations. The RISE fund scored an Andrew Ross Sorkin exclusive in the New York Times, led by Bono, backed by all-stars on the impact billionaire circuit, and driven by TPG Growth, with more than $8 billion under management. For all the signals that the big boys are arriving in impact investing, the