Q&A with Roopa Kudva: Smartphones + Aadhaar = Tipping Point for Impact Investing in India

Tipping points are hard to call, at least until they’re obvious. But Roopa Kudva, a partner at Omidyar Network and managing director of the firm’s investments in India, says impact investing has reached the tipping point in what will soon by the world’s most populous country. The penetration of smartphones and India’s new national digital identity

Partnerships of the Future are Redefining Traditional Development

Our rapidly evolving world has forced the public sector and private sector to reexamine their relationship. Historically, the U.S. public sector has provided the vast majority of development aid. Yet over the last two decades, trade policies and information technology innovations has shifted the U.S. government aid to represent only 13 percent, while a whopping

New From Next Billion: Bridge Stumbles in Uganda, BlackRock Under Fire, Smart Matatus and Pokemon to the Rescue

Promising developments – and the inevitable stumbles – have been keeping the social business space lively. Here are a few recent stories that have grabbed NextBillion’s editors’ attention. A bridge too far?  Bridge International Academies has attracted high-profile impact investors like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg thanks to its low-cost, internet-based educational curriculum for children

#Dealflow 8.17.16: Mosaic’s big raise, a ‘smart city’ in Virginia and new financing for PowerPlant, Zoona, Galvanize and Scripbox

The big #Dealflow news of the month is the $220 million in equity financing raised by California-based solar financing company Mosaic. The financing, led by Warburg Pincus and supported by Core Innovation Capital and Obvious Ventures, “provides an open runway for growth,” said Billy Parish, Mosaic’s founder and CEO. Mosaic provides financing for residential rooftop

Leapfrog Attracts Top Talent to Emerging Markets Impact Investing

‘Follow the money’ is a good guide for tracking current trends in investing, but for hints about what may be coming next, ‘Follow the people.’ So it’s worth noting that the chief investment officer for one of Australia’s biggest pension fund is leaving his perch managing $71 billion in assets to join Leapfrog Investments, which earlier

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With $2.7 million in commitments, including $1 million from Global Partnership and investments from Sorenson Impact Foundation, Linked Foundation and other individual investors, the fund aims to back 12 East African startups focused on education, energy, health, rural livelihoods, sanitation and water. As part of the deal, the Eleos Foundation dissolved and granted its assets to

New from NextBillion: Nine Stories Making Headlines in Social Business This Summer

You wouldn’t know we’re in the dog days of summer from the past month in social business. NextBillion’s editors sample some of the many developments that have captured their attention in recent weeks – from emerging technologies and new partnerships to intensifying debates. 1. Irresponsible Exit?  Back in November 2015, the pioneering, non-profit microfinance network