Apply a racial lens, and other lessons from Living Cities’ impact investments

  • Living Cities has deployed $57 million into 33 transactions from two structured debt funds to drive outcomes for low-income people in America. A look at the biggest lessons from Living Cities’ 10 years of impact investing.

Investors back health-tech startups to manage diabetes around the world

  • Dollars for diabetes... Other diabetes-related deals and initiatives include Solera Health in the U.S.; Wellthy Therapeutics, Diabetes Specialities Centre, HealthMir and Sepalika in India;. AllLife in South Africa and the U.K.
  • Lifestyle diseases… Bhutan has taken the lead in fighting chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.

Social Investment Scotland moves forward with social startup fund plans

  • Small fund, big noise... The new fund has been controversial. Social Investment Scotland has historically lent to charities and social enterprises and recycled returns into its lending activities.
  • Scotland’s social startup scene... Scottish Communities Finance launched a community bond program last year.

Chinese investor and Goodwell Investments back MFS Africa to speed business transactions

Sizing the mini-grid opportunity in Africa for impact… and investment

  • African mini-grid finance... The top five mini-grid developers in Africa raised less than $100 million between 2012 and 2017, according to Crunchbase.
  • European utilities… In addition to Engie, major European utilities and multinationals are ramping up their mini-grid investments as well.