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The Brief Quiz (No.1): How High is Your Impact IQ?

Are you keeping up with impact news, if not with the Kardashians? Prove it by taking The Brief Quiz from ImpactAlpha. Because facts matter, even when we don’t like them. Get ImpactAlpha’s daily newsletter, The Brief. 1. Which trend will NOT shape the world by 2035, according to the US National Intelligence Council: Climate change, environment,

Safaricom backs FarmDrive to improve small farmers’ access to credit

The dominant Kenyan mobile provider Safaricom provided a small convertible loan to FarmDrive, which helps small-scale farmers access loans. FarmDrive analyzes income streams, expenses and crop yields and assigns farmers a credit score. Credit enables farmers to invest in farming equipment and practices to boost productivity and income. Safaricom’s investment came from its $1 million Spark Fund, which

Double impact for new crop of Nigerian social enterprises

Twenty social entrepreneurs are part of the fourth Social Innovators Program & Awards (SIPA) in Lagos. Backed by LEAP Africa and Union Bank of Nigeria, the program incubates 20 social entrepreneurs focused on critical issues, like malnutrition, which affects 20 percent of Nigeria’s children. Now in its fourth year, SIPA has additional impact as well, creating

Long-termism pays off for business and society

The U.S. economy might have grown by an additional $1 trillion and generated five million more jobs in the last decade if all companies had performed as well as those focused on 10- and 15-year business goals rather than immediate profit making. A new study by McKinsey Global Institute and FCLT Capital that tracked financial performance

Six opportunities — and one big risk — for impact investors in 2017

New political realities have been a wake up call for the growing movement seeking demonstrable, measurable impact on social and environmental challenges. Stripped of a sympathetic U.S. administration, investors and activists trying to mobilize private capital to curb climate change, eliminate global poverty and close the gap on income inequality are choosing whether to shy

Six opportunities – and one big risk – for impact investors in 2017

New political realities have been a wake up call for the growing movement seeking demonstrable, measurable impact on social and environmental challenges. Stripped of a sympathetic U.S. administration, investors and activists trying to mobilize private capital to curb climate change, eliminate global poverty and close the gap on income inequality are choosing whether to shy away –

Can Software and Social Impact Learn to Speak the Same Language? 

Many Silicon Valley companies try to help social-impact organizations by donating products or technical assistance. But techie types and mission-driven groups have often had trouble connecting. Some of the gaps emerged at this week’s Data on Purpose/Do Good Data conference at Stanford University. Representatives of LinkedIn, Splunk and Tableau Software touted their data-crunching abilities and