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Impact Investing Deals Start to Flow in Central America and the Caribbean

Antigua, Guatemala was the place last month to take stock of the impact investing ecosystem in Central America and the Caribbean. More than 350 investors, entrepreneurs and other participants from 34 countries gathered at the Latin American Impact Investment Forum for Central America and the Caribbean. Education and courage are key to strengthening the regional

Circular Logic: Europeans Finding Efficiency and Opportunity in the Circular Economy

Barcelona, Spain – Waste not, want not. Or more precisely, waste less, earn more. It’s a formula that markets are increasingly adopting as global leaders learn to cope with the growth in population – and consumption. By 2025 cities will be producing 2.2 billion tonnes of solid waste annually, doubling 2012 levels. By 2030, 3 billion new customers will have entered the market. By

Investing in Schizophrenia Prevention Could Reduce Costs – and Human Suffering

Social impact bonds have the potential to radically improve our abilities to tackle some of society’s most complex and costliest social issues. Because they fund preventive measures – and repay private investors from the avoided public costs – they are part of a broader push to “pay for success” in challenges long viewed as intractable.

Q & A: Omidyar Network Moves Beyond ‘Tradeoffs’ to Drive Market Development

To tradeoff or not to tradeoff: that is not the question, according to Omidyar Network, the impact investing firm of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam. Rather, investors who accept below-market returns should demand to know how that concession is helping to catalyze new markets that can drive positive social change. In the winter issue

Q & A: Omidyar Network Moves Beyond ‘Tradeoffs’ to Drive Market Development

To tradeoff or not to tradeoff: that is not the question, according to Omidyar Network, the impact investing firm of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam. Rather, investors who accept below-market returns should demand to know how that concession is helping to catalyze new markets that can drive positive social change. In the winter

Small Biz Tax Deduction Lower Risks for Early-Stage Impact Investors

Everybody loves a tax deduction, as we were reminded in the recent presidential campaign. A provision of the I.R.S. tax code can help de-risk early-stage impact investments by providing a significant tax deduction for losses from investment in “qualified small businesses.” In some cases, the deduction is even more advantageous that the tax deduction for

Wishful Thinking: Clean Energy Revolution Trumps Climate Skepticism at Global Climate Talks

2030 Marrakech, Morocco — If Donald Trump’s election killed any chance of fighting global climate change, nobody told the advocates, officials and bankers gathered here to put last year’s Paris climate agreement into effect. To put it another way: the falling price of solar energy and other renewables may trump the rise of climate-change skeptics in the U.S.