Transparent Deal Data for Impact Investors

Everybody is in favor of open data, it seems, except when it comes to their own. So it is in impact investing, where many investors say limited information about financial results and social and environmental impacts is keeping significant capital on the sidelines. But that doesn’t mean they’ll disclose their own results or deal terms.

Hedging with Impact Investments?

I was intrigued by a line in the piece in the  Financial Times by Alex Friedman, the chief investment officer at UBS and Patty Stonesifer, the former head of the Gates Foundation that urged investment managers and banks to step up their impact investing activity: “In today’s low-yield investment climate, impact investing is becoming more

$1.5 million for mobile app to boost African farm incomes

Virtual City, a mobile-technology company based in Nairobi, is redesigning its agricultural supply-chain system to help small farmers raise their incomes, through $1.5 million in convertible debt financing from Acumen Fund. The deal, announced last week, is an example of how financing from impact investors can help ventures in the developing world re-focus their existing

Entrepreneurs in Africa 1 of XX

The Kauffman Foundation is bullish on entrepreneurship in Africa and will push it at the African Innovation Summit at the end of the week: Governments in the region seem to be valuing bottom-up movements for entrepreneurship in their efforts to set in motion a long-term economic growth strategy. According to the 2012 Doing Business report

The Atlantic: How Financial Innovation Can Save The World

Financial innovation got a bad rep in the financial crisis. But inside the well-barricaded Federal Reserve Bank in downtown San Francisco last month, the financial engineers were at it again. Teams of financial statistical whiz kids pitched complex new bonds, loan-guarantees, and hybrid structures of debt and equity. Their target? It wasn’t mortgages. It was

Do Impact Investments Need Subsidies?

Impact investors may not be all that interested in jump-starting new ventures that aim to provide vital services to the world’s poorest people after all. But a new report from Acumen Fund – one of the earliest impact investing funds – and the Monitor Group suggests there is another class of funders who should play

Catalyzing Capital, 1 of XX

We talk about how “impact” is becoming increasingly central to capital markets overall, as emerging markets come to the fore and as new technologies and new financial mechanisms open opportunities to provide affordable health care, education, water and energy to the global poor. The inverse is also true as “investing” becomes increasingly attractive to philanthropists