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Shalaka Joshi: The case for embedding gender in business decisions (video)

Shalaka Joshi is the South Asia “gender lead” of the International Finance Corp., the private-finance arm of the World Bank. So she can tick off the impact of the IFC’s Banking on Women initiative, which has mobilized more than $1.3 billion to help get 50 banks in 34 countries lending to women-owned small businesses. With a

From mandates to metrics: Making a gender lens investment strategy real

The ripple effects of the #MeToo movement are spilling over into investors’ portfolios. Are investors prepared to turn public awareness of gender bias into proactive investment strategies? In the past month, sexual harassment allegations against Steve Wynn and Paul Marciano led to nearly 20% declines in stock prices of the companies they founded. Private companies

Gun money roundup

(Editor’s note: Add all updates in comments or in a note to TheBrief@impactalpha.com and I’ll add them in — db) Guns are the new carbon…or cigarettes…or South Africa. The $70 billion State of Michigan Retirement System sold its holdings in Olin Corp., maker of Winchester ammunition. New Jersey legislators will vote on a bill to ban guns from

Bridges takes majority stake in healthy school-meal provider Innovate Services

Bridges Fund Management has taken a majority stake in healthy school-meal provider Innovate Services. Innovate caters healthy meals to 90,000 primary and secondary school students in 120 schools across England. Bridges, a London-based impact investor, says the school-meals sector can improve education and health outcomes; studies tie nutritious meals to positive behavior and school performance. “Promoting

Cephus raises $51 million for high-growth Ethiopian businesses

The new private-equity fund will back small and growing Ethiopian businesses with a focus on manufacturing, agro-processing and services. Growth-stage companies have the potential to create millions of jobs in Ethiopia, Africa’s second-largest country by population, according to the World Bank. The Cephus fund is not impact-focused, but it aims to address the funding gap for

Aye Finance raises $3.8 million to ramp up lending to underbanked businesses in India

Inclusive Economy Aye Finance operates 72 lending branches in 10 Indian states The team at AYE Capital | PC: YourStory The company, based in Gurugram, India, uses alternative metrics, including non-financial ones, to assess creditworthiness for businesses that are overlooked or rejected by mainstream lenders. Aye Finance operates 72 lending branches in 10 Indian states and

Impact investor group launches vegetarian-meat company for Chinese market

A quarter of the world’s meat is consumed in China, including half of all pork, and meat consumption and production are both rising. Dao Foods International — a new collaboration between Dao Ventures, Moonspire Social Ventures and New Crop Capital — aims to “accelerate [China’s] shift toward plant-based and clean meat and capitalize on the investor interest in these better