Natasa Tesanovic: Building a TV Business to Help Rebuild Bosnia and Herzegovina

For the last two decades Natasa Tesanovic’s TV station has challenged a nation to face its violent past and reconcile issues that would otherwise tear it apart. Her independent media outfit has succeeded in a patriarchal society, accustomed to partisan news, for two main reasons: a well-run business and courageous, professional journalists—most of whom happen to

The Women Effect in Independent Media: Tough Entrepreneurs in Tough Environments

Editor’s note: The Women Effect in Independent Media series highlights women in media building commercially viable, independent, news businesses in environments hostile to the press. Released in recognition of World Press Freedom Day, ImpactAlpha and the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) presented the series in three parts. Part I: Natasa Tesanovic’s TV business is helping to rebuild

This Woman May be the Most Successful Impact Angel Investor You’ve Never Heard Of

The February ribbon cutting for Gigawatt Global’s new $24 million solar field in Rwanda was an impact investment showcase. More than 28,000 solar panels, arranged in the shape of the African continent, added six percent to the entire country’s electricity production. Gigawatt Global, an American-owned Dutch company, completed the project in less than a year

Root Capital: Women-Led Businesses Boost Farmer Incomes and Social Outcomes

Root Capital, a nonprofit lender to farmer associations and agricultural businesses in Africa and Latin America, seeks borrowers that will both repay their loans and strengthen their communities. That’s why, increasingly, it lends to women. The Nahuala coffee cooperative in the highlands of Guatemala is the kind of growing rural agricultural business Root seeks out.

Morgan Stanley: Women, Millennials Driving Sustainable Investing

Wake up, old men! It’s fast becoming conventional wisdom in the investment industry that female and younger investors are leading their older male counterparts in valuing social and environmental impact. New research (and a cool infographic) from Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing suggests 40 percent of female investors consider the impact of their investment,

Girl Effect or Girlwashing? How to Keep a Powerful Idea From Going Off the Rails

Back in 2008, a coalition of funders put out the call… There was a linchpin, a lever, an untapped well of power and potential for solving the world’s most pressing problems–and we were missing it. That unstoppable force, they said, was a teenage girl. If you haven’t seen the 2-minute Girl Effect video manifesto (or

Afripads: Keeping Girls in School Every Month

To get a chance, girls need education. But millions of girls in Africa skip up to one school day out of five. One reason: Many can’t afford or don’t have access to the sanitary products they need when they menstruate. At least partly as a result, drop-out rates climb sharply once girls reach puberty. In