Every Day is International Women’s Day for Sustainable Development Goals

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the social, economic and political achievement of women, and pledge to take action to accelerate gender parity. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize that supporting gender equality and the rights of women and girls is an important objective of international development. Development innovation can accelerate the attainment of the

Shared Interest: Loan Guarantees – and System-Change – for Women in South Africa

One of the most compelling aspects of gender lens investing is its potential to incorporate women and girls into systems that have excluded them – and to change those systems. To change them by applying values and practices women prioritize in order to build more just and inclusive societies. During the past 22 years, Shared

How Myanmar’s First Mobile Health App is Fixing Healthcare and Saving Lives

On average, a person living in Myanmar—also known as Burma—will live two decades less than someone in the U.S. For Michael Lwin, son of two doctors who came to the United States from Myanmar in the 1970s, this isn’t just a statistic. It’s a deeply unfair consequence of a geographic lottery. A lottery that favors

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow 3.4.2016: Kiva Aims to Finance One Million Women Entrepreneurs

Kiva partnership introduces women-focused fund. A crowdfunding platform focusing on women entrepreneurs has been jointly launched by Kiva, the U.S. State Department and the Inter-American Development Bank. The fund aims to raise capital to support one million women-owned businesses in the Caribbean and Latin America over the next five years. It will leverage Kiva’s crowdfunding

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow 3.4.2016: Kiva Aims to Finance One Million Women Entrepreneurs

Small is beautiful (but not enough). The crowdfunding platform Kiva teamed up with development agencies to back women micro-entrepreneurs; Access Power is seeking to identify early-stage African energy companies through a competition; and two more Indian startups get seed financing. Kiva partnership introduces women-focused fund. A crowdfunding platform focusing on women entrepreneurs has been jointly launched by

Unstranded Assets: Reaping an Economic Dividend From Women’s Equality

Impact investing is a disruptive innovation. It’s upending traditional investing, crashing through old assumptions about how investors determine risk and assess value. Take for example, the concept of “stranded assets.” These are assets which are losing economic value well ahead of their anticipated useful life due to changes in technology, regulations, legislation, societal norms, environmental

You Say You Want a Revolution…on Wall Street? (Podcast)

The Bolsheviks stormed St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace in 1917. A century later, a revolution seems to be coming to Wall Street. Listen to ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast: Revolution!? It’s not just Bernie Sanders, who is calling for a political revolution to overthrow the “rigged economy.” No less an establishment figure than Sir Ronald Cohen, known as