Two steps forward, one step back on maternal health

Women Rising Back in 1990, for every 100,000 live births worldwide, 385 mothers died from complications of childbirth. By 2015, that number fell to 216 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. Though impressive, the 44 percent reduction fell short of the Millennium Development Goal of 75 percent. The global goal for 2030? To reduce maternal

Women’s Health is Human Health

That giant sucking sound you hear is hundreds of millions of dollars rushing out of clinics and health services around the world. The loss of $600 million in family planning and reproductive rights grants as a result of the Trump administration’s reimposition of the Mexico City policy is just the beginning. The so-called “gag rule,” which

 Two steps forward, one step back on maternal health

Back in 1990, for every 100,000 live births worldwide, 385 mothers died from complications of childbirth. By 2015, that number fell to 216 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. Though impressive, the 44 percent reduction fell short of the Millennium Development Goal of 75 percent. The global goal for 2030? To reduce maternal mortality

Chugach Alaska, New Forests and Nature Conservancy strike forest-carbon deal

The Dakota Access oil pipeline dispute set Native Americans against fossil-fuel interests. In contrast, the Chugach Alaska Corp. has struck a deal to generate income for indigenous people by keeping coal in the ground and managing timber sustainably. Chugach will sell its coal rights along the Bering River to New Forests, which will give them

Investor demand makes France’s Green OAT the largest green bond ever

Climate Finance The French government raised $7.5 billion, more than double its planned $3.2 billion, on a 2039 bond to fund energy efficiency, solar roads, biodiversity protection and renewable energy research. The 1.75 percent, 22-year “Obligation assimilable du Tresor” is one of the longest green bonds ever issued (the World Bank issued a 30-year, €30

Gates Foundation makes a bet on chickens and farmers in Africa

“It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens,” Bill Gates wrote on his blog last summer. “In fact, if I were in their shoes, that’s what I would do — I would raise chickens.” The notion of the billionaire musing on living on less

Community Development Trust invests to preserve affordable housing in rural California

Housing has become a hot topic among impact investors (have a listen to ImpactAlpha’s podcast, “Sustainable Housing: What’s the Impact When Private Equity Moves In?”). A $16 million deal between CDT and Southport Financial Services will preserve three buildings in Yuba County north of Sacramento and keep them affordable for families earning less than 50 percent