How Mobile Makes Entrepreneurship Education Work in Rural West Africa

As U.S. presidential candidates hem and haw about whether to erect physical barriers to guard borders from undocumented migrants, other countries are doubling down on the economic benefits of supporting migrants and refugees. The U.N. estimates that more people are now displaced than anytime since World War II. And for many of the estimated 60 million refugees

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow 2.29.2016: FinTech, EdTech … and Impact in India

Edtech and fintech dominated the dealflow last week, and India continues to be a hotbed of impact investment activity. Boston education software firm Ellevation raised growth capital from some big names in tech; EduBridge got backing for its youth skills training model; and ATMs, perhaps the original fintech innovation, are considered a key to financial

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow 2.29.2016: FinTech, EdTech … and Impact in India

Edtech and fintech dominated the dealflow last week, and India continues to be a hotbed of impact investment activity. Boston education software firm Ellevation raised growth capital from some big names in tech; EduBridge got backing for its youth skills training model; and ATMs, perhaps the original fintech innovation, are considered a key to financial inclusion

IFC: Five Things Impact Investors Need to Know to ‘Crowd In’ Capital (1 of 3)

Now that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been adopted, governments are confronting the question of how to pay for the enormous investments — especially in infrastructure — required to meet the goals. Clearly, governments don’t have the fiscal space to finance all the investments, or the skills to design and manage them. So the focus has been on how

Sir Ronald Cohen: A Revolution in Financial Markets as Impact Joins Risk and Return

Merida, Mexico — On his trip to Mexico last week, the Pope called for a more ethical capitalism. “The flow of capital cannot decide the flow and life of people,” he said during a packed mass in the border town of Juarez. A few thousand miles southeast, here in Merida, hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and social justice advocates

A Lucky Iron Fish in Every Pot: How a Canadian Social Enterprise is Fighting Iron Deficiency

The Lucky Iron Fish wasn’t always so cute. It began as an amorphous iron chunk. It was used as a paperweight, a door stop, anything other than its intended purpose—to be dropped in a cooking pot. But mold that lump of metal into a fish body, give it a smile, and you have an adorable

Unitus Impact Fund Makes Better Livelihoods for Global Poor an Investable Proposition

There are 18 million smallholder farmers in Indonesia with monthly incomes of less than 200,000 rupiah, or $58. Vasham, a social enterprise in Jakarta that provide financing, expertise and a guaranteed above-market price for their crops, serves 1,708 of them. That counts as proof-of-concept that Vasham can both raise farmers’ income and turn a profit. Add