Fall of the Rupee is Not so Bad for India’s Poor — and Just Fine for Impact Investors

There’s no shortage of gloomy prognostication about the impact on Indian society as the rupee falls into global disfavor, with a value (in U.S. dollars) barely half its high point in 2008. I have a different perspective: There is a silver lining in this dismal cloud. The situation could even be positive for those who

Giving Voice, and Business Advice, to African Fish Farmers

The ‘aha’ moment came during a simple phone call from Alloysius Attah’s aunt. If Ghanaian women like the cassava farmer who raised him were using basic mobile phones, Attah realized Farmerline could help them increase their yields and their incomes. Since the spring, Attah and Farmerline have used simple voice messages — in Twi, Ga,

Accelerating the Accelerators: New Tools for Impact Entrepreneurs and Their Allies

The impact investing world has borrowed a page from the tech-investing world, where accelerators like 500 Startups, Y Combinator and TechStars have helped launch Dropbox, Airbnb and hundreds of other companies. In the last few years, dozens of “impact accelerators” have sprung up around the country and around the world. Most put entrepreneurs through boot

Farmerline: Giving voice, and business advice, to African fish farmers

The ‘aha’ moment came during a simple phone call from Alloysius Attah’s aunt. If Ghanaian women like the cassava farmer who raised him were using basic mobile phones, Attah realized Farmerlinecould help them increase their yields and their incomes. Since the spring, Attah and Farmerline have used simple voice messages — in Twi, Ga, Fanti,

“Fair Trade Fish” to Certify Conditions of Fishermen Along With Fish

Tens of millions of consumers recognize the Fair Trade USA label on coffee, chocolate, tea and herbs. Now they’ll gain some insight into the working conditions and economic viability of the people who harvest their fish and seafood. “Current ratings are largely based on the condition of the [fish] stock vs. fishing practices used,” says

“Fair Trade Fish” to Certify Conditions of Fishermen Along With Fish

Tens of millions of consumers recognize the Fair Trade USA label on coffee, chocolate, tea and herbs. Now they’ll gain some insight into the working conditions and economic viability of the people who harvest their fish and seafood. “Current ratings are largely based on the condition of the [fish] stock vs. fishing practices used,” says

Building An Operating System for the Good Economy

Vibrant startup ecosystems are growing across the globe.  Among them are communities of entrepreneurs and the individuals and institutions working with them to build enterprises that deliver both financial and social returns to all of their stakeholders. We call this the “Good Economy.” But geographic barriers continue to limit the ability of these entrepreneurs to