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Give me your tired, your poor, your…women

Women make up just under half of global emigrants, but may have a larger social and economic impact than men. Women remit more of their income home, and model improved gender dynamics in their home countries. Overcoming higher barriers to emigration than men may also be a marker of their potential, which suggests “host” countries

SOSV raises $150 million for “real world” products

The venture capital firm, which runs its own startup accelerators, will invest its haul in companies targeting medical devices, robotics, food and life sciences. SOSV has backed 500 companies including MakeBlock, Clara Foods, NextThingCo, FormLabs, and Greenblender. The IFC, the Lemelson Foundation, the Russell Family Foundation and individual investors backed the firm’s third fund. Photo credit: FOOD-X.

Cities get ready for self-driving vehicles

Climate Finance Autonomous cars will arrive before the policies that govern their use. Some cities aren’t waiting. Helsinki, London, São Paulo, Tel Aviv and Washington DC will join Austin, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Paris, and Nashville in a Bloomberg Philanthropies/Aspen Institute initiative to develop “people first” principles and tools that accelerate cities’ preparedness for autonomous

Matching funds to combat fake news

The Knight Foundation moved quickly to capitalize on concerns over fake news after the U.S. election. Knight launched the $1.5 million initiative a week before Christmas. With nine days left in the call to action, 20 nonprofit news organizations, including the Center for Public Integrity, ProPublica and Inside Climate News, have reached the $25,000 match limit.

“Eco-right” gears up to fight Trump on climate change

Climate Finance Last month, we riffed on the Nixon-to-China possibility that Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, could lead Trump to support a tax on carbon. Now comes The Atlantic with a related scenario that spotlights a growing group of Republicans pressuring the Trump administration to recognize climate change and push for

Companies close in on zero waste to landfills

Climate Finance Subaru’s U.S. manufacturing plant and two plants in Japan reuse nearly everything; they haven’t sent waste to local landfills in 20 years. All but three percent of components in Subaru cars can be recycled and reused. Is it a coincidence that Subaru has among the best profit margins the industry? Sierra Nevada diverts

Move over fintech. Human agents drive financial inclusion

Technology is helping give more people access to payment, saving, loan and investment services. But Greta Bull, head of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, says the real game changer is distribution. The key to M-Pesa’s mobile payments system, for example, is its network of agents who allow customers to convert cash to digital