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New Nigerian development bank aims to fill small-business credit gap

Nigeria, with the largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa, is launching its own development bank. The Development Bank of Nigeria, conceived in 2014, is now capitalized with $1.3 billion from the World Bank, KfW, the African Development Bank and the Agence Française de Development. The bank aims to lower borrowing rates and lengthen loan tenures for

Want social mobility? Go to a state university

Cal State Los Angeles and SUNY Stonybrook had the highest “mobility rate” in a new study by the Equality of Opportunity Project. The study of 30 million college students tracked the likelihood that a student from a lower-income family ends up in a higher-income family. Pace University in New York was the rare private school

Tropical Landscapes financing in Indonesia gets boost from Convergence

ADM Capital, based in Hong Kong, will get an undisclosed amount from the investment matchmaking platform Convergence to develop its plans to boost investment in smallholder farmer livelihood, rural electricity and greenhouse gas reduction in Indonesia. Cash-generating projects in the Tropical Landscapes Financing Facility will be packaged into a Tropical Landscapes Bond in order to

CEI Ventures raises $10 million to back good jobs and small businesses in Maine

The fourth fund of the venture arm of the nonprofit community development finance institution will look for investments of $250,000 to $750,000 that support jobs for low- to moderate-income Mainers. Coastal Enterprises Inc., CEI Ventures’ parent company, seeded the fund with $1.5 million, which helped bring in eight investors and 17 local and regional banks. CEI

UBS to invest $5 billion to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

The big Swiss bank UBS is looking for ways to put its clients’ wealth to work on some of the 17 Global Goals, including hunger, health, education, infrastructure, clean energy and climate action (UBS said peace, justice and strong institutions are less investable). Something like $5 trillion a year is needed to meet the goals.

New agriculture fund to protect forests, too

Norway has pledged $100 million to a $400 million fund to protect five million hectares of forest and peatlands by 2020. The new fund, to be managed by the Dutch manager IDH, will invest in forest-rich countries to boost the productivity of farmers while protecting forests and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Unilever is the first corporate

Global green bonds more than doubled in 2016, led by China

Climate Finance The world’s biggest carbon-emitter raised $36.2 billion for bonds to meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets. That pushed the global value of green bonds issued last year to a record $93 billion, up 120 percent from 2015. Moody’s Investor Services said green bond issues could more than double again in 2017, to $206