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Anders Ferguson: Tech-Driven Impact and Other Takeaways from Generation Investment

Most of us dedicated to sustainability tend to think about it terms of the big issues – climate change, food scarcity, clean water and other global environmental and social issues. After returning from Generation Investment Management’s recent conference, my perception about creating sustainable businesses and systems evolved markedly. The major takeaway is that technology has

Fighting Deforestation and Climate Change: REDD Financing Lessons from Brazil and Indonesia (Excerpt)

Consider the rainforests.  It is not hard to imagine how the destruction of rainforests hurts biodiversity. Second only to coral reefs, tropical rainforests are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. They also support the 70 million people who live in them. Perhaps less intuitive is the role rain forests play in climate change. Deforestation accounts

#Dealflow 10.5.16:

Proponents of pay-for-success financing structures are laying the groundwork to pioneer the tool in as-yet untested social issues, like drug addiction recovery and the refugee crisis. Social impact bonds (SIBs) have now been joined by development impact bonds (DIBs) and even humanitarian impact bonds (HIBs). Commercial investors, such as French bank BNP Paribas, are starting

#Dealflow 10.5.16: SIBs, DIBs and HIBs for Connecticut Addicts, Mideast Youths and Conflict Refugees

Proponents of pay-for-success financing structures are laying the groundwork to pioneer the tool in as-yet untested social issues, like drug addiction recovery and the refugee crisis. Social impact bonds (SIBs) have now been joined by development impact bonds (DIBs) and even humanitarian impact bonds (HIBs). Commercial investors, such as French bank BNP Paribas, are starting to

Rockefeller Brothers Fund: How the Oil Heirs Are Getting Out of Fossil Fuels

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund — founded in 1940 by the five sons of John D. Rockefeller Jr. — made headlines a couple years ago when it announced it would divest its endowment of fossil fuels. Breaking with its own oil legacy was part of the fund’s decade-long commitment to align the impact of its $860 million endowment with its

Q&A with Roopa Kudva: Smartphones + Aadhaar = Tipping Point for Impact Investing in India

Tipping points are hard to call, at least until they’re obvious. But Roopa Kudva, a partner at Omidyar Network and managing director of the firm’s investments in India, says impact investing has reached the tipping point in what will soon by the world’s most populous country. The penetration of smartphones and India’s new national digital identity

The Road to Financing for Climate Action Leads to Marrakech (Podcast)

Last year’s Paris climate accord has reached the threshold for approval and will go into effect Nov. 4. Now comes the challenge of financing the massive effort required to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels,” as called for in the accord. “Government action, while essential, isn’t