Alaska’s supply chain was precarious even before melting permafrost and Arctic ice put the state on the front lines of climate change. The state’s vast scale—bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined—has long presented unique challenges in delivering food, energy and vital services to remote regions sometimes only accessible by seaplane or dog sled. All
Southeast Asia’s mix of democracies, military dictatorships and communist governments, alongside economies at various levels of development present a challenge for regional investment strategies. A tech-connected and youthful population with a growing affinity for entrepreneurship, however, make it an emerging hotspot for impact investing. About 60 impact investors have placed about $900 million into 225
- BlueOrchard has invested more than $5 billion in 350 financial institutions, which have supported more than 37 million emerging market micro- and small-business owners.
- Ugandan startup Tugende launched in 2013 to help motorcycle taxi, or “boda,” drivers finance the purchase of a motorcycle
- The NGO works to address extreme poverty in rural Africa by cultivating and supporting local entrepreneurship
- The Brief’s Big 7: New localism lives, three takes on the missing middle, off-grid solar dealflow, Southeast Asian impact
- Building markets for small-farmer finance, Nepal’s Dolma Impact Fund, Zonful in Zimbabwe, Al Gore’s impact keynote