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Impact investing: on its way to mainstream?

22 May 2012 Impact investing is a hot topic. It has recently emerged as an investment approach that aims to solve social or environmental challenges while generating a financial return. Targeted areas are in both emerging and developed markets and include affordable housing, health care, nature conservation, education, renewable energy, and financial services for the …
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New wave of emerging markets on the rise

Upsides – Global Community for Responsible Finance 21 May 2012 More and more, commercial investors are shifting capital from developed to developing countries in order to generate returns. The Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA) reported that fundraising for emerging markets grew by 64% in 2011 to USD 39 billion, accounting for 15% of global …
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Forbes: Investing For Global Impact: Be Early Be Patient

By Michael Schlein & Diana Taylor Over the last several years, the world has woken up to the enormous market potential of serving 2-3 billion people at the base of the economic pyramid. A growing cadre of investors recognizes that we can create new ways to meet the needs of this huge population in a …
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White House Enlists 45 Companies to Invest in Food Production for the World’s Poor

NYT.com – By STEPHANIE STROM Published: May 17, 2012 The Obama administration has drafted some of the world’s largest food and finance companies to invest more than $3 billion in projects aimed at helping the world’s poorest farmers grow enough food to not only feed themselves and their families but to earn a livelihood as well. …
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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Announces Launch of Investing with Impact Platform

Investing with Impact Platform offers an investment approach targeting risk-adjusted financial returns as well as positive environmental and social impact Submitted by:Morgan Stanley Categories:Socially Responsible Investing,Finance Posted:Apr 26, 2012 – 01:30 PM EST NEW YORK, Apr. 26 /CSRwire/ – Morgan Stanley Smith Barney today announced the launch of a new investment platform designed to help …
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Access To Formal Banking Services Raises The Incomes of the Poor

Feb 2012, Pande, R., Cole, S., Sivasankaran, A., Bastian, G., & Durlacher, K. Examining the impact of access of formal financial services on poverty alleviation This report examines the impact of access to formal banking services on poor people’s income. It analyzes whether providing access to financial services can lift the poor out of the …
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Microfinance Growth Slows in Andhra Pradesh, Quickens in Other Indian States

Posted by Charlotte Newman in Category: Asia,Trends/Challenges at 12:01 am According to a statement attributed to chief executive officer Mr Alok Prasad of Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), a trade association of 46 Indian microfinance lenders, the microfinance sector in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is expected to experience reduced growth for the financial year ending on March 31. Financial …