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Emerging-Market Loan View Perks Up – WSJ

  By SUDEEP REDDY Lending conditions are improving in emerging markets for the first time in almost two years, providing a potential boost to economies weighed down by troubles in the euro zone and the U.S. A survey to be released Wednesday by the Institute of International Finance, a global association of major banks, found that …
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Social Impact Investing Will Be the New Venture Capital

HBR Blog Network Social Impact Investing Will Be the New Venture Capital by Sir Ronald Cohen and William A. Sahlman  |   8:00 AM January 17, 2013 During the past century, governments and charitable organizations have mounted massive efforts to address social problems such as poverty, lack of education, and disease. Governments around the world are straining …
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$9 Billion To Flow Into Impact Investments In 2013

JANUARY 22, 2013 • THOMAS KOSTIGEN According to research from J.P Morgan and The Global Impact Investing Network, $9 billion will be committed to impact investments this year. That would represent a 12.5% boost from the $8 billion that flowed into the space in 2012, the research shows. Impact investments aim to produce a financial return while …
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Chicken Soup for a Davos Soul: Successful companies serve a purpose beyond making money – WSJ.com

By ALAN MURRAY Capitalist guilt is nearly as old as capitalism itself, but it has seen a resurgence since the financial crises of 2007. Bill Gates, history’s most successful capitalist, started it off with his speech in 2008 at that snow-covered confessional of global capitalism, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Troubled by the fact that …
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Social Impact Investing Will Be the New Venture Capital – HBR

by Sir Ronald Cohen and William A. Sahlman  |   8:00 AM January 17, 2013 Harvard Business Review During the past century, governments and charitable organizations have mounted massive efforts to address social problems such as poverty, lack of education, and disease. Governments around the world are straining to fund their commitments to solve these problems and …
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2013 Will Offer Impact Investors New Opportunities

POSTED BY IMPACTSERIES ON DECEMBER 13, 2012 By Luther M. Ragin, Jr., CEO of Global Impact Investing Network Today, the market for impact investment is at an inflection point. Investors are beginning to shift the way they think about financing social and environmental solutions. Whereas historically, impact has been achieved primarily through grants and other charitable contributions, …
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Microfinance in India – Economist

Microfinance in India Road to redemption The industry is starting to revive Jan 12th 2013 | DELHI | from the print edition INDIA’S microfinance sector was once touted as a saviour of the poor and a good bet for investors. The high point for the industry came when SKS—then India’s biggest microfinance company with a $1.2 billion …
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Rockstar of Financial Inclusion: Business Correspondent Model of India

Dec 27, 2012 India is a hot bed of financial exclusion. A country which houses nearly 16% of the global population  has more than 65% of its people outside the formal financial system (Global Findex 2012). The Indian banking system has adopted multiple approaches to make universal financial inclusion a reality right from early days …