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Investing In Inclusion: How To Deliver Financial Services To The World’s Poor – Forbes

Editor’s Note: Michael Schlein brings more than 25 years of experience in international banking, management, and public service to his role as president and chief executive officer of Accion. Previously he served in senior executive roles at Citibank and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Modern financial markets exclude billions of the world’s poor. That’s a …
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Impact Investing Helps Advisors Stay Ahead Of The Curve – FA

MARCH 20, 2013 • TIM FREUNDLICH Financial advisors take note: your impact investing offerings will soon define whether you are ahead of the curve or whether you will be trying to catch up in years to come. JP Morgan’s recent Perspectives on Progress report, released in partnership with the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), found that …
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Grameen Koota raises $10 million USD (or 532 million INR) in its 3rd round of equity funding lead by Creation Investments

Grameen Koota raises $10 million USD (or 532 million INR) in its 3rd round of equity funding lead by Creation Investments February 27, 2013 – Bangalore, India: Grameen Financial Services Pvt Ltd (GFSPL), popularly know as Grameen Koota today announced its third round of equity funding of $10 million USD (or 532 million INR) lead …
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Making a profit from making a difference – FT.com

August 5, 2012 5:40 am Making a profit from making a difference By Sophia Grene ©GettySustainable logging carried out in Cameroon in the Congo Basin natural woodland: preserving forests is just one project impact investing can help To many, investment is purely about generating a return on their money, but a growing band of wealthy …
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Notre Dame, MIT Economists Demonstrate Wage Impacts of Large Microfinance Program

JULY 20, 2012 BY GBE FACTS LEAVE A COMMENT Fonkoze Credit Center – Participants in Chemen Lavi Miyó, a program offered by Fonkoze (a microfinance organization). The participants meet twice a week in Mirebalais, Haiti, to learn basic life skills. Photographer: Laura Elizabeth Poh A major argument in favor of microfinance is that the poor who live in areas …
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Using Small Loans to Generate Big Profits – Microlending Drives One of Africa’s Most Ambitious Banks – WSJ.com

By SOLOMON MOORE NAIROBI, Kenya—At a recent group-lending meeting in the Kawangware slum, about 10 miles from downtown, Jackson Munyovi sought $350 to build a new shanty for his wife and two children.   Nichole Sobecki for The Wall Street JournalJackson Munyovi borrowed $350 to build a new shanty for his two children and wife. The …
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LEAP Zones: A Legal, Economic, Administrative and Political Framework for Free Cities

Mark Klugmann April 20, 2012 | Universidad Francisco Marroquín | 10 min Click here to watch the video. An excellent session on the importance of legal, administrative and political structures to stimulate economic development. http://newmedia.ufm.edu/klugmannleapzones Mark Klugmann is the creator of the LEAP Zones model (a legal, economic, administrative and political framework for a free …
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Doughnuts Defeating Poverty – NYT.com

OP-ED COLUMNIST By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Published: July 4, 2012 53 Comments MASUMBA, Malawi Damon Winter/The New York Times Nicholas D. Kristof Nicholas D. Kristof/The New York Times Biti Rose Nasoni in the village of Masumba, Malawi. If you want to understand some of the best new ideas to chip away at global poverty, an excellent place …
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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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Sequoia Capital bets on another microfinance player

Bangalore Feb 02, 2012 After backing SKS Microfinance, Sequoia Capital is now betting on another microfinance player, Bangalore-based urban poor-focused Ujjivan Financial Services, a member of the Grameen Network, Bangladesh. Sequoia Capital on Wednesday said it had participated in the fifth round of equity financing by Ujjivan, and was now the single-largest shareholder, with a …