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Latin American equality: free markets or a left-wing success?

Latin American equality: free markets or a left-wing success? | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

HAVANA, Cuba — Latin America has long been a case study in the social ills brought by sharp economic inequality, its class-stratified societies marked by too few haves and too many have-nots.

But even as income divisions widen across the United States and much of the developing world, they are narrowing in Latin America. Poverty in the region is at its lowest point in decades, according to several new reports, and millions are moving upward into the middle class.

A World Bank survey released this month saidLatin America’s broadening middle grew by 50 percent between 2003 and 2009. 

It was followed by a new United Nations regional economic study showing the percentage of Latin Americans living in poverty at the lowest level in 30 years. 

Now the question is: Who gets credit for these trends?

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Cracking the Code on Social Impact (SSIR)

Cracking the Code on Social Impact (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

An emerging measurement approach emphasizes the value in standardizing outcomes for the whole social sector. 

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Scaling up insurance for resilience in Africa - PreventionWeb (press release)

Scaling up insurance for resilience in Africa - PreventionWeb (press release) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
By Ann Weru Nairobi – Improved access to insurance can boost the resilience of vulnerable communities to recurrent disasters such as droughts and floods in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Opportunities in impact investing go beyond financial returns - Enterprise Innovation

Opportunities in impact investing go beyond financial returns - Enterprise Innovation | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Not to be mistaken with socially responsible investors, impact investors are finding new ways to fund companies intent on solving the world’s most pressing issues, including climate change, poverty and human rights...
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Deloitte is making an impact around the world

Deloitte is making an impact around the world | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Read stories about some of the ways Deloitte is making an impact around the world.
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Philippines to advocate SME Growth through Inclusive Business in the APEC Investments Experts' Forum (Philippines News Agency) | Indonesia Tribune

The Philippines will spearhead a Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) entitled Fostering SME Growth through Inclusive Business on Thursday (Aug. 27) at Marco Polo
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The Doer and the Payer: A Simple Approach to Scale (SSIR)

The Doer and the Payer: A Simple Approach to Scale (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Growth and scale aren't the same thing. Here's what you need to know if you're serious about getting to scale. 

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Bringing financial services to the PRC’s poor will boost poverty reduction | Asian Development Blog

Bringing financial services to the PRC’s poor will boost poverty reduction | Asian Development Blog | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The PRC has achieved remarkable economic growth but serious imbalances between regions and areas remain, and the government is aiming to bridge these gaps by developing inclusive finance tools.
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Sustainable Investing Imperative Opportunity

Sustainable Investing Imperative Opportunity | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Futurists paint striking and sometimes divergent pictures of the world in 2050.
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FDI and Inclusive Growth | Deloitte | Reports, insights, & solutions

FDI and Inclusive Growth | Deloitte | Reports, insights, & solutions | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Better understand the nuanced relationship between foreign direct investment and countries' social progress in a report from Deloitte Global and Social Progress Imperative.
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Think Bigger: Social Entrepreneurship's Critical Need for Accelerators

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Despite immense needs, impact investing can make a real difference across the globe.
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Introducing Fortune's Change the World list: Companies that are doing well by ... - Fortune

Introducing Fortune's Change the World list: Companies that are doing well by ... - Fortune | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
To take on the world’s toughest challenges in a sustainable way, companies are turning to something familiar: the profit motive. Here, the true and best meaning of return on investment.
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6 Questions To Ask Before You Invest In A Social Enterprise

6 Questions To Ask Before You Invest In A Social Enterprise | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
What kind of impact do you want to have? And what returns do you need?
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Can free trade bring an end to poverty?

Can free trade bring an end to poverty? | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
David Abney says there’s another solution to poverty that has received little attention, yet is sitting right before us - trade.
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Making Business Sense Of Sustainable Development - Live Trading News

Making Business Sense Of Sustainable Development - Live Trading News | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Sustainable business is big news. Long gone are the days where sustainability was a concern for environmentalists, charities, governments
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Serving the unbanked: Stay - Jakarta Post

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have been long considered the backbone of the Indonesian economy, as they have business flexibility and ...
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With Water Crisis Here, Funds Part of Solution, Boccaletti Says - Bloomberg

With Water Crisis Here, Funds Part of Solution, Boccaletti Says - Bloomberg | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
With $10 trillion of infrastructure needs between now and 2030 amid climate change, rising seas and growing populations, water is becoming a fundamental risk to the global economy, according to the world’s biggest non-profit conservation group.
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Making Pakistan's target for education financing a reality - Brookings Institution (blog)

Making Pakistan's target for education financing a reality - Brookings Institution (blog) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
In order to improve financing for education in Pakistan, Rabea Malik and Pauline Rose argue that the country needs to focus on two areas: increasing available domestic resources, and implementing a needs-based formula for the distribution of...
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Bringing Impact Bonds to the Global South (SSIR)

Bringing Impact Bonds to the Global South (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Are impact bonds—with all their complexity, stringent data requirements, and high transaction costs—appropriate for the developing world?

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Making the Benefits of Cause Marketing Last (SSIR)

Making the Benefits of Cause Marketing Last (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

When companies champion a cause, their efforts often have a “rented” quality. It’s time to ramp up authentic, lasting connections between companies and social impact.

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Top Trends and Challenges in Impact Investing For Investors

Top Trends and Challenges in Impact Investing For Investors | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Trending sectors in impact investing include housing and microfinance, mostly in mature and private companies.
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Is the game up for China's much emulated growth model? - The Guardian

Is the game up for China's much emulated growth model? - The Guardian | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
From Brazil to Thailand, debt-driven development has ended in tears. A more inclusive strategy must emerge
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How small farmers are adapting to climate change - Christian Science Monitor

How small farmers are adapting to climate change - Christian Science Monitor | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Everyone must play a role in helping small farmers adapt to climate change, and chefs are uniquely positioned to do so.
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Does Capitalism Cause Poverty?

Does Capitalism Cause Poverty? | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Pope Francis recently called capitalism "intolerable." But are the problems that Francis rightly highlights really the consequence of an excess of “unbridled capitalism,” or are they caused by bridling capitalism in the wrong way?
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Can randomized trials eliminate global poverty?

Can randomized trials eliminate global poverty? | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
A new generation of economists is trying to transform global development policy through the power of randomized controlled trials.
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Driving Business and Social Benefits Through Inclusive Community Investment

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Driving Business and Social Benefits Through Inclusive Community Investment<br/>		<br/>		| Blog<br/>	 | BSR | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Community investment is a critical component of developing sustainable projects within areas facing tough economic conditions.
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