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Can India Defeat Poverty? - By Amanda Glassman and Nancy Birdsall

Can India Defeat Poverty? - By Amanda Glassman and Nancy Birdsall | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Is the solution to poverty as simple as giving a little bit of money to a large number of people? We may be about to find out. On New Year's Day, India, the world's largest democracy, launched what may become the most ambitious anti-poverty program in history. Called the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), the initiative will directly provide cash to poor families -- at first more than 200,000 people, then potentially hundreds of millions -- via the banking system. India's finance minister hasdescribed it as "nothing less than magical." While there is no "magic" solution to development, DBT could revolutionize assistance to India's roughly 350 million people living on less than 56 cents a day, the country's official poverty line.

  

The move to cash transfers comes after decades of hand-wringing about India's huge and wasteful system of in-kind subsidies. The government spends roughly $14 billion a year, or nearly 1 percent of its GDP, to buy food, fertilizer, and petroleum and distribute them to stores, where the eligible poor can purchase them at discounts, or to government offices, where products are handed out.

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Investors demand more ethical approach

Investors demand more ethical approach | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Ordinary investors are demanding more ethical products according to research
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Impact Investing—Five Trends Advisors Need To Know

Impact Investing—Five Trends Advisors Need To Know | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Research shows that clients are interested in impact investing when the options are presented to them, yet many advisors still aren’t sure about it themselves.
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Are the SDGs the North Star for Corporations? - Case Foundation

Are the SDGs the North Star for Corporations? - Case Foundation | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The Sustainable Development Goals represent an opportunity to promote global well-being. Here's how the private sector can engage.
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Major asset managers moving slowly but surely toward impact investing

Major asset managers moving slowly but surely toward impact investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Nine out of the top 10 largest U.S. asset managers are now active in impact investing, according to new Tideline analysis. All but Vanguard, the second largest US asset manager, have stood up or are…
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7 Lessons for Corporate Impact Investing

7 Lessons for Corporate Impact Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
IKEA expects to make money from its forests, but it explicitly wants to “do well by doing going good,” and that makes this an “impact investment”.
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ICRC launches world's first Humanitarian Impact Bond | Devex

ICRC launches world's first Humanitarian Impact Bond | Devex | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
INNOVATIVE FINANCE ICRC launches world's first Humanitarian Impact Bond WASHINGTON — The International Committee of the Red Cross announced the launch of the world’s first Humanitarian Impact Bond on Friday, aiming to raise 26 million Swiss francs ($27.3 million) to build and operate three...
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India a priority for $2b TPG Growth-backed impact vehicle The Rise Fund

India a priority for $2b TPG Growth-backed impact vehicle The Rise Fund | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
India is a top priority for The Rise Fund, founded by TPG Growth founder and managing partner Bill McGlashan and others.
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Coordinating Sustainable Development Goals on a Global Scale

Coordinating Sustainable Development Goals on a Global Scale | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In recent years, the United Nations has made a universal call-to-action regarding sustainability that could drive impact investing across the world.
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The Financial Performance of Real Assets Impact Investments

The Financial Performance of Real Assets Impact Investments | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The Global Impact Investing Network and Cambridge Associates present the first comprehensive analysis of the financial performance of private real assets impact investment funds. The report analyzes the financial performance of 55 real assets impact investing funds of vintage years 1997 – 2014,...
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Charities are becoming more professional

Charities are becoming more professional | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
WITH 3,700 square metres of retail space, the Emmaus megastore on the outskirts of Preston, a northern English city, is the biggest charity shop in Britain. Customers wander among endless rows of sofas, testing the cushions and examining the other wares, from bric-a-brac to bicycles. Some staff are volunteers.
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Australia Launches its First Live Impact Investing Database | PBA

Australia Launches its First Live Impact Investing Database | PBA | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Investors looking to support businesses making a social impact have been bolstered by the launch of a live impact investing database, which looks to connect investors and investees in this growing market.
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Sustainable Infrastructure Report

Sustainable Infrastructure Report | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
New report on unlocking private capital to finance sustainable infrastructure
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Ethical investment is booming. But what is it?

Ethical investment is booming. But what is it? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
MAYBE weary of its role as a punchbag for moralists, and certainly in search of products with widespread appeal, Wall Street has taken to selling products linked to virtue. That is not easy: how does an industry focused on financial returns go about gauging goodness?
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6 Disruptive FinTech Companies Disrupting the Investment and Lending Landscape - Due

6 Disruptive FinTech Companies Disrupting the Investment and Lending Landscape - Due | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
With so many consumers still unsure about how to make investments, it would seem that saving for retirement or getting the most from our money continues to be a significant challenge. Loans, albeit improving with more options, still pose challenges for certain demographics. That’s when a need developed for disruptive fintech companies that could provide …
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Big asset managers think global politics are making things worse for investing

Big asset managers think global politics are making things worse for investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Institutional investors are increasingly pessimistic about the state of economics and politics around the world. Some 72% think those forces will be neutral or negative for investments during the next year, according to a survey of 101 respondents in 14 countries, by Edelman. Respondents think the backdrop was more positive during the previous 1
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A $2 trillion investment chief corrects the 'myths about millennials' when it comes to investing

A $2 trillion investment chief corrects the 'myths about millennials' when it comes to investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

You might have heard that millennials are a little different. But according to Mark Haefele, the global chief investment officer at UBS Wealth Management, a lot of what he has heard about the millennial generation is a "myth." Specifically, the idea that they are more of a "me" generation just isn't the case, he told Business Insider in a recent interview.

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Ensuring that "impact" stays in "impact investing"-Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

As an insider to India’s impact investing scenario for over a decade now, I have developed my own beliefs on the sector. McKinsey India’s recent report titled ‘Impact investing: Purpose-driven finance finds its place in India’ offered a great opportunity for me to reflect and see how impact investing has evolved over the past few years in India.
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BoP Investor Unitus Seed Fund Mapping Impact To UN's SDGs (Forbes)

BoP Investor Unitus Seed Fund Mapping Impact To UN's SDGs (Forbes) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
17 SDGs are becoming a standard language for assessing impact. Unitus Seed Fund aligns investment goals with SDGs to support businesses that create impact.
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Salesforce Launches $50 Million Impact Fund To Invest In Social Change Startups | Ventured

Salesforce Launches $50 Million Impact Fund To Invest In Social Change Startups | Ventured | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Source: Mashable, Matt Petronzio Photo: Marc Benioff Salesforce continues to build a social good movement within the technology sector. Since it was founded in 1999, the cloud computing giant and its CEO, Marc Benioff, have been trailblazers in redefining "corporate social responsibility," with philanthropy baked into the company's DNA. Now it's taking that mission even…
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Can a UN social impact fund spark further reform at the organization?

Can a UN social impact fund spark further reform at the organization? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
INSIDE DEVELOPMENTIMPACT INVESTING Can a UN social impact fund spark further reform at the organization? 0 BANGKOK — A new fund to boost smart affordable housing options in Bangladesh is one of the first major announcements from the UNDP’s SDG Impact Finance initiative — an enterprise that took...
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Scaling the Use of Guarantees in U.S. Community Investing

Scaling the Use of Guarantees in U.S. Community Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Guarantees are a powerful credit-enhancement tool that can provide investors with the ability to leverage more capital to address social and environmental challenges. The GIIN’s issue brief Scaling the Use of Guarantees in U.S.
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What is Responsible Investing?

What is Responsible Investing? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Individual investors want their investments to be sustainable as well as profitable - particularly women and millennials
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Big League: Transforming the capital markets with impact rigor and disclosure

Big League: Transforming the capital markets with impact rigor and disclosure | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
I recently opened my ImpactAlpha daily brief and read, “Swiss Re to move $130 billion portfolio to track ESG indexes.” That was followed by, “World’s largest pension fund hits responsible investing…
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Capital for Creativity (SSIR)

Capital for Creativity (SSIR) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Impact investors have ignored the arts and culture sector, at the expense of the communities they seek to help.
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The Future of Investing

The Future of Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The emphasis of ESG investing has shifted from exclusionary screens to finding companies with positive attributes.
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