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Developing world's middle class is growing – but so is its 'near poor'

Developing world's middle class is growing – but so is its 'near poor' | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

While the developing world's emerging middle class has more than doubled in size over the past decade – the number of people classified as near poor has also been on the rise, new ILO research shows.

The working middle class – defined as those living on at least $4 a day – now makes up more than 40% of the developing world's workforce and is forecast by the ILO to account for more than half by 2017.

But the global financial crisis has meant that the pace at which the rate of working poverty is falling has slowed.

In its Global Employment Trends 2013 report, published last week, the ILO estimates that 397 million workers are living in extreme poverty (defined as living on less than $1.25 a day), and another 472 million "cannot address their needs on a regular basis" (or are "moderately poor", defined as living on $1.25 to $2 a day).

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The Real Kickstarter: How global capital markets can help support the refugee crisis

The Real Kickstarter: How global capital markets can help support the refugee crisis | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
If we look hard enough, we're likely all the products of refugees. The very founding of America was based on the concept of refuge. It stands to reason -- we should be sympathetic. Last summer the ...
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High-Impact Investing

High-Impact Investing | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is as important and successful as it is simple: Banks that operate with taxpayer-funded support must reinvest in the communities they serve--that is, their mark...
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Sanergy, Inc., which wastes not, secures $1.7 million

Sanergy, Inc., which wastes not, secures $1.7 million | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

Sanergy, Inc., a social enterprise that makes prefabricated concrete toilets that turn human waste into fertilizer, has raised $1.7 million to expand operations

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Ideo, Silicon Valley's Most Influential Design Firm, Sells A Minority Stake

The 25-year-old design consultancy sells an undisclosed stake to a group of creative businesses owned by Japan's Hakuhodo DY Holdings.
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The Rise of the Data Scientist: How big data and data science are changing smallholder finance | RAFLearning

The Rise of the Data Scientist: How big data and data science are changing smallholder finance | RAFLearning | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

New research from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance explores how innovative lenders are using new data sources and analytics to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers. The full report is available for download here.

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The new gatekeepers: One-third of all startups to raise a Series A graduated from an incubator

The new gatekeepers: One-third of all startups to raise a Series A graduated from an incubator | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Contrary to press reports and common sense, maybe incubators do work beyond just YC.
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8 African startups leading the way to ending poverty

8 African startups leading the way to ending poverty | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

South African tech writer and speaker Toby Shapshak says, “In Africa, necessity is the mother of invention.” There's certainly a boom in exciting new companies

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Inclusion - a business imperative

Inclusion - a business imperative | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Last week we held our held our first OUTstanding Progressive Leader meeting of the year: a breakfast with Unilever's CEO, Paul Polman. The session brought together some of our most senior stakeholders
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Private sector finance mobilised by official development interventions

According to a recent DAC survey, USD 36.4 billion was mobilised from the private sector in 2012-14 through official development finance interventions in the...
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Announcing Our New Partnership with ImpactSpace | NextBillion

Announcing Our New Partnership with ImpactSpace | NextBillion | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

Impact investing has left the realm of the theoretical and moved confidently into the practical.

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Impact Investing: MBA's Funds Follow Goldman Sachs In Search For Financial, Social Returns

Impact Investing: MBA's Funds Follow Goldman Sachs In Search For Financial, Social Returns | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Student-led portfolios seek to prove business case for sustainable investing
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World's largest investor: We want companies with long-term sustainability plan.

World's largest investor: We want companies with long-term sustainability plan. | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
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Study: Firms with More Women in the C-Suite Are More Profitable

Study: Firms with More Women in the C-Suite Are More Profitable | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
According to a survey of nearly 22,000 companies around the world.
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O’Brien-Staley Partners brings on 2 to build impact investing team

O’Brien-Staley Partners brings on 2 to build impact investing team | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Matthew Reilein and Carleen Rhodes were hired by O'Brien-Staley Partners to build a fixed-income impact investment team.
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Is there room for NGOs in the impact investing ecosystem?

Is there room for NGOs in the impact investing ecosystem? | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

DEVEX IMPACTIMPACT INVESTING Is there room for NGOs in the impact investing ecosystem? 0 Lulu Works Trust Ltd, which uses locally grown shea nuts to produce organic skincare products, is owned and run by South Sudanese women and supported by Oxfam.

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Impact investing no longer uncharted territory for family offices | Campden FB

Impact investing no longer uncharted territory for family offices | Campden FB | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

Impact investment is no longer uncharted territory for family offices.

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A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO VENTURE PHILANTHROPY AND SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTMENT - EVPA

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO VENTURE PHILANTHROPY AND SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTMENT - EVPA | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

An update on the guide of reference for anyone wanting to understand the set up and running of a venture philanthropy organisation.

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Calvert Investments Launches Global Water Research Index

Calvert Investments Launches Global Water Research Index | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Today Calvert Investments launched the Calvert Global Water Research Index (CALH2O) – the sixth addition to the company’s growing suite of
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We Answer Davos' Questions on the Fourth 'Industrial' Revolution in One Word - Partnerships for Development

We Answer Davos' Questions on the Fourth 'Industrial' Revolution in One Word - Partnerships for Development | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
We find ourselves, they say, at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Riding the tide of the third edition and the groundswell of automated production and technology that came with it, this fourth chapter is transforming our world, introducing technologies that morph how we operate as consumers and producers, regulators and citizens. Yet while …
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Rock Paper Scissors… People Planet Profit

Rock Paper Scissors… People Planet Profit | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
It is not easy being a startup investor, and even more so as an impact investor. In the tech sector, ask an Angel or VC how they choose their investments, and the most common answer is: team, team,…
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How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth | McKinsey & Company

How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth | McKinsey & Company | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
A new McKinsey Global Institute report finds that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. The public, private, and social sectors will need to act to close gender gaps in work and society. A McKinsey Global Institute article.
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GCF 2016 Day 2 : Keynote Address: The Sustainability Challenge

Keynote Address: The Sustainability Challenge Keynote: Mrs. Indra Nooyi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Global Competitiveness Forum 2016 "Comp...
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Global Innovation Fund

Global Innovation Fund | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

GIF invests in a wide range of solutions with the shared goal of opening up better opportunities for people living in poverty in developing countries.

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5 Ways to Boost Impact Investing in Family Offices

5 Ways to Boost Impact Investing in Family Offices | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

Impact investing is on the upswing, says US SIF CEO.

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Delivering on the SDGs will require a system reboot - Corporate Citizenship Briefing

Delivering on the SDGs will require a system reboot - Corporate Citizenship Briefing | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
The new Sustainable Development Goals are a valuable new framework for companies to develop their business models, writes Jules Peck. But truly progressive businesses also need to engage with civil society to evolve the goals.   The year of 2015 has been heralded as setting out a new roadmap for ‘sustainable development’ with both the …
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