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Bhutan set to plough lone furrow as world's first wholly organic country

Bhutan set to plough lone furrow as world's first wholly organic country | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Bhutan plans to become the first country in the world to turn its agriculture completely organic, banning the sales of pesticides and herbicides and relying on its own animals and farm waste for fertilisers.

But rather than accept that this will mean farmers of the small Himalayan kingdom of 1.2 million people will be able to grow less food, the government expects them to be able to grow more – and to export increasing amounts of high quality niche foods to neighbouring India, China and other countries.

The decision to go organic was both practical and philosophical, said Pema Gyamtsho, Bhutan's minister of agriculture and forests, in Delhi for the annual sustainable development conference last week

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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

Think Bigger: Social Entrepreneurship's Critical Need for Accelerators | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
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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China has almost ended urban poverty – a promising start for the SDGs | Comment | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

China has almost ended urban poverty – a promising start for the SDGs | Comment | Overseas Development Institute (ODI) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Yet-to-be-released data suggests China has now all but eradicated urban poverty. Can China build on this early success to lead on the SDGs?
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Overcoming base of the pyramid stereotypes could save your business: Sustainable Business Blog

Overcoming base of the pyramid stereotypes could save your business: Sustainable Business Blog | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Base of the pyramid stereotypes are one explanation why some companies aren’t successful. Learn why it's so important to overcome them.
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David Steel's curator insight, August 20, 12:17 AM

In my experience, this resonates. Going further, so many businesses are sustainable or more preferably "impactful" businesses yet do a poor job of trumpeting their contributions.

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A Hundred Apps Bloom in China as Millions Bank on Their Phones - Bloomberg

A Hundred Apps Bloom in China as Millions Bank on Their Phones - Bloomberg | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Consumers are skipping straight from cash to mobile finance.
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Getting the Big Money into Social Impact - INSEAD Knowledge (blog)

Getting the Big Money into Social Impact - INSEAD Knowledge (blog) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Scale has always been a challenge for impact investors.
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4 Ways to Measure the Social Impact of Your Investments - TheStreet.com

4 Ways to Measure the Social Impact of Your Investments - TheStreet.com | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Many people want to be able to gauge the social and environmental impact of their investments. Here are four tools companies can use to help investors do that.
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Business for the Other Billions - Harvard Magazine

Business for the Other Billions - Harvard Magazine | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Addressing human needs at the base of the economic pyramid through private enterprise
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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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Impact investing: doing well by doing good - BeyondBorders

Impact investing: doing well by doing good - BeyondBorders | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Impact investing is growing. Opportunities have never been so available for investors who seek more than financial returns
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Poverty, Disease, and the Ecology of Complex Systems

Poverty, Disease, and the Ecology of Complex Systems | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Coupled models of ecology and economic growth can provide key insights into the formation of poverty traps that arise from complex interactions between biosocial and biophysical processes.
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The Payoff of Pay-for-Success (SSIR)

The Payoff of Pay-for-Success (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

ay-for-success contracts, also known as social impact bonds, have been widely touted as a clever way to fill the funding gap plaguing social programs by attracting a tranche of the trillions of dollars in private return-seeking capital. Although that scenario is not likely, the pay-for-success model will have a positive impact, just not in the way that many proponents think.

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What You Need to Know About Energy and Poverty - Huffington Post

What You Need to Know About Energy and Poverty - Huffington Post | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
When power is available, it can be expensive: In many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, consumers pay as much as 20-50 cents per kilowatt-hour against a global average close to 10 cents.
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Impact Investing: Five Videos to Watch

Impact Investing: Five Videos to Watch | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Impact investing is punching way above its weight, attracting the attention of the news media and investors as well as politicians, academics, and even the pope. As interest has expanded, the need ...
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The Mobile Revolution - Harvard Magazine

The Mobile Revolution - Harvard Magazine | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Cellphone-based money transfers and cardiac care in base-of-the-pyramid markets in Kenya and Mexico
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