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Women, Inclusive Business, and the Bumpy Road to Equality | Business Call to Action

Women, Inclusive Business, and the Bumpy Road to Equality | Business Call to Action | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Today marks the 103rd year of International Women’s Day – a day that celebrates progress toward achieving women’s equality around the world.  While recent achievements are ample, the road to equality is long and seemingly unyielding. Women produce half of the world’s food and are primary caregivers, yet they earn 10 percent of the world’s income, own less than 1 percent of world’s property, and comprise a staggering 70 percent of the 2.5 billion people living on less than $2 a day.[1] Hence, it is impossible to speak of tackling global poverty without focusing on the role of women. There is a clear business case for it too. Expanding women’s economic opportunities through income generation and entrepreneurship that contribute to higher wages leads to improvements in child health and education, increased agricultural productivity, and overall economic growth. Women simply cannot be ignored, they are too vital to the economy.

With this in mind, the role of Inclusive Business in incorporating women into the markets has enormous potential to accelerate development outcomes and contribute to poverty alleviation in a sustainable way. Inclusive business combines profitability with development impact by expanding access to goods, services, and livelihood opportunities for low-income communities. Such practices can have a valuable impact on the demand side of markets by extending affordable goods and services with a potential for high development impact to women consumers of goods and services. From the supply side, development impact can be achieved by incorporating women into the value chains as employees, producers, and business owners.

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Africa: Angel Investing Events in Key Markets Look Set to Fill Some of the ... - AllAfrica.com

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Farmerline which improves information access and communication channels for smallholder farmers and agricultural workers.
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Social Impact Bonds Link to Road Safety Investment - Pro Bono Australia

Social Impact Bonds Link to Road Safety Investment
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“Social impact investing provides an exciting option to 'unlock' the benefits of improving road safety.
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Squaring the circle – bringing ecology and sustainability back into impact investment

Squaring the circle – bringing ecology and sustainability back into impact investment | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Simon Evill discusses why environmental impact can often be an afterthought in impact investment - and why that seems so counter-intuitive in building a sustainable, happy and inclusive society.
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We Need to Prove Impact Investing Makes a Difference - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription)

We Need to Prove Impact Investing Makes a Difference - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Foundations and companies should borrow evaluation techniques from nonprofits to demonstrate that their programs improve society.
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Socially Responsible Investing Nearly Doubled Since '12

Socially Responsible Investing Nearly Doubled Since '12 | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Since 2012, the socially responsible investing sector has nearly doubled from $3.74 trillion to 6.57 trillion. Is this type of investing for everyone?
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Social Impact Bonds Are Coming to the Tropics - Huffington Post

Social Impact Bonds Are Coming to the Tropics - Huffington Post | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Social impact bonds hold substantial potential, not only for the United States and Europe, but also for many emerging markets around the world.
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AfDB President Urges Japanese Businesses to Invest in Africa - AllAfrica.com

AfDB President Urges Japanese Businesses to Invest in Africa AllAfrica.com The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Donald Kaberuka, has urged Japanese businesses to take advantage of the comparative cost of labour to invest in...
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Smallholder Farmers Are The New Global Food Frontier | Hugh Locke - Huffington ... - Huffington Post

Smallholder Farmers Are The New Global Food Frontier | Hugh Locke - Huffington ... - Huffington Post | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
One-third of the world's 7.3 billion people are smallholder farmers and their families who produce nearly 70 percent of all food consumed worldwide on 60 percent of the planet's arable land.
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Mining & Community: Deep Impact Investing - RSF Social Finance

Mining & Community: Deep Impact Investing - RSF Social Finance | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
This article was originally published in the Summer 2015 RSF Quarterly. Chet Tchozewski has been involved in grassroots environmental philanthropy globally for more than 20 years as founder and director of Global Greengrants Fund.
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Power Metering Market Worth $17.8 Billion by 2020 - MarketWatch - MarketWatch

Power Metering Market Worth $17.8 Billion by 2020 - MarketWatch - MarketWatch | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Power Metering Market Worth $17.8 Billion by 2020 - MarketWatch MarketWatch M&M's flagship competitive intelligence and market research platform, "RT" connects over 200,000 markets and entire value chains for deeper understanding of the unmet...
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Apple, Goldman Among Firms in $140 Billion Climate Pledge

Apple, Goldman Among Firms in $140 Billion Climate Pledge | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The commitments are being announced as President Obama is looking to build momentum toward a legacy-defining global climate accord in Paris.
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Getting Beyond Hype: Four Questions to Predict Real Impact (SSIR)

Getting Beyond Hype: Four Questions to Predict Real Impact (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
A simple way to think about investment and design.
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Should businesses measure their social impact?

Should businesses measure their social impact? | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Tris Lumley looks at the differences between businesses, social enterprises and charities when it comes to social impact
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Stakeholder Capitalism: The New Capitalist Model - Huffington Post

Stakeholder Capitalism: The New Capitalist Model - Huffington Post | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
With the Millennial generation driving the values of a more conscious approach to business, we are entering an era in which the old approach to business and capitalism is dying.
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Basic Income? Yes! Bold Ideas About Fixing Inequality - Huffington Post

Basic Income? Yes! Bold Ideas About Fixing Inequality - Huffington Post | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
British economist Tony Atkinson has been studying inequality -- the gap in income and wealth between the top and the bottom -- for nearly half a century.
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$2.3M Partnership Will Study Startup Accelerators, Especially In Emerging Markets - Forbes

$2.3M Partnership Will Study Startup Accelerators, Especially In Emerging Markets - Forbes | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative, a new $2.3 million public-private partnership. aims to study how successful startup accelerators are, especially in developing countries.
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East Africa Emerges as Global Hub For Impact Investing - Wall Street Journal (blog)

East Africa Emerges as Global Hub For Impact Investing - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Investments focused on fostering social or environmental goals are playing an increasing role in East Africa, with nearly $10 billion invested so far, a new report said on Wednesday.
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Three ways businesses can boost sustainable development

Three ways businesses can boost sustainable development | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
What does a procurement manager in Managua have to do with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), asks William Warshauer.
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Building Movements, Not Organizations (SSIR)

Building Movements, Not Organizations (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Creating a healthy, humane world will require more than new organizational designs. It will take rethinking the nature of organizations entirely.
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New Impact Investment Opportunity Equals New Affordable Housing in Seattle

New Impact Investment Opportunity Equals New Affordable Housing in Seattle | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Seattle Foundation led a cohort of local philanthropists in a strategic partnership  with Bellwether Housing’s Seattle Futures Fund, creating an opportunity for them to invest in local affordable housing development and explore this philanthropic ...
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Adding a Social Dimension to Strategy - Institute For Strategy And Competitiveness - Harvard Business School

Adding a Social Dimension to Strategy - Institute For Strategy And Competitiveness - Harvard Business School | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
How can a company re-position their strategy for #sharedvalue? http://t.co/0xgtxp8hsV http://t.co/lUFWSzgxPb
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If You Want To Save Lives, Become An Investment Baker - Huffington Post - Huffington Post

If You Want To Save Lives, Become An Investment Baker - Huffington Post - Huffington Post | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
LONDON, July 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Investment banking doesn't rank highly on most people's lists of ethical career choices, but according to one of the world's most famous living philosophers...
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Climate Change Complicates Efforts to End Poverty

Climate Change Complicates Efforts to End Poverty | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Climate change hits the poorest the hardest, those living in this most vulnerable areas with the fewest resources to help them adapt or recovery quickly from shocks.
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Building African Participation in Global Value Chains

Building African Participation in Global Value Chains | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
RT @Oxbourn: How can Africa build brands & businesses that create jobs for its youth? http://t.co/0G9Wblcinh
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ADB $200 Million Loan to Help India’s Axis Bank Finance Smallholder Farmers

ADB $200 Million Loan to Help India’s Axis Bank Finance Smallholder Farmers | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The Asian Development Bank has signed a $200 million loan with Axis Bank Ltd to extend finance to low-income smallholder farmers.
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