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Can an African green revolution help feed the world?

Can an African green revolution help feed the world? | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Today, after planting improved varieties and working as part of a cooperative to boost her access to markets, the 59-year-old grandmother earns 30,000 shillings ($360) a month from her bananas, selling them at 13 shillings a kilo rather than three.

"I am not educated. My father denied me that chance. But I've made something of my life," said Gitau, who has bought seven dairy cows with some of her profits.

She also recently planted 100 passion fruit vines as part of an $11 million project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Coca Cola, to have 50,000 Kenyan and Ugandan smallholders produce fruit for Minute Maid juice and double their incomes in the process.

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Foreign investors are ‘making it rain’ on Indonesia

Foreign investors are ‘making it rain’ on Indonesia | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Last month, Indonesian (IDX, quote) trade minister Gita Wirjawan announced that Indonesia’s foreign direct investment rose 30.3% in the first quarter of 2012, to a record high of $5.6 billion from $4.3 billion during the same period last year.
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TEDxKyotoChange - Satoru Yamamoto - Impact Investing - Innovative finance for development

Satoru Yamamoto is currently the Director / Head of Planning Section of the Product Planning Department at Daiwa Securities. After entering Daiwa Securities in 1998, from 2001 he became engaged in debt finance and new product development in the Product Planning Department, leading impact investment in Japan. In November 2009, with the cooperation of the International Finance Corporation, Mr. Yamamoto started a microfinance bond and developed a microfinance investment trust fund (Daiwa Microfinance Fund, est. March 2011), both firsts in Japan which tied with his subsequent promotion. He is also in involved with other initiatives such as International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFlm), World Bank "Cool" Bond, World Bank Green Bond, ADB Water Bonds, European Investment Bank Ecology Bond, Inter-American Development Bank Child Support Bonds, AfDB Education Bonds, and JICA Bonds among others. In March 2012, he was chosen as one of the "Young Global Leaders for 2012" by the World Economic Forum-hosted Davos Forum.

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All developing regions have enjoyed faster growth since 2002, with particular attention focused on the performance of larger countries. A string of acronyms, most notably Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), has animated the idea of a "great convergence" as incomes in the global south are projected to rapidly catch those in the slow-growing north.
The financial crisis of 2008 has done little to change this narrative. The big message from the pundits and policymakers in developed countries is that global market forces have delivered rising prosperity, and that "business as usual" through sharp austerity in the north and rapid opening-up in the south is the way forward.

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The Unknown Inventor Whose Work Is Saving The Developing World

The Unknown Inventor Whose Work Is Saving The Developing World | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

If you’re a lucky inventor, maybe you come up with one big thing that makes an impact on people. Ashok Gadgil, the winner of the 2012 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation, has produced two inventions that have changed the lives of people in the developing world, and is now working on a third. How has he pulled this off?

It helps that Gadgil, a professor in the Department of Civil Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, has a science background. But his explanation is fairly simple: "In each case it was becoming aware of how serious the problem was and then being aware that actually there is some technical solution that could help. It’s like you find a puzzle, but the nice thing about this puzzle is that if you solve it you’re making people’s lives better."

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Home | Social enterprise network | Guardian Professional

Home | Social enterprise network | Guardian Professional | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

On the Guardian Social Enterprise Network you can:
Read expert content, analysis and resources
Find the customers and suppliers you need to grow
Connect with fellow social entrepreneurs in your region and sector
You can sign up as an individual, and you can also register your company for our free directory to raise your profile among potential investors, suppliers, commissioners, customers and other social enterprises.

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ADB: Growth in Asia leaving millions behind

ADB: Growth in Asia leaving millions behind | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

In his speech at the start of the ADB annual meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Wednesday, Kuroda said that inclusive growth will be another key focus of this year's annual meeting.

"As you may be aware, our recently released Asian Development Outlook [ADO] 2012 suggests that the Asia and Pacific region should be able to maintain its growth momentum despite ongoing troubles elsewhere in the world," the ADB president said... However, he noted that that the region still faces significant long-term challenges, and one of this is the issue of rising inequality.

ADO 2012 revealed that income divisions are rising markedly in Asia, causing a wide gap between rich and poor that threatens to undermine the region's stability, adding that Asia's rapid growth is leaving millions behind.

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People-Centered Economic Development — Business: Localization – Changing capitalism to serve people and planet

People-Centered Economic Development — Business: Localization – Changing capitalism to serve people and planet | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

“What if some businesses were to do things differently? Rather than accept that the responsibility of business was to return a profit to shareholders, what if it made other people the central focus and instead invested in the local community and social objectives?” — asks Jeff Mowatt, the Director of P-CED, People Centered Economic Development.

People-Centered Economic Development in a tweet…
Essentially, People-Centered Economic Development [P-CED] is an economic paradigm measured in human terms rather than financial return, a social business.

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Africa’s Population Surge

Africa’s Population Surge | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
At current growth rates, sub-Saharan Africa, which now makes up 12 percent of the world’s population, will account for more than a third by 2100.

 

Africa is the world's fastest growing region and consequently it is an incredibly young (demographically speaking) region.  This video show key reasons (primarily cultural and economic) for the population growth within Africa.  How does the  demographic transition model apply to Africa?


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With declining rates of infant mortality, stable and growing maternity rates, the population of Africa is being projected to account for 33% of the world’s population. This may hold true unless we see what is happening in Europe, where increased maternal education and help with child rearing for society is leading to smaller families. So much so, that they have whole towns dying from lack of population replacement. China is seeing this as well with their “one child” program.  Unless sub-Saharan Africa starts a program heavy on education, the area will far exceed it’s ability to house and feed it’s populace.

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Global Compact Calls on Companies to Commit to the Future We Want | CSR News - Justmeans

Global Compact Calls on Companies to Commit to the Future We Want | CSR News - Justmeans | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

New York, NY - May 3, 2012 - The UN Global Compact, in partnership with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), announced today a worldwide call for commitments to actions and partnerships that advance progress along the six core themes of the Rio 20 Corporate Sustainability Forum, to be held on 15-18 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. The call urges companies to help address the global challenges highlighted by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio 20).
In a special video address posted on the Global Compact website, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged companies globally to step up their commitment to sustainability in the lead-up to Rio 20: “We need to put our world on a more sustainable path: economically, socially, and environmentally…Solutions exist that can have profound impacts. But we need many more companies to awaken to this agenda.”

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'Impact Investing' And Social Enterprises: Knowing When To Scale

'Impact Investing' And Social Enterprises: Knowing When To Scale | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

At the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, we focus on helping social entrepreneurs build ventures that scale. My colleague and mentor Jim Koch, founder of the Center and one of the founders of both our signature Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) and The Tech Awards, returned from the Unite for Sight's Global Health and Innovation Conference effusive about his airplane reading. Jim's praise was for the Monitor Group's recently released report, From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing.

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Watch A Stunning Video Of Humanity’s Effect On Earth

Watch A Stunning Video Of Humanity’s Effect On Earth | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

This tour of our glowing transportation and communication networks shows the majesty--and horror--of how mankind has altered the planet.

According to scientists, we’re currently in the geological epoch known as the Holocene, which has lasted for the last 12,000 years. The Holocene encompasses the rise of humanity since the last ice age. But some scientists think we have actually entered a new era, called the Anthropocene--an era in which the world no longer shapes humanity, but in which humanity shapes the world to its own purpose and does so to such an extent that it will have permanent effects of the geological record of our planet.

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New international land deals database reveals rush to buy up Africa

New international land deals database reveals rush to buy up Africa | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Almost 5% of Africa's agricultural land has been bought or leased by investors since 2000, according to an international coalition of researchers and NGOs that has released the world's largest public database of international land deals.

 

The database, launched on Thursday, lifts the lid on a decade of secretive deals struck by governments, investors and speculators seeking large tracts of fertile land in developing countries around the world.


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Social Finance Round Up: IFC Launches $500M Green Bond in US | Blog | Social Finance

Social Finance Round Up: IFC Launches $500M Green Bond in US | Blog | Social Finance | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has secured a special drawing right of $12.4 billion for the next four-year phase of its concessional development fund, providing critical financial support to fight poverty in Asia and the Pacific region.

Citi's Environmental Products Trading and Origination team, working with Citi Microfinance, has agreed to purchase 1.17 million metric tonnes of carbon credits. These credits will be generated by capturing reductions of greenhouse gas emissions following the installation of more efficient household insulation and heating fixtures in Mongolia's “gers,” the traditional and ubiquitous tent-like structures that house more than a quarter of those living in the country’s capital.

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Inclusive Business: The Nigerian Experience - The Practitioner Hub

Inclusive Business: The Nigerian Experience - The Practitioner Hub | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

“At theBIF Nigeria Country team, we are learning”. Indeed we have learnt quite a lot while making advancements towards fully understanding the vast potential of inclusive business and introducing this rather novel concept in the Nigerian context (Quite an interesting experience). We are gradually moving from being a relatively unknown concept/entity in the Nigerian “business world” and achieving some form of exposure and acceptance. Could this be attributed to our growing understanding of the idea of inclusive business? Or better communication of the idea to businesses as a result of our learning from our experience from earlier projects? In all progress is being made and we are better positioned towards achieving our objectives.

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Decoding Impact Investing’s Alphabet Soup of Measurement Tools

Decoding Impact Investing’s Alphabet Soup of Measurement Tools | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

As the PULSE product manager, I frequently receive inquiries from impact investors, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other entities that start with a tongue-twisting question: “We’d like to start using PULSE-GIIRS-IRIS to track our impact and show the benefits in a measurable way. Where do we begin?”

It becomes instantly clear from these first contacts that there is a lot of confusion in the impact investment marketplace around what PULSE, GIIRS, and IRIS each bring to the table, how they work together, and how they are different.

Why is the distinction important? Because each tool plays a very distinct role.

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How well do you know Indian North-eastern states? [Survey]

How well do you know Indian North-eastern states? [Survey] | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Can you name all the states that fall within the title The Seven Sisters? Which is the second largest city in North East India after Calcutta? Mawsynram may be one of the places in India that received highest rainfall each year. But which state is it in? What it the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh? Which North Eastern states share a border with Myanmar?

Don’t shrug off these questions just because they seem like they are straight out of a GK book. Go ahead and test yourself. If find yourself fumbling with most of them, you could very well be amongst the 87% of working professionals in India who can’t even name all the states of North East India.

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Impact Investing for the Rest of Us | IMTelkom News Portal

Impact Investing for the Rest of Us | IMTelkom News Portal | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Ron D. Cordes is helping to change the face of American philanthropy through impact investing.

Ron D. Cordes spent career No. 1 striving to amass a fortune — and he succeeded. He built AssetMark Investment Services, a firm he co-founded, into a nationwide company with 400 employees and $9 billion in client assets. In 2006 Cordes and two partners sold out to Genworth Financial Wealth Management for $230 million.

Now the 52-year-old entrepreneur is aiming to be equally successful in a new, wholly different career mission: giving money away. Charity sounds easy enough, but Cordes admits he was “a little bit terrified” when he and his wife, Marty, created the nonprofit Cordes Foundation immediately after the Genworth deal. They were wary of squandering the war chest. The challenge, he says, was “trying to figure out, when you’re not the Gates Foundation, and you have several less zeroes on your balance sheet, how you can really have an impact.”

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Brazilians Leaving The U.S. Behind - Forbes

Brazilians Leaving The U.S. Behind - Forbes | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

It might not seem that way when walking down the streets of Manhattan or Miami, but Brazilians are leaving the United States behind and heading home.

A decade ago, places like Little Brazil near 42nd Street in Manhattan were loaded with Brazilian restaurants and shops selling everything from calling cards, to cameras to cheap cell phones and souvenirs. Today, Little Brazil is a shadow of its former self. The Brazilian restaurants are either half empty, or more full with tourists looking for a sugar-bombed caipirinha, than the Brazilians who live there. (And their picanha is nothing like the real thing. And come on, Pitu? Quem faça caipirinhas com Pitu? Ninguem.)

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The limits of plug-and-play development

The limits of plug-and-play development | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

THE hard-fought contest for the World Bank's presidency reignited the debate over differing models for development. On one side is the "big development" camp, which advocates institution building and large-scale investments in health, education and infrastructure. On the other stand the "small development" proponents who focus on micro-policy questions that impact a particular community or issue. Divergent as the two models are, development projects, both big and small, increasingly have one common feature—the use of technology as an agent of change.

From hi-tech gadgets (laptops and cell phones) to low-tech widgets (solar powered lamps and inexpensive syringes), engineering innovations are being deployed to tackle social problems in the developing world. The anecdotal evidence offers grounds for optimism: telecenters that brought the internet to rural India, mobile phones that link farmers in remote African villages to buying centers, cheap chlorine dispensers which are widely used in Kenya. But what is the impact of technology in alleviating poverty and spurring development? Two recent studies, both using randomised field trials, evaluated the outcome of technology-based initiatives. The results are striking.

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The Economics of Sustainability

http://www.ted.com Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of...

 

This provocatively title TED talk would be an excellent resource for discussing sustainable development.  What are the economic, environmental, political and cultural ramifications of suggested policies that seek to lead towards sustainable development?  What are the ramifications of not changing policies towards sustainable development?  


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 I found this video very interesting because it spoke about how there is so little space and more and more people are having kids. But there is no space because everyone likes having a lot of room to expand that is why because everyone in the world could fit in the state of California. So there is space it is just not spread out good enough that everyone could fit comfortably. 

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New Agriculturist: Developments - Profiting from prawn in Bangladesh

New Agriculturist: Developments - Profiting from prawn in Bangladesh | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

In southeast Bangladesh, the Meghna-Gumti River Basin is a flood-prone area where vast amounts of land remain under 1.5 to 3 metres of water for up to six months of the year. Rice production becomes impossible as rising levels of floodwater engulf the land swamping the rice fields. To improve food security for poor farmers, a group of NGOs* has provided funding and training to enable farmers to take up prawn cultivation during the wet season. "We had to find work during the wet season because the fields were flooded," explains Raj Miah, one of the 25 farmers involved in Putia village. "But now our lives have changed. We can afford to send our children to school."

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CEPAL - Latin America and the Caribbean Received US$153 Billion from Foreign Direct Investment in 2011

CEPAL - Latin America and the Caribbean Received US$153 Billion from Foreign Direct Investment in 2011 | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Latin America and the Caribbean received US$153.448 billion from foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2011, which represents 10% of the global total flows according to a report presented today by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile.

This is about the largest amount of FDI received by the region so far, as stated in the report entitled Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 2011. In 2010, the region received US$120.880 billion, whereas in 2009, due to the international economic crisis, investments decreased to US$81.589 billion. Until then, the highest record had been registered in 2008, when investments amounted to US$137.001 billion.

In 2011, the main foreign direct investment recipients in the region were Brazil (US$66.660 billion, representing 43.8% of the total of flows into the region), Mexico (US$19.440 billion), Chile (17.299 billion), Colombia (US$13.234 billion), Peru (US$7.659 billion), Argentina (US$7.243 billion), Venezuela (US$5.302 billion) and Uruguay (US$2.528 billion). Of these countries, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay reached historic records.

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Survey: Sustainability an ‘Important Factor’ in Supply Chain Choices · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

Survey: Sustainability an ‘Important Factor’ in Supply Chain Choices · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Seventy-two percent of US companies say sustainability influences their purchasing decisions and is an important factor when selecting a service provider, according to a survey by cloud computing firm Rackspace Hosting.

 

26 percent of respondents said cost considerations outweighed environmental factors when purchasing products and services;
54 percent of companies said when two purchasing choices are equal (including cost), the greener product or service is better;
20 percent said when two purchasing choices are not equal, greener is better;
17 percent of companies said sustainability is a standard part of their request for information, proposal or quote system;
59 percent of companies said they consider sustainability periodically for specific types of purchases.

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How Should Foundations Like Gates Approach Social Practices of Those They Invest In? - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active an engaged democracy.

How Should Foundations Like Gates Approach Social Practices of Those They Invest In? - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active an engaged democracy. | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Eventually, as Occupy-related protests shifted to corporation-by-corporation strategies protests at the shareholder meetings of General Electric and Wells Fargo recently), someone was going to take a look at the investment portfolios of big foundations and spot their ownership of the corporations now targeted by the 99% Power coalition and other groups.

This article from Dissident Voice takes off on the Gates Foundation’s half million shares in Monsanto, though notes, in passing, that it also holds 9.4 million shares in McDonalds, 9.6 million in Caterpillar, 10.2 in Coca-Cola, 15.7 in Waste management, 7.1 million in ExxonMobil, and 500,000 in Goldman Sachs. However, the target here is Monsanto, which the article says created Agents Orange and Blue and is a top promoter of genetically modified (more specifically, “genetically engineered” or “GE”) foods and seeds. Forty protesters marched to the new campus of the Gates Foundation recently as part of an international day of action against Monsanto.

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