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Fairtrade Access Fund offers up-front finance to farmers who need it most - The Guardian

Fairtrade Access Fund offers up-front finance to farmers who need it most - The Guardian | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Starbucks is one of first to invest in fund that is helping smallholders and cooperatives to access much-needed finance
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MENA uprising looms as inclusive growth proves elusive - emergingmarkets.org

MENA uprising looms as inclusive growth proves elusive - emergingmarkets.org | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Although the MENA region is forecast to grow, the rate of expansion is not fast enough to create the volume of jobs needed to avert a second Arab Spring, analysts tell Emerging Markets
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Impact investing: a new game for all?

Impact investing: a new game for all? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
It’s been described as a ‘game-changer’ and in the recent report of the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce, the concept was depicted as a ‘new game’ in a compelling video.
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SSFII Conference Oxford

SSFII Conference Oxford | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Call for abstracts: Social and Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing (SSFII) Oxford in April 2015 http://t.co/q4CIWQGFa8
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Financing Agricultural Value Chains in Latin America...

Financing Agricultural Value Chains in Latin America... | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

The report highlights Agricultural Value Chains Financing products and structures that various lead firms, agro-processors, banks, and non-bank financial institutions have designed and implemented to provide financing to producers either directly or through producer organizations, cooperatives, etc. These models can range in complexity from input suppliers advancing seeds or fertilizer, to lending structures that require the active involvement of lead firms and the use of government guarantee funds, such as Mexico’s FIRA, or guarantee programs, such as the Development Credit Authority (DCA) from the U.S. Agency for International Development(USAID).

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No more rotten crops: six smart inventions to prevent harvest loss

No more rotten crops: six smart inventions to prevent harvest loss | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Post-harvest losses are estimated to remove as much as 50% of crops from the food supply in developing countries. Moisture, infestation and rotting are major problems for farmers and processors, leading to reduced income and aggravating hunger.

Research and private sector organisations are coming up with solutions to combat post-harvest losses. These are a few of them:

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Beyond Business as Usual - Policy Innovations

Beyond Business as Usual - Policy Innovations | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Conducting business as usual is no longer good enough. Instead of finding ways to use society and the environment to be successful, companies must contribute to society and the environment in order to sustain success.
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India's charities tackle poverty through business - BBC News

India's charities tackle poverty through business - BBC News | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
India's charities are seeking help from big businesses to build a marketplace for the impoverished to sell their goods.
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Unclaimed deposits to be directed at social impact investing

Unclaimed deposits to be directed at social impact investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Unclaimed money in dormant bank accounts could be deployed towards social impact investment under a plan being considered by the financial system inquiry.
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South East Asia and Pacific Inclusive Business Alliance, Speech, 27 Oct 2014, Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Brett Mason

South East Asia and Pacific Inclusive Business Alliance, Speech, 27 Oct 2014, Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Brett Mason | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Thank you for inviting me to speak at the Australian launch of the SEA PAC (pronounced ‘see pack’) Inclusive Business Alliance.  It’s a pleasure for me, and it’s indeed a pleasure for the government, to see an exciting new initiative, which is so consistent with our new vision for international engagement and development assistance.

This vision is economic diplomacy.  Just as traditional diplomacy aims for peace, economic diplomacy complements it by aiming for prosperity.

 http://t.co/4wH8L2ZPl8 #Glo…

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Barriers and opportunities at the base of the pyramid: the role of the private sector in inclusive development | VOCEDplus: the international tertiary education research database

Barriers and opportunities at the base of the pyramid: the role of the private sector in inclusive development | VOCEDplus: the international tertiary education research database | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Barriers and opportunities at the base of the pyramid: the role of the private sector in inclusive development... http://t.co/8hrtAsy6Qs
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Global business leaders call for inclusive growth

Global business leaders call for inclusive growth | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Businesses and policymakers alike yesterday called for inclusive growth as the traditional approach taken so far has largely failed to benefit the poor and cut disparity in the last few decades. ...
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Groups Pledge $8 Billion For Horn Of Africa To End Poverty - Huffington Post

Groups Pledge $8 Billion For Horn Of Africa To End Poverty - Huffington Post | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The European Union and several regional development banks are announcing new levels of financial support for the Horn of Africa that is to total more than $8 billion.

The announcement Monday comes as United Nations Secret...
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What Happens When Big Data Only Counts the Wealthy? - Wall St. Cheat Sheet

What Happens When Big Data Only Counts the Wealthy? - Wall St. Cheat Sheet | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Critics of big data say that it only reflects those with access to data-driven technologies. What happens when inequality and big data meet?
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Investing in Socially Responsible Companies: Splunk - Motley Fool

Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK)  is much more than a data analytics and software company. In addition to providing software products, Splunk is helping communities harness the power of big data and create projects that have a lasting social impact. The company's commitment to making a difference through data has made it a favorite among top mutual funds such as Calvert Investments, which specializes in Socially Responsible Investing or SRI.

Investing in socially responsible stocks is a popular strategy today that aims to find companies with a balance between both solid financial returns and social good. In fact, socially responsible investing has grown tremendously in recent years with roughly $3.74 trillion in total managed assets today, according to Forbes. One of the ways to invest in socially responsible companies is to find businesses that align with your values. With that in mind, let's see how Splunk stacks up as a possible SRI for long-term investors.

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Social enterprise is an emerging force in Pakistan

Social enterprise is an emerging force in Pakistan | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
New social start ups tackling water, energy and construction challenges in Pakistan hope to help break the country’s reliance on aid
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Time to start challenging our assumptions that start-ups can't reach scale - The Guardian

Time to start challenging our assumptions that start-ups can't reach scale - The Guardian | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Can social enterprises sufficiently scale to really crack problems of poverty? Recent thought suggests they can
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Doing Good for the Planet by Impact Investing - The Nature Conservancy, California

Doing Good for the Planet by Impact Investing - The Nature Conservancy, California | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
New study reveals that impact investing will be a key driver of 21st-century conservation
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Venture Capital Firm Invests in Start-Ups With a Social Mission

Venture Capital Firm Invests in Start-Ups With a Social Mission | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Over the last decade, the managing director of DBL Investors, Nancy Pfund, has quietly built a reputation as the go-to venture capitalist for companies looking to make a social impact.
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Can business take sustainability cues from the emerging markets?

Can business take sustainability cues from the emerging markets? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Businesses from the emerging economies of Asia, Africa and Latin America are bringing new ways of working that could make current growth patterns more sustainable.Sponsored feature
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Is social investment bad for the charity sector? - Civil Society Media (blog)

Is social investment bad for the charity sector? - Civil Society Media (blog) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In recent months senior figures in the world of charity have questioned whether social investment is good for the sector. David Ainsworth examines why this new field is facing a backlash.
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Harvard Business School to Host New Program on Corporate Social Impact

Harvard Business School to Host New Program on Corporate Social Impact | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Creating Shared Value: Economic Success & Social Impact examine 3 components of shared value strategies http://t.co/2JQQmW55Qx #socialchange
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Why Creating Shared Value Is Vital For Winning The War For Talent

Why Creating Shared Value Is Vital For Winning The War For Talent | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Business leaders and managers need to learn about the potential of Creating Shared Value to make sure that tomorrow’s best and brightest talents will be knocking at their door.
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Synchronized Factories - Springer

Synchronized Factories - Springer | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Synchronized Factories. Latin America and the Caribbean in the Era of Global Value Chains / Good read! http://t.co/kZFhKNtu0t
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