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LatAm Experiences Middle Class Growth

LatAm Experiences Middle Class Growth | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

The middle class in Latin America and the Caribbean grew by 50 percent in roughly the last decade, according to a recent report by the World Bank.

In 2003 the group represented about 103 million people. In 2009, the most recent count, it's an estimated 152 million. Experts hailed the 49 million-person increase as a successful result of economic policy by Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) governments, but also cautioned that much more remains to be done.

"The recent experience of Latin America and the Caribbean shows the world that policies balancing economic growth while still expanding opportunities for the most vulnerable can spread prosperity to millions of people," said World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim. "Governments […] still need to do much more – one third of the population is still in poverty."

For decades, little progress was made in the region to reduce poverty and grow the middle class, according to the report. But economic stability and growth in the region, coupled with more recent changes emphasizing the delivery of social programs, spurred this meteoric boost.

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Unconventional Wisdom (SSIR)

Unconventional Wisdom (SSIR) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The Rockefeller Foundation’s “scan and search” approach casts a wide net to identify the issues it’s best suited to tackle.
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Treasury predicts 16m people to benefit from robo-advice

Treasury predicts 16m people to benefit from robo-advice | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

According to the Investment Management Strategy II paper published by the UK Treasury this week, around 16 million people could be targeted for financial advice for the first time if robo-advice became a core tenet of wealth management offerings.

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The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice

The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
This report, The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice, presents findings from the GIIN’s first comprehensive survey of the state of impact measurement and management (IMM) in the impact investing industry.
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Middle Mensch: Meet The Man Making Impact Investing Swell

Middle Mensch: Meet The Man Making Impact Investing Swell | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Impact outfits like David Fanger's Swell - and the insurance giant backing it - are betting low fees, minuscule minimums and a feel-good focus will lure Millennial investors.
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Ten Notable Resources for Pay for Success

Ten Notable Resources for Pay for Success | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
This list presents notable cases, articles, tools, and reports to help those working on pay-for-success initiatives in a variety of issue areas.
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Ford Foundation hires Roy Swan to lead Mission Investments portfolio

Ford Foundation hires Roy Swan to lead Mission Investments portfolio | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ford Foundation hires Roy Swan to lead Mission Investments portfolio.
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Which investors are most attracted to ESG investments and why?

Which investors are most attracted to ESG investments and why? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Growth in the environmental, social and governance niche is tremendous. New research illuminates the causes and why advisers should care.
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CEOs Should Stop Thinking that Execution is Somebody Else’s Job; It Is Theirs

CEOs Should Stop Thinking that Execution is Somebody Else’s Job; It Is Theirs | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Everyone is responsible for strategy, but responsibility for execution rests at the top.
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Interested in impact investing? Here's everything you need to know

Interested in impact investing? Here's everything you need to know | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Impact investing, a subset of socially responsible investing, doesn't just focus on avoidance of harm to society and the environment, but actively seeks to make a positive impact. Here's what you need to know to become an impact investor.
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Scalable solutions in fragile states

Scalable solutions in fragile states | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Larry Cooley and Jonathan Papoulidis discuss ways to scale effective development programs to reach the most vulnerable populations.
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Blended Finance Gets a $500 Million Boost: Convergence CEO Discusses Groundbreaking Partnership with IFC - NextBillion

Blended Finance Gets a $500 Million Boost: Convergence CEO Discusses Groundbreaking Partnership with IFC - NextBillion | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
How Convergence is partnering with the IFC to change the game around blended finance for health and education businesses in developing countries.
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Social Stock Exchange: London market trying to change the world

Social Stock Exchange: London market trying to change the world | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
A stock exchange with a difference: It only admits companies that fix social problems or the environment.
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The New Frontier in Sustainable Investing

The New Frontier in Sustainable Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Omar Selim founded Arabesque Asset Management to invest sustainably. He needed better data, so he built the most comprehensive database to date. And he’s using it to beat the market—with the help of Big Data and artificial intelligence.
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Mainstreaming Sustainable and Impact Investing

Mainstreaming Sustainable and Impact Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Sustainable and Impact Investing aims to build industry coherence and collaboration to accelerate the evolution from the short-term investment mindset to one that focuses on long-term investments and sustainable impact.
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Forces of change

Forces of change | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Two powerful forces are shaping our workforces and workplaces: the growing adoption of artificial intelligence in the workplace and the expansion of the workforce to include both on- and off-balance-sheet talent. What does the future of work look like, and what are the implications for individuals, organizational leaders, and public institutions?
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Reports | Our Insights | BSR

Reports | Our Insights | BSR | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
This report presents BSR’s holistic framing of “social finance,” or any investment activity that generates financial returns and considers social and environmental impact and introduces five conditions to galvanize private capital toward advancing social and environmental goals.
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The strategy for the future of the UK's asset management industry unveiled | GovWire News

The strategy for the future of the UK's asset management industry unveiled | GovWire News | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The Investment Management Strategy II sets out the government’s long-term approach to enhancing the UK’s position as a centre for asset management.
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The Innovative Hiring Mind-set for Scaling Social Change (SSIR)

The Innovative Hiring Mind-set for Scaling Social Change (SSIR) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
To scale their reach when qualified recruits are scarce, innovative Indian nonprofits are seeking out promising candidates from the fringe.
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Credit Suisse gives impact investing its Drew

Credit Suisse gives impact investing its Drew | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Marisa Drew has gone from being one of Credit Suisse’s most senior investment bankers to overseeing the Swiss group’s new global impact finance and advisory division, reporting directly to group chief executive Tidjane Thiam. Clients are curious. Should competitors take note?
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The Promise of Private Sector Grants in an Impact Investing World (SSIR)

The Promise of Private Sector Grants in an Impact Investing World (SSIR) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Private sector development grants can help reach people in communities where many investors won't go.

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SRI Engagement & Monitoring - Corporate Governance

SRI Engagement & Monitoring - Corporate Governance | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
SRI engagement and monitoring was a major theme during my first day @28th Annual SRI Conference this year (#AllinForImpact) Second installment #ESG #corpgov
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More Proof That Impact Investing Can Generate Returns

More Proof That Impact Investing Can Generate Returns | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The Global Impact Investing Network compiled research from more than a dozen studies.
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Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Supply Chains

Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Supply Chains | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The products that consumers demand, factory processes and footprints, and the management of global supply chains are being re-shaped to an unprecedented degree and at unprecedented pace.
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How can we improve the development impact of migrant remittances?

How can we improve the development impact of migrant remittances? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Remittances are already a lifeline for many people in developing countries — but with reforms to the system, leaders across Europe and Africa believe they could become a key driver of global development.
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