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Development Mantra for Sustainability
Audrey Selian, Development Mantra for Sustainability 19 Mar 2018
Farming as a Service (Bain & Company)
Claudius Gutemann, Farming as a Service (Bain & Company) 15 Mar 2018
Financial Services

Sustainable Capitalism: A Report by Generation

The challenges facing the planet today are unprecedented and extraordinary; climate change, water scarcity, poverty, disease, growing inequality of income and wealth, demographic shifts, trans-border and internal migration, urbanisation and a global economy in a state of constant dramatic volatility and flux, to name but a few. While governments and civil society will need to be part of the solution to these massive challenges, ultimately it will be companies and investors that will mobilise the capital needed to overcome them. Read more »

Energy and Power

Bioenergy Projects and Sustainable Development: Which Project Types Offer the Greatest Benefits?

Modern bioenergy sources are often viewed as important components of a low-carbon, energy-secure future. By reducing dependence on imported fuel and providing new employment opportunities, bioenergy production has the potential to stimulate local economies in developing countries. And yet, given the diversity of biomass resources, options, markets and scales, a better understanding of how well different bioenergy project types can provide sustainable development is needed. Read more »


Investing for impact: How social entrepreneurship is redefining the meaning of return

The growing interest in impact investing is hard to miss. Today, more investors and entrepreneurs than ever are proactively investing their capital in solutions designed to generate a positive social or environmental impact, while also having the potential for some financial return. In practice, such opportunities are emerging in most parts of the world, across nearly all asset classes, and at many different levels of risk and return. Read more »


Edition 4 - January 2012

Newsletter 4th edition Read more »


The First IRIS Performance Data Report is Released

Data Driven: A Performance Analysis for the Impact Investing Industry The first data report of the IRIS initiative presents early findings from 2,394 organizations - including 1,931 microfinance institutions and 463 mission-driven organizations - that work with leading impact investment intermediaries. This report signals a new level of sophistication for the impact investing industry by providing an early glimpse into industry characteristics and the performance of organizations receiving and seeking impact investment capital. In addition to presenting early aggregated performance data, this report's objective is to drive widespread adoption of IRIS and to encourage impact investors, funds, and mission-driven organizations to strengthen future market intelligence by voluntarily contributing data for analysis through IRIS data collection partners. As more social, environmental, and financial performance data is collected by the IRIS initiative, the resulting analysis will help the impact investing community make better informed decisions and facilitate more effective use of impact investment capital. Read more »


Ennovent Update - January Issue 1

Ennovent Update - January Issue 1 Read more »


Preparedness of Indian Public Equities for Business Sustainability (Environmental, Social and Governance) Disclosure and Reporting

Issue briefing in context of SEBI mandating Business Responsibility reporting. Read more »

Financial Services

Impact Investors in Asia: Characteristics and Preferences for Investing in Social Enterprises in Asia and the Pacific

The aim of the research is to understand the “buy” side of the market for impact investing in Asia and the Pacific. Specifically, this project places emphasis on understanding the scale and scope of capital pools available for impact investment in sustainable social enterprises (SEs) 1 in Asia and the Pacific in the coming years, the interest of investors in utilizing a “social stock exchange” as part of their impact investment strategy in the region and the design features that such a social stock exchange must incorporate in order to attract these impact investors. The research seeks to understand, “What engages investors in impact investment?”; What is the current and projected level of interest?”; “What is the need for and appeal of a social stock exchange?”; and “What are the operational requirements for each investor category to participate on a social stock exchange?” – all in the context of Asia and the Pacific region. This report provides insights to investors keen to invest in the region, financial intermediaries that advise SEs on capital raising, and developers of platforms seeking to connect SEs in the region with impact investors. Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), an SE based in Singapore, is applying the final outputs of this research as it finalizes the operating features of Asia’s first social stock exchange, which it is creating. The outputs of the research will also aid policy makers and institutional actors to better understand and foster an environment for sustainable development through impact investing. Read more »

Financial Services

FDI in India: Foreign Direct Investments in the Retail Sector

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a major source of investment for a developing country like India where it expects investments from multinational companies to improve countries’ growth rate, create jobs, to share their expertise, and research and development in the host country. India, the world's second-fastest expanding major economy, has opened many sectors for foreign investments since 1991 but still strictly regulates investment in some sectors such as retail, defense, health and education. Read more »

Agriculture Products

The Bellagio Initiative Daily Report: More Questions than Answers

So do we have all the answers after two weeks of great brainstorming, talks and networking? Hardly. But that was never the point. This two-week Bellagio Initiative Summit set an ambitious agenda for itself to discuss the future of philanthropy and development in this fast-changing world. It ended with everyone vowing to continue the work that had started. The summit brought together world’s leading thinkers, activists and development workers from the field of philanthropy and international development as the role of philanthropy is becoming very important in international development. Read more »