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Speakers share their thoughts at the U.N. Private Sector Focal Points Meeting, Africa: Advancing Partnerships & Responsible Business Leadership in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 10.

U.N. Global Compact Addresses Sustainable Development in Africa

The event was part of “Africa: Advancing Partnerships and Responsible Business Leadership,” a week-long conference co-sponsored by the U.N. Global Compact. Held in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, it aims to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Africa and explore partnerships between the U.N. and the public and private sectors to advance sustainable development in the region.


Horrors! Seattle is Moving to a $15/hour Minimum Wage

On June 2 the Seattle City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage, making Seattle the first major city in America to take this type of action to address income inequality.

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Why Finance is (and Always has Been) an Important Sector for Impact Investors

If you were asked to guess which sector attracted the biggest proportion of impact investment, which would you say it was? If you chose anything other than financial services, you guessed wrong. Impact investors have been enthusiastic backers of financial service businesses since the early days of social investing. In this blog, the first of a three-part series on impact investing in financial services, we explore the reasons why finance remains such an important sector for impact investors—and what their relationship means for the social investing sector today.


Add Some Spice to GDP with Sex and Drugs

Why not include sex and drugs in the GDP mix, as Italy and the United Kingdom have done? After all, those are economic activities, right?

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Investor Ready Cities: From Delhi to Chattanooga

It’s almost a cliché these days to say that infrastructure development is a crushing and highly complex problem, mainly because there’s so much to do but not enough financial resources available to do it. The trick, then, is how to address infrastructure needs.

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A Guide to the Different Forms of Impact-Backed Finance

Recent years have seen a burst of innovation in the social finance sector with impact investors putting capital behind many of the most exciting and effective new approaches. In this blog, part two of a three-part series on impact investing in finance, we look at the different kinds of finance and chart the growth of a sector on fire.

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The Future of Investable Social Finance

With the beginnings of a track record to back up its claims, finance remains a solid bet for impact investors. The future looks positive as a new generation of impact-backed financial service providers hone their skills, diversify their products and discover untapped markets of underserved clients in different parts of the globe. In this blog, part three of a three-part series on impact investing in finance, we chart the future of investing in social finance.

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What If . . . Business Was Bio-inspired?

This week’s Sustainable Brands conference brings together some of the world’s most influential companies, to ask “what if…?” How are ants so efficient? Do they have a business plan? If not, why should we?


Report Charts Renewable Energy’s Rapid Advance Into the Mainstream Mix

Global renewable energy capacity rose 8.3 percent in 2013, fueled by technological advances, cost reductions and supportive government policies, particularly among developing countries, according to REN21’s sixth annual review. Solar power capacity has grown an average of over 54 percent over the past five years.


Brookings Delves Into Low and No-Carbon Electricity Technologies

Absent a high-enough price on carbon, a carbon tax, or direct levies on fossil fuel suppliers, “nuclear, hydro and natural gas combined cycle have far more net benefits than either wind or solar,” according to Brookings’ Charles R. Frank, Jr. The assumptions underlying and supporting the analysis highlight the shortcomings of economic models and thinking, however.

June, director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation, and Bruce S. Kahn, founder of --the first place winner of this year's Wireless Innovation Project Competition.

Wireless Innovation Project Competition Awards Change-Makers in the Mobile Space

It’s been said that there’s an app for everything these days, so why should the world’s most pressing challenges be any different? That’s the message behind the Vodafone Americas Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project Competition (WIP). Since its inception in 2009, WIP has provided funding for a range of wireless technology innovations–awarding more than $2 million to universities, nonprofits and NGOs.