On June 5-7, 2013, senior officials from around the globe met at the World Economic Forum on East Asia to discuss sustainable economic development strategies. In this post, Polina Minkovski, former Analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, discusses the innovation of "old ideas" in the development of social finance and impact investing.
Day 2 continues at the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference with international and national leaders in responsible investing! Follow the conversation at #sioconf2013 and check out our live blog!
Though traditional microfinance programs have helped many at the Bottom of the Pyramid escape from poverty, hundreds of thousands more remain underserved. In Ethiopia for instance, countless low-income earners residing in rural areas perpetually lack access to appropriate financial tools. In this post, Devon Krainer explores village savings and lending associations, a complementary model to existing microfinance programs.
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What’s your response if asked by the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to speak in front of an audience of international leaders in your field—mere days before you had expected to attend the event as a guest? If your name is Ted Anderson, you say yes. On June 6, Director of the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing Ted Anderson, spoke to an audience of senior government officials, business leaders, academics, and major philanthropists on behalf of Canada at the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum. Today, the G8 leaders meet in Northern Island. For a Canadian perspective on the social finance landscape, SocialFinance.ca spoke to Anderson.
Editors introduction: In the mid-1800s, it was far from obvious that anyone could ever standardize financial reporting. While today, income statements and uniform measures of financial profit are ubiquitous, it wasn’t too long ago that such indicators were deemed too unique and complex to measure. So goes the argument by Kate Ruff, in her presentation at the most recent Social Impact Analyst Association Conference about the necessitity for the establishment of a new profession: the social impact analyst.