Big US ESG Funds Beat the Market

The Bloomberg business-news service has reported that: “Nine of the biggest ESG mutual funds in the U.S. outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index last year, and seven of them beat their market benchmarks over the past five years.”  For 2019, top performers included the Ave Maria Growth Fund (nearly $900 M in assets), the…(Read more)

Dr. Sulley Gariba Appointed Head of Impact for the Mastercard Foundation

Longtime friend and colleague, the Honourable Dr. Sulley Gariba, has been appointed Head of Country and Regional Program Impact for the Mastercard Foundation.  An international leader in development evaluation and public policy, Dr.Gariba will carry out his pan-African mandate from Accra, Ghana. Formerly Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada and Senior Advisor to the President of…(Read more)

Mainstreaming Gender at DFC Belize

Earlier this month, the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) of Belize kicked off a series of staff training sessions and community consultations aimed at informing its new Gender Equality Policy and Action Plan.  This initiative is supported by the Caribbean Development Bank and E.T. Jackson and Associates.  DFC has appointed a Gender Champion from among its…(Read more)

Next Generation Research Partnerships

Organized by the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development, the NextGen Symposium was held at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa on May 25-26, 2019.  The meeting brought together reflective civil-society practitioners and engaged scholars to exchange lessons and tools for more effective research partnerships…(Read more)