In the latest in their IDS blog series, Peter O’Flynn and Grace Lyn Higdon set out ways and means of using participatory approaches with communities and employees in investee firms in the impact investment cycle, including pre-screening, due diligence, monitoring and exit. Their thinking is generative and carries important implications, and opportunities, for impact investors.
A group of Sri Lankan leaders is launching the impact investing ecosystem in that country on the basis of a unique television series that matches social entrepreneurs seeking capital to grow their businesses with local impact investors. Now the number one national TV business series, the show attracts one million viewers a week.
Global Affairs Canada has just published a collection of articles on new approaches to evaluation in development cooperation in the latest edition of its newsletter, Au Courant. Intended to inform GAC’s implementation of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, the publication’s articles look at development finance, evaluation professionals in the Global South, participatory analysis, humanitarian responses,
The 2X Challenge: Financing for Women was announced at the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Quebec on June 9, 2018 by the member-countries’ development finance institutions (DFIs). The initiative calls on “DFIs to mobilize their own funds, as well as private capital, to unlock resources that will help advance women as entrepreneurs,
The international impact investing industry is growing and performing well. In fact, impact investors now manage nearly $230 billion worldwide. They also show strong commitment to measuring their results. These are some of the top-line findings of the latest survey by the Global Impact Investing Network, the industry’s premier trade association.
The American Evaluation Society’s blog site, AEA365, features an article by Niels Dabelstein on the pioneering evaluation of the International community\s response to the Genocide in Rwanda in the early 1990s. Published in 1996, writes Dabelstein, “the evaluation report presented a comprehensive, independent evaluation of the events leading up to and during the genocide
Grace Lyn Higdon and Peter O’Flynn, research at the Institute of Development Studies, have kicked off a new blog series that will highlight ways and means of increasing citizen participation in the impact investing process and strengthening the “downward accountability” of the field.
This is the title of an article in the spring 2018 edition of Corporate Knights. Among other examples, the article profiles the Adidas Group as an exemplar in its policies on human right defenders and in its ranking in the KnowTheChain partnership.
In a recent AEA365 post, longtime evaluation thought- and practice-leader Rick Davies highlights the advantages of the Basic Necessities Survey (BNS) as a simple, democratic and rights-based tool for measuring poverty in a wide range of contexts. Read his blog and access BNS resources at AEA365
Sweden’s Expert Group for Aid Studies has published DFIs and Development Impact: An Evaluation of Swedfund, assessing the results of that institution’s investments in terms of financial performance, employment creation, taxes generated, and ESG (environmental, social and governance) enhancement of its investee companies.