A recent OECD blog by Rory Clarke underscores the nature and significance of the ongoing conflict between nomadic pastoralists and farmers in sedentary communities in West Africa and the Sahel. The deepening of this conflict can further destabilize already fragile areas in this part of the continent.
Kicking off a week of posts on the American Evaluation Association’s blog platform, AEA365, Jane Reisman and Alyna Wyatt provide an overview on the global stream of work being advanced by evaluators, impact analysts, impact investors and others in the emerging field of social impact measurement. Read their post at AEA365
The blog AEA365 of the American Evaluation Association recently carried a post by UN consultant Laura Gagliardone on advancing gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals through thoughtful evaluation practice. “Question yourself on how women live their life and spend their time daily,” she advises.
The Measurement and Evaluation Office of the Rockefeller Foundation has published a case study of the experience of Green Canopy Homes and its impact investing arm Green Canopy Capital, which build resource-efficient and affordable homes in the Seattle and Portland areas of the American northwest.
Joy Anderson, President of the activist think tank Criterion Institute, and an international leader in gender lens investing, visited Ottawa during the week of March 12-16, 2018, for meetings with the Board of AECF, a pan-African investment fund focused on agribusiness and renewable energy, as well as with Global Affairs Canada and WUSC.
Long-time partner and Senior Associate of the firm, the Honourable Dr. Sulley Gariba, was in Ottawa recently to address the conference on Solidarity and Shifting Patterns of Hegemony in Southern Africa, at Carleton University, organized by the University’s Institute of African Studies in tribute to retiring political-science professor Dr. Linda Freeman.
Ted Jackson’s peer-reviewed journal article, “Interrogating the theory of change: Evaluating impact investing where it matters most”, published in 2013 in the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment (JSFI), recently surpassed the 10,000 mark in views. Cited in journals on business and finance, social entrepreneurship, psychology and social work,
The Omidyar Group and its affiliated foundation, Humanity United, have set up an impact investment fund that places capital in early-stage technology companies whose innovations can be used to fight forced labour and worker abuse in corporate supply chains. The first investee of the Working Capital Investment Fund is Provenance, a UK-based start-up
On February 2, 2018, Export Development Canada (EDC) announced the appointment of the founding chief executive officer of Canada’s new Development Finance Institute (DFI). Paul Lamontagne, former chair of Enablis and a leader in impact investing, is the new CEO. Prioritizing investments that promote women’s economic empowerment and address climate change,
On the American Evaluation Association’s blog, AEA365, Steve Mumford advises evaluators to bring different ways of knowing–he calls these personal epistemologies–to stakeholders in the participatory evaluation process. Drawing on a publication entitled Women’s Ways of Knowing, he points to three useful approaches to critical thinking: separate knowing, connected knowing and constructed knowing.