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.
In their peer-reviewed article entitled Impact Investing: Measuring Household Results in Rural West Africa, published in the ACRN Oxford Journal of Finance and Risk Perspectives, Ted Jackson and Karim Harji point to the importance of impact investing making a significant contribution to the well-being of villagers in a region dealing with extremism and poverty.
In their new AEA365 blog, Ben Fowler and Richard Horne encourage evaluators charged with measuring the impacts of job creation to: first, rethink their definition of a job and second, not shy away from more complex measurements of job creation. They provide more detailed advice in their report, Measuring job Creation in Private Sector Development.
An OECD blog by Rory Clarke underscored 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. “The need for mediation and resolution strategies is critical,”
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.