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For a Just and Impact-Led Recovery: A Leaders’ Declaration

On September 16, 2020, a declaration signed by 250 leaders in business, philanthropy, government and academia called for environmental and social impact to be at the heart of post-pandemic economic recovery. E.T. Jackson is proud to be among the signatory organizations. To read this open letter, published in Barron’s, click here

Converting Government Assets into Public-Interest Foundations

Longtime non-profit sector scholar Lester Salamon has written an article in the fall 2020 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review showing the power of converting government assets generated through large-scale corporate fines and privatizations into public-interest foundations. He cites, among others, the Volkswagon Foundation in Germany, and the King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium, as…(Read…

Call for Papers on Gender Lens Investing in Emerging Markets

Contributions of papers are invited for a special issue of the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment on Growing Gender Lens Investing in Emerging Markets.  Co-editors Edward Jackson and Carolina Robino are seeking a wide range of papers, from critical theory-building to practice-based case studies. All papers will be double-blind peer reviewed.  For the full…(Read…

The Global Handbook of Impact Investing

The new Global Handbook of Impact Investing, edited by Elsa de Morais Sarmento and R. Paul Herman, will be published later this year by Wiley.  With 30 chapters by leading practitioners in the field, the book’s contributions focus on integrating impact into investment decision-making, impact measurement and reporting and gender lens investing, among many other…(Read…

A Bridge to the Future

Mapping programs in four African countries – Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya – World University Service of Canada has produced a new report: A Bridge to the Future: From Higher Education to Employment for Displaced Youth in Africa.  Commissioned by the Mastercard Foundation, the findings of the report will inform the future planning of the…(Read…

Tribute to Sherman Kreiner

Over a remarkable 40-year career, Sherman Kreiner led breakthrough initiatives in worker ownership, labour-sponsored venture capital, and, most recently, university sustainable real-estate development. His leadership and innovation inspired multiple generations of owners and employees, community organizers, Indigenous leaders, non-profit managers, lawyers, architects, policymakers and higher education executives, among others. On the first anniversary of Sherman’s…(Read…

Katharine Im-Jenkins Wins Top 40 Under 40 Award

We are pleased to announce that Katharine Im-Jenkins, Chief Programs Officer at WUSC, a leading Canadian international development NGO, has been recognized as one of the Ottawa region’s top young leaders as a member of the 2020 Top 40 Under 40.  A valued partner and colleague, and a dedicated champion of gender equality, Katherine has…(Read…

UN Women Issues Feminist Framework to Guide Covid-19 Recovery Plans

UN Women has published its feminist framework to guide Covid recovery plans. As the Indian magazine Swaddle reports, the framework “identifies five priorities for governments to focus on in order to tackle the gender bias prompted by the pandemic: reduction of gender-based violence, including domestic violence; introduction of social protection and economic stimulus packages to…(Read…

Ted Jackson Wins OISE/UT Global Service Award

On May 8, 2020, Ted Jackson, President of E.T. Jackson and Associates Ltd., was named the 2020 recipient of the Global Service Award of the Alumni Association of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.  The Institute confers the award to celebrate “an extraordinary individual for commitment to addressing the…(Read…

Why a gender lens is needed for the Covid-19 response

The Gavi Alliance, co-founded by the Gates Foundation, UNICEF and the World Health Organization, has immunized 760 million children in the world’s poorest countries, preventing 13 million deaths (see www.gavi.org).  Gavi recently published a paper entitled :Why a gender lens is needed for the Covid-19 response,” noting the pandemic tens to kill more men than…(Read…

Universities as Agents of Change in the Pandemic, and Beyond

Writing in The Times of India, Dr. Rajesh Tandon, President of the NGO PRIA, presents a range of ideas on how India’s 1,000 universities and 42,000 colleges and their 37 million students and two million faculty and staff can help address the Covid-19 crisis.  He recommends that these institutions: “1) Redesign curriculum of current courses…(Read…

Equipment, Technology and Medicines for the Poorest Countries

From impact investment funds and foundations to development agencies, development finance institutions and governments, all of the organizations that Jackson and Associates works with are taking action to slow the spread of COVID-19 and treat the sick.  The challenges are especially severe in the world’s least developed countries.  Writing on the World Economic Forum’s website,…(Read…

Immokalee Seminar on the Fair Food Movement

On February 13, 2020, a dozen supporters from the region participated in a seminar on the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), which campaigns for farmworkers’ rights, and the Fair Food Program (FFP), which works with major retailers to ensure decent working conditions and fair wages in the tomato industry along the US…(Read…

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…

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…

Jackson and Associates Wins SDG Leadership Award

We recently learned that E.T. Jackson and Associates Ltd. has won a 2019 SDG Leadership Award in the small-business category for our research, evaluation and field-building in impact investing and innovative finance and their resulting contributions to the achievement of SDG #8 on decent work and economic growth in developing countries.  Our candidacy received many…(Read…

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…

Using The Principles for Digital Development in Evaluations

In a recent post for AEA365, Zach Tilton makes the case for evaluators to integrate the Principles for Digital Development into their professional practice.  Among others, the Principles promote user engagement, scale, sustainability and open source in the design and implementation of digital innovations and applications.  To read his blog, click here.  For more on…(Read…

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…

New Workers’ Rights Agreement in Garment Industry in Lesotho

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Worker Rights Consortium and other partners in the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) Network recently announced a legally binding agreement to stop sexual harassment and gender-based violence in Lesotho’s garment industry.  Modelled after CIW’s Fair Food Program, and featuring an independent verification body like the Fair Food Standards Council, the…(Read…

UWinnipeg is Home to the Most Sustainable Campus Meals in North America

Diversity Food Services is serving up the most sustainable campus meals in all of North America at the University of Winnipeg. It’s the fifth consecutive year the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) scored UWinnipeg as the top Canadian campus in the food and dining category in their Sustainable Campus Index,…

Launch of Impact Investing Ghana

A new ecosystem platform, Impact Investing Ghana (IIGh), was launched in Accra on June 18, 2019. Addressed by Ghana’s Minister of Finance, the Hon. Ken Ofori Atta, the launch event focused on the theme of ‘Leveraging Private Capital to Close the SDG Funding Gap for a Prosperous Ghana.’ (Read more)

Equality Fund Launched with $300M Contribution from the Government of Canada

An innovative new mechanism for supporting women’s rights organizations, the Equality Fund, was launched on June 2, 2019, on the eve of the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver. Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced a multi-year, $300 million commitment by the Government of Canada toward the fund,…

Seminar on Feminist and Gender-Transformative Financial Inclusion

On May 23, 2019, McGill University’s WED Lab on women’s empowerment in development hosted a seminar at the International Development Research Centre on feminist and gender-transformative financial inclusion.  With more than 120 participants attending in the room and on line, the seminar was led by Dr. Kate Grantham, WED Lab Research Associate, and panelists Martha…(Read…

New Podcast on Evaluating Impact Investing

In the first of a series of podcasts by Wider Sense, a Berlin-based philanthropy and CSR think-and-do tank, Ted Jackson is interviewed by Michael Alberg-Seberich on trends and issues in evaluating impact investing, including theory of change, participation, unintended consequences, ecosystem development and gender lens investing.

Universities and Social Enterprise: Scaling for Greater Impact

Canadian development NGO World University Service of Canada (WUSC) has published a new report entitled "Social Enterprise and Post-Secondary Institutions: Optimizing for Development Impact." From the Antigonish and Desjardins cooperative movements to the current crop of social-purpose tech start-ups,

Gender Lens Investing Primer for College and University Endowments

A new US network, Intentional Endowments, has launched a primer on gender lens investing (GLI) for college and university endowments. Written by Julia Enyart, with the advice of a working group chaired by Suzanne Beigel and including, among others, Julie Gorte, Kristin Hull, Jackie Rotman and Jackie VanderBrug, the primer focuses mainly on screening and…

Are Development NGOs AI Ready?

In their new blog, Ted Jackson and Brian Rowe ask whether non-governmental organizations are ready for the economic and social changes already being triggered by new applications of artificial intelligence, especially the prospects of large scale job loss over the next 20 years. (Read the blog)

Maendeleo Diamond Standards Launched

On April 24, 2019, the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) launched the Maendeleo Diamond Standards, which establish best practices in consent, legality, community engagement, workers’ rights, environmental protection, and health and safety for artisanal and small-scale diamond mining in Africa and the Americas.

Reality Check Needed for Blended Finance

A new report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) calls for a reality check on efforts to mobilize, structure and deploy blended capital—from the private, public and philanthropic sectors—to accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The current approach is not leveraging significant amounts of private investment overall and very little for low-income countries,”…(Read…

Learning-Oriented Real-Time Impact Assessment

On April 15-17, 2019, the Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) held its most annual Learning-Oriented Real-Time Impact Assessment (LORTA) workshop, this time at the University of Mannheim in Mannheim, Germany. Serving a growing number of approved GCF projects, LORTA technical assistance services provided by the Unit (Read more)