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CDC Group Releases New Study on Investment and Poverty Reduction

The CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution, has released a new report examining the relationship between investment and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Authored by Gregory Thwaites and Paddy Carter, and employing a series of statistical regressions, the study “shows that higher rates of private investment are associated with faster poverty…(Read…

ODI Publishes New Report on Development Finance Institutions

The Overseas Development Institute has published a new report, authored by Samantha Attridge and Matthew Gouett, on the current challenges and opportunities faced by bilateral and multilateral development finance institutions (DFIs) investing for sustainable development in developing countries. Ms. Attridge observes: “DFIs are powerful development actors but they are at a critical juncture. They are…(Read…

Impact Investors Need to Share Power as Well as Capital

Writing in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Alyssa Ely and Denise Hearn argue that: “Investors and funders must abandon the idea that capital alone is sufficient to transform inequitable systems. They must interrogate the power dynamics underlying their decisions and operations to meet the complex challenges of racial, gender, and economic inequality, moving from a…(Read…

Impact Investing Handbook Authors on Gender Lens Investing

On March 23, 2021, Paul Herman and Nigel Lake hosted an ESGX episode on gender lens investing featuring authors on GLI in the new Global Handbook of Impact Investing edited by Elsa de Morais Sarmento and Paul Herman. The panel for this session included Angelica Rotondaro, Carmen Correa, and Maria Cavalcanti; Kristin Hull, Michael Ngoasong and Richmond Lamptey,…(Read…

Measuring the Social Impact of Business in South Africa

South African colleague Dr. Neissan Besharati has published an article in that country’s Business Day arguing for more rigorous monitoring and evaluation of community social investment initiatives funded by major corporations. While CSI is a source of significant funding for South African communities, and a number of companies are best-practice leaders in assessing the performance…(Read…

Africa’s Digital Revolution” Promise and Peril

In his new piece for the Brookings Institution on technology in Africa, Nathaniel Allen writes that: “Across the African continent, the relentless spread of networks, sensors, artificial intelligence, and automation is driving a revolution to an unknown destination.”  For states to optimize the benefits and manage the risks of this digital revolution for their citizens,…(Read…

Community Campus Engage Canada

Community Campus Engage Canada, hosted at the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education in Haliburton County, Ontario, and affiliated with Trent University, has begun to roll out its programming activities. For CCEC: “Community-campus engagement (CCE) happens when communities and universities/colleges address critical community issues through collaborative research, learning and creative projects.” Incubated by the seven-year, SSHRC-funded…(Read…

Canadian Experience in Impact Investing in Emerging Markets

In January, in Zoom presentations organized by Global Affairs Canada to impact investing stakeholders in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Dr. Ted Jackson, President of E.T. Jackson and Associates, summarized lessons from Canadian experiences in emerging markets, which include: combining awareness-building and early-stage financing through television and other media, deepening the business case for…(Read…

Bill Gates on How to Avoid A Climate Disaster

In an excerpt from his new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster”, Bill Gates exhorts governments to boldly and ambitiously use all the policy tools at their disposal, urgently. Reviewing experiences with renewable energy, he writes: “The point of these stories is not that solar and wind are the answer to all our electricity…(Read…

The Bipartisan Alliance that Secured the US Election

In a riveting piece of investigative journalism, Molly Ball at Time Magazine has written the history of the secret, bipartisan alliance involving business, labour, Democrats, Republicans, voter registration groups, and more that worked behind the scenes to ensure that the US presidential election was held freely and fairly and that its results were maintained. She…(Read…

Boards are Obstructing ESG–at Their Own Peril

Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Tensie Whelan underscores the lack of commitment to and expertise in analyzing and action on material ESG issues among corporate boards.  She writes: “Ensuring good performance on material ESG issues is not only a board’s fiduciary duty, important to investors and the public, and supportive of long-term strong financial…(Read…

Doing No Harm With Technology in Evaluation

Posting at AEA365, the American Evaluation Association’s blog site, Antony Maikuri, Veronica Olazabal and Vidhya Shanker make the case for evaluators supporting strategies and tools for digital decolonization, data sovereignty and data ethics in their work. “Evaluators can distinguish among the types of value that data can produce, and for whom,” write the authors. “These types range…(Read…

Canadian Evaluation Leader John Mayne’s Legacy

Members of the international evaluation field were saddened to learn of the passing of John Mayne, a Canadian leader known for his open and thoughtful approach, as Patricia Rogers of Better Evaluation has underscored, to continuously improving evaluation theory and practice.  In an excellent overview of John’s work, Dr. Rogers highlights his legacy in three…(Read…

Blended Finance, Gender Equality and Climate Change

In early November 2020, the Convergence Blended Finance Platform published a Brief entitled How can blended finance address the gendered impacts of climate change? As Senior Associate Andrew Apampa writes, of 63 blended finance transactions at the gender-climate nexus, most have been structured through funds and companies and have focused on clean energy, particularly renewable…(Read…

The Case for a T-12 Group of Techno-Democracies

To provide a vehicle for cooperation on many crucial issues clustered around technology, Jared Cohen and Fontaine, writing in Foreign Affairs, make the case for a new global governance body, the T-12 group of techno-democracies. Also aimed at diluting the influence of techno-autocracies, particularly China and Russia, the T-12 would include the US, UK, France,…(Read…

Making Green Infrastructure Gender Equal

In a new opinion piece in The Hill Times, Ted Jackson argues that the $10-billion growth plan of the Canadian Infrastructure Bank, which is very green, should also be gender equal. He argues that the gender ambition framework of the multilateral Private Infrastructure Development Group, and the Government of Canada’s own Gender-Based Analysis Plus, are…(Read…

OECD Calls for Better ESG Reporting

On September 29, 2020, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OIECD) released its latest business outlook report on the theme of sustainable and resilient capital.  While the appetite for environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting has grown across the world, there is still much work to be done.  “Current market practices,” the report notes,…(Read…

Canadian Companies Must Do Better on Climate Disclosure

A recent article in the Globe and Mail pointed to the unevenness of Canadian corporate reporting on sustainability performance and climate risk. While some firms use the indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative to guide their reporting, others use those of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. However, the authors suggest that a third framework, that…(Read…

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…