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.
In late 2017, the global Knowledge for Change initiative was launched in New Delhi and Ottawa. The program, known as K4C, has begun training the next generation of practitioners, scholars and policymakers in all parts of the world in knowledge and skills related to community-based research.
At the WUSC-CECI Forum in Ottawa, on January 19, 2018, two outstanding leaders in impact investing from the Global South talked about their work and innovations. Ms. Hamdiya Ismaila, General Manager of the Ghana Venture Capital Trust Fund, discussed strategies for investing in the equity of small and medium-sized businesses and mobilizing angel investment capital,
A new paper commissioned by the Canadian NGO WUSC explores engagement options for international volunteer cooperation organizations (IVCOs) in the field of impact investing. An IVCO can serve as an investor or co-investor, financial product developer, business advisor, evaluator or field builder, or pursue a combination of these roles.
On January 22, 2018, at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, a panel of Canadian development experts explored issues and strategies related to financing Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. Recognizing the likelihood of no new federal money for the policy, the panelists underscored the importance of rigorously testing interventions with women and girls that really work,
The inaugural Oxford Impact Measurement Programme will be held July 9 through 13, 2018. Sessions will cover: framing the impact measurement challenge: perspectives from investor, funds, investees and households; proving and improving performance; and responsible measurement practice.
On September 27, 2017, at Hughes Hall, Cambridge University, Dr. Ted Jackson presented a paper, co-authored with Karim Harji, entitled “The Household as the Unit of Analysis: Evaluating the Multidimensional Household Outcomes of Impact Investing in Rural West Africa.” He was part of a panel at the Finance, Risk and Accounting Perspectives Conference
In a recent AEA blog, consultant Calista Smith provides advice to evaluators working with policy makers and the legislative decision-making process. Mapping stakeholder power relations, aligning with legislative timelines, recognizing that legislators receive direct information on program effectiveness (especially from critics), and producing various types (and lengths) of reports for different purposes and audiences