In the first instalment of our new Brutus column, Arthur Wood reports on a new piece of work on 'Resiliency' for the Rockefeller Foundation.
One of the snowiest winters in the US, New York flooded, Hurricane Arthur the earliest hurricane to hit in the Carolinas on record, the wettest Spring in England since 1797, the hottest summer in 150 years in Scandinavia – as they say in Yorkshire: “Weather we are having a lot of it”. Read More
John A. Simon is a Founder and Managing Partner of Total Impact Advisors, a merchant bank for the impact investment sector, and an advisor to "The Medical Credit Fund". See www.medicalcreditfund.org and www.totalimpactcapital.com
AfricInvest, along with FMO, MicroVest II, LP and Finnfund, is delighted to announce the creation of SFC Finance, a lender to African small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SFC Finance will commence operations with committed shareholders’ equity of $20 million and an initial $50 million debt facility extended by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Final arrangements for both the shareholders’ equity and the debt were concluded on April 30, 2014. Download the press release
Arthur Wood unveils a tongue-in-cheek examination of the relevant issues, opportunities, and dangers faced by the social sector as it engages with banks to advance the impact investing agenda. His full article can be read here:
Arthur Wood recently published a new article examining the necessary legal and intermediary frameworks to optimally scale and mainstream the impact investing movement. His full article can be found in Alliance Magazine (gated): http://www.alliancemagazine.org/en/content/impact-investing-getting-pre-nups-right
Arthur Wood contributed to a new report by the World Economic Forum, From the Margins to the Mainstream - Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors. The report provides a market assessment and recommendations for how mainstream investors can more actively engage in impact investing. The overall objective of the Mainstreaming Impact Investing initiative is to provide an initial assessment of the sector and identify the factors constraining the acceleration of capital into the field of impact investing. Read more here: http://www.weforum.org/reports/margins-mainstream-assessment-impact-investment-sector-and-opportunities-engage-mainstream-i
John Simon was interviewed for a report on possibilities for developing greater support networks for social enterprises in emerging markets. His Center for Global Development Report, More Than Money, was also acknowledged as a key source for the authors' work. Read more here: http://www.odi.org.uk/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/8488.pdf
Arthur Wood analyzes the relative development of the social sector against larger historical trends, and makes the case for a new dedication to "Policy Finance" - our belief that a fundamental and holistic embrace of impact investing must be incorporated into modern public policy. Read more here: http://socialfinance.ca/blog/post/the-g8-social-investment-summit-beginning-or-end
Arthur Wood coauthors a new report by the Brookings Institution, Investment in Global Education: A Strategic Imperative for Business. The report focuses on the role of the private sector in helping to solve the growing global education crisis, and details ways in which it can maximize impact. Read more here: http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2013/09/investment-in-global-education
Pioneers Post blog by Arthur Wood: Exploring the Impact Investing Love Story - Charities and Banks, Together?
Arthur Wood unveils a tongue-in-cheek examination of the relevant issues, opportunities, and dangers faced by the social sector as it engages with banks to advance the impact investing agenda.
If Juliet were a charity and Romeo a banker, what might Shakespeare have made of their relationship? The Bard of Impact Investing himself, Arthur Wood, explores the passions and fortunes of this modern day love story. Well, it is just about the season of Spring – if we get our heads above water – and love is truly in the air between the bankers (our modern day Romeo) and the social sector (our Juliet). You can almost feel the giddy excitement, as financiers flex their brains and sponsorship on social issues; perhaps those nice bankers are not so bad after all. Read More
Arthur Wood recently published a new article examining the necessary legal and intermediary frameworks to optimally scale and mainstream the impact investing movement. His full article can be found in Alliance Magazine.
This year has been hailed as the year that impact investing comes of age, with the G8 Report in September as the likely watershed. Having specialized in financial product development with Coutts and Kleinworts for 11 years and then worked for Ashoka and Total Impact Advisors, this is a development I very much welcome. My experience has also convinced me that two things are necessary: getting the intermediary and legal framework right; and ensuring that the social mission is hardwired into the for-profit structures involved. Read More
Total Impact Advisors has been working with the Rockefeller Foundation to help advance their thinking on how to create more resilient global systems and communities in the 21st century. Given our expertise in impact investing and financial product development, we were selected to analyze the current reality and propose new opportunities for how major progress can quickly be made in this regard.
Our joint report can be downloaded here. For more on this issue, including a blog from TIA partner Arthur Wood.
Arthur Wood analyzes the relative development of the social sector against larger historical trends, and makes the case for a new dedication to "Policy Finance" - our belief that a fundamental and holistic embrace of impact investing must be incorporated into modern public policy. Read More