Why impact investing wins the prisoner’s dilemma

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Why impact investing wins the prisoner's dilemma

One of the most amazing results was that cooperation is pervasive. They showed that an environment of “meanies” (strategies that just try to take advantage of each other) can be penetrated by cooperators in clusters. But a world of cooperators cannot be penetrated by meanies. Once cooperation has established itself, it is permanent.

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Can entrepreneurship in Africa make clean water more accessible?

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Can entrepreneurship in Africa make clean water more accessible?

The model is relatively simple. Working through its African headquarters in Kampala, Uganda, Jibu provides in-country entrepreneurs with equipment to filtrate and bottle water, a retail space from which to sell and market it, and backup support as required. To break even, franchisees need to sell around 264.2 gallons (1,000 liters) of water per day. Most are selling anywhere between double and five times that figure. Commercial bottled water, on the other hand, is financially inaccessible for most of the population.

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Chasing Unicorns in Impact Investing

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Chasing Unicorns in Impact Investing

The most pressing global issues – socially or environmentally – will only be solved by scaling the for-profit Impact Investment sector. Simply because neither tax payer’s nor philanthropist’s funds will be sufficient to achieve significant results meaning improvements in those issues. Markets that have a lot of growth potential because they are underserved and with it offer the biggest impact for the buck need to be addressed.
Renewable energy, water, sanitation & healthcare, financial inclusion, education and food for the approx. 4 billion people who live on $5 a day or less!

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Bloomberg Helps Launch Website to Improve Coordination in Africa

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Bloomberg Helps Launch Website to Improve Coordination in Africa

The site, called Equal Footing, uses maps that show where grants to support women, their families, and their local communities have been made in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. It includes profiles of more than 1,000 foundations and nonprofits active in the area and includes reports on how various economic-development projects have fared.

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