Archive - July 2012

Jul
12
2012

i3 - Yet another Impact Investing blog site?

Question of the day: Why are we bothering with (yet another) blog about impact investing?

I recently returned from Correlation Consulting's Take Action! During the conference, two points were made that resonated. First, Georgette Wong's landmark research on large foundations and wealthy families seeking to deploy impact capital, revealed that there is a lot of money looking for opportunities. Second, that there are a lot of entrepreneurs and fund managers seeking capital. Yet the first group bewails the lack of quality investments, and the latter group moans about the dearth of investors who “get it”.

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Jul
9
2012

A View From the State Department

A controversial theory within the CD Beltway suggests that conventional aid as a tool of foreign policy – particularly when untethered from the linked restraints of common sense, familiarity with history, and a graduate student’s understanding of geopolitics - inevitably sparks unintended consequences. In most cases, these consequences are manageable. More money, a regime change, a manufactured crisis in a near-by capital… much can be engineered to divert attention until a pear-shaped situation normalizes. In extreme cases, however these consequences can result in developments that run in direct opposition to the aid itself. Recent adventures abroad provide plenty of examples of both. 

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