Fw: March Updates – Jobs, News, and Events from the GIIN

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日期: 2011年3月29日,星期二,下午9:34

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Impact Investing News & Events


Visit the press clips resource page of the GIIN website for a more complete index of impact investing news coverage

The Economist profiles the aggressive clean energy impact investing strategy of Khosla Ventures, run by Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla
Read more >

The Financial Times finds strong interest in impact investing among high-net-worth individuals, particularly those who generated assets through entrepreneurship.
Read more >

U.S. News & World Reports details the rising interest in impact investing among MBA students – students from 12 top MBA programs will compete in an impact investing challenge next month
Read more >

Grassroots Business Fund founder Harold Rosen spoke with the BBC’s Business Daily about his experiences in the early microfinance industry, and his most recent endeavor funding small and growing businesses in developing countries
Listen to interview >

In its new impact investing blog, Financial Advisor Magazine makes note of an open comment period for an upcoming call for impact investing proposals, to be issued by GIIN Investors’ Council member OPIC
Read more >

Alex Weiland, CIO of Truestone Impact Investment Management, makes the case for impact investing in this Investment Week guest column
Read more >

Singapore’s Business Times takes note of the growing interest in impact investing around the world.
Read more >


Visit the events resource page of the GIIN website for an updated list of industry events.

Financial women’s Association: Will Microfinance Succeed in the BRIC Countries?
March 30, New York City, New York, USA

Social Venture Capital/Social Enterprise Conference
April 4-6, Miami, Florida, USA

Green Opportunities in Tomorrow’s Markets: New Ventures Global Investor Forum
April 6, New York City, New York, USA

Women’s World Banking 9th Annual Microfinance and the Capital Markets Conference
April 6-7, New York City, New York, USA

Agriculture 2.0
April 11-12, San Francisco, California, USA

Global Health & Innovation Conference
April 16-17, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Convergences 2015 Forum
May 3-5, Paris, France

OPIC Access to Opportunities in Southeast Asia Conference
May 3-5, Jakarta, Indonesia

Sankalp Social Enterprise Awards & Investment Forum
May 5-6, Mumbai, India

SOCAP Europe
May 30 – June 1, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Investor Spotlight: The Tony Elumelu Foundation, an African based, funded, founded, and focused foundation

  Each month, an impact investor discusses with the GIIN their motivations, their impact investment strategy, and challenges they face in this growing industry.  This month, we spoke to Tony O. Elumelu, who led the United Bank for Africa (UBA) from a single-country financial institution to a pan-African and global banking operation with a presence in 18 African countries as well as New York, London, and Paris.

  After retiring from UBA last year, Mr. Elumelu created The Tony Elumelu Foundation, whose Chief Executive Officer is former Rockefeller Foundation Associate Director Dr. Wiebe Boer. Dedicated to the promotion of excellence in business and entrepreneurship across Africa, The Tony Elumelu Foundation aims to set a new example for 21st century philanthropy in Africa by emphasizing impact investment as the preeminent tool by which it achieves its goals.
Read the full interview with Mr. Tony O. Elumelu >

GIIN Investors’ Council Welcomes Three New Members

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than half a century it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. The Ford Foundation began making program-related investments (PRIs) in 1968, and has invested more than $550 million in PRIs since then. Today, the Ford Foundation’s PRIs complement  grant-making across its program initiatives and advance its mission. The Foundation currently manages a $280 million PRI allocation which is invested in the form of equity investments and long-term loans.

  As the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, OPIC mobilizes private capital to help solve critical world challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy and national security. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps businesses gain footholds in emerging markets by catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds. Since its founding in 1971, OPIC has accomplished its development mission by supporting $200 billion worth of investment in nearly 4,000 projects in developing countries and emerging markets. OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis and returns money to the Federal Government every year.

  RSF Social Finance is a non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services that generate positive social and environmental impact while fostering community and collaboration among participants. In partnership with investors and donors, RSF has made $230 million in loans and over $100 million in grants since 1984 to for-profit and non-profit social enterprises working in the areas of food & agriculture, education & the arts, and ecological stewardship.
Read more about the GIIN Investors’ Council >

See a complete list of GIIN Investors’ Council Members >

IRIS Initiative Assembles Agriculture Performance Metrics Working Group

The GIIN’s Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) initiative has joined with the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) to develop social, environmental, and economic performance indicators for investments in sustainable trade finance with a focus on agriculture. The indicators will be developed by a wide range of stakeholders that include FAST lending members, IRIS stakeholders, and experts in sustainable agricultural production, trade financing, and performance measurement. After review by the IRIS governance body, the resulting set of metrics will be publicly released and incorporated into the IRIS standards later this year. They will also be included in the FAST Shared Impact Assessment Methodology and Toolbox following  internal review and approval. FAST members will be among the first practitioners to use the new performance indicators to report social and environmental impact.

IRIS is a standard language for tracking and reporting the social and environmental performance of organizations receiving impact investment capital. FAST is a member-driven international organization that works to ensure the continued growth of sustainable production and trade by increasing the number of sustainable small and medium enterprises in developing countries who successfully access quality finance.

  Read more about the IRIS agriculture working group >

The GIIN is Hiring!

  Full-time: ImpactBase Manager

  The GIIN is looking to hire a manager to support the development of the ImpactBase platform. ImpactBase, a new resource for the impact investing industry, is an online global directory of funds active in the impact investing industry. The ImpactBase manager will serve as project lead for the ImpactBase initiative, supporting strategy, product development, communication, and adoption of the platform.

  Read the full ImpactBase Manager job description >

  Summer Associates: GIIN Investors’ Council and Terragua African Agriculture Working Group

The GIIN is seeking two summer associates to support the GIIN Investors’ Council and the Terragua Working Group on sustainable African agriculture, a program of the Investors’ Council. The associate to the Investors’ Council will be responsible for designing, administering, and analyzing a survey of the investment activities of leading impact investors. The Terragua associate will issue briefs on impact investing in African agriculture, include designing and conducting research/interviews, and drafting a series of fact sheets or issue briefs on impact investing in African agriculture. Both associates will develop case studies on specific deals, innovative partnerships, and approaches to achieve impact that illustrate important lessons and/or best practices for participants in the impact investing industry.

  Read the Investors’ Council Summer Associate job description >
Read the Terragua Summer Associate job description >

New Jobs Posted to GIIN Career Center

  New job openings in Lagos, Nigeria, Washington, D.C., USA, Newark, NJ, USA, and many other global locations have been posted on the GIIN Career Center. The Grassroots Business Fund, Prudential Social Investments, Calvert Foundation, and Dalberg Global Development Advisors are among the companies looking for qualified impact investment professionals.

  Post a job opening >
Visit the GIIN Career Center >

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