PLUS: Impact bond firsts in Cambodia and Palestine, Big Issue Invest backs lottery business, Bamboo Capital Partners invests in Indonesian peer-to-peer lending platform, VisionFund raises £10m for microfinance – and more.
Supermarket giant ASDA's social investment strategy is shortlisted by Big Society Capital, the White House secures $4bn boost for the clean energy sector and microfinance fellowship opens for applications.
In honour of International Women's Day, Kat Miller from London-based responsible investor Alquity finds out how microfinance is giving women in parts of Africa a voice, increased self-esteem and respect. First stop: a busy bar in Malawi.
A new book by Anton Simanowitz and Katherine Knotts starts with Selia's story, a woman from Cambodia and beneficiary of microcredit. As she tells her story a pressing issue comes to light – the unintended consequences of doing good.