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Opinion: We need more farmers, not less

29 September 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - We need more farmers, not less, says John D. Liu. But as farmers can help limit climate change and increase biodiversity, shouldn’t they be paid for more than simply the food that they produce? read more
Pakistani girls in school.

The ‘who’ matters in delivering financial education

26 September 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - Worldwide there are various initiatives to help young people build a healthy financial future. Giving them access to bank accounts is one thing, but youngsters also need to know how to use them. The question how to deliver this knowledge gets a lot of attention, but the question who should deliver financial education is usually overlooked. Women’s World Banking has been exploring an answer to this question. read more
Social Impact Investing

Taskforce calls for action to unleash $1 trillion in social impact investment

22 September 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - Last year Upsides wrote about the G8 efforts to catalyse impact investing in order to tackle significant global challenges. Recently the Taskforce on Social Impact Investment launched its report 'Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets – Harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and capital for public good'. read more
Portfolios of the Poor

The hidden tragedy of the poor

17 September 2014
The poor are no worse in financial planning than the average person. But they lack the financial instruments that are available for richer people. That is an obstacle for poor people, in developing countries as well as in developed countries. ‘We need to change the way we think about the poor and the way we are trying to help them.’ read more