Articles in Responsible finance


Dakar Financing Summit for infrastructure recommends that Africa relies on itself

19 June 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS – President Donald Kaberuka of the African Development Bank (AfDB) participated on 15 June 2014 in Dakar, Senegal, in a summit on financing infrastructure in Africa. Entitled 'Unleashing Africa’s infrastructure potential', the Dakar Financing Summit (DFS) aimed to mobilise stakeholders around efforts made by the African Union (AU) and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) programme to accelerate the implementation of priority regional infrastructure projects. read more
Dollarisation in Zimbabwe. Photo: Richard Hammond/Panos/Hollandse Hoogte

‘A challenging investment environment’

27 May 2014
Zimbabwe is facing difficult times. With a shrinking economy and an uncertain economic outlook, major banks are loath to lend money for investment. Small local businesses in particular are feeling the credit squeeze. The introduction of private equity could help to bridge the current gap between supply and demand for investment. read more
The Business Case for True Pricing

Join the consultation: The Business Case for True Pricing

13 May 2014
True Price Foundation has launched The Business Case for True Pricing, a consultation report written together with Deloitte, EY and PwC. You are welcomed to join the online consultation around this trailblazing report and share your vision on the trend of true pricing. read more

The responsible exit in microfinance equity sales

7 May 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - As holdings of microfinance investment intermediaries and development finance institutions mature, the sale of equity stakes is becoming an increasingly important task and one that requires consideration of additional dimensions of responsible finance and responsible market development. A new report explores what it means to exit responsibly from a microfinance equity investment. read more
Girl in focus group plays with piggybank

Moms and money: girls’ savings in India

5 May 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - With the support of Credit Suisse, Women’s World Banking is working with its network member SEWA Bank to design a unique savings programme targeted to girls. The project aims to help girls build assets in their own name and build their financial capability, beginning at a young age. read more
Spotlight on the Market

Higher impact investment commitments

2 May 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - 125 of the world’s largest impact investors, including fund managers, banks, foundations, development finance institutions, and pension funds surveyed by J.P. Morgan and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) expect to commit 19% more capital to impact investments in 2014 compared to 2013, as satisfaction with the financial returns and the social and environmental impact of these investments remains high. read more
Beltran Macchi

Visión Banco deploys talent

2 May 2014
A good twenty years after its foundation, microfinance institution Visión Banco has become one of Paraguay’s biggest banks. 'We are essentially connected to society,' says Executive Director Beltrán Macchi. read more
Dr. Anthony Oboh

‘We’re business partners, not just financiers’

29 April 2014
Private equity is gaining ground in fragile markets around the world. In Sierra Leone and Liberia, for instance, it is helping local entrepreneurs to develop and grow their businesses. At the same time, it is helping to rebuild societies too. read more