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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
Fishermen in Lamit Bay

Doing away with dynamite and cyanide

30 April 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - The coral reefs of Lamit Bay in the Philippines have been damaged by commercial overfishing and the use of dynamite and cyanide. With support from the local people, IUCN NL’s partner NSLC has turned parts of the bay into protected areas. The bay’s fish populations are now recovering, as is the income of the fishermen. 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