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Harvest Coffee

A quest to end seasonal hunger in the coffeelands

24 March 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - When specialty coffee buyers visit coffee bean farmers, they usually want to taste the coffee for the flavour nuances, discuss price differentials, volumes, and delivery months. They don’t usually ask whether the kids are going hungry. Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) doesn’t want to leave that question unasked anymore. And the company is not alone. read more
Lower Solu hydropower project site - Solu river valley with solu river flowing

Lower Solu paves the way for other investors to tap Nepal’s immense hydropower potential

18 March 2015
This April, construction will start of Nepal’s largest private sector energy project to date: the Lower Solu hydroelectric generating station. This run-of-the-river power plant is to provide reliable, clean and low-cost electricity to Nepal. With a total installed capacity of 82 Megawatts, it should provide electricity to three million people or roughly ten percent of the population. For a country that has faced a perennial shortage of power, the project is a significant step in alleviating Nepal’s power shortages. read more
Small coffee business Ashoka -Root Capital

Capital impact for SME fund managers

17 March 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - Over two-thirds of SMEs in emerging markets lack sufficient access to capital. Specialised SME investment funds are increasingly stepping in to fill this financing gap. By financing and nurturing SMEs, these fund managers often realise positive social and/or environmental impacts alongside a financial return. Measuring these extra-financial effects is called impact measurement. Doing so has several benefits for investors: better access to capital, an enhanced reputation and a basis for better business analysis. However, measuring impact is no straightforward exercise. This article identifies the four main challenges in impact measurement faced by SME fund managers, and provides potential solutions. read more
Charles Belanger in front of i-Finance building

Meet the banker: Charles Belanger in the DRC

16 March 2015
Upsides talks to bankers from around the world. Why did they start working in the financial sector? What does the financial landscape look like in their country? And how does this landscape influence their actions? read more