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On Monday, December 13, 2010 The Center for Global Development was delighted to host More than Money: Impact Investing for Development. The event featured author John Simon, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development. Wendy Abt, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau of Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade and Randall Kempner, Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs served as discussants at the event. Vijaya Ramachandran, Senior Fellow at the Center, moderated the event.
Impact Investing—seeking positive social and financial returns—is generating tremendous interest in the financial and foundation communities as a new, more effective way to achieve development. Can it really change the development dynamic for the good, and can impact investments really fight poverty while they generate returns for well-heeled investors? In a new CGD report, More than Money: Impact Investing for Development, John Simon, former OPIC Executive Vice President and US Ambassador to the African Union, and coauthor Julia Barmeier explore the potential and pitfalls of impact investment. The event will include a discussion of their recommendations for practitioners, development finance institutions, and regulators.
Please click here to download a copy of the report.
Every year, more than 5 million women, children and adolescents die from preventable conditions, due to a significant financing gap for healthcare for women, children and adolescents, and inadequate incentives for provision and use of quality health services, among other factors. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child is a new approach to sustainable global health financing that is supporting countries’ approaches to financing and investing in the health of their people.
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.