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Are investments focused on smallholder farmers the next big growth area in impact investing? Kusi Hornberger, Global Partnerships' VP, Investment Research, looks at the case for impact, the dramatic growth in this type of portfolio in recent years and the remaining challenges.

Tags: impact   impact investing   rural livelihoods   smallholder farmers   

Recently, Global Partnerships and Linked Foundation held a rural pharmacies workshop and gathered together various organizations that have been providing essential medicines to rural communities through a market-based model. With the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), we spent to days in Antigua, Guatemala with seven organizations from four countries

Tags: community pharmacies   Guatemala   Haiti   health services   Honduras   impact   last mile distribution   Latin America   poverty   rural health   rural pharmacies      sustainability   sustainable business models   sustainable health   women's health   

At GP, "partnership" is more than just part of our name—everything we do depends on strong partnerships with like-minded people and organizations. We'd like to take the time this Thanksgiving to share some of the many partnerships we're thankful for.

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Don Roberto, our driver, stomps down on the accelerator but our car continues to roll downhill. We've lost traction on the steep road to El Aguacate, a remote village perched on top of a mountain in Boaco, Nicaragua. We need to get there to interview Maritza, a client of Global Partnerships' partner, MiCrédito. I begin to worry that we won't make it.

Tags: Central America   field visit   Green Technology   impact   impact in action   Latin America   Nicaragua   off-grid   solar energy   solar light   solar lights   solar technology   

Finding Inspiration in Peru

From Global Partnerships' most recent Impact Journey to Peru, Gerarda and Clemente's story of their experience running a small business selling ice cream with the help of ADRA Microfinance's village bank lending platform.

Tags: ADRA Microfinance   impact   Impact Journey   impact journeys   Latin America   microentrepreneurship   PartnerTrips   Peru   philanthropy   travel   village bank   

Within the impact investing industry, microfinance has historically been viewed as a fine example of an investable, market-sustained solution to poverty. Hundreds of millions of dollars have flowed to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and microfinance investment vehicles—across asset classes—generating social impact alongside consistent and stable financial returns.

Tags: due diligence   impact   impact investing   investors report   microcredit   microfinance   poverty      

After the 2015 Biennial of the Americas, one impact investing-focused clínica looked

Tags: impact   impact evaluation   impact investing   Latin America         

Reflections on Impact Evaluation

Last week, I joined nearly 100 of my monitoring and evaluation peers in Washington, DC to talk impact, measurement and data at the 2015 Metrics Conference hosted by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).

Tags: impact   impact evaluation   impact measurement   measuring impact