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   

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      

This could be a pivotal year for people living in poverty as world leaders converge at two critical summits – the U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. Climate Change Conference – to shape the global development agenda. Though these meetings take place annually, 2015 will be different. The stakes are higher. Why?

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For two years, I lived and worked in the small farming community of Caisán. It’s home to about 200 families and is nestled in a world

Tags: kerosene lamp   Latin America   Panama   peace corps   poverty   

A Chinese-funded transoceanic canal in Nicaragua is slated for development but with it comes concerns about whether or not it will help the country, the second-poorest in the Western Hemisphere, after Haiti.

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We're celebrating International Women's Day (March 8, 2014) by highlighting the importance of empowering women around the world.

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The pathway out of poverty is complex and in the impact investing space, it requires collaboration with all actors along the “investment value chain” to achieve sustainable results. However, it seems that the industry is stuck in a frustrating cycle: investors lament the lack of investable opportunities while entrepreneurs struggle to find sufficient funding to grow their businesses.

Tags: accelerators   access   capital   entrepreneur   impact accelerator   poverty   

Catalytic Capital: 3 Views

How can we spark and amplify social impact? Lately, many mission-driven organizations have been wondering how they can use existing capital to achieve more impact. It seems that "catalytic capital" might be the answer. We highlight three different sectors' approaches to using "catalytic capital" to achieve greater social impact:

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