Why Buffett, Gates, and the Giving Pledge Members Should Be Wary of Impact Investing

The article below was originally posted on policymic.com, nextbillion.net, and skollworldforum.org. Earlier this month, 35 men and women gathered in Santa Barbara, California to discuss how to give away a major slice of their $140 billion of personal wealth. Many had already signed on to the Giving Pledge, a pact pushed by software tycoon Bill Gates …

What Aid Agencies Can do to Boost Social Enterprise

(Reposted from Devex and Nextbillion)Last month, I called the disaster preparedness division of a leading international aid agency. As an investor in early-stage social enterprises, I had hoped to find institutional customers for some of the social enterprises producing cookstoves, water purifiers, rapid affordable housing, and solar-powered lighting and charging devices. I asked if the …

Ideas for Haiti

"We need money. We need technology. We need support. But what we most need is to remain the ones who decide our own future" - Lyonel Trouillot (from article)It's been nearly three weeks since the earthquake in Haiti. My mother has watched the news every day, looking for hope, good news, or for Louisiana's General …

Today’s homework

If you work in international relations, development or health, you probably have written up some glossy report you are convinced no one will ever read. Today, I will dive into that murky world of readerless reports. On the list: Asset-Based Approaches to Poverty Reduction in a Global Context (Brookings) The Future of Globalization (CG Researcher) …