Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: November 17, 2017

Impact Investing & ESG

Government Launches Emerging Market Impact Investment Fund
The $40 billion emerging markets impact investment fund will support SME’s that generate positive social and development outcomes for poor communities in the Asia-Pacific. READ MORE…

Impact Investing Taking Root in Asia
In a bid to help address challenging global circumstances, a growing number of Asia’s high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals are looking to increase their portfolio allocation to impact investing. READ MORE…

Blending Finance to Crowd in Private Capital for Climate Action and the Global Agenda
Meeting the Paris climate goals is essential for the Sustainable Development Goals as well. READ MORE…

U.N. Secretary-General: End Fossil Fuel Investment and Put a Price on Carbon
Guterres calls for the world to honor its yearly $100 billion pledge to finance the low-carbon transition. READ MORE…

A New Model of Collaborative Philanthropy
A new effort called Co-Impact is bringing together donors from around the world to better identify, align, and support opportunities for systems-level change. READ MORE…

World’s Biggest Wealth Fund Wants Out of Oil and Gas
The $1 trillion fund that Norway has amassed pumping oil and gas over the past two decades wants out of petroleum stocks. READ MORE…

Evidence on the Financial Performance of Impact Investments
Impact investing is a growing movement capturing the attention of investors across the world. But too much capital is still sitting on the sidelines, which results in part from suspicions around financial performance. READ MORE…

EU Considering Sustainable Investing as Fiduciary Duty for Investors
The European Commission is considering whether to clarify that institutional investors’ duties include taking into account sustainability risks. READ MORE…

Designing a Global Financial System Fit for (Sustainable) Purpose
A roadmap for climate- and SDG-finance from the United Nations and the World Bank reflects a shift that’s well underway. READ MORE…

United States & Europe

US Unemployment Benefits Rise 10,000 to 249,000
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up again last week to a still-low 249,000. READ MORE…

Euro Zone Growth, Eclipsing U.S. Economy, Set to be Best in Decade
The euro zone’s annual economic growth rate outstripped that of the United States in the third quarter setting up 2017 as the best year for the currency area since financial markets crashed a decade ago. READ MORE…

Euro Economy is Heading Towards a Golden Period
The 19-nation euro-zone bloc is already enjoying the strongest growth in a decade and now economists are declaring that it’s heading toward a golden period of low-inflationary expansion. READ MORE…

Central Europe Grows at Fastest Rate in 9 Years
Central Europe’s fastest expansion for nine years and strong growth in Germany spurred the EU’s vigorous economic recovery in the third quarter. READ MORE…

Developing Economies

African Economic Growth Rides on Wireless Rails
A telecommunications boom is lifting an industry and a continent. READ MORE…

Nigeria’s Senate Gives Go-Ahead for $5.5 Billion Foreign Borrowing
Nigeria will move ahead with plans to borrow $5.5 billion from foreign investors after the Senate on Tuesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari request for the move. READ MORE…

Latin America Demonstrates Leadership at COP23
Latin American countries, regions, and cities demonstrated clear ambition and leadership at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) held in Bonn, Germany over the past two weeks. READ MORE…

Colombia’s Economy Grew 2% in Third Quarter Versus Year Before
Cardenas announced the lower growth estimate after the government’s statistics agency DANE reported that the economy expanded 2 percent in the third quarter compared with the same period a year ago. READ MORE…

How Asia Has Become the World’s Manufacturing Hub
Economic development always starts with using what natural resources are available and making a start in agriculture. But countries don’t grow by staying put. READ MORE…

Malaysian Economy Expands at Fastest Pace in More than 3 Years
Malaysia’s economy grew at the fastest pace in more than three years in the third quarter, supported by resilient domestic demand and a manufacturing sector that’s benefiting from booming global trade. READ MORE…

Philippines Economy Sizzles in Forecast-Beating Third-Quarter Growth
The Philippine economy clocked forecast-topping growth of 6.9% in the third quarter, making it one of Asia’s fastest growing and building expectations for a near-term increase in interest rates. READ MORE…


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