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Should micro-equity replace micro-loans?

Mark Wien by Mark Wien
Micro Equity Development Fund
October 2012

Micro-lending is growing steadily, yet it has failed to live up to its full promise. Micro-equity, which offers opportunities for both entrepreneurs and investors, could provide the answer.

Diaspora Bonds: New emerging market capital

Dele Meiji Fatunla by Dele Meiji Fatunla
Diaspora Debate
October 2012

Tapping the wealth of diaspora communities is proving to be an effective fundraising mechanism for economies struggling to raise money on international markets or attract investors.

A growing role for Sovereign Wealth Funds

Gerard Lyons by Gerard Lyons
Standard Chartered Bank
October 2012

Once the subject of widespread concern and scrutiny, these funds have become a critical source of new funding for developing countries.

Featured Videos

Challenges and opportunities in social investing

Sir Ronald Cohen, chairman of Big Society Capital, speaks with McKinsey’s Ian Davis about the opportunities and challenges of financing social investments and the parallels he sees between these activities and the rise of the venture-capital industry.

An introduction to Social Impact Bonds

There is considerable buzz in the United States about whether a new “pay for success” model of financing social solutions currently being piloted across the Atlantic could work on American soil. Watch this short introduction on Social Impact Bonds.


The Crowdfunding landscape

Changing how people support social causes

Crowdfunding is revolutionizing everything from charitable giving to microlending. Join actor Edward Norton and Robert Wolfe of CrowdRise, Julia Kurnia of Zidisha and Robert Schiff of McKinsey & Company as they share their thoughts on this dynamic new arena.

Voices on Society topics

  • Entrepreneurship Without Boundaries

    Entrepreneurs are solving complex societal challenges across the globe. It’s happening “at the table” within established organizations, “off the grid” on difficult terrain, and “on the web” in the digital world. Across this spectrum, we often find Millennial entrepreneurs leading the charge.

  • How We Give

    Distinguished experts and donors share new insights on global giving trends and propose solutions to barriers that inhibit individual philanthropy aimed at improving social outcomes.

  • The Art and Science of Delivery

    Delivery is both an art and a science. We think the art is in the innovation and adaptability of the actors and different delivery models, while the science lies in replicating and scaling those models.

  • The Socially Conscious Consumer

    How the global rise of socially conscious consumers can help drive environmental and economic sustainability.

  • Financing Social Change

    Across the globe, innovative new tools are helping fund social change.

  • Beyond advocacy – business needs to get its head in the gameJobs for the young & restless

    Youth around the world have been particularly hard hit, registering disturbingly high unemployment numbers.

  • Social innovation

    Can fresh thinking solve the world’s most intractable problems?

  • Social entrepreneurs

    Can social entrepreneurs create large scale change?

  • Cities

    As the global population becomes increasingly urbanized, what will the cities of the future look like?

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