The Rise of Social Enterprise Accelerators

The Rise of Social Enterprise Accelerators

The drive some have to solve a social or environmental problem while creating their own personal project is the seed of all social entrepreneurship. However, in order to channel entrepreneurial spirit and aspirations, and foster a culture that facilitates and promotes them, there are different actors playing instrumental roles: public agencies, universities, incubators, financing intermediaries […]

China’s Devastating Floods: From Adaptation to Mitigation

China’s Devastating Floods: From Adaptation to Mitigation

photo: LanguageTeaching After weeks of torrential rain across central and southern China, the mainland has suffered from a series of devastating floods. As the total price tag has soared, the impact will be felt in economic growth. By mid-July, almost 240 people had lost their lives and nearly 100 were missing, as China’s floods had been […]

Time for Reset and Realism in the South China Sea

Time for Reset and Realism in the South China Sea

photo: U.S. Pacific Fleet After the South China Sea arbitration ruling, uncertainty and friction may increase in the region. However, the economic promise of China’s rise and the Asian century will only materialize with peace and stability in the region. On July 12, the international court in The Hague ruled in the dispute between China and […]

Turkey’s Failed Coup: What’s Next?

Turkey’s Failed Coup: What’s Next?

photo: RadikalBlog Key takeaway – In Turkey, a coup attempt failed in less than 12 hours. President Erdoğan has declared that “the government is in control” and he is “not going to compromise”. What is next? Likely, Erdoğan’s popularity will increase, and constitutional changes will lead to a presidential system. Instability will continue, crackdowns on […]

Challenges Women Face in Managing Public-Private Partnerships

Challenges Women Face in Managing Public-Private Partnerships

All around the world, women are taking leadership roles in both government services and private business ventures more and more often. According to a global surveyconducted by the human resources consulting firm DDI, companies that perform best financially have the greatest numbers of women in leadership roles. However, female leaders still often experience challenges related to […]

Add Impact

Add Impact

“Add Impact” is the new rallying cry of the Global Impact Investing community, which concluded a two-day plenary meeting of its Steering Group in Lisbon, Portugal on July 8.  Championed by Sir Ronald Cohen, founder of Big Society Capital (BSC), which is hailed as the world’s first social investment bank, the Global Impact Investing Steering Group is the heart […]

Accelerating Financial Sector Development to Boost Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Accelerating Financial Sector Development to Boost Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

photo: Elaine Corso There are many reasons why deeper financial development—the increase in deposits and loans but also their accessibility and improved financial sector efficiency—is good for sustainable growth in sub-Saharan Africa. For one, it helps mobilize savings and to direct funds into productive uses, for example by providing the start-up capital for the next innovative […]

Why the EU-China Summit Must Succeed

Why the EU-China Summit Must Succeed

photo: European External Action Service The annual China-EU Summit is a great opportunity for Beijing and Brussels to align complementary investment agendas. Failure is no longer an option. The annual EU-China Summit will take place in Beijing in mid-week. The high stakes are reflected by high-level participation, which includes the European Council President Donald Tusk, European […]