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Getting Real About Innovation: Why Accion’s U.S. Network Made the Leap to Digitize Its Lending Operations

An Interview with Gina Harman, CEO of Accion’s U.S. Network
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Technology can be a double-edged sword – especially when it comes to small business lending. While there’s plenty of justified excitement over the potential of providing underserved SMEs with fast access to loans through digital platforms, there are also considerable reasons for caution. Though alternative lending products can boost access, many lack transparency regarding the true cost of the loan, and therefore risk trapping small businesses in a cycle of debt.

CECP Announces Third CEO Investor Forum As Movement to End Short-termism Gains Momentum

Michael R. Bloomberg to Join Fireside Chat; Chief Executive Officers From Major Global Companies to Present Long-term Strategic Plans to Investors Representing $25 Trillion in AUM
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NEW YORK, January 16, 2018 /3BL Media/ — CECP's Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) will host the third CEO Investor Forum (CIF) on February 26, 2018, at the Time Warner Center in New York City. Michael R.

UN Global Compact Bulletin (January 2018)

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The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look to this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

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The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look to this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

Acumen America Makes Its First Financial Inclusion Investment Under New Partnership With Metlife Foundation

First investment, EarnUp, helps low-income Americans manage their debt
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First investment, EarnUp, helps low-income Americans manage their debt

Funding, Preparation and Culture Keys to Securing Critical Infrastructure and Systems

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In Washington, D.C., the Trump administration’s focus on infrastructure investment has gained growing attention in the energy sector and intensified dialogue about how these assets are protected from both cyber and physical attack. To get a better sense of the risk environment, the administration issued an executive order in May mandating an assessment of the country’s resilience against cyber attacks.

New Investor Toolkit: Investor Voices on Water

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Monika Freyman, Director of Investor Water Engagement shares her insights on the latest interactive web-based resource - “The Investor Water Toolkit” - a comprehensive tool that helps investors become more water aware.

Living on One Dollar A Day

Documentary Inspires Holiday Donations
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What gift would you give for the holidays that costs $56?  Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci lived on $56 for 56 days in Guatemala and filmed Living on One Dollar, a documentary that has raised over $300,000 for Whole Planet Foundation, funding 1,600 microloans for Guatemalans living in poverty.

Supplemental Safety Net: An Innovative Model Paves the Way for Inclusive Insurance in China

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Despite rapid economic growth that has benefited many, hundreds of millions of people in China still remain outside the formal financial system without access to safe and affordable financial products. One of the biggest unmet financial needs is insurance. Salaried and wage-earning Chinese workers sometimes have insurance through their jobs, but many employees, especially those in social services, are severely underserved, and casual or self-employed workers are likely to have no coverage at all.

Sustainable Growth: Barclays Launches New Range of Green Finance Products

by Madeleine Cuff
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Barclays has become the first UK bank to launch a range of green finance products to help its corporate clients fund low-carbon projects and investments.

The new range, launched today, includes loans, deposits, asset finance and innovation finance for accelerating green investment in firms, from small businesses to large corporates.

Whole Planet Foundation | Dispatch From the Field – Crediting Field Officers

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It is the season of gratitude and a time to celebrate the impact of 2017. Whole Planet Foundation wants to acknowledge the achievements of our microfinance partners’ field officers, who are often the main point of contact between a microfinance organization and the entrepreneurs financing their businesses with microloans.

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