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A Proxy For The Next Generation

ESG issues and fiduciary duties are not mutually exclusive.
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We spoke to Michael Judin about the nature of fiduciary duties in the 21st century. What became clear is that ESG issues and fiduciary duties are not mutually exclusive.

On The Ground In Africa

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As a long-term investor and responsible steward of the assets it manages on behalf of its customers, Old Mutual Africa is on course to becoming the leading responsible investor on the continent, where it has offices in Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Old Mutual Africa’s Responsible Investment Committee spearheads this initiative, ensuring that we continue to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in the assets in which we invest. Marjorie Mayida shares some of the learnings along her ESG journey into the African investment landscape.

Pfizer Foundation Grantee North Star Alliance Uses Innovative Approach to Provide Care “At the Right Locations and at the Right Time”

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Eva Mwai is the Regional Director for East Africa with North Star Alliance, which has built a network of 36 roadside clinics made from refurbished shipping containers throughout 11 countries in Africa. North Star Alliance’s clinics provide health services along major transportation routes using scalable and sustainable practices. This unique public-private partnership model provides low-cost primary and sexual healthcare to mobile, at-risk individuals.

Bloomberg: Data Can Fuel Africa's Economic Growth

By Mike Bloomberg
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Originally posted on Standard Digital.

Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies and one of the most promising regions for international investment. This growth could be accelerated by addressing a fixable problem: lack of good data.
 Reliable, accessible data plays a critical role in any economy. 

Pfizer Foundation Grantee Afya Research Africa Seeks to Improve “Health and Wealth” of Underserved Communities

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Sam Gwer is the Executive Director of Afya Research Africa, which operates a network of clinics in Kenya that aim to improve primary care in underserved, rural areas. The organization currently operates 11 clinics in farming and fishing communities, serving 15,000 people.

“We have really empowered communities, and they can see value and the need to participate,” Sam explains in this video. “This is empowering because then with this intervention, we’re able to make an impact on health and wealth.”

Pfizer Foundation Grantee LifeNet International “Changing Lives” in East Africa

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Stefanie Weiland is the Executive Director of LifeNet International, a franchise health center network with over 85 centers throughout East Africa. LifeNet International provides training and access to medicines and equipment to improve primary and maternal care for low-income people.

“Our whole mission is to improve the quality of care and the sustainability of these existing healthcare facilities,” Stefanie explains in this video. “These are life-and-death things. It means the difference of a child getting a lethal or a non-lethal dose of medicine.”

Billionaires Pony Up More Funds in Fight to Eradicate Polio

Michael Bloomberg, Ray Dalio lead $70 million infusion into effort backed by Gates Foundation
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Originally posted on Wall Street Journal

Bill Gates is getting help from some fellow billionaire philanthropists as he and other health leaders work to overcome setbacks that have delayed the eradication of polio despite a recent sharp decline in the number of cases.

Elephant Poaching Costs African Economies US $25 Million per Year in Lost Tourism Revenue – Study

New research shows investing in elephant conservation is smart economic policy for many African countries
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November 1, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The current elephant poaching crisis costs African countries around USD $25 million annually in lost tourism revenue, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications.

Bloomberg Brief Special Edition: Sub-Saharan Africa's Diverging Economies

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Please view the special edition of the Bloomberg Brief here.

Please see this special issue of Bloomberg Briefs, which looks at the challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa, and which regions stand to gain from the diverging economies.

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