In the first week of October, experts from around the world met at the third World Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where they discussed issues regarding sustainability and resource efficiency.
Big plans are in store to spread the Internet across all of Africa. However, despite the hype surrounding Silicon Savannah in Kenya, the digital economy on the continent is but a strand in the World Wide Web. What obstacles must be overcome so that a true Internet revolution takes hold there? Innocent Munzaneya’s version of the global e-commerce site eBay, called Cyamunara (which means “Auctions”), seems like a great idea on the surface.
Ask someone at TBLI 2013 for a definition of impact investing and you’re unlikely to get the same answer. Berry Kennedy listens to another part of the long conversation defining the impact investment field. There must be “clarity between philanthropy, CSR and investing efforts. They are not all impact investments,” stressed Ximena Escobar de Nogales, head of social performance management at Bamboo Finance, an inclusive-finance private equity firm. It was a bold opinion in a presentation to a room full philanthropists and corporate representatives who consider their work to be exactly that: impact investing.
Diversity ruled for the ESG Leaders Europe Awards at the Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI) Conference in Zurich. With four categories the award looks to highlight successes across the impact field, commending investors as well as the projects which tend to be the focus of awards. In the end, it seems everyone could have been a winner – and that was the point. Rather than using concrete investment metrics to choose a winner, organizers chose to celebrate a wide range of activities across the field.
Responsible travel that contributes to the conservation of the environment and the well being of local people – ecotourism sounds great. However, the problems faced by the kinds of ecosystems and communities that ecotourism proponents set out to “save” are often very complex, and seldom are there any quick-fix solutions.