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Farahnaz Karim

Opinion Farahnaz Karim 22 August 2022

‘Climate’ is not a stand-alone issue: Unpacking climate through five disciplinary lenses

Is ESG a distraction from climate action? This was the question recently posed by the New York Times to a panel of experts in a brilliant debate as part of its Climate Forward conference held …

Analysis Farahnaz Karim 18 April 2022

Village to global village: Making sense of impact, ESG, and other ‘good’ ideas

Impact at the village level In my first ‘field posting’ as a United Nations Volunteer, I remember (as if it were yesterday) going on a journey to Farah, a province in Afghanistan, to report on …

Practical advice Farahnaz Karim 30 August 2021

How to help Afghans? Suggestions for impactful and respectful giving

The security and political crisis in Afghanistan has touched many around the world who are ready to help, host and welcome Afghan refugees as the Taliban carefully calibrate and repackage their religious brand, using a …

Opinion 1 Farahnaz Karim 2 June 2021

The nature of capital and other threats to impact

Human nature and its constructs Capitalism is arguably our triumphant ideology, a foundational construct that orders our lives and societies. It fuels an entire system where private profit (and ego) stimulates creativity, innovation, complex systems, …

Practical advice Farahnaz Karim 20 July 2020

Riding the impact wave: The brave new world

In this uncertain era, many are re-imagining and preparing for a Brave New World. A world where profit is inextricably linked to people and the planet; a world where disciplines such as economics and accounting …

Opinion Farahnaz Karim and Audrey Selian 23 May 2020

A call for ‘timely’ capital

The reality of fund-raising for those seeking ‘patient capital’ has proven more elusive than the current optimistic narrative about impact investing would suggest, and it begs the question: can capital really be patient? The unstated …