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Alliance webinar: Future of philanthropy in the Arab region

Amy McGoldrick 23 February 2021

As part of Alliance magazine’s anniversary celebrations this year, celebrating Alliance’s 25 years at the heart of global philanthropy, we have launched a series of events on what the future of philanthropy holds in different …


Blended value: financial returns, SDG’s and gender in harmony

Rien van Gendt 22 February 2021

How enlightened would it be, if foundations were to use gender lens investing as one of their strategies to contribute to a more sustainable world? Philanthropy and sustainable investing should be natural allies with a …


Business of Philanthropy: Word Economic Forum’s Klaus Schwab

Alliance magazine 13 February 2021

In the latest episode of The Business of Philanthropy, Badr Jafar, Emirati philanthropist and Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge, speaks with Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder & Executive Chairman …

Three in five wealthy Gulf families will shift to responsible investing

Alliance magazine 4 January 2021

Wealthy Gulf family groups, led by their younger members, are increasingly being coaxed toward more sustainable investing, found survey by Savanta published in a report from Barclays Private Bank. Fifty-nine per cent, or almost three …

AVPN launches new podcast “Money Meets Mission”

Alliance magazine 27 December 2020

The Asia Venture Philanthropy Network, the largest social investing community in Asia, has launched a new podcast hosed by its CEO Naina Subberwal Batra that brings in leaders from across the business, philanthropy, and impact …

$27 million bond will help women in Asia rebuild livelihoods post-Covid

Alliance magazine 19 December 2020

The Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has issued a $27 million bond to support creating sustainable livelihoods for more than three million women in developing countries. The bond is called the Women’s Livelihood Bond 3 …

One credible weapon among the continuum

Gregory Ratliff 1 December 2020

In their interview, the Hewlett Foundation’s Larry Kramer and Ana Marshall raise critical issues for all impact investors. The lack of ‘performance presentation standards’ to accurately capture and make comparable the financial and social returns …

Green energy investment to increase, but more will be needed

Alliance magazine 29 November 2020

A new report reveals that investment into renewable energy is likely to increase significantly over the next five years. According to Climate Action, over one-third of investors surveyed believe that the Covid-19 crisis has made …

WINGS Forum 2020: Focus not only on sharing generosity, but sharing power

Elika Roohi 26 November 2020

The 2020 annual WINGS forum was meant to happen in Nairobi, a celebration of the organisation’s 20th anniversary with their first conference in Africa. Of course, this year made other plans – so this week …

Our investments should not drive the problems we ask grantees to solve

Ellen Dorsey and Dan Chu 17 November 2020

In this moment of great social, economic, and ecological upheaval, it is abundantly clear that we need fundamental and systemic changes to our economy. Fifty years of Milton Friedman’s doctrine of shareholder primacy and maximisation …