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We are the UK's development finance institution and impact investor, backed by the UK Government. With over 75 years’ experience, we are a trusted investment partner to businesses in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. We invest to create productive, sustainable and inclusive economic outcomes for those that need our capital the most and who want to build better lives for themselves and their communities. We currently partner with over 1,000 businesses, working with our investees to help them su ...
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In this episode, Caroline Gurney, CEO of Future Generation, speaks to Matt Haupt, Portfolio Manager of Wilson Asset Management's Leader's Fund. With more than +15 year's investment experience, Matt has a top-down investment approach to managing a portfolio of Australian-listed stocks across the S&P ASX 200. Listen to this episode as Matt discusses …
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In this episode of the IMPACT = podcast, we talk to Kieron Boyle, Chief Executive of the Impact Investing Institute - an independent, non-profit organisation with a vision of transforming capital markets for a sustainable future, where impact investing is an effective tool for deploying capital. Kieron joined the Institute following seven years as …
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In this episode of the IMPACT = podcast, we talk to Sapna Shah, a partner at Novastar Ventures, one of the first and largest VC firms in Africa that focuses on entrepreneurs building transformative businesses in Africa. Originally from Kenya, Sapna started her career in London in international banking, initially at Lloyds TSB and later at HSBC, wor…
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Former NSW Premier, Mike Baird AO is a household name and recognised business leader, driven to serving his country and local community. From investment banking to state politics, chairing Cricket Australia and aged care groups, Mike has a real determination to drive change for good in both the private and public sector. In this episode, Mike offer…
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In this episode, Caroline Gurney, CEO of Future Generation, speaks to Nikki Thomas, Portfolio Manager of Magellan Financial Group’s Global Fund. With more than 20 years’ experience in markets, Nikki is recognised for her work in bringing global equities to Australia and prides herself on investing in the world’s best global stocks. In this episode,…
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After seeing the plight of disadvantaged youth in his community, Bernie Shakeshaft decided to take action. Starting in 2006 with a shed and an idea, Bernie founded the BackTrack Youth Works Program, in an effort to turn around the lives of kids struggling to stay in school, stay out of trouble and falling through the cracks. Using the skills he dev…
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In our next episode of the IMPACT = podcast, we talk to Jacqueline Novogratz, impact investment pioneer and Founder and CEO of Acumen. Jacqueline shares her inspiring journey of creating Acumen in 2001, with a vision of changing the way the world tackles poverty by providing patient capital to support businesses and entrepreneurs. She also talks ab…
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In this IMPACT = podcast episode, we talk to our Chief Executive Officer, Nick O'Donohoe. Nick joined BII as its Chief Executive in June 2017 and is also a member of the Board. Prior to joining BII, he co-founded Big Society Capital with impact investing pioneer Sir Ronald Cohen. Nick served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2011 to December 2015…
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Jane Rowe OAM dedicates her life to helping the children left behind in the wake of substance abuse. Following a privileged British upbringing and personal addiction challenges, Jane worked as a drug and alcohol counsellor in Australia where she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects that substance abuse has on families. Inspired to make a pos…
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In our next episode, we talk to Faheen Allibhoy, Managing Director of the J.P. Morgan Development Finance Institution. The J.P. Morgan Development Finance Institution (JPM DFI) was launched in January 2020 to spur investment supporting economic development in emerging markets. The JPM DFI aims to increase the origination and distribution of assets …
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We are excited to launch our new Future Generation podcast series, Take Stock. In this series, we get a backstage pass into the minds of our leading pro bono fund managers and Future Generation supporters. In the first episode, Caroline Gurney, CEO of Future Generation, speaks to John Coombe, Executive Director of Jana Investment Advisers, and Inve…
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In our next episode of the IMPACT = podcast, we speak to Dr Frank Aswani, Chief Executive Officer of the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA). AVPA is a pan-African network of investors who are collaborating to increase the flow of capital into social investments across the continent, ensuring it is deployed for maximum social Impact. Frank…
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In our next episode of the IMPACT = podcast, we talk to Amit Bouri, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Amit Bouri co-founded of the GIIN in 2009 and today it is the largest global community of impact investors dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. Today, Amit dedicates his work t…
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You might recognise Don Spencer from his three decades on Play School. That’s how most Australians know him. But there’s so much more to Don than bears and chairs. He is, as we discovered, one of those people with “stories to tell”. He’s toured with the Rolling Stones, flirted with Marianne Faithfull, played hockey with the national Kenyan team, le…
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IMPACT = has been founded as a platform to share impact expertise – through an open dialogue with leaders in the industry and a collaborative exchange of ideas, lessons and examples. In our first IMPACT = podcast, we talk to Andy Kuper, Chief Executive Officer of LeapFrog Investments. Andy Kuper is a world-renowned responsible investment leader, wh…
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Michael Chaney is one of the country’s most successful business leaders and an advocate for the Voice to Parliament. For the past 3 decades, Michael has dominated corporate Australia. As CEO of Wesfarmers, he grew the company’s value from $1 billion to $10 billion and he’s also chaired some of Australia’s top tier companies – such as National Austr…
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This special episode features Wim Hof, a Dutch adventurer, extreme athlete and motivational speaker. Wim is known as the Iceman for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures and holds more than 20 Guinness World Records. He has climbed Kilimanjaro wearing only a pair of shorts. He has run a half marathon above the Arctic Circle barefooted and …
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Wendy McCarthy is one of Australia’s most influential women. For more than 50 years Wendy’s been at the forefront of feminism, corporate and public life in Australia. Her trailblazing advocacy has truly shaped this country. For example, if your dad was at your birth, you can thank Wendy because back in the 1960’s she fought for the rights of father…
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Michael Traill is an absolute legend in Australia’s not-for-profit circles, but that is not how he started out. Like many other Harvard grads, Michael went into investment banking. He spent 14 years at Macquarie Bank, where he successfully co-founded the bank’s private equity division. But, a career that provides profit above all else didn’t sit co…
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Research shows that women and girls are disproportionately affected by climate change and in diverse ways - from peace and security, to education, health and livelihood. It is therefore critical that women are included in the decision-making process to ensure that climate action is effective and equitable for all. Listen as Evelyne Batamuliza (Gend…
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This podcast is part of The African Climate Conversation, a platform which brings together leading African voices on the climate emergency – to discuss, evaluate and debate the greatest challenge facing the continent. In this episode, Tshepidi Moremong, Chief Operating Officer of Africa50 speaks to BII’s Head of UK media, Andrew Murray-Watson about…
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The climate emergency is having a significant impact on communities all around the world, especially those living in Africa and Asia. A recent report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that 40 per cent of the world’s population is now ‘highly vulnerable’ and predicts that future climate risks are even more severe th…
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In the run-up to COP27, there is an expectation that there will be a renewed call for Africa to be able to exploit its abundant gas reserves. On this podcast, BII’s Andrew Murray-Watson talks to James Mwangi, founder of Climate Action Platform for Africa and Executive Director of the Dalberg Group, about Africa’s energy challenges and opportunities…
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This podcast is part of The African Climate Conversation, a platform which brings together leading African voices on the climate emergency – to discuss, evaluate and debate the greatest challenge facing the continent. In this podcast, H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area joins BII’s Andrew Murray-Watson to …
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This podcast is part of The African Climate Conversation, a platform which brings together leading African voices on the climate emergency – to discuss, evaluate and debate the greatest challenge facing the continent. In this podcast, James Mwangi, founder of Climate Action Platform for Africa and Executive Director of the Dalberg Group, and Ineza …
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Our production and consumption of goods is one of the biggest contributors to the climate crisis. It generates nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions. We’re using 60 per cent more resources than the planet can provide. And 90 per cent of biodiversity loss is due to the extraction and processing of natural resources. However, there is an opport…
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Adaptation and resilience-building solutions are needed urgently around the world. In fact, recent studies suggest that they are needed even more quickly than previously thought. However, despite the clear need for companies developing such solutions, there is a lack of capital available for businesses. In this episode, dig deeper into the need for…
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Gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) is a widespread and serious global issue that affects people in the workplace, their communities and homes. While gender-based violence and harassment can affect anyone, it disproportionately affects women and girls: an estimated one in three women worldwide has experienced some form of physical or sexual…
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Over the last thirty years, in many developing economies, poverty has fallen, people live longer and healthier lives, and economies have been transformed. But this is not the case across the board. In his new book, “Gambling on Development: Why some countries win and others lose”, former Chief Economist at the Department for International Developme…
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Prof. Samuel Harvey is a leading academic psychiatrist with international standing in clinical and population mental health research. Sam initially trained and worked as a GP, before pursuing his passion for mental health and training as a psychiatrist at the internationally renowned Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Ne…
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In today's episode, we're exploring the fundamentals of the economics of development finance. Our conversation discusses three key areas: - What is development and why does it need private investment? - Why does private investment need development finance institutions (DFIs)? - Where can DFIs have the most impact? Leading the discussion is British …
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The rapid growth of the digital economy is the defining narrative of the last fifty years. Spurred by an era of remarkable innovation, digital technology has transformed societies and now contributes an estimated 16 per cent to the global economy annually. However much of the world remains poorly served, with an estimated 3.5 billion people still w…
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Within the field of impact investing, the growth of gender lens investment has been one the success stories of the last decade. And increasing evidence shows that investment policies that focus on gender equality have a transformative impact, especially in developing economies. We know that gender lens investing results in women from marginalised c…
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Natasha Stott Despoja AO is the youngest woman to ever enter Parliament, a former member of the Australian Democrats and currently sits on the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She has also founded not-for-profit organisation Our Watch, written a book and served on a number of charity Boards. Nata…
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Global water use has doubled in the last 40 years. This increase in demand for water, alongside the effects of climate change, mean businesses need to take action to manage their water use. With water risks growing, it is estimated that the costs to businesses of doing nothing are almost five times higher than actively addressing the issue. Last ye…
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Impact led social investment in Africa has experienced steady growth over the last decade, spurred by the need for a sustainable private sector which supports the economic and social demands of a growing young and rapidly urbanising population. From building vital infrastructure, to creating future-proof employment, and supporting the growth of new…
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When the scale of the pandemic became known in March 2020, financial institutions needed to respond quickly to support the individuals and businesses that use their services. This was especially true for Advans Group, a microfinance institution that lends to entrepreneurs and small businesses in developing countries around the world. As many of Adv…
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In 2017, we launched a five-year strategy, which aimed to tackle the key development challenges facing countries in Africa and South Asia. A lot has changed since then - the pandemic has pushed hundreds of millions into extreme poverty, climate change has become the climate emergency, and there is greater understanding of the systemic injustices th…
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Women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men and, at the same time, can be critical agents of adaptation and resilience responses. In this podcast episode, we look at the reasons why women are disproportionately affected by climate change, and how investors can benefit from considering both gender and climate factors in their…
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It is now beyond debate that emerging economies will shoulder the burden of the climate crisis. It is estimated that out of the $90 trillion needed for the infrastructure to meet the 2030 emission goals, two thirds should go to emerging economies. And in the recent Global Climate Risk Index, eight out of the ten countries most affected by the quant…
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In this episode, we explore the impact climate change is having on businesses in emerging economies. We look at how it's affecting firms today, how it might affect their future plans and what international investors can do to support a just transition to net zero emissions and resilient economies. We hear from founders, CEOs and senior managers wor…
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A thriving private sector is the foundation of a healthy economy – creating employment, delivering vital goods and services, and providing valuable tax income. Which is why investment in emerging markets is critical to advancing development. However, these markets are complex and need different types of financial interventions to enable economic gr…
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In this episode, we look back over our recent Insight events and ask what impact technology will have on economic growth on the African continent, and what challenges and opportunities it brings with it. We have a stellar line up of guests with expertise in investment, business and academia - you'll hear from: Efosa Ojomo, Leader of the Global Pros…
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We are on a summer break from hosting our regular events, so we thought we’d share some of our highlights from the last year of Insight. In this episode we’re focusing on the issue of climate change and in particular what our guests are thinking in the run up to COP26, which is taking place in November. COP – which stands for Conference of the Part…
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India's has been one of the countries worst affected by the pandemic, particularly when it comes to case numbers. Clearly this has had a significant impact on businesses and their employees too. In a large country, where workers can be regularly on the move or difficult to reach, it makes it hard for companies to communicate with people and provide…
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Africa’s population is the youngest on earth and the fastest growing. Research recently published by the Lancet predicts that in the year 2100, five of the 10 most populous countries on earth will be in Africa. These demographic trajectories will have a dramatic impact on the global economy and who shapes it. This is clearly an opportunity for the …
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The climate crisis is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity, with the threat to the most vulnerable and exposed populations in developing economies especially acute. Given the scale of the challenge, climate finance for private sector development is critical to helping these countries, not only mitigate the worst effects of climate change, …
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This is an episode from our ESG Podcast series. In this one, we explore how businesses can benefit from supporting the circular economy and improving their management of electronic waste. The episode is hosted by Dr Veronica di Bella from our ESG team, who speaks with two representatives of off-grid solar company, M-kopa: Daniel Stoker, Head of Ret…
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