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PLAYA VIVA: READY FOR INVESTMENT

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Playa Viva ticks all the boxes for a great holiday destination: a luxurious boutique hotel in an idyllic tropical location with wonderful food and a pristine beach. It’s so good Elle magazine chose it as one of the world’s top Conscious Getaways for 2013.

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GREENPOP: FIGHTING DEFORESTATION WITH FUN

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Greenpop is a social enterprise that combats deforestation by organizing community-based tree planting projects, green action events, educational workshops, social media campaigns and green voluntourism. Based on the idea that sustainability can be fun and empowering for communities, Greenpop started in September 2010 and has since planted over 17,000 trees in over 200 beneficiary schools, crèches, old-age homes and community centers as well as deforested areas in Southern Africa. This map shows the extent of their work.

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CLEAN DEALS: SANITATION SECTOR ACTIVITY ON MAXIMPACT

Sanitation may not be the most glamorous part of the social benefit sector but it’s potentially big business: Current estimates value the market for products and services at $80 billion over ten years. With this incentive, businesses are starting to take up the sanitation challenge. Several of the most promising innovators are listed on Maximpact today.

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EVOLUTION OF A PIONEERING APPROACH: THE WORLD SANITATION FINANCING FACILITY

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The World Sanitation Financing Facility (WSFF) started life as a timely idea. Born out of a conversation between Arthur Wood, then global head of Ashoka’s social financial services, Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Association and World Toilet Day, and Dr Guy Hutton, the leading Sanitation Economist for the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), it came into being just as the wave of interest in social benefit investing was gaining momentum.

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SPOTLIGHT DEAL: CSRHUB

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has plenty in common with impact investing. (See The Impact Investing-CSR Opportunity for more) Now CSRHub, a tool that provides CSR sustainability ratings for companies, is listed on Maximpact in a bid to attract the funds it needs to grow to scale

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Impact Investing and CSR

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Impact investing and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) have much in common. Both are founded on a belief that business can be used to affect positive social and environmental change. Both use market mechanisms and harness business expertise, though in different ways. And both are reflections of a global trend for aligning the goals of enterprise and with the needs of society.

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DATA FOR IMPACT

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Data is a hot topic in the worlds of government, business and philanthropy. As information technologies mature, the increased availability of data, coupled with advances in analysis, mean that many sectors are reaping the long-promised rewards — and feeling the pressure of a new age of data immersion.

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WOMEN IN IMPACT – MAVIA ADVISORY PROFILE

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We strive to increase positive impact for our clients and their beneficiaries by creating transparency and bridging the gap between people wanting to engage in positive change and adequate, high quality investment and philanthropy opportunities for impact.

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About Maximpacts Womens Empowerment Sector

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Women are an immense resource for social change. It has been proven with countless statistics that women’s collaborative actions are a prerequisite for the fight against poverty and human rights. UN Women, the UN Global Compact, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and other agencies provide findings that demonstrate that gender diversity helps business perform better and that achieving the Millennium Development Goals requires a rapid integration of gender equality.

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Spotlight Deal: LightUp Africa

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“When was the last time you had to go without electricity for a day…? Now imagine going one day,one month or your entire life without access to electricity. That is how life is for 85% of Kenyans, over 500,000,000 Africans and 1.5 billion people around the world.” Light Up Africa founder Alan Hurt

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MOBILE TECH COMMUNICATES IMPACT

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Mobile phones and other forms of mobile communication technology are making their mark on the developing world. The number of mobile subscriptions has grown to 6 billion, of which 5 billion are in developing countries, according to a World Bank report. More than 30 billion apps — pieces of software that extend the capabilities of phones were downloaded in 2011. It’s likely that record will be far surpassed in 2012.

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Shine On: Solar Deals Light Up Maximpact

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Maximpact has always hosted a wide variety of solar deals on our site. Today’s deals reflect key trends in the solar sector including a new focus on deployment of existing technologies, diversifying services to support other parts of the solar supply chain and offering sustainable energy solutions for off-grid users in emerging markets.

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Bright Green Island Bornholm In Action

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Some people believe that words like technology, design and creativity belong to the big cities. That big problems should be solved by big companies in big offices. We (Bornholm) as a small island have decided to prove them wrong: Innovation, solutions and development can take place anywhere at anytime by anyone.

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