Month: December 2022

Logging Violations Mar International Day of Forests

An intact portion of the world’s second largest rainforest, after the Amazon, is protected in Democratic Republic of Congo’s new Lomami National Park, part of which is in Tshuapa province. Date unknown (Photo courtesy Congo National Parks) Public domain. By Sunny Lewis LONDON, UK, March 21, 2019 (  News) – Ten European Union traders in six EU Member States are importing timber from a ...[Read More]

Our Drying Planet

An aerial view of the Tigris River as it flows through Baghdad, Iraq, population 8.76 million, the second largest city in the Arab world, July 31, 2016. (U.S. Dept. of Defense Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro) Public domain By Sunny Lewis ROME, Italy, March 16, 2017 ( News) – The world faces an acute water crisis within a decade that will affect food supplies...[Read More]

Does the Social Investing Sector Need Activist Investors?

Activist investors are changing the terms of engagement between businesses and investors. What will that mean for social businesses and the investors who back them? By Marta Maretich @maximpactdotcom Social investing continues its march toward the mainstream. Sector research shows a wider variety of investors—including pension funds, mutuals, and governments along with an array of private investor...[Read More]

Tidal Wave of Foreign Trash Hits Thailand

Searching the housands of containers at Thai ports for illegal waste shipments is a monumental task. While there has been shipping along the Chao Phraya River for centuries, construction of Bangkok Port was started in 1938. Construction of Laem Chabang Port on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard, now much larger than Bangkok Port, was begun in 1987. (Photo by Guido Vanhaleweyk) Posted for media use. By Su...[Read More]

Smoky Cooking Kills Millions

Businesses sell cans of charcoal for cooking at a market near Kisumu, Kenya, March 11, 2015. (Photo by Peter Kapuscinski / World Bank) By Sunny Lewis GENEVA, Switzerland, May 3, 2018 ( News) – Cooking with charcoal indoors is fatal to millions of people every year, according to new data released Wednesday by the World Health Organization. WHO says, in total, household and outdoor air ...[Read More]

Hammering Out a Global Platform for Forests

Native forest was cleared for a small oil palm plantation in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. February 20, 2010. (Photo by Moses Ceaser, Center for International Forestry Research) Creative Commons license via Flickr By Sunny Lewis NEW YORK, New York, November 29, 2017 (  News) – A new action platform to build momentum for implementing the New York Declaration on Forests debuted earlier th...[Read More]

Helping Syrian refugees build new lives in the UK

Case Study Language learning makes a difference. Language learning breaks down barriers, builds communities and offers opportunity to people around the world. We see this in much of the training we do with healthcare professionals around the world, enabling doctors and nurses to acquire the professional English they need to work in other countries and support healthcare systems and patients coping...[Read More]

19 Ways to Find Funding for Impact!

By Ana LaRue Across the globe, the spectrum of innovative financing solutions for social impact is broadening. It is becoming clear that the sector is no longer just for funders and companies as new investing possibilities have evolved rapidly over the last five years. A central feature of Maximpact’s platform is the ability to list impact deals and seek collaborative opportunities with others. Wh...[Read More]

Israel, Jordan, Palestine Unite for Jordan River

By Sunny Lewis TEL-AVIV, Israel, October 23, 2015 (Maximpact News) – The Jordan River, famous in story and song, unique in its natural wealth, is now threatened by excessive water diversion and contamination. In this arid region torn by many differences and struggles, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Israel, Jordan and Palestine are working together to restore the Jordan River – unity fo...[Read More]

Impact Investing in the Justice Entrepreneurs

By Marta Maretich @maximpactdotcom Agriculture, healthcare, cleantech and financial services are all now recognized sectors of impact investing with growing track records of success. Businesses from these sectors are frequently the choice of impact investors who want to put their money into related areas of social and environmental benefit such as poverty alleviation or natural resource protection...[Read More]

An Atlas of Sci-Art Water Diplomacy

Fountain of the Naiads at Piazza della Repubblica, Rome, Italy. This was originally the fountain of the Acqua Pia, connected to the aqua Marcia aqueduct, commissioned at this site by Pope Pius IX in 1870. (Photo by David McKelvey) Creative Commons license via Flickr By Sunny Lewis BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 9, 2017 ( News) – No longer is it true that water is a free and infinite resource ...[Read More]

State-of-the-Art Social Investing: Bringing the Homeless Home to a Green Community

The piecemeal approach to ending homelessness using temporary housing and shelters has long proven inadequate in the face of America’s formidable battle against this social issue, especially for American veterans. Nonprofit American Family Housing (AFH) has launched a new project that will provide permanent support — a powerful solution to help break the cycle of chronic homelessness. Potter’s Lan...[Read More]

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