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Sustainable Growth: Barclays Launches New Range of Green Finance Products

by Madeleine Cuff
Article

Barclays has become the first UK bank to launch a range of green finance products to help its corporate clients fund low-carbon projects and investments.

The new range, launched today, includes loans, deposits, asset finance and innovation finance for accelerating green investment in firms, from small businesses to large corporates.

Whole Planet Foundation | Dispatch From the Field – Crediting Field Officers

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It is the season of gratitude and a time to celebrate the impact of 2017. Whole Planet Foundation wants to acknowledge the achievements of our microfinance partners’ field officers, who are often the main point of contact between a microfinance organization and the entrepreneurs financing their businesses with microloans.

Building Resilience in the Philippines Through Microinsurance

Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions (CLIS) joins Business Call to Action by providing vulnerable Filipinos with affordable microinsurance tailored to their needs
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Microensurer Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions (CLIS) has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to increase the number of Filipinos covered by microinsurance from 6 million in 2016 to 8 million in 2020, expanding insurance coverage to 60 percent of the country’s population.

More Than Philanthropy: SDGs Present an Estimated US$12 Trillion in Market Opportunities for Private Sector Through Inclusive Business

Inclusive business practices can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals while opening up new market opportunities for companies
Blog

by Nazila Vali, Programme Analyst Private Sector, UNDP

The vast majority of the reports, papers or articles about development start with the numerous complex issues and challenges yet to be solved. Our work - as well as how it is perceived - could change drastically if, instead, we chose to focus on the incredible opportunities yet to be seized.

Should We Be Talking About Financial Health Instead of Inclusion?

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Carrie Creasey is a Program Specialist for MetLife Foundation, where she manages global grant-making, impact evaluation, and strategic storytelling to support the Foundation’s mission to accelerate the financial well-being of low-income people globally. Through partnerships with over 170 financial inclusion organizations across 40 countries, the Foundation has committed more than USD 170 million to-date and is on track to support more than 20 million people on their journey towards financial health.

Financial Services for Real People: Using Behavioral Science to Boost Financial Health in Latin America

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Managing day-to-day finances and planning for the future are quite complex. We rely on products and services to keep us on track with these tasks, yet many tools fail to account for common human tendencies, such as prioritizing the present over the future and putting off tedious tasks. These tendencies, although universal and understandable, have serious ramifications for the financial health of people everywhere.

Natural Gas Poised to Unlock Latin America Power Prospects

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Latin America’s rising demand for natural gas presents broad opportunities across the industry. While these opportunities may be most acutely present in Mexico — where a steadily growing economy is catalyzing soaring natural gas imports from the United States — conditions across the region reflect positive trends for U.S. producers and midstream players. Emerging markets are eager to tap U.S. supplies and seize on natural gas’s potential as a low cost, reliable and cleaner power generation source.

The Role of the Private Sector in Women's Economic Empowerment

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The Global Business Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment (GBCforWEE) brings together a group of major multinational corporations - who were first convened in 2014 by Professor Linda Scott, Emeritus DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, as part of the Corporate summit on women's economic empowerment - to discuss how better to include women in the world econ

Nespresso Announces Investment in Post-Conflict Colombian Coffee

The company plans to expand its coffee-sourcing programme into regions formerly impacted by conflict as part of a USD 50 million investment for sustainable quality coffee production
Press Release

BOGOTÁ, Colombia, November 28, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Nespresso today announced it will expand its coffee-sourcing programme for the first time into several former conflict zones as part of a USD 50 million investment in sustainable high-quality coffee cultivation in Colombia.

President Juan Manuel Santos addressed the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board where he welcomed the company’s commitment. He cited the investment as an important contribution to the development of post-conflict areas.

Sharing Insights: Bringing a Customer-centric Focus to the Financial Inclusion Community

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Customer centricity is a win-win strategy no matter who your clients are; but for institutions looking to serve financially vulnerable populations around the world, such wins can have a tremendous positive impact on the economic livelihoods and future prosperity of their customers.  

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