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Special on Theory of Change with Dr. Helene Clark

Theory of change is a dynamic, critical thinking process, it makes the initiative clear and transparent – it underpins strategic planning. It is developed in a participatory way over time, following a logical structure that is rigorous and specific, and that can meet a quality test by the stakeholder. The terminology is not important, it is about buying into the

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Podcast Episode 12: Ronald Abraham Enabling Impact Evaluation & Data Analytics for Social Impact

                Ronald Abraham “Worked on Annual Status of Education Report, the first of its kind learning outcome survey in India and probably the world. “ This publication elaborates on the podcast with Ronald Abraham. In recent years, impact evaluation has played a pivotal role in the development sector. Evidence-based projects and interventions are

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Art of Blended Finance and SDGs

Blended Finance will play a critical role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. There will be more synergies between Blended Finance and SDGs in the development sector as we advance. Blended finance, not to be confused with bending finance, is fast becoming an essential and potent tool for bridging the yearly $2.5 trillion gap to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target by 2030. Blended finance is not

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Alternatives: Investment Strategies of Yale and Harvard Endowment Funds

This article discusses the rise of alternative investment strategies within the endowment funds, especially super endowment funds like Yale and Harvard. The piece is updated with new data and information.    There are about 800 endowment funds in the US, although there are 2000 four-year colleges in the US according to the annual NACUBO-Common fund Study of Endowments. Of all

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Structured Products and Exchange Traded Funds

Understanding Structured Products  Credit crisis in 2008 highlighted the risks associated with complex derivatives and securitization. However complex and exotic derivatives have also helped to diversify risks in the form of structured products which are an integral part of alternative investments in wealth management and sustainability.  Structured products, as described by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), are securities derived from or

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