Agents of Change – Finance in Motion Report Highlights Company Impact Around the World

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This year’s impact investment report focuses on the importance of people working together to create positive change.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 6 April 2017 – The latest impact investment report from leading impact asset manager Finance in Motion provides a range of notable examples about how the company and its staff, funds, investments, initiatives, and partner organizations are accomplishing positive environmental and social change around the world.

Agents of Change – Impact Investment Report 2016 chronicles company initiatives and programs on five continents and the people who have helped make them successful. Among the host of landmark projects, topics featured in the report include Finance in Motion’s increased commitment to financial inclusion through an equity stake in a firm offering a core banking system as a cloud solution, how the company supported construction of the first wind farm in the Caucasus, and one employee’s personal campaign to keep kids in school in her hometown. Seen through the eyes of employees, company partners, and those receiving support from investments and other measures, the stories highlight how Finance in Motion and the funds it advises promote job creation, entrepreneurship, and access to finance for private households and micro, small, and medium enterprises in low- and middle-income countries in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). At the same time, the company and its funds are protecting biodiversity in Latin America and cutting energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Europe and MENA.

The company’s commitment to reducing natural resource consumption and CO2 emissions has pared down the printed version of this year’s report to a pamphlet-sized document containing only brief descriptions and vital data about the company. The bulk of the report is only available online and can be seen here. This digital version offers a fun, interactive platform for exploring the company and learning about its most recent activities.

Florian Meister, a managing director at Finance in Motion, said: “This year’s report focuses on the people who are effecting impact, because dedicated people working together toward a common goal are the ones who stand the best chance of making the world a better place. Over the years, our company employees and our partners have proven their ability to work together to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands. We are proud to have been and to continue to be agents of change.”

About Finance in Motion

One of the world’s leading impact investment advisors, Finance in Motion focuses exclusively on forprofit funds promoting sustainable economic, social and environmental progress in low- and mediumincome countries. With more than EUR 1.5 billion in assets under management, the company leverages development aid through public-private partnerships. In line with the goals of its funds, Finance in Motion promotes long-term relationships and helps partners develop their business. Backed by 15 local offices spread through the more than 20 countries it serves, Finance in Motion advises the following development finance vehicles: the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), which finances micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSME finance); the Green for Growth Fund (GGF), which targets reduction of energy use and CO2 emissions; the SANAD Fund for MSME in the Middle East and North Africa; and the Fund, whose goal is the preservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources.

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Forests and Food: Addressing Hunger and Nutrition Across Sustainable Landscapes

As population estimates for 2050 reach over 9 billion, issues of food security and nutrition have been dominating academic and policy debates. A total of 805 million people are undernourished worldwide and malnutrition affects nearly every country on the planet. Despite impressive productivity increases, there is growing evidence that conventional agricultural strategies fall short of eliminating global hunger, as well as having long-term ecological consequences. Forests can play an important role in complementing agricultural production to address the Sustainable Development Goals on zero hunger. Forests and trees can be managed to provide better and more nutritionally-balanced diets, greater control over food inputs -particularly during lean seasons and periods of vulnerability (especially for marginalised groups)- and deliver ecosystem services for crop production. However forests are undergoing a rapid process of degradation, a complex process that governments are struggling to reverse.

Forests have huge potential to reduce global hunger and malnutrition. Forests and Food provides the evidence and insights necessary for harnessing that power. This timely volume is essential reading for researchers, students, NGOs and governments around the globe.

Gender and Forests: Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains and Emerging Issues

This enlightening book brings together the work of gender and forestry specialists from various backgrounds and fields of research and action to analyse global gender conditions as related to forests. Using a variety of methods and approaches, they build on a spectrum of theoretical perspectives to bring depth and breadth to the relevant issues and address timely and under-studied themes.

Focusing particularly on tropical forests, the book presents both local case studies and global comparative studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as the US and Europe. The studies range from personal histories of elderly American women’s attitudes toward conservation, to a combined qualitative / quantitative international comparative study on REDD+, to a longitudinal examination of oil palm and gender roles over time in Kalimantan. Issues are examined across scales, from the household to the nation state and the global arena; and reach back to the past to inform present and future considerations.

The collection will be of relevance to academics, researchers, policy makers and advocates with different levels of familiarity with gender issues in the field of forestry.

Gender and Forest Decentralization in Cameroon: What Challenges for Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change?

Gender and Climate Change: evidence and experience

A set of briefs on gender and climate change that highlights how CIFOR and partner organizations are addressing current and emerging policy issues, with insights and recommendations based on experience.

Also available as separate briefs:

Gender and climate change: Evidence and experience by Markus Ihalainen and Bimbika Sijapati Basnett (CIFOR)

Brief no. 1
Seeds of adaptation : Climate change, crop diversification and the role of women farmers by Ronnie Vernooy (Bioversity International)

Brief no. 2
Changing the climate : Why gender matters to achieving equitable sustainable development by Nicola Ward (CARE International)

Brief no. 3
Climate change, policy change : Five policy lessons to support women farmers in a changing climate by Sophia Huyer, Jennifer Twyman, Manon Koningstein, Sonja Vermeulen and Catherine Hill (CCAFS)

Brief no. 4
At the intersection of inequities : Lessons learned from CIFOR’s work on gender and climate change adaptation in West Africa by Houria Djoudi (CIFOR)

Brief no. 5
Gender mainstreaming in REDD+ and PES : Lessons learned from Vietnam by Thu Thuy Pham and Maria Brockhaus (CIFOR)

Brief no. 6
Catalyzing sustainable and just change through funding : Overview and key recommendations from Climate Justice and Women’s Rights: A Guide to Supporting Grassroots Women’s Action by Ursula Miniszewski (Global Greengrants Fund)

Brief no. 7
Knowledge is power : Enhancing data for action on women’s rights, equality, and environmental sustainability via the Environment and Gender Index (EGI) by Margaux Granat and Cate Owren (IUCN)

Brief no. 8
Gender equality as a pathway for sustainable development : Lessons learned in Eastern and Southern Africa by Åsa Torkelsson and Flavia Ciribello (UN Women), Moa Westman (UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative)

Brief no. 9
Gender equality in the climate agreement by Eleanor Blomstrom and Bridget Burns (WEDO)

Palms of controversies: Oil palm and development challenges

In the present book the authors – a biologist and an agricultural economist- describe a global and complex tropical sector, for which the interests of the many different stakeholders are often antagonistic. (Book, 69 pages)