Patrice Schneider

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Measuring the impact of investments remains a main challenge for sustainable finance professionals and, together with Climate Change, an overarching theme at TBLI. Sixteen related workshops offer debate on ESG and Impact Investing trends, private equity, portfolio strategy, food production, emerging markets, sustainable energy or philanthropy investing.

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Patrice Schneider

  1. 1. Financing critically important news outlets in emerging markets
  2. 2. Why? Timely, accurate information is critical to free societies and equitable economic development. Newsday, Zimbabwe
  3. 3. Why? In 2012, only 1 in 6 people lived in a country with a free press.
  4. 4. Why? Independent news businesses need access to capital. Lack of capacity for managing political risk and media expertise.
  5. 5. A crazy idea. 18 years ago.
  6. 6. How did we do? LOANS & EQUITY COUNTRIES INVESTED IN WRITE-OFFS RETURNED TO INVESTORS 4 EXITS IRR Reached (people) $ 113 million 32 2.8 % $19.5 million 23.87% 55 million
  7. 7. But again...why? Independent reporting = contributions to democratization & economic development. Media companies realize growth because: • become news of record • market distortion falls away • access to capital increase • consumer-oriented economy = growth of ad markets
  8. 8. New kid in town... Digital Acceleration
  9. 9. Looking forward... Africa, Asia and Latin America
  10. 10. It is.

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