Posts Tagged financial innovation

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa – Mexican Housing Day 2011

With research and writing assistance from Estephani Garcia The eighth annual Mexican Housing Day (February 10, 2011) in New York City and London gave the government, financial institutions and publicly listed (not the vast majority of unlisted developers and builders) housing developers a chance to crow about […]

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Iffy Ideas for Developing Country Cities

In recent months, we’ve learned that cities have hit the radar screen of big business with developing economy and emerging market cities making their way almost to center stage to boot. Why? Because most of the building and development that’s going to happen in coming years will be in those […]

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Initial Public Offering for India’s Experimental New Urbanism Settlement

It’s fascinating to see that India’s Lavasa project is planning to raise up to 20 billion rupees (or $425 million) in equity on the Indian stock market in an initial public offering (India’s Lavasa to file papers for $425 mln IPO – Reuters) out of a total […]

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Converging and Emerging: Philippines Real Estate Financial Innovation

The Philippines shows how emerging real estate markets are beginning to converge with developed markets. The opportunities in the Philippines revolve around the country’s burgeoning growth in back office outsourcing, remittances from foreign workers and rapid growth in regional tourist arrivals. The Philippines is starting to buzz […]

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International Private Equity Investments in Mexico Innovative Housing Scheme

“Mexico’s Urbi Teams Up With Aureos On Rent-To-Buy Home Sales” serves up some excitement for innovative impact investments in housing in developing countries. Urbi Desarrollos Urbanos is one of Mexico’s top three homebuilders with a special niche in the low cost housing market. Aureos Capital was established […]

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Lessons from “The Town That Loved Its Bank”

The lessons from The Town That Loved Its Bank in the Sunday New York Times yesterday hit home for me and, I think, should provide some insight into the challenges of philanthropy and investment in the effort to build stronger urban communities. Not an unusual setting for […]

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SAATH: New Business Models in Slums

SAATH is an NGO dedicated to creating change in the slums of Ahmedabad. By utilizing market-based strategies, SAATH’s efforts impact the lives of over 100,000 slum dwellers in Ahmedabad, as well as Gujarat and Rajasthan. One of SAATH’s compelling missions is “creating inclusive cities” so we were […]

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A Surprising Social Infrastructure Story: Indian School Finance Company (ISFC)

Our third unconventional meeting in unconventional Hyderabad was about another under-the-radar urban built infrastructure solution – schools. In this case, private schools are on the move in India – 60,000 of them in India and 3,000 in Hyderabad – and low cost schools are growing fast in […]

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