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To Augment Tech’s Transformation of Sub-Saharan Africa, Impact Investors Should Focus on the Startup Ecosystem

Innovative startups in Sub-Saharan Africa are transforming the region with technological advances that have increased people’s access to education, healthcare, and financial resources, generating millions of jobs in the process. Entrepreneurs have been helped along through initiatives such as the World Bank-funded XL Africa and the £32 million ($39 million) tech acceleration program from Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID). Despite

For impact investors to kickstart a low-carbon future, they have to up their game

Backing the same old solutions won’t solve the climate emergency, argues Ashden CEO Harriet Lamb. Systemic change will only happen if money flows to sustainable energy start-ups that are creating disruptive social and environmental change Every year, our team of expert professionals and judges trawl the world for leading businesses worthy of winning an Ashden

Growing Universe of Impact Investors Satisfied With Results

The Global Impact Investing Network’s ninth survey of impact investors finds most are achieving their goals for positive social and environmental impact as well as for financial returns. The annual snapshot of the market reveals an industry that’s growing steadily and is increasingly diversifying, in terms of the types of investors as well as the

Inside view: Six issues impact investors need to consider

Impact investing aims to be a win-win concept – investors enjoy potentially attractive financial returns while simultaneously having a positive effect on society and the environment. The roots of impact investing lie in venture capital and private equity but as this investment approach moves further into the mainstream, there has been considerable debate around how impact can be

Inside the quest to measure the impact of impact investing

How do you measure the impact of reliable weekly milk purchases on the lives of small-scale Indian dairy farmers? What if you need to compare that with the impact on American college students of courses about dating violence and sexual harassment? This is the kind of valuation challenge impact investors have been grappling with for

Impact firms bet on forests as world worries over rise in temperatures

Impact investors have started raising more funds to invest in the forestry sector as devastating environmental problems caused by rising temperatures demand growing investments to reduce carbon emissions across the world. There are 34 asset managers globally who manage $9.4bn in forestry assets. In the two years to 2019, these firms raised 10 new funds

Impact investors win 13 per cent growth rate as the sector rapidly develops

The headline result of the 2018 Annual Impact Investor Survey , the eighth from the Global Impact Investing Network,  shows the size of a diverse and dynamic impact investing market. This level of return on investment was reported by the 82 respondents that completed the survey both five years ago and this year. The report findings are based on

The Politics of Impact

Impact investors seemingly have a great deal to celebrate. After decades of promoting the vision that capital should be managed with more than financial consideration alone, actors within sustainable, responsible and direct impact investing are now seeing their agenda embraced and advanced by mainstream financial institutions and investors. We’ve broken the barrier of billion dollar

3 Lessons Impact Investors Can Learn From ‘Winners Take All’

Anand Giridharadas’ recent book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, evoked a common response from many impact investors—the desire to hide under the nearest table. His book calls out, as his subtitle not so subtly implies, that those who have economic power not only have little incentive to implement the type of

How impact investors can better serve communities: ask them what they need

Amid the decline of the coal economy in West Virginia, the city of Williamson has not fared well. Nestled in the heart of coal country in Mingo County, Williamson has lost more than 2,000 jobs–25% of its workforce–in the last four years. The city also struggles with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes,

Impact Investors Should Use U.N. Targets as Investing Guide

The Global Impact Investing Network is urging investors to do more than seek positive social and environmental impact from their investments by asking them to specifically tackle the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. The reason: a “massive capital gap” of about US$5 trillion to US$7 trillion a year is needed to meet the 17

Why we’re all impact investors now

Laurence “Larry” Fink, the founder and CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, which has more than $6 trillion in assets under management, issued an open letter to CEOs this past January—and reportedly sent many of them into a tizzy. Fink’s letter said society is demanding that companies, public and private, need to “serve

How to Get an Impact Investor’s Attention

Conservation managers and entrepreneurs who are looking to make their projects stand out as investment opportunities should be sure to supply the information that investors want. Impact investing experts interviewed by Conservation Finance Network expressed a surprising lack of interest in most impact metrics and measurements aside from carbon sequestration. They instead indicated that they

Impact Investors Hold US$228 Billion in Assets

The relatively young market for impact investments—those that seek to have a positive effect on the environment and society—is continuing to expand at a steady pace as more players enter the market, the Global Impact Investing Network reported in its latest snapshot of the market released late Tuesday. The 229 investors that responded to the

Capital Aggregation: A Market-Making Idea for Impact

We need explore new services to match impact investor interest with market demand. As Calvert Foundation’s business has grown and evolved with the rapidly shifting impact investing markets, we have the benefit of seeing emerging trends and market-wide challenges that are hindering the growth and scale of the activity we—collectively as investors—are financing. One of the

Will Impact Investors Embrace Employee-Owned Companies?

For social entrepreneurs concerned about growing income inequality in the U.S. and around the world, one way to spread the wealth is through employee ownership. With that in mind, you’d think impact investors would be clamoring to invest in such companies. Not so much. Still, according to a new report, while impact investors have yet