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The Financial Performance of Real Assets Impact Investments

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Financial Performance of Real Assets Impact Investments:
Introducing the Timber, Real Estate, and Infrastructure Impact Benchmarks

by the GIIN and Cambridge Associates

This study, which is part of a larger financial performance series, provides the first comprehensive analysis of the financial performance of 55 private real assets impact investment funds in three sectors: timber, real estate, and infrastructure. The report also launches the Real Assets Impact Investing Benchmarks, which will continue to track the financial performance of impact investing funds across the three sectors; Cambridge Associates will update performance data on the benchmarks quarterly. Encouragingly, the findings show that risk-adjusted market rate returns are achievable in impact investing, as evidenced by return distributions of similar funds with no environmental or social objectives; however, fund selection remains important.

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Tags:  asset finance  finance  impact investment 

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Scaling the Use of Guarantees in U.S. Community Investing

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Scaling the Use of Guarantees in U.S. Community Investing:

by the Global Impact Investing Network

The report, supported by the Kresge Foundation, takes an in-depth look at the application, benefits, and scalability of financial guarantees in impact investing. The study outlines how guarantees have been used to date in U.S. community investing, what challenges have been associated with their use, and what opportunities exist to use guarantees at greater scale to support communities and the environment. This paper also includes case studies that highlight how guarantees have been structured in areas such as affordable housing, healthcare, community revitalization, and energy efficiency.

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Tags:  communities  impact investing  investing  Scale  scaling program 

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2017 Global Startup Ecosystem

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 13, 2017

Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2017

by Startup Genome

Startup Genome's mission is to empower cities all over the world to capture their fair share of the new economy. It accelerates the economic growth of startup ecosystems worldwide through benchmarking, networking, and exposure.

Its latest Global Startup Ecosystem Report highlights the work of 50+ ecosystems to help startups and entrepreneurs grow. The results of the survey creates global insights and highlights local programs. The report is compiled from 10,000 surveys taken by startups worldwide and the knowledge and dedication of 300 partners, including the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

Tags:  2017  ecosystem  entrepreneurship ecosystems 

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Impact Investing: Who Are We Serving?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Impact Investing: Who Are We Serving? 
A case of mismatch between supply and demand.

By Oxfam and Sumerian Partners

This report from Oxfam and Sumerian Partners questions some of the assumptions around impact investment and highlights the experience of enterprises contributing to poverty reduction so that they might be better served by the field. It argues that the sector risks being discredited due to rising, unrealistic expectations about financial returns.

Tags:  2017  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  sector publication 

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Smallholder Outgrower Scheme

Posted By Administration, Saturday, April 1, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017