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Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, March 13, 2020

Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices: A synthesis of due diligence practices employed by leading impact investors who systematically assess investments' anticipated impact

By Pacific Community Ventures

Impact due diligence, which encompasses all assessments of expected impact before making an investment, is essential to effective impact investing. Not only does impact due diligence enhance investors’ capacity to make more informed investment decisions and increase the impact of their portfolios, it also helps safeguards the entire field against “impact washing” as the market grows. This report synthesizes findings from interviews with leading practitioners, IMM experts, and consultants, and draws from PCV’s own experience developing impact due diligence systems for clients and our own loan fund. 

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Read the "Impact Due Diligence Guide" here.

Tags:  impact investing  sector publication 

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The Impact Due Diligence Guide

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, March 13, 2020

The Impact Due Diligence Guide: Practical guidance for investors seeking to systematically assess investments' anticipated impact

By Pacific Community Ventures

The Guide is a how-to for engaging in impact due diligence and contains actionable advice and guidance for both novices as well as seasoned experts in IMM, covering topics such as building impact-focused due diligence questionnaires and quantitative tools, integrating impact due diligence into existing processes, and using impact due diligence to inform investment decision-making. Given the sheer magnitude of our global challenges, it is essential that impact investors deepen their focus on impact pre-investment through impact due diligence. By doing this we can guard against “impact washing” and realize our collective vision of building a sustainable financial industry that meaningfully tackles, rather than contributes to, the most critical issues we face today.

Read the full guide here.

Read the "Emerging Best Practices" guide here.

Tags:  impact investing  sector publication 

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Best Practice Guide for Impact Investing in Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) in Mexico

Posted By Natalie Alm, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Best Practice Guide for Impact Investing in Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) in Mexico

By Thompson Reuters Foundation, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Kaya Impacto, Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C., White & Case LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

This guide is a thorough summary of the options for setting up a business in Mexico including the governance clauses and the differences between legal structures. It covers third party investments to raise capitals, and explains the concepts of impact investment, capital instruments and key economic terms.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  ANDE publication  CAM  impact investing  Mexico  SGBs 

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A Transformative Evaluation Toolkit for The Impact Investing Sector: How entrepreneurs and impact investors can deepen their data collection

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, February 10, 2020

A Transformative Evaluation Toolkit for The Impact Investing Sector: How entrepreneurs and impact investors can deepen their data collection

By Engineers without Borders

The purpose of this toolkit is to introduce a method that improves your ability to truly change people’s lives through social impact investing. More specifically, it is designed to help entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, evaluators or other practitioners deepen their social impact measurement and management process in the impact investing sector. This toolkit provides a definition of transformative evaluation as well as instructions and case examples to support the application of a TE lens to an organization’s work, among others.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  data collection  impact investing  impact measurement  sector publication 

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Unlocking the Potential of Frontier Finance

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 1, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Unlocking the Potential of Frontier Finance
By Rachel Bass 

Impact investors are motivated by the potential that emerging and frontier markets posses to create strong growth and a thriving consumer class. This report assesses the frontier finance investment landscape, presents five in-depth case studies featuring different frontier investment vehicles and transactions, and provides recommendations to build the market and overcome common challenges hindering the flow of additional capital into frontier markets. 

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Tags:  finance  frontier finance  impact investing  impact investment  sector publication 

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Impact Investing Simplified: A Guide to Making and Receiving Impact Investments in India

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Impact Investing Simplified: A Guide to Making and Receiving Impact Investments in India
by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Nishith Desai Associates, and Thomson Reuters Foundation

In India, there has been a rise in the number of social enterprises and a growing interest in impact investing, as social enterprises look to expand and seek alternate means of funding. However, there is a knowledge gap among entrepreneurs and accelerators in understanding the legal landscape and managing negotiations related to impact investing in India. This report is a collaboration between ANDE, one of India’s leading law firms Nishith Desai Associates, and Thomson Reuters Foundation. It is an attempt to address a gap in the impact investing ecosystem in India, where there are numerous complex structural and legal concepts that require understanding, both for investors and entrepreneurs.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Social entrepreneurship  TrustLaw 

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Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America
by Value for Women

This report - a first of its kind focused on Latin America - summarizes information gathered from 48 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders in Latin America, primarily members of the ANDE network as well as 254 firms that comprise their portfolios. It includes information from surveys and key informant interviews with 24 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem actors. The focus on the impact investing sector is important because gender equality should be front and center for Impact Investors seeking to achieve financial and social returns on their investments. This report highlights that while it is clear that gender equality is good for business and good for development, Impact Investors in Latin America are still only in the early stages of embedding this focus in their investment process and activities.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  impact investing  latin america  women 

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Villgro's Impact Report 2018

Posted By Sukriti Somvanshi - Villgro, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Villgro's Impact Report 2018
by Villgro Innovations Foundation

In the last 19 years, Villgro | India has worked with over 270 entrepreneurs who have created more than 3500 jobs and impacted over 19 million underprivileged lives. This Impact Report deep dives into the impact footprints over the last 19 years - the entrepreneurs and their journeys with creating bottom of the pyramid impact.

Read full report here.

Tags:  impact investing  inclusive innovation  india; ANDE members  innovation  social entrepreneurship  social impact 

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Scaling Impact Investment in Forestry

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 25, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Scaling Impact Investment in Forestry
by Rachel Bass, Peter Murphy and Hannah Dithrich

Building from interviews with asset owners, asset managers, and intermediaries, and from the database of forestry vehicles, this report identifies opportunities to strengthen and grow the sustainable and impact forestry market that connect asset owners’ motivations with asset managers’ products and strategies. This report begins to address some of the communications gaps that restrict capital flows into the sustainable forestry market and seeks to uncover opportunities to unlock further investment. Investment in these vehicles is critical, both to the conservation of critical biodiversity and animal habitat and to the ability to deliver a low-carbon or negative emission future.

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Tags:  climate change  Environment  forestry  impact investing  scaling  sustainability 

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Sizing the Impact Investing Market

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Sizing the Impact Investing Market
by Abhilash Mudaliar and Hannah Dithrich

This white paper presents the first rigorous analysis and estimate of the size of the impact investing market. It estimates that over 1,340 organizations currently manage USD 502 billion in impact investing assets worldwide. This research also underscores the diversity of the market, capturing data from many types of investors — from family offices to foundations to banks to pension funds — who are based in every region of the world and investing worldwide. Over 800 asset managers account for about 50% of industry assets under management, while 31 development finance institutions (DFIs) manage just over a quarter of total industry assets. Most impact investing organizations are relatively small, with about half managing less than USD 29 million each, yet there are also many large players managing over USD 1 billion each. Overall, this research indicates that a significant amount of capital is at work to address the world’s social and environmental challenges. And the market continues to grow rapidly, with new investors entering to establish impact investing practices and to allocate additional capital to positive impact.

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Tags:  capital  impact investing 

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