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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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Impact Investments: An Emerging Asset Class

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"In a world where government resources and charitable donations are insufficient to address the world’s social problems, impact investing offers a new alternative for channeling large-scale private capital for social benefit. With increasing numbers of investors rejecting the notion that they face a binary choice between investing for maximum risk-adjusted returns or donating for social purpose, the impact investment market is now at a significant turning point as it enters the mainstream. In this work, we argue that impact investments are emerging as an alternative asset class. As such, we analyze the questions one would ask when adding impact investments to an investment portfolio."

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Tags:  capital  impact investing  Sector publication  social impact 

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From the Margins to the Mainstream - Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, September 26, 2013

From the Margins to the Mainstream lays out several key recommendations for how the impact investment sector can reach scale. This includes calling on impact investment funds to be transparent about the financial returns that are generated; for impact enterprises to proactively measure and report on social and environmental impact; for governments to provide tax relief for early-stage investments in which public benefit is created; and for philanthropic endowments to commit their investment capital to impact investments and not just to programmatic allocations. To view the report, please click here

World Economic Forum
September 2013

Tags:  capital  impact investing  investors  philanthropy  sector publication 

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Making Impact Investible

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The paper begins by providing a framework of understanding for the "impact investing” term, its forms of capital, institutional landscape, and blockers as well as enablers of further market growth. It then locates impact investing in the broader context of four megatrends that are creating new investment opportunities.Download the report  here.

Maximilian Martin
July 2013

Tags:  capital  impact investing  investment  opportunity  sector publication 

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Ready for Growth: Solutions to Increase Access to Finance for Women-Owned Business in the Middle East and North Africa

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ready for Growth: Solutions to Increase Access to Finance for Women-Owned Business in the Middle East and North Africa
Vital Voices, IFC and the MENA Businesswomen's Network (MENA BWN)
June 2013 

By surveying 431 women business owners across eight economies in the region, the report examines women business owners' demand for capital, information and training to grow their businesses. Download the report here

Tags:  Access to Finance  business  capital  sector publication  Women 

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Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the World Economic Forum, April 2013.

Breaking the Binary: Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation is intended to add a perspective to the global conversation already under way about how we move beyond binary choices in crafting responses to social, economic, and environmental challenges. Fundamentally, it is about leveraging private enterprise and capital for public benefit.

Tags:  capital  environmental impact  sector publication  Social Entreprenuership 

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