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The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context

Posted By Natalie Ngu, Aspen Institute, Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context

By GIIN and R3 Coalition

As the world continues to grapple with the lasting and uneven effects of the coronavirus crisis, this issue brief explores the impact investing community’s ongoing commitment to building a resilient future. Specifically, this brief demonstrates how impact investors seek to implement strategies to strengthen both market and societal resilience to future crises. Based on interviews with 16 asset owners, asset managers, service providers, and social enterprises, this brief investigates the role of social equity in enabling that resilience and shares specific tactics impact investors have implemented or are considering implementing to address inequality.

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Tags:  COVID-19  impact investing  impact investment  Research 

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Impact Investment Landscape for Women's Health: Spotlight on Colombia & Peru

Posted By Kara Gordon, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Impact Investment Landscape for Women's Health Spotlight on Colombia & Peru

By Linked Foundation and William Davidson Institute (WDI)

Investing in women’s health is a critical component of women’s economic and social development. However, while country economies and health systems have advanced, under-served women in Latin America have not necessarily obtained access to critical healthcare services and products. This report provides a landscape for impact investment women’s health focused in Colombia and Peru in order to catalyze impact investment interest and capital to the most-needed areas of women’s health in Latin America. More specifically, it identifies gaps in service provision, areas of opportunity for investment, pipeline opportunities, and examples of impact-forward, sustainability-oriented women’s health programs.

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Tags:  health  impact investment  latin america  sector publication  wome  women 

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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 Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong
Pauline Tan, Swee-Sum Lam
The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School and Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) 

The study reviews the current state of impact investments in Singapore and Hong Kong, particularly those that have engaged with foundations. It further looks at the trends and challenges of the impact investment sector before presenting a list of recommendations.

Impact investment assets globally represent a mere 0.2 percent of global wealth as reported by the Global Impact Investing Network. By increasing this share to just two percent, the potential of impact investments can reach over US$2 trillion (UNDP, 2016). Impact investments can play a significant role in sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region, potentially providing socio- economic progress for the billions of people living in the region. Foundations in the region can potentially play a significant role given the billions of assets they can deploy. 

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Tags:  2018  Asia  impact investing  impact investment  investors  SGBs 

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Pulse of Impact Management

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

The Pulse of Impact Management:
Current Uses of and Trends in Social and Environmental Impact Measurement in Investing

by the Middlebury Institute’s Center for Social Impact Learning in partnership with SVT Group

The Middlebury Institute’s Center for Social Impact Learning in partnership with SVT Group report offers a shortcut to practical information about how impact investors are tracking and reporting their social and environmental impact today. The report also includes advice from impact investors to those new to the field, and summarizes the history of impact investing, key terms and concepts in impact measurement, and trends, and provides a practical guide to the most relevant publications. 

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Tags:  environmental impact  impact investing  impact investment  impact measurement  sector publication  Sector Trends  social impact 

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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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