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Insight into the Impact Investment Market: An in-depth analysis of investor perspectives and over 2,200 transactions

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Impact investments are investments intended to create positive impact alongside financial return. Over the past few years, traditional investors have been increasingly interested by the nascent impact investment market and in 2010, the Global Impact Investing Network (“GIIN”), the Rockefeller Foundation and J.P. Morgan collaborated on a piece of research titled Impact Investments: An Emerging Asset Class, which examined the market landscape, the characteristics of investments, and the size of potential investment opportunities1. Last year’s work included a survey that yielded data on over 1,000 private impact investment transactions. This year, the GIIN and J.P. Morgan have partnered on an expanded survey, capturing data on over 2,200 private transactions totaling over USD 4bn of investment. In complement to this investment survey, we also surveyed investor views on investment philosophy and the overall development of the sector. The 2011 survey returned data from a broader and more geographically diverse pool of respondents. The questions explore returns, risk and impact measurement practices in more depth and also gauge general market perceptions. 

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Tags:  Global  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  private sector development  Sector publication 

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Growth Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This Report aims to examine the particular characteristics, challenges and needs of the market targeted by growth finance investment funds in sub-Saharan Africa, and make recommendations on how this space can best grow in scale and sustainability.

Although this Report is focused on growth finance in sub-Saharan Africa, the problem of the ‘missing middle’ and the solution of growth finance are pertinent to creating a vibrant and sustainable small to medium sized enterprise space in many developing country contexts. Accordingly, it is hoped that the recommendations contained in this Report will serve to encourage and strengthen the growth finance space worldwide. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Africa  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Intra-Household Externalities and Low Demand for a New Technology: Experimental Evidence of Improved Cookstoves

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Intra-Household Externalities and Low Demand for a New Technology: Experimental Evidence of Improved Cookstoves

Grant Miller and A. Mushfiq Mobarak examine some of the reasons for low adoption rates of clean cookstoves in a randomized control trial in Bangladesh. They find that women, who are primarily responsible for cooking, and bear most of the health impacts of traditional stoves, have a strong preference for cleaner, improved cookstoves. However, they lack the ability to make purchases in traditional societies, and male members of the household do not fully appreciate the benefits of this new technology.

Tags:  Bangladesh  Cookstoves  environmental impact  sector publication 

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Accion’s Frontier Investments Group: DRIVE EFFICIENCY THROUGH CENTRALIZATION

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Friday, November 30, 2012

IRIS Use Case

Accion’s Frontier Investments Group: DRIVE EFFICIENCY THROUGH CENTRALIZATION

Accion’s Frontier 

Investments Group (Frontier Investments) is an early and growth stage impact investing fund focused on catalyzing a new approach to financial inclusion. It invests in innovative technologies and disruptive business models that enhance the efficiency, reach, and scope of products and services for the unbanked. Accion is a global nonprofit organization with a mission to build a financially inclusive world by giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives. To streamline their impact measurement processes, the Frontier Investments team adopted IRIS to standardize their financial and social performance metrics, PULSE to centralize and track performance data, and Alternative Investment Management (AIM) to facilitate more thorough analysis and overall portfolio management. With its new impact measurement program, the team has increased transparency and can analyze trends across its portfolio, make better informed investment decisions, and guide investees toward scale, efficiency, and positive social impact. With IRIS as the foundation of its centralized impact measurement program, Frontier Investments’ small team can work together more effectively and take a data-driven approach to portfolio management.

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Tags:  data  early stage ecosystem  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  sector publication 

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Perspectives on Progress - The Impact Investor Survey

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 7, 2013

Perspectives on Progress - The Impact Investor Survey

JP Morgan and GIIN, January 2013

The third annual survey on the impact investment market sheds light on this nascent and growing market by collecting data on investors’ expectations and experiences in 2012, as well as their plans for 2013.

Tags:  impact investing  investors  sector publication 

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Willingness to Pay for Cleaner Water in Less Developed Countries: Systematic Review of Experimental Evidence

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Willingness to Pay for Cleaner Water in Less Developed Countries: Systematic Review of Experimental Evidence

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) recently published a systematic review of the evidence on willingness to pay for clean water in developing countries. The researchers found 5 experimental studies that tested households’ demand for point-of-use water purification technologies (such as chlorine and ceramic filters). The results suggest that while the majority of people understood the importance of cleaner water, and the link to diarrhea, actual willingness to pay for it is often less than the cost of the technology.

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Tags:  development  sector publication  technology  Water 

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Report on Support to SMEs in Developing Countries Through Financial Intermediaries

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report outlines the need to provide capital to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries. It shows the impact of this capital on economic development, and the role for International Finance Institutions (IFIs) in the provision of this capital. Finally, it outlines recommendations for additional interventions and further research. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Economic Growth  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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El Dinero Si Crece En Los Árboles: Guia Para Inversores Interesados En El Sector Forestal Boliviano

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

La Alianza Financiera para el Comercio Sostenible (Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade – FAST por su nombre y siglas en inglés) en colaboración con el programa La Alternativa Amazónica (The Amazon Alternative – TAA por su nombre y siglas en inglés) están implementado una estrategia de tres amos para mejorar el accesc al financiamento en el sector forestal sostenible y la industdria manufacturera de madera certificada FSC en Peru, Bolivia y Brasil. Esta guia es parte integral de esta estrtegia.

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Tags:  Environment  Latin America  sector publication  sustainability 

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Diverse Perspectives, Shared Objectives

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report describes the collaboration between different organizations, including many ANDE members, that resulted in a USD 25 million impact investment into the African Agricultural Capital Fund.

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Tags:  access to finance  Africa  Agriculture  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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A Framework for Action: Social Enterprise & Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

  1. This Framework aims to assist three stakeholder groups – investors, corporations and public policymakers – in understanding how to navigate the social enterprise and impact invest- ing space. For each of these groups, the guide outlines three steps: prioritizing the rationale for engaging, defining a strategy, and, finally, choos- ing specific approaches to execute. The entirety of this Framework is structured around these three steps. Each step will vary not only between stakeholder groups, but also among individual organizations. While there is no one-size-fits all approach, the Framework is designed with the intention of allowing a variety of interested orga- nizations to understand, in a structured fashion, how they may be best positioned to engage. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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