In partnership with Shell Foundation, ODI has conducted a pilot study with a corresponding executive summary to map the magnitude and nature of funding currently provided in middle income and low income countries across the typical growth path of a social enterprise. Using publicly available data, surveys and targeted interviews we estimated the volume of finance committed, against a defined typology of actors and instruments, at each stage of the enterprise lifetime. We have:
- developed and tested a methodology to create a comprehensive picture of impact investment in emerging markets
- support assessments of the effectiveness of current activities
- identified opportunities for new interventions
These findings attracted interest from a broad spectrum of actors, ranging from providers of development assistance to private investors. Recently there has been a proliferation of ‘impact’ investors, funds, and intermediaries, along with the establishment of a number of initiatives dedicated to the measurement and reporting of ‘impact’. In parallel, a small number of primarily qualitative studies have sought to further define and measure aspects of the impact investment universe . However, understanding of the current landscape and scale of impact investment in emerging markets remains unclear. This is in part due its broad definition, which includes a diversity of funding sources, instruments, and actors with a variety of goals.
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and JP Morgan publish their fourth annual global impact investor survey which has some interesting findings including of the AUM, 70%, or $32.2 billion, is invested in “emerging markets”.
Workshop with representatives from the investment sector to discuss findings of the research exploring impact investing.
On 24 November 2006, David Cameron, the Leader of The Conservative Party in the UK, gave an important speech in which he said that it was no longer sufficient to think about absolute poverty, but that relative poverty should be the main frame of reference. The...