The GIIN’s 2017 Annual Impact Investor Survey is based on an analysis of the activities of 209 of the world’s leading impact investing organizations, including fund managers, foundations, banks, development finance institutions, family offices, pension funds, and insurance companies. Survey respondents collectively manage nearly USD 114 billion in impact assets, a figure which serves as the best-available “floor” for the size of the impact investing market.
In its seventh edition, this state of the market report presents investors’ perspectives on key issues important to the impact investing industry, as well as analysis of their investment activity, asset allocations by geography, sector, and investment instrument, impact measurement practice, and performance. For the first time, the GIIN also examined investor perspectives on current market topics, such as market segmentation, the role of below-market-rate capital in impact investing, the entry of large-scale financial firms into the market, and impact investing in public equities. New topics also include investors’ commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.Read more »
The second major report from GALI, written in collaboration with Deloitte, compares acceleration in emerging markets versus high-income countries. Examining data from more than 2,400 early stage ventures that applied to 43 programs, it finds more similarities between emerging market and high-income country entrepreneurs and accelerator programs than commonly believed.Read more »
Despite significant efforts, access to electricity remains inadequate across Sub-Saharan Africa and India. Of the over 1,27 billion people living in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016, roughly 65% did not have access to electricity. India has made considerable strides in village-level electrification, with 96% of all villages now electrified. Yet 51 million Indian households (244 million people) still lack access to electricity today.
Lack of electricity has severe economic impacts: the costs of power outages can easily reach 1–2% of GDP.2 At the local level, studies show that schools without electricity have poorer staff retention and educational outcomes than those with and that electrification has positive effects on household incomes.3 At the macrolevel, connectivity, healthcare, agriculture, and smallbusiness development are just a few of the sectors that depend on a reliable energy supply. African firms report losing 5% of their sales because of frequent power outage; that figure rises to 20% for informal firms unable to afford backup generation.
Given the importance of electricity to economic and social development, many countries have announced ambitious electrification goals – yet challenges remain. For example, India and Nigeria plan to reach universal electrification by 2019 and 2030, respectively. However, these goals rarely align with financial, political, and institutional reality on the ground. Numerous challenges persist, including: insufficient power generation, poor transmission infrastructure, last-mile distribution challenges, affordability of power, and inadequate and inappropriate sector funding. Achieving universal
access will therefore require coordinated efforts by the development community, government, and the private sector.
FSG's Report on Informal Housing, Inadequate Property Rights
In India, as in many other developing countries, urban population growth and the short¬age of planned affordable housing have led to 26–37 million households (33–47 percent of the urban population) living in informal housing (residences on encroached land or in unplanned settlements). This report written by FSG and funded by Omidyar Network applies a property rights lens to segment the different types of informal housing, to understand the size and the needs of these segments, and to identify potential solutions to meet these needs.
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About the report
With their Annual Impact Report 2016 Aavishkaar has this year tried to take a deeper look at their impact thesis and their focus on the distinction between the fund impact and portfolio impact. Find the full report here.
Aavishkaar, part of the Intellecap-Aavishkaar Group is one of the global pioneers in taking an entrepreneurship based approach to development. Since its incorporation in 2002, Aavishkaar has gone on to make more than 50 investments, across sectors and has raised five funds with a total of ~US$ 200 million under management. Through this, Aavishkaar has successfully demonstrated the potential for venture capital investment in enterprises that engage with the low-income population or operate in under-served markets. Aavishkaar began with a focus on early-stage enterprises operating in India, and with the launch of Aavishkaar Frontier Fund in 2015, it is now expanding into South and South East Asia.
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This report by Jack Luft and Tim Chambers, and sponsored by the Shell Foundation, the Small Foundation, and Epven, reflects the first-hand experiences and perspectives of over 70 asset finance experts, contains case studies from Kenya, Guatemala, and India and highlights the critical success factors that drive scale in asset finance.
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As impact investing matures as a movement, more investment models are being deployed, especially in sectors and regions where various forms of capital are needed to support solutions to some of the world’s chronic social and environmental issues.
In this report by the Toniic Institute with support from the Shell Foundation a number of examples are shown of how venture philanthropists and impact investors are working together to fund early-stage impact enterprises around the world.
The report is also a “call to action” for all venture philanthropists, impact investors, and other players within the early-stage social impactfunding ecosystem to continue to test, scope and roll out collaborative efforts in order to catalyze impact investment capital. The reward for greater collaboration according to the report can be a higher volume and quality of investment activity, which will attract greater, smarter impact capital into the marketplace, ultimately enhancing the viability of impactful solutions for the world’s toughest problems.
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India is now among the top five countries in the world in terms of investment in renewable energy, solar photovoltaic (PV), solar water heating capacity, wind and hydropower capacity, according to a global renewables report released at the beginning of the month.Read more »
The survey conducted by EMPEA, a global industry association for private capital, featured the views of 107 Limited Partners (LP's) on emerging markets private equity asset class.
The report said, “India has ridden an impressive wave of upward momentum over the past three years, experiencing the largest positive shifts in the LP attractiveness rankings in both 2015 and 2016.”
“Increasingly bullish LP sentiment toward India coincides with rising fund commitments: in 2015, fund managers raised US$4.5 billion for India—the most raised for the market since 2008.”
The survey showed that 30% of respondents plan to either begin or expand investment in India over the next two years, rather than other emerging markets.
Red Ribbon Asset Management Plc provides a managed route into India for investors who seek responsible wealth generation through the principles of Impact Investment. They are investing in excess of £400 million over the next decade in greenfield projects that are scalable and topical to the Indian economy. Get in touch with them to find out more.
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The ImPact Asset Class Primers series explores the many ways families make impact investments today, and the potential to create diverse and balanced portfolios of impact investments.
This month's report focuses on to real assets. Families investing in sustainable real estate, farmland, timberland, and fisheries can create measurable progress in addressing the local and global challenges of climate change, food security, affordable housing, and community revitalization. This primer explores real asset investment strategies families use today, as well as trends that may affect the market in the future.Read more »