What drives us
A huge amount of capital around the world is waiting to be invested for social and environmental impact. Yet too little of it makes its way to high-impact social enterprises. There is a significant mismatch between the available financing volume, investors’ expectations and the actual needs of social entrepreneurs. Consequently, most of the current impact investments are not realising their full potential.
On the other hand there is an urgent need to use public, development and philanthropic funds more effectively. They represent a multiple of the currently available impact investment capital – and the decision makers are constantly looking for ways to maximise impact.
The challenge is not about raising more funds for impact investment. It is about building a market with practices that really achieve their intended purpose – by combining different sources of capital. Ultimately, it is about putting the available capital to work more effectively.
We address these issues by focussing on themes such as:
- How to increase the effectiveness of public and philanthropic funds?
- How to achieve deeper levels of impact for private investors?
- How to improve existing impact investing and blended finance market practice?
To exploit the full potential of impact investing, philanthropy and development finance, they should join forces: public and philanthropic funds are combined to attract and “crowd in” private capital for scaling high-impact social enterprises and inclusive businesses.
We think impact investing should not be seen as an end in itself. It is not about moving money, it is about making a difference. By actively developing the market, social and environmental impact can be achieved on a large scale.