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Press release: Roots of Impact positions for next growth phase20230804094313
Roots of Impact Well Designed Impact Linked Finance Works 2023 COVER

Impact-Linked Finance works“

Results highlights by Roots of Impact / January 2023 / Download


Interview with Bjoern Struewer in „Scaling Impact: Finance and Investment for a Better World“

Book and interview by Kusi Hornberger on Palmgrave McMillan / 2023 / Interview Excerpt / Chapter & Book

„How impact incentives brought a dental care startup back to its roots in rural Ecuador“

By Jessica Pothering on Impact Alpha / May 8, 2023 / Article

„Social Impact Incentives for Clínicas del Azúcar“

By Bjoern Struewer, on EVPA, catalytic capital series / March 1, 2023 / Case Study

„When catalytic capital is critical: How impact entrepreneurs use grants to build ‹bottom-up› blended finance“

By Jed Emerson and Bjoern Struewer on Pioneers Post / January 19, 2023/ Article

„Just Useful… Or Truly Catalytic? How Entrepreneurs Really View Catalytic Capital — And What Impact Investors Can Do About It“

By Jed Emerson and Bjoern Struewer on NextBillion / January 17, 2023 / Article

Root Capital How Impact Linked Financing Incentivizes High Impact Investment in Agricultural SME cover

„How Impact-Linked Financing Incentivizes High-Impact Investment in Agricultural SMEs“

Report by Root Capital / January 2022 / Download


„An Investment Approach for Improving LGBTQIA* Communities’ Access to Labour Markets“

By Dreilinden Foundation on Medium / July 4, 2022/ Article

„Pushing the Water Boundaries: How Social Impact Incentives Can Make WASH Enterprises More Innovative, Impactful and Catalytic“

Featured on NextBillion / June 22, 2022 / Article

„How incentives can successfully steer capital toward impact“

Featured on ImpactAlpha / March 23, 2022 / Article

„Better terms, better impact – but can impact-linked finance overcome a chicken-and-egg situation?“

Featured on Pioneers Post / March 22, 2022 / Article

„‘Impact notes’ help entrepreneurs recoup equity by creating good jobs and community wealth“

Featured on ImpactAlpha / February 15, 2022 / Article

„How pre-construction financing is building a pipeline of water projects in Kenya“

Featured on ImpactAlpha / January 20, 2022 / Article

Gender Inclusive Fintech Fund Executive Summary

„New Frontiers for Financial Inclusion – Gender Impact and Fintechs Align“

Report in collaboration with SDC / September 2020 / Download


Launch of the Impact-Linked Fund for Education

Press release by the Impact-Linked Finance Fund / December 1, 2021 / Press Release

Roots of Impact, the Initiative for Blended Finance and the Bertha Centre receive C3 research grant

Press release by New Venture Fund / October 13, 2021 / Press Release and ImpactAlpha Article

„aQysta and KWSH selected for SIINC for WASH“

Press release by Aqua for All / August 12, 2021 / Link and SIINC for WASH program page

„A review of impact-linked finance: does incentivising impact work?“

Study by Investing for Good / June 16, 2021 / Study Download

„Empowering Vulnerable Youth With SIINC as a Strong Ally“

Featured on Impact-Linked Finance Fund / Apr. 12, 2021 / Interview

„A little incentive goes a long way to change lending for small farmers in Latin America“

Featured on ImpactAlpha / Feb. 11, 2021 / Article

„How We Utilize Outcomes-Based Financing to Help Early-Stage Enterprises Grow“

Featured by Root Capital / Feb. 5, 2021 / Article

KfW Innovative Development Finance Toolbox pdf

„Innovative Development Finance Toolbox“

Created by KfW (including SIINC) / October 2020 / Download

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„PES Latam – inventir en impacto durante a pandemia“

Featured on VC4A / Dec. 8, 2020 / Article

„Impact Investing Won’t Save Capitalism“

Featured on Harvard Business Review / Juy 2020 / Article

„Mexican Clinic Boosts Low-Income Patients by Monetising Quality“

Featured on Healthcare Business International / March 2020 / Article

„Making Subsidies Smarter – How to Create More ‚Bang for the Buck‘ in Blended Finance

Featured on NextBillion / February 2020 / Article

„‚It’s Not About Subsidies‘ – And Five Other Myths About Blended Finance“

Featured on NextBillion / January 2020 / Article

Roots of Impact BCG Accelerating Impact Linked Finance

Accelerating Impact-Linked Finance

Report by Roots of Impact in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group / January 2019 / Download

Would you like to become an Impact-Linked Finance practitioner?


„Social Impact Incentives? A New Tool for Supporting Impact“

Featured on Devex / May 2019 / Article

„Daring to Think Big: Why It’s Time to Scale Impact-Linked Finance“

Featured on NextBillion / March 2019 / Article

„Root Capital Chases ‚Social Impact Incentives‘ in Loans to Latin America Agribusinesses“

Featured on ImpactAlpha / February 2019 / Article

„Root Capital Launches its First Pay-for-Impact Partnership“

Press release by Root Capital / February 2019 / Article

„Social Impact Investment 2019“

Featured in OECD report (pages 86-88) / 2019 / full report / highlight version

„Sustainable Financial Innovations“

Compendium by CRC Press / March 2019 /  book link

Roots of Impact Blueprint for an Outcomes Fund

Blueprint for an Outcomes Fund in Off-Grid Clean Energy

Report by Roots of Impact in collaboration with Acumen Lean Data and Energy teams and support from SDC / December 2018 / Download


„A Recipe for Change: Can Blended Finance Help Trigger an ‘Impact Revolution’?“

Featured on Next Billion / November 2018 / Article

„Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries“

Featured by UNCDF (page 99) / 2018 / Article

„Early Data Signals Success of Social Impact Incentives“

Featured on ImpactAlpha / April 2018 / Article

Nudging the Investment Ecosystem by Incentivizing Impact

Report by Intellecap and GIZ with contribution from Roots of Impact / June 2018 / Download

„The Market Is Imperfect: Let’s Deal With It“

Featured on Forbes / February 2018 / Article

„Do You Speak Social Finance? Helping Entrepreneurs and Impact Investors Overcome the Language Barrier“

Featured on Next Billion / February 2018 / Article

Transform Finance Innovations in Financing Structures for Impact Enterprises

Innovations in Financing Structures For Impact Enterprises

Report by Transform Finance commissioned by the Multilateral Investment Fund with support from the Rockefeller Foundation (pages 40-42) / 2017 / full report


„Root Capital and Acumen to Test Social Impact Incentives“

Featured on ImpactAlpha / September 2017 / Article

„Impact Investing: Measurement Valued by Investee Businesses“

Report commissioned by The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) / July 2017 / Download

„Social Impact Incentives: A New Solution for Blended Finance“

Featured on Next Billion / July 2017 / Article

„Social Impact Incentives Introduced in Mexico and Honduras“

Featured on ImpactAlpha / June 2017 / Article

Publication List

Publications about and by Roots of Impact

Download and study our entire publications list from inception to date on thought-leading topics such as Impact-Linked Finance and SIINC / full PDF

2016 & 2015

„A German Innovation I Hope We Don’t Overlook“

Featured on Third Sector / May 2016 / Article

„Social Impact Incentives Aim to Tilt Businesses Toward the Needs of the Poor“

Featured on ImpactAlpha / January 2016 / Article

„Full spectrum finance: how philanthropy discovers impact beyond donation and investments“

Featured on Philanthropy Impact / March 2016 / Article

„Impact and the Science of Social Networks: More Bang For Your Buck“

Featured on NextBillion / April 2016 / Article

„Pay for Success…With an Important Twist“

Featured on NextBillion / December 2015 / Article

„Impact Investing- Financial Returns Are Only Half The Story“

Featured on Forbes / October 2015 / Article

„Counterpoint: ‘Market-Rate’ funds Should Be Benchmarked to Impact, Too“

Featured on Impact Alpha / October 2015 / Article