What is Impact Investing: The Rise of Patient Capital

Patience is not the most iconic song of Gun N Roses, yet it completes the rock band in its entirety and range of rock music. Patience one of the sublime virtues among humans, combined with capital takes the form of Patient Capital. Patient Capital termed coined by Jacqueline Novogratzfounder and CEO of marquee impact investment firm, Acumen, refers to impact investing or financing for social and/or environmental good. These investments are long term investments and take time to recover the capital. Impact Investing is a key enabler for social change and impact and in the next decade will become a potent tool in the development sector.   Continue reading “What is Impact Investing: The Rise of Patient Capital”

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What are Sustainable Bonds in a nutshell?

Source: environmental-finance.com, Sustainable Bonds: Market Forecast 2019. Source: CBI, DZ Bank (2019)

To achieve its 2020 agenda, the United Nations needs to attract $5T private capital per year. The global bond market valued at $100T will play one of the most pivotal roles in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals target as part of Public Private partnership. Although the bond market is one of the essential ways to attract capital for development work through the Sustainable Bonds, it is still less than $1T. At the same time, in recent years, a surge in enabling Environmental, Social, and Governance standards within the gamut of impact investments has boosted a rise in issuance of sustainable bonds within this segment. Continue reading “What are Sustainable Bonds in a nutshell?”

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Social Finance Innovation and Externalities

This insightful report discusses the advent of social finance and innovation for meeting Sustainable Development Goals 2030. The article looks at the thought process of defining critical enablers at the Addis Ababa Action Agenda meeting in 2015, which set the ball rolling in driving both private sector investments and public-private partnerships in the development space. It includes a small note on externalities and their role in enabling social good. Continue reading “Social Finance Innovation and Externalities”

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Impact Investing: Global and Indian Perspective

You can also read the article here. Impact Investing is fast becoming a rising phenomenon of delivering social good globally and in India. The term “Impact Investing” was coined in 2007 by the Rockefeller Foundation to distinguish investments for generating both social/environmental impact and financial return. In the recent years, with the rise of Generation X in leadership positions and millennial entrepreneurs primarily in private and public companies along with a sustained thrust by UN through its ambitious collection of 17 SDGs has boosted awareness on social and environmental causes. The set of SDGs forms the central thesis of social equality and economic betterment today and includes removing extreme poverty, driving economic growth, quality education, healthcare, and sanitation for all along with increased use of alternative energy by 2030.  This is republished from Publication page. Continue reading “Impact Investing: Global and Indian Perspective”

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Impact Investing Blends in India

This article is a shorter version of the publication Impact Investing is Cool, which can be accessed here. However, there are a few additions to this report including specific India focused examples.

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) defines impact investing as investments made into companies, organizations, and funds to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact capital has a dual goal, between social (priority) and financial gain.

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