Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation present at the BMZ Impact Investment Forum in Berlin

Royston Braganza, Grameen Capital India’s CEO and Jurgen Hammer from Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation contributed to the Conference on “Role of Impact Management in Financing Small and Growing Businesses in Developing and Emerging Markets”, organised by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development in Berlin on Nov 21st.

Reminding the audience – over 100 representatives across all stakeholder groups of the impact investing ecosystem and from all continents – about the early conceptualisation of “Social Business” by Mohammad Yunus, Royston presented the business case of GCI and its variety of services and investment supports to the Indian market, outlining the importance to achieve the 3 conditions for a successful development of impact investment markets: sustainability, scale and impact. 

Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation’s long term commitment and work in Social Performance Management based on the SPTF’s “Universal Standards for Social Performance Management” and Social Performance ealuation with CERISE’s SPI4 was presented as the example from the Financial Inclusion Industry to evaluate impact-related performance and its connection to the SDGs. The sessions highlighted the need for harmonised concepts and evaluation methodologies for the larger impact themes, allowing to translate the SDGs and their indicators into practical tools for the investment world.   

A very interesting panel discussion with organisations representing each stakeholder group within the global impact investment chain (investee, fund manager, Foundation, Development Organisation, Regulator and Civil Society) demonstrated the value of an integrated and coordinated approach to achieve growth, impact and sustainability for the sector.