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Annual Impact Investor Survey 2017

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.
 

Innovative Finance in Africa Review

This review is a showcase of the outstanding models and practices that make up the innovative finance ecosystem across Africa. It builds on the Centre's two previous Reviews, i.e. the Health Innovator's Review and the South African Education Innovator's Review.

As the innovative finance ecosystem has evolved over the past decade, there have been many breakthroughs in the design and implementation of innovative finance. Over the last five years, the Bertha Centre's Innovative Finance Initiative has worked with social finance experts across the world and partnered with governments, enterprises and investors to research, incubate and test promising innovative finance models and vehicles across Africa.
 
This review emphasises the outstanding work that is being done across the Innovative Finance space in Africa, it shines a spotlight on the key drivers in the creation of, innovative financing strategies and new business models.

Innovative Finance: Mobilizing Capital for Maximum Impact

“Mobilizing Capital for Maximum Impact” report is designed to describe innovative finance and the various forms it has taken. These include everything from entirely new financial mechanisms to adaptations of existing ones to mechanisms that really aren’t financial instruments at all, but strategies for channelling revenue streams from a variety of sources toward development.
 

Old problems, new solutions: Measuring the capacity for social innovation across the world

Policymakers, non-government organisations, charities and entrepreneurs across the world are showing increasing interest in “social innovation” as a means of addressing various problems, from poverty and homelessness to environmental degradation.

The aim of this Index and white paper, commissioned by The Nippon Foundation, is to examine how countries can encourage and enable social innovation.