The field of impact investing has exploded in the last decade, with billions of dollars committed to various impact investment vehicles, and increasing research into financial and social returns. The consensus seems to be that impact investing is a powerful tool, producing both impressive social and financial returns. Are expectations of market rate returns unrealistic? How can we best assess impact? Four experts will share their evidence and argue the case. You’ll decide: has impact investing has been oversold, or will it live up to the hope?
Lecture runs from 10:00AM – 11:15AM.
Curious about investing money in socially aware and environmentally conscious companies? Join Penn State Great Valley for a conversation about investment options with Thomas Paluszynski, Vice President at Morgan Stanley.
Investing in companies and funds that support positive social and environmental change while delivering financial gain — known as impact investments — has captured the interest of some investors. Morgan Stanley offers a cutting-edge impact investment platform with over 100 sustainable products including mutual and exchange-traded funds. Paluszynski will discuss how the platform works and examine the industries covered, financial goals and objectives, market trends, and asset allocation.
The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is a global convening that brings together 500+ leading stakeholders from 55 countries to connect, exchange, and collaborate. Now in its 11th year, the Summit is the largest convening of its kind in North America for the youth economic opportunities community.
The 2017 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit theme will explore what the future of work holds for young people in developing contexts and for professionals working to expand youth economic opportunities globally in a changing world of work.
This panel discussion will explore how impact investment in small businesses can drive economic growth in the Eurasia region, where growth capital combined with technical assistance has the potential to deliver both financial and social returns. The discussion will attract a cross-section of representatives from international finance and development, asset owners, policy makers, corporate leaders, and the organizations that provide financial, technical, and business support services to small and growing businesses.
A reception following the discussion will celebrate the launch of Gazelle Finance, an investment fund seeded by Eurasia Foundation that facilitates growth capital and enhanced prosperity for small and growing businesses and their communities.
Launch of FSG’s new report “Informal Housing, Inadequate Property Rights” and a panel discussion. The report applies a property rights lens to segment informal housing in India, understand the needs of the segments, and identify potential solutions.
We will share findings on living conditions and needs in the different informal housing segments, and discuss these insights with a panel of experts.
- Mr. Arun Kumar Misra, IAS, Ex-Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India
- Mr. Gautam Bhan, Indian Institute of Human Settlements
- Ms. Veena Mankar, Swadhaar Finserve
- Ms. Shreya Deb, Omidyar Network
- Mr. Vikram Jain, FSG
A focal point for mobilizing meaningful money in Florida. Attracting investors, investment managers, foundation executives, government officials, students, high net worth individuals, service providers, and endowment and pension administrators (further referred to as “Impact Champions“), the workshop will lay the foundation for the local impact investing ecosystem. Future events will build on this one, culminating in a series of “do-tanks” in which billions of dollars will be reallocated to impact strategies.
The day will consist of high-level networking, education, and empowerment. It is the Florida Impact Investing Initiative’s mission to convene and connect the community to cutting-edge financial information so the public can generate high financial returns while also creating a positive social or environmental return.
Starting at 3PM, we will have panels will be on both the public and private capital markets. Reception to follow.
While business can play an important role in addressing society’s grand challenges, enterprise leaders and their partners have yet to fully deliver on this promise. To fulfill these aspirations, we must challenge imbedded assumptions and provide business leaders with actionable strategies and tools for achieving impact at scale. Focusing on the base of the pyramid – which includes the four billion poorest people on this planet – Ted London will draw from his new book to present a roadmap for building sustainable, scalable businesses that generate positive impacts for companies and move us toward a more equitable and inclusive global society.
Digital financial services are now being touted as the answer to financial inclusion. But there are growing concerns that DFS primarily focuses almost exclusively on payments – not least of all because the mobile network operators are leading the charge, and banks typically remain laggards.
Having asked the poor to run the marathon out of poverty on one leg (microcredit), are we doing the same again by asking them to run the race with digital payments alone? We know that the poor need a range of financial services (savings, credit, insurance and payments) and thus real financial inclusion must necessarily provide all of these.
So how do we move DFS beyond payments? And are we doing enough?