Impact investing has upended traditional investing. Large corporations — using balance sheets, special purpose vehicles, and philanthropic funds — are following suit. The goal? To leverage $22 trillion in cash and liquid assets sitting in corporate coffers to further corporate strategy, generate financial returns and yield positive environmental and social impact.
In this session, corporate venture capital experts will discuss novel ways companies are investing in innovation with the intention to deliver double and triple bottom line returns. Equipped with tools like blended capital, strategic business integration, and new market entry, these impact investors are demonstrating the next frontier in corporate venturing — and philanthropy.
Through this session the audience will have learned:
- How corporations are investing in innovation with the intention to deliver impact during COVID-19 and beyond
- Unique ways corporations are delivering value to portfolios beyond writing a check
- Pitfalls to avoid when launching and executing a corporate impact investing strategy
Time: 12 – 1:15 pm EST
This webinar is part of IPA’s RECOVR Webinar Series: Bringing Evidence to COVID-19 Policy Responses in the Global South. More information about other events in the series is available here.
Are households experiencing disruptions in receiving basic healthcare services? How can policymakers assess the effectiveness of government assistance and plan for long-term economic recovery? How are people complying with COVID-19 safety and hygiene regulations?
These and other questions have been at the forefront of decision-makers’ minds while forming policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Tracking how people’s lives are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can enable policymakers to better understand the situation in their countries and make evidence-based policy decisions.
This webinar will highlight three projects that are informing government COVID-19 response strategies across health, social protection, and education in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Shana Warren and Andreas Holzinger (IPA) will share findings from the first round of the RECOVR survey in Sierra Leone—a panel survey designed to inform decision-makers about the communities that are hardest hit by the economic toll of the pandemic. An in-country partner will cover how decision-makers are using the results of the survey to continually adapt their responses to changing demands and to plan for long-term strategies. Anne Karing (Princeton University) will discuss the results of a pilot study measuring effects on mobility and use of public transport, economic activity and income, and preventive health behavior among citizens, and impacts on operations, profits, and compliance with safety and hygiene regulations among bus drivers in Sierra Leone. Jonathan Robinson (University of California, Santa Cruz) will present the results from a phone survey in Liberia and Malawi measuring the direct and indirect impacts the pandemic is having on the livelihoods, income, and food security of rural households. Fatu Conteh (IPA) will host and moderate the discussion and Q&A.
Time: 12 pm ET (US and Canada)