Impact Investing in Emerging Markets – Bridging the Gap between Aid & Investment

Can Impact Investing in emerging markets successfully address social and environmental issues and achieve expected financial returns?

As official development assistance supports early stage SME growth in emerging markets and philanthropy largely supports the ‘social enterprise’ sector, impact investing has come to exist at the intersection of aid and investment. The appeal of impact investing in emerging markets continues to grow, however challenges to address the ‘gap’ between early-stage grant funding and later-stage commercial investment, still persist. The prevailing sentiment of many institutional investors, who cautiously avoid significant ‘impact investment’ allocations, contrasts that of aid agencies, philanthropists and foundations, many of whom are enthusiastic at the prospect of this investment approach.

This 1 day conference will explore some of the key themes and challenges at the core of Impact Investing in emerging markets.

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016