Impact investors face US$39bn opportunity in education microfinance

Monday, June 26, 2017

Education offers impact investors some of the best opportunities for financial and social returns, with the market for education microloans worth US$39 billion across 33 countries, according to recent analysis by Opportunity EduFinance (OEF).

Building on studies with partner organisations, OEF worked with a strategy consultant, using desktop research and the latest available data from UNESCO, the Economist, and Mix Market.

“Education offers extraordinary social returns in the sense that a decent schooling remains the best opportunity for most to escape poverty,” said Nathan Byrd who heads the Opportunity EduFinance programme.

Source: India Education Diary (link opens in a new window)

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Education, Investing
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education, global development, impact investing, poverty alleviation