June 26

Impact investors face US$39bn opportunity in education microfinance

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)

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