New fund from global impact investors

Monday, January 21, 2013

Global impact investors Rockefeller Foundation and Omidyar Network have joined hands with Dasra, a strategic philanthropy foundation, to launch the Impact Investing Forum in India.

The forum on Saturday announced the launch of the India Impact Economy Innovations Fund to catalyse collective action and market development in India, a statement said.

Rockefeller and Omidyar announced a grant of $800,000. Dasra would administer the grant through the next few months. “We see a lot of potential for impact investing in India. With this grant, we hope to build an ecosystem that nurtures innovation, unlocks different forms of capital and fosters collaboration”, said Margot Brandenburg, associate director, Rockefeller Foundation.

Today, many new organisations are addressing some of the toughest developmental challenges in India through market-based solutions. Investors are increasingly attracted to such investments. According to a recent study by the Planning Commission, investments by impact investment funds in India stand at about Rs 1,200 crore.

At on Saturday’s launch event, Neera Nundy, partner and co-founder, Dasra, said, “We are bringing together different stakeholders and building a common voice to boost impact investing in India and take it to the next level.”

Source: Business Standard (link opens in a new window)

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