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The GIIN’s West Africa Landscape Study is now available in French!
In 2015, the GIIN, in partnership with Dalberg Global Development Advisors, published a state of the market analysis of the impact investing industry in West Africa. The report includes key findings from 15 countries, as well as dedicated chapters covering Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal. The full report is now available in French. Read more >
releases two new reports; Retail Impact Investing: A Guidebook for Canadian Credit Unions
and Social Finance for the Settlement and Integration Sector
are both available online. Read more >
with support from the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Impact Programme,
launches Catalysing Impact Deal Flow in East Africa.
The new report explores the challenges and potential solutions relating to the demand side of impact investing in East Africa. Read more >
publishes a white paper, A Fellowship Approach to Accelerating Social Entrepreneurs
, about how their impact investing ‘inflection cohort’ is different than other accelerator models of support. Read more >
It has been an exciting few months for impact investing in the media, with several GIIN mentions in leading publications and quotes from our team. Visit the press clips resource page
of the GIIN website for a more complete index of impact investing coverage.
The Financial Times
explores how impact investing is gaining traction among big institutions and world leaders, referencing His Holiness Pope Francis’ interest in the space. The article also quotes GIIN CEO, Amit Bouri. Read more >
features a snapshot of the GIIN’s 2016 Annual Impact Investor Survey key findings, highlighting a variety of figures such as the role of fund managers in driving the growth of the industry. Read more >
Fast Company Co. Exist
shares key findings from the GIIN 2016 Annual Impact Investor Survey and emphasizes how it is an indicator of the industry’s strength. Read more >
Philanthropy Impact Magazine
publishes an article by the GIIN’s Senior Manager of IRIS and Impact Management, Kelly McCarthy, which explores how impact investing is gaining traction. The article also highlights what needs to occur in order for the impact investing industry to continue to grow and mature. Read more >
highlights how there is a push to formalize impact investments in India, as the Impact Investors Council (IIC) advocates for the recognition of impact investing as a separate asset class. Read more >
Visit the events resource page of the GIIN website for an updated list of industry events.
The GIIN team is frequently participating in (and hosting) industry events. We invite you to connect with us if you are planning to be there, too! Connect with the GIIN at the starred events below!
Western Water Briefing: Strategies for Resilience (Confluence Philanthropy)
August 2, San Diego, CA USA
*2016 COIN Investment Summit (California Organized Investment Network)
August 17, Los Angeles, CA USA
Transformational Business Network (TBN) Asia Conference 2016: Fighting Poverty Through Enterprise
September 6, Singapore
September 13, San Francisco, CA USA
*High Water Women’s 4th Annual Investing for Impact Symposium
October 18, New York, NY USA
*Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific 2016
October 26, Sydney, Australia
*Special Edition Training: Impact Measurement and Management (IMM)
December 5-6, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Open to all direct investors) Register interest >
*GIIN Investor Forum and Member-Only Event
December 7-8, Member-Only Event on December 6, Amsterdam
Register here >
*Events where GIIN staff will be in attendance
Message from Amit Bouri, CEO
When I was a young child growing up in California, and living in poverty for a number of years, I could never have imagined that, several decades later, I would be invited to Rome to speak about how the work I am privileged to lead at the GIIN is playing a role in unlocking the added resources needed by poor people all around the world. The Second Vatican Conference on Impact Investing, held in late June, responded to the call from Pope Francis to redefine the role of capital so it works for everyone. This and other events I have recently attended have certainly fueled my determination and passion to ensure that impact investing reaches its full potential in channeling investment capital to those enterprises and projects effectively transforming people’s lives and our world.
Rockefeller Foundation President (and GIIN Board member) Judith Rodin also has an impressive track record of advocating that what is good for the world is good for business. A few weeks ago, she announced her intention to step down from her role at Rockefeller Foundation once a successor is named; there is no doubt that her legacy in the areas of impact investing and philanthropy will continue to inspire for decades, perhaps centuries, to come.
Nine years after leaders in finance, philanthropy, and development convened at the Bellagio Center in Italy to discuss the concept of impact investing (the meeting where the term “impact investing” was coined), there are numerous signs that the impact investing industry is coming of age. Impact investing is, in fact, more than just an investment practice or a model—it’s a movement grounded in the recognition that what you invest in is a demonstration of the kind of society you want to see and live in. And with momentous levels of importance being placed on the COP21 climate agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), impact investing’s coming of age is particularly timely; impact investors have a crucial role to play in advancing such global efforts.
Momentum is building as the one-year anniversary of the adoption of the SDGs approaches in September. The GIIN hopes to play a role in providing a bridge between those who know about impact investing, but don’t know how it might connect to the SDGs—and those who know about the SDGs, but don’t understand the potential of impact investing to accelerate progress toward these goals. We are currently preparing some materials about how impact investors are already investing in SDG issue areas, which we hope will bring more players on both sides of that bridge together to share knowledge and resources, and consider the impact of collective action focusing on these critical issues.
We will be providing more opportunities for collective action and important impact investing conversations at our GIIN Investor Forum, to be held on 7 and 8 December in Amsterdam. The Forum will bring together over 500 asset owners, asset managers, and impact investment experts to network, exchange market knowledge, share experience, identify potential investment partners, and discuss strategies about where to invest. This event is sure to sell out, so register now
and join the action.
During my recent travels, I had many opportunities to reflect on the turbulent state of the world, and the imperative for change. In coming months and years, the GIIN will be expanding our efforts to catalyze collective action, within our network and beyond. We must ensure that impact investing delivers on its potential to enable those enterprises and projects effectively tackling social and environmental issues to access the capital they need to thrive.
Please join us.
Explore Key Findings from the 2016 GIIN Annual Impact Investor Survey
The GIIN recently launched the sixth edition of the Annual Impact Investor Survey, a state-of-the-market analysis that explores how impact investments continue to be made across different geographies, a range of sectors, and multiple asset classes.
The report surveyed 158 leading impact investing organizations about their practices, finding that respondents collectively managed USD 77.4 billion in impact investing assets in 2015, and committed USD 15.2 billion to 7,551 deals. These survey respondents plan to increase their capital committed in 2016 by 16%, a signal of the industry’s continued growth.
J.P. Morgan is an anchor sponsor of the 2016 survey, which was also produced with support from the U.K. Government through the Department for International Development’s Impact Programme.
Read the 2016 Annual Impact Investor Survey >
View Recordings of the IRIS Standard Series Webinars
In case you missed the two webinars the GIIN hosted in June as part of its IRIS Standard Series, they are now available online. Through the IRIS initiative, the GIIN partners with standard setters to advance an industry-wide movement of harmonizing the world’s leading impact investing measurement metrics, assessment tools, and methodologies. The most recent webinars, hosted with the Social Performance Task Force and Aeris, explained the linkage between the IRIS catalog and a set of resources for measurement in inclusive finance and community investing, respectively.
View the recordings on the GIIN’s website >
Meet the GIIN’s Director of Membership and New Members
The GIIN is pleased to announce Peter Malik as the GIIN’s Membership Director. Prior to joining the GIIN, Peter spent 15 years serving in various capacities in emerging markets and fixed income at J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse. He has also worked in environmental conservation, with leadership roles at the NRDC and the Nature Conservancy. Read more about Peter >
The GIIN is also delighted to welcome Global Environment Fund (GEF)
as a new Investors’ Council member. A leading alternative asset investment management firm, GEF invests in companies serving the global demand for clean energy, resource efficiency, environmental services and sustainable resource management. Learn more about the Investors’ Council >
In addition to our newest Investors’ Council member, the GIIN is proud to announce a number of new Network Members as well. Network Membership
is for organizations interested in deepening their engagement with the impact investing industry. Some of the GIIN’s newest Network Members in 2016 include: Annona Sustainable Investments BV, BlackRock, Calvert Investments, Cardano Development, Convergence Partners, Desert Technologies, Geronimo Investment Management, Invested Development, Korn Ferry, Nautilus Impact Investing LLC, Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P., Reddo Capital Partners LLC, South Texas Money Management, ThomasLloyd Group Ltd., Tideline, and Wellington Management Company LLP.
The GIIN has a total of 174 Network Member organizations, in 34 countries. Learn more about Network Membership >
New Jobs Posted to the GIIN Career Center
New job openings in London, Zurich, New York, and other global locations have been posted on the GIIN Career Center. LeapFrog Investments, UBS, and Acumen are among the organizations looking for qualified impact investment professionals.
Visit the GIIN Career Center >