Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

Root Capital: A Case Study in Impact Investing

Throughout the developing world, the rural poor—approximately 75 percent of the more than 2.7 billion people who live on less than $2 a day—are often isolated from formal markets. However, impact investing that generates social or environmental benefits and financial returns presents a new opportunity to address rural poverty with market-based solutions. A recent study … Read more


When the Private Sector Isn’t Enough

In March 2011, the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) announced a call for investment proposals for impact investing. OPIC, the U.S. development finance agency, had set aside $250 million of its $14 billion portfolio for investment in funds that aimed to combine positive social and environmental impacts in the emerging markets that OPIC operates … Read more


Not So Fast: The Realities of Impact Investing

At the beginning of 2010, the Indian microfinance sector was a hotspot for impact investors. The promise of impact investing could be seen in the number of investors lining up to participate in the initial public offering (IPO) of SKS Microfinance. SKS had ballooned from 603,000 borrowers in fiscal year 2007 to 6.8 million in … Read more

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