There are many different routes to impact. This section describes the different ways that debt and equity impact investments can be made in private and public markets and provides a snapshot of the breakdown of impact investments across asset classes. The module also offers foundational information on outcomes-linked instruments and on the growing market for social bonds.

How to use these resources

The links and content in this section summarise the way that impact investments are allocated across different asset classes and how that has developed over time, before going into more detail about the application of impact through venture capital and private equity. The later material looks at the relative contribution that can be made through private and public markets. The module also explains the role and potential of outcome-linked products and blended finance. 

Resources

Overview

Debt, equity and hybrid models 

Social Impact Bonds

Blended finance 

Investing in public and private markets in terms of risk and impact intensity 

New research out now

White Paper: Scaling up institutional investment for place-based impact

Our joint white paper “Scaling up institutional investment for place-based impact,” based on the collaborative “Place-Based Impact Investing Project (PBII)” by the Impact Investing Institute, The Good Economy and Pensions for Purpose, sets out the case for institutional investors to adopt a “place-based lens.”