Building an evidence base
The Institute’s goal is to make evidence and data around impact investing more accessible so that investors feel confident to pursue a long-term impact investing strategy. That is why we are building an evidence base of impact investing opportunities in the UK and emerging markets that looks at risk and return as well as impact profiles across asset classes.
Place-based impact investing
“Place-based impact investments are investments made with the intention to yield appropriate risk-adjusted financial returns as well as positive local impact, with a focus on addressing the needs of specific places to enhance local economic resilience, prosperity and sustainable development.” (Source: The Good Economy).
Together with The Good Economy and Pensions for Purpose, we have published a joint white paper which sets out the case for institutional investors to adopt a “place-based lens.”
This report shows that there are real opportunities for investors to secure financial returns while addressing place-based inequalities and supporting more inclusive and sustainable development across the UK. Place-based impact investments include investments in clean energy, regeneration, small- and medium-enterprise (SME) finance, infrastructure and affordable housing.
We are also working with CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, on communicating and contextualising its data on the performance of private equity investments in Africa to investors.