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Social Impact Investment 2019

The Impact Imperative for Sustainable Development

Published on January 17, 2019

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This publication is a sequel to the OECD 2015 report on Social Impact Investment (SII), Building the Evidence Base, bringing new evidence on the role of SII in financing sustainable development. It depicts the state of play of SII approaches globally, comparing regional trends, and assesses its prospects, with a special focus on data issues and recent policy developments. Importantly, it provides new guidance for policy makers in OECD and non-OECD countries, as well as providers of development co-operation, development financers, social impact investment practitioners and the private sector more broadly, to help them maximise the contribution of social impact investing to the 2030 Agenda. In particular, it provides four sets of recommendations on financing, innovation, data and policy for delivering on the “impact imperative” of financing sustainable development.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Editorial: The Impact Imperative
Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Social impact investment (Infographic)
The impact imperative (Infographic)
Overview: The impact imperative for sustainable development
Social impact investment in the financing for sustainable development landscape
OECD Social Impact Investment Market Framework
Global state of the social impact investment market
Perspectives from around the globe
Policy levers to foster social impact investing
Building the evidence base: Internationally comparable data
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THE IMPACT IMPERATIVE - HIGHLIGHTS

SII2019  
  • Social Impact Investment markets are growing all around the world in both OECD countries as well as developing countries.
  • There is an “Impact Imperative’’ for a shared understanding of how specifically impact of collective investment in sustainable development is measured.
  • Without a clear definition and consensus around how to measure the “impact’’ of investment made by the private sector, we will never be able to adequately assess how effective such funding is in sustainable development. 
  • Mainstream investors have increasingly been moving from a strictly sale focus on financial returns to one also seeking to mitigate environmental, social, and governance risks. 
  • There were approximately USD 22.89 trillion assets under sustainable investment strategies in 2016.
  • Blended, SII, and green finance together form a set of effective approaches and tools to leverage private finance. All three financing approaches can help address the financing gap for the SDGs and COP24 Paris Agreement.
  • Read the highlights (pdf), also available in Italian

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2015

Social Impact Investment - Building the Evidence Base


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