What is Impact Investing?

Impact investing involves the allocation of capital with the intent of generating a social or environmental impact and also a financial return. Commercial banks, private foundations, pension funds, venture funds,  corporations, governments, and development finance institutions are active in this industry.

Evaluating Impact Investing

Impact investing can be evaluated at a variety of levels: the impact investing industry, an investment policy, an investment or grant-making program, an investment fund, an investment product, an individual investment, an investee firm, an entrepreneur, an employee, or the household or community.


Examples include standards, methods, and capacity building; and regional and multi-stakeholder perspectives.


Established and emerging resources include market surveys, guidelines, case studies and toolkits.


Training is occurring via workshops, courses, networks and conferences; and includes online and offline formats.

Executive Course on Evaluating Impact Investing - Syllabus Now Available

This course is organized around three broad themes—building the field of impact investing, measuring the success of impact investments, and understanding the special issues emanating from the African context.