The report captures over two-thirds of this market estimated at USD 33 billion, and sheds light on the business model of over 150 private asset impact funds (PAIFs), including their balance sheet structure, investment instruments, investee type, geography of investments, investor composition, risk, return and impact performance. The study also offers multi-year analysis on microfinance funds, dating back to 2006.

The report's broader scope is of key importance, reflecting the challenges that developing and emerging countries face.
Frank Streppel

Triodos IM is among the impact fund managers who sponsored this research publication and contributed to the content with the aim to stimulate transparency and cooperation within the impact investing sector. We see this as an important basis to facilitate access to finance to support social and economic development in emerging markets. 

Frank Streppel, Head of Global Investments at Triodos IM: “This report provides a wealth of information and insights on private impact investing in developing and emerging economies. Compared to previous years, this year’s report goes beyond microfinance and highlights the development of impact investing solutions in other sectors, including Climate and Energy, Food and Agriculture, and SME development. This broader scope is of key importance as it reflects the challenges that developing and emerging economies face, also because of the profound impact of COVID-19, and how impact investors play a role in addressing these challenges. The impact of COVID-19 makes this more relevant than ever before.”

The survey is a first of its kind. It builds on the previous impact fund surveys Symbiotics has developed, on microfinance investment vehicles initiated in 2007 with CGAP/World Bank, and on private debt impact funds initiated in 2018 with the GIIN.

Private Asset Impact Fund Report 2020

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