Investing for Social Impact in Developing Countries

Development Co-operation Report 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities, OECD Publishing, 2016, DOI: 10.1787/dcr-2016-en

19 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2018 Last revised: 24 Feb 2018

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Karen E. Wilson

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Social impact investors seek social and environmental impact from their investments, in addition to financial returns. This chapter discusses the potential of social impact investment for developing countries, highlighting several examples to demonstrate how it works in practice. It examines the challenges, including assessing whether interventions have achieved their intended impact and expanding the evidence base. The public sector can promote social impact investment, for example by providing risk capital to enable the private sector to offer affordable,accessible, quality products and services to the poorest populations. The chapter makes recommendations for increasing the reach and the scale of social impact investment.

Keywords: Impact Investment, Social Investment, Developing Countries, Financing for Development, SDGs, Sustainable Development, Investment, Social, Environment

JEL Classification: O1, O2, O16, O19, O35, O38, M20, I00, G00, F3, F63, F68, F65

Suggested Citation

Wilson, Karen E., Investing for Social Impact in Developing Countries (2016). Development Co-operation Report 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities, OECD Publishing, 2016, DOI: 10.1787/dcr-2016-en. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3125707

Karen E. Wilson (Contact Author)

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) ( email )

Paris
France

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