The Impact Programme was launched by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in 2012. Through the programme, DFID is providing £157.8m over 23 years to catalyse the market for impact investment in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

What is impact investment?


The Global Impact Investing Network defines impact investing as investments into businesses with the intention of generating social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

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What is the Impact Programme?


The Impact Programme seeks to support impact investments into businesses reaching underserved as consumers, suppliers, distributors or employees, in the world’s poorest and hardest to reach geographies, and innovative business models. It has two components: building the market for impact investment and providing technical assistance for companies supported by the Impact Fund and Impact Accelerator investment vehicles.

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Featured resources

Deep Dive. At the heart of impact measurement: listening to customers

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Insights from the Impact Programme: Using Technical Assistance to Build Impactful Businesses

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  • Impact Progamme Annual Report 2017

    The Impact Programme is pleased to publish its latest review. This highlights the achievements and activities from 2017 and looks back over five years of operation. The Impact Read More

  • Impact Programme Deep Dive Insights: SunCulture

    SunCulture provides solar-powered irrigation solutions in East Africa. It’s also a portfolio company of Energy Access Ventures, a venture capital firm who has received investment from the CDC Impact Fund. Read Read More