Bridge information gaps and increase market linkages

In order to bridge information gaps and increase market linkages the Impact Programme will work with partners that offer structures with credible information, including analyses of fund economics in DFID target markets, to investors, Fund Managers and enterprises. It will also support the development of mechanisms which identify (quickly and easily) investors, enterprises and appropriate quality service providers.


ImpactBase, Basic Services Programming Track, Regional Liaisons, and Annual Impact Survey

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The Impact Programme will support GIIN in the development of four core elements of their programming: ImpactBase; research; the Basic Services Programming Track; and regional liaisons. These elements aim to bridge information gaps and increase connectivity in the impact investment market.

Scope of work

DFID is helping to meet the costs of:

• ImpactBase: developing and optimising ImpactBase (an online database of impact investment funds and vehicles) to become a more widely used platform that decreases fragmentation between investors and fund managers.
• Research: developing a research agenda that seeks to increase transparency and information and reduce information asymmetries, with the ultimate aim of improving the practice of impact investing in line with tackling key issues
• Basic Services Programming Track: a member-only forum that enables impact investors interested in financing access to basic services among the poor in emerging markets to connect with and learn from each other, share lessons learned and identify opportunities for collaboration and co-investment
• Regional Liaisons: undertaking awareness and relationship-building campaigns led by a Global Liaison with support from the New York headquarters.

Intended impact

Basic Services will strengthen the practice of Impact Investing in Basic Services in Sub – Saharan Africa and South Asia

Impact Base will decrease fragmentation and inefficiencies in the Impact Investing Market and between Fund Managers and Investors particularly those working in Sub- Saharan Africa and South Asia

Regional Liaisons will build awareness in the Impact Investing among Fund Managers, Investors and other stakeholders in Sub – Saharan Africa and South Asia and to increase access to impact investing resources; and promote the development for these markets in impact investing.

GIIN Annual Impact Investor Survey will allow collaboration and sharing of investor insights and perceptions on a number of key market variables and explore how investments continue to be made across different geographies, a range of sectors, and multiple asset classes, signalling continued market growth and an increasing interest in impact investing opportunities.


Strengthening the UK’s role in International Development Finance

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The Impact Programme is supporting the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (“UK NAB”) to organise two events in London to bring together representatives from international and domestic impact investing communities, to facilitate greater collaboration.

Scope of work

The UK NAB’s International Development Working Group is developing a strategy to increase the number of actors and the amount of capital deployed in emerging markets.

The UK NAB will:

• Organise two events in London and networking sessions for the City of London, impact investors, asset owners, Foundations, NGOs, Development Finance Institutions and the Government on impact investing, aiming to break down silos between different communities of interest and stimulate greater capital commitment to achieving the SDGs in emerging markets.

• Scope a mechanism to collect data to develop a baseline for current investment in the SDGs, against which future progress can be measured. After establishing a baseline, the UK NAB will track and facilitate the deployment of capital towards achieving the SDGs in emerging markets.

Intended impact

The purpose of the International Development working group is to establish a core community of UK-based actors who are willing and able to drive the shared agenda forward. The UK NAB envisage this community emerging as a group of committed investors and investment professionals who will lead by example to encourage others to adopt a more deliberate approach to investment for positive international development results.