The Impact Programme

While impact investing has achieved substantial growth and attracted widespread interest over the past 10 years, it still generates only a fraction of the financial flows needed to address the Global Goals and ultimately lift millions of people out of poverty.

The DFID Impact Programme aims to strengthen the market for impact investing and catalyse a significant increase in the flow of funds to improve the quality of life for poor communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. We do this by making grants and providing technical assistance to market development actors with innovative solutions for addressing barriers to the supply of impact capital.

We are seeking bold ideas that have the potential to accelerate the development of a high functioning market for impact investing in the following priority areas:

Strengthening impact monitoring and measurement

Through the development of a common set of principles for monitoring and measuring the performance of impact investments – with a focus on impact as opposed to financial return – that are widely endorsed and applied across the market.

Innovative products, tools and services

That respond to the needs of investors and investees to help increase the flow and volume of impact capital aligned to the Global Goals to Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Building knowledge and awareness

Through solutions that help to increase understanding and awareness of what impact investing is and how to participate in order to attract more actors to engage in the practice, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asian markets.


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