Growing Impact: New Insights into the Practice of Impact Investing

Crossposted from the IFC

Impact investing in private markets could be as large as $2.1 trillion in assets under management, but only a quarter of that, $505 billion, is clearly measured for its impact, both for development impact and financial returns, according to the report Growing Impact—New Insights into the Practice of Impact Investing.

The report also highlights the enormous potential to invest for impact in public equity markets. Today, assets totaling about $10 trillion are actively managed and these strategies could be directed toward achieving impact. The publication includes trends in impact investing, survey results of investor practices, and 32 case stories from signatories to the Operating Principles for Impact Management on how they are implementing them.

The Operating Principles, launched in April 2019, were developed by IFC and leading impact investors. They require investors to measure, monitor, verify, and disclose their impact—creating market standards by which all signatory organizations must comply. They provide a distinct line between impact investing and other forms of sustainable and responsible investing.

The Operating Principles continue to attract investors, and the number of signatories continues to grow—there are now nearly 100 signatories compared with 58 at the time of launch.


Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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